Washington got its ground game going in a big way on Sunday.
With running back Alfred Morris routinely churning out yardage and fullback Darrel Young plunging for three touchdowns, Washington won a hard-fought overtime game over San Diego, 30-24.
Young’s final touchdown came on third-and-inches to culminate a long overtime drive in which Washington marched down the field methodically after receiving the overtime kickoff, never allowing San Diego to touch the ball in overtime.
The two teams went back and forth throughout the game, and the Chargers, despite trailing for the entire fourth quarter, had a chance to win it in regulation. What first appeared to be a Danny Woodhead game-winning touchdown was overturned and he was ruled out of bounds inside the 1-yard line, and the Chargers settled for a tying field goal at the end of the fourth quarter.
As crazy as it sounds for a team that has looked so bad for so much of this season, at 3-5 Washington is right in the thick of the NFC East race. Someone has to win that division, and there’s no reason to believe the Cowboys, Eagles or Giants are going to run away with it.
The Chargers, however, probably don’t have much hope of making the playoffs, even though they entered today’s game as the team with the sixth-best record in the AFC. In a tough division, San Diego is going to have a very tough time getting to the playoffs.