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Redskins’ offensive line holds Rams sackless

The Washington Redskins’ offensive line on Sunday held the St. Louis Rams without a sack, marking the first time this season that Rex Grossman has escaped unscathed.

“That’s always a good thing,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “Rex said he came out feeling good, and that’s always a great thing to be able to come into a bye week and not having to be aching the first three, so it feels great.”

The Rams’ defensive front isn’t at the level of the Cowboys, Cardinals and Giants, but the Redskins’ linemen said better execution and an effective running game were big reasons for why they did so well on Sunday.

“I think the biggest key to not giving up a sack was the ability to run the ball, and we did a pretty good job of running the ball today,” guard Chris Chester said. “That makes the D-line have to play the run and then the pass most of the time. Obviously on third down situations they expect pass, but keeping them off-balance, that’s the key.”

The Redskins on Sunday rushed for a season-high 196 yards on 40 carries (4.9 yards per carry).

Said Grossman, who entered the game having been sacked on average 2.6 times a game: “Pass protection was great today. Our offensive line has done a hell of a job all year.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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