There was a graphic that appeared during the Redskins game on Monday night that said that the Redskins are giving up more points in the last two minutes of each half than any other team in the NFL. That sounds like an indictment of the Redskins defense. And while the defense has not been great at shutting the door in the final minutes, the stat as presented was somewhat misleading.
The Redskins defense has given up three touchdowns and two field goals after the two-minute warning of both halves this year. The Bengals have given up five touchdowns defensively in those situations, the most in the league. Five other teams have given up four late TD’s. In addition to the Redskins, five teams have given up three two-minute touchdowns.
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As far as two-minute field goals, 12 teams have given up more than the Redskins’ two and eight teams have given up as many.
Here is how the defensive points given up in the last two minutes stack up:
So in terms of defense, the Redskins are tied for 10th in the NFL in two-minute points allowed.
You’ll note that I have been talking about defensive points allowed. That’s not what the ESPN graphic said; they were talking about total points. And there have been two defensive touchdowns scored against the Redskins that push them to the bottom of the league.
Points are points so I’m not calling out ESPN for putting up an inaccurate graphic. But adding the late TD’s scored by the Eagles and Chiefs on fumble returns, which were meaningless to the outcome of the game, skews the stats with those two fluke scores.
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Again, the Redskins should want to do better. The three touchdowns they gave up late, all before halftime against the Eagles last Monday, the Chiefs, and the 49ers, were big turning points in those games. And one of the field goals, again against Kansas, was the last-second game winner.
The two-minute D does have to improve, but it’s not performing at an awful level.