Originally written on NBC Washington  |  Last updated 4/23/12

HOUSTON - 2009: Kyle Shanahan of the Houston Texans poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Houston, Texas. (Photo by NFL Photos)
Under fire all week for questionable playcalling in an 18-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan responded with his most balanced effort to date. With the ground game sputtering against the NFL’s worst run defense, Shanahan turned to his third option in Ryan Torain. The move didn’t disappoint as Torain -- an afterthought in the pecking order at running back -- rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins’ 40 rushing attempts were the most by the team in a single game since 2009. They sacked Sam Bradford seven times and held the Rams to 172 yards of total offense to improve to 3-1 on the season. Furthermore, the 17-10 win combined with the Cowboys loss to Detroit means Washington is first place in the NFC East heading into its bye week. Time for Shanahan to breathe a sigh of relief, right? Not so fast. The Redskins had this game in hand from the start, yet in typical fashion found a way to let St Louis back into it with a pair of turnovers f...
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