Before every Washington Football Team game this year, Pete Hailey will identify one key number that you must know regarding that contest.
Here is his number for the Week 10 showdown with the Lions.
20 points is not much for an NFL offense these days. For Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes, for example, they view that number as a solid half of football, and sometimes, they can get there in a quarter or so.
As for the Lions, who the Washington Football Team will be seeing this Sunday, they've put up at least 20 on the scoreboard in each of their eight games of the year.
Now, if they do so in their ninth, that very well could spell doom for the Burgundy and Gold.
That's because Ron Rivera's club is 0-6 this season when they've allowed their opponent to register 20 or more points. The Eagles managed just 17 and the Cowboys only generated 3 versus Washington in the franchise's two victories thus far.
That does not give Jack Del Rio's defense a lot of wiggle room, huh?
It doesn't help that Scott Turner's group is 30th in the league in scoring; they are one of four units who aren't averaging the number that's bolded above.
Washington has really only shown the ability to win when their foes are having major health issues. They've only been competitive, meanwhile, in low-scoring tilts, which is unfortunate because the NFL is experiencing a points bonanza across the sport.
So, there are two solutions to this issue as it relates to Sunday.
The first is that Del Rio's side of the ball holds the Lions down, and that's possible. The Football Team has allowed fewer than 185 passing yards in three straight appearances and they're top-ranked in that category overall at this juncture of the campaign. They badly need to make adjustments against the run, though, considering what New York recently did at FedEx Field.
Another solution is that Turner's operation decides to get in on the fun and hangs with Detroit, and that could happen, even if it's less likely. Washington did average eight yards-per-play against the Giants, which was their best output in that area since November 2016.
Or, hell, maybe both will happen and this will all be super simple!
That 0-6 stat is about as troubling as it gets, and while it definitely matters for the Lions matchup, it also speaks to a much larger problem.
Washington, literally and figuratively, is behind basically everyone once again. They can't keep up in the points column week to week and they can't keep up with the general trend of scoring at a higher rate. The sooner they correct that, the sooner they'll be more relevant.