Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, September 28, eight days before the Washington Redskins host the Seahawks on Monday night football.
2013 vs. 2014 by the numbers
Let’s look at some average numbers from the 2013 season and compare them to some stats from the first four games of 2014 (with a warning that four games is a small sample size). This is not intended to be comprehensive comparison, just some improvements and declines that I thought were interesting.
Yards gained per play: 2013, 5.3 (17th in NFL); 2014, 6.1 (4th)—The big difference here is passing efficiency. Last year Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins averaged 6.1 yards per pass play. This year that’s up to 7.6.
Yards allowed per play: 2013, 5.7 (27th); 2014, 5.2 (12th)—If you compare this to the offense, last year they gave up .4 yards more per play than they gained. This year they are giving up almost a full years less per play than they are gaining. If they sustain that over the course of a season, that improvement of nearly a yard and a half per snap will add up to some advantageous field position. That generally will translate into more wins if (and this is a big if) the team doesn't give back that advantage with turnovers and special teams.
Red zone touchdown scoring: 2013, 52% (20th); 2014, 69% (4th)—Most of the Redskins’ failures in the red zone this year have been due to turnovers. When they have held on to the ball they usually get it into the end zone.
Sacks per pass attempt: 2013 7.0% (13th); 2014, 8.5% (4th)—Even though they have not done much in the sack department out side of the 10-sack Jacksonville game, a big performance like that can carry a defense for a while. It seems like the pass rush is much better this year but eventually that has to show up in the sack department or it doesn’t mean much.
Third down conversions allowed: 2013, 34% (4th); 2014, 46.3% (24th)—This is one area where the Redskins did pretty well last year defensively and they have not kept it up.
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—Hall of Fame Redskins wide receiver Charley Taylor was born on this date in 1941.
—Today’s schedule: Off day, no availability
—Days until: Monday night Seahawks @ Redskins 8; Redskins @ Cardinals 14; Monday night Redskins @ Cowboys 29
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