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Redskins Look To Get Back To Form Against Run


The Redskins on Sunday will look to get their defense back on track against the run after giving up 397 yards on the ground over the last two weeks.

After giving up just 312 rushing yards through the first four games of the season, the Washington Redskins have given up almost 400 yards in the last two weeks.

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Against the Atlanta Falcons two weeks ago, second-year running back Devonta Freeman carried the ball 27 times for 153 yards and a touchdown.

Last Sunday, Chris Ivory's 146 yards on just 20 carries paced a Jets offense that would rush for 221 yards.

This week, the Redskins face a resurging Doug Martin, and Ricky Jean Francois knows that especially with a rookie quarterback in Jameis Winston, the Buccaneers may look the Boise State product's way often.

"We've got to make tackles," Jean Francois said. "We've got to be in those positions. We played two running backs and now we've got to play against another one. Week in and week out we play against great running backs so it shouldn't make us better as defensive lineman and the defense overall."

Jean Francois said that during Wednesday's practice, which is usually the start to the team's preparations for the next opponent, the defense made an emphasis to clean up "a lot of things."

"I believe this week will be a lot more smooth," Jean Francois said. "I ain't saying the game is going to be easy, but it should be a lot more smooth for us."

Defensive end Stephen Paea, who was active last week but did not play due to a back injury, said the team needs to remain disciplined against the run, adding that on many runs against the Jets "it was not like the O-line came and punched us in the face."

"We just missed tackles, and that's what we need to work on," he said.

In that Jets game, the big runs crushed any momentum the defense was able to muster.

"They had seven runs that totaled them almost 170 yards," Ryan Kerrigan said. "And then the 34 other runs they had got like 54 yards. So really, we just have to eliminate those big plays, be gap sound, tackle, and play smart football."

Martin in 2015 has rebounded from two down seasons in and out of the lineup, as he already has 405 yards and three touchdowns on the season.

His 4.5 yards per carry is also the highest clip since his rookie season in 2012 when he rushed for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Before the Buccaneers' Week 6 bye, Martin combined for 44 carries for 229 yards and three touchdowns in their last two games.

And behind Martin is six-foot, 211-pound Charles Sims.

On 37 carries, Sims has rushed for 135 yards.

"Well, they have a big offensive line, first and foremost, that we got to deal with," Kerrigan said. "They have big tight ends as well that are really good in the running game. Doug Martin is a good, powerful back. He's been productive throughout his career. Charles Sims, their second guy, is equally as impressive, so it will be a good test for us."




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