Week 6 scouting report: Washington
- October 10, 2012 - 8:47 PM
3:15 p.m. Sunday
TV: Ch. 9 (100.3-FM, 1130-AM)
Line: off the board
Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss to Atlanta but practiced Wednesday and is expected to play. Because of his status, odds haven't been set for the game.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris -- a sixth-round pick -- is fourth in the league and first among rookies with 491 rushing yards.
Washington is seventh in overall offense, fourth in rushing and is tops in the NFC with 17 touchdowns.
Washington's defense gives up lots of yards -- especially through the air -- but is third in the NFC in take-aways (11).
Ex-Vikings Cedric Griffin and Madieu Williams are in the defensive backfield.
PLAYER TALK WASHINGTON WR SANTANA MOSS
Moss has been asked to accept a reduced role with the addition of Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan. Moss has 12 catches for 177 yards and a team-best two TDs.
On the team's eight-game home losing streak: "I don't have an answer for it. It's strange. It's stunning."
On Washington's league-worst ability to convert on third down: "It's not something you can point out. We have to make a play. Nothing you can do about it but keep trying."
On the different defenses he's seen with RG III at QB: "[Last year] teams played us deep. Now you see a safety in the box here and there. There are a lot of safe coverages, to make sure we don't have too many lanes. They have to respect what he can do."
COACH SPEAK mike SHANAHAN
On the rebuilding process in Washington, where he is 13-24 in two-plus seasons: "There are always surprises that go on in every organization. But we've made a number of changes, and I believe we're headed in the right direction."
On Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave: "Very bright. He knows how to win, how to take a look at the supporting cast and come up with the best way to put his players in the best position to win."
On Morris: "He's got a little bit of everything. He's got power, he's got the ability to make the first guy miss."
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