Redskins extend streaks in rushing offense, run defense

Robert Griffin III and the Redskins have rushed for 125 yards or more in eight consecutive games. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

In their 38-26 victory over Minnesota on Sunday, the Washington Redskins continued their trend of excelling in the run game while also maintaining their effectiveness against opposing rushing attacks.

 With their 183-yard performance, the Redskins extended their streak of producing at least 125 yards in a game to eight. The team began the streak in their next-to-last game of the 2011 season and have continued it through the first six games of this campaign.

 In the last six games, the Redskins have compiled 996 rushing yards — the second-most in the NFL this season behind San Francisco (1061 yards), and the most prolific six-game output of the Mike Shanahan era. Washington’s 11 rushing touchdowns rank first in the league, with New England trailing with 10.

 Quarterback Robert Griffin III accounts for six of those touchdowns, and running back Alfred Morris has five rushing touchdowns. Griffin ranks second in the NFL behind Houston’s Arian Foster (seven), while Morris is tied for second with Baltimore’s Ray Rice. Morris is averaging 89.7 yards a game while Griffin has rushed for 63.2 yards per outing.

 Meanwhile, on defense, the Redskins limited the Vikings to 94 rushing yards and in so doing, held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards for the fourth consecutive game. Washington last allowed a 100-yard rushing game in Week 2, when St. Louis gashed them for 151 yards on the ground.

 The Vikings on Sunday got off to a strong start, rushing for 49 yards in the first quarter before Washington buckled down and limited them to an average of 15 rushing yards over the next three quarters.

 The last time the Redskins held an opponent to below 100 rushing yards for four straight weeks was during the first four games of the 2007 season.

 Through six games, Washington’s defense ranks eighth in the NFL against the run, holding teams to 88.8 yards per outing.

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