Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 7, one day before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.
The Redskins by the numbers after they have played three games in 2018 and are getting ready to play the Saints on Monday night.
39 points—The average scored by the Redskins the last three times they have played the Saints. Washington is 2-1 in those games with the two wins coming by an average margin of 22.5 points.
2,561 days—How long it has been since the Redskins won a game to move to a 3-1 record. That happened on October 2, 2011 when the Redskins and Rex Grossman won against the Rams in St. Louis. The start turned out to be fool’s gold as the immediately embarked on a six-game losing streak and wound up with 2-10 finish to the season.
41.0 percent—The 2018 Redskins’ third-down conversion rate on offense. That’s not great, 15thin the league, but it is a solid improvement over their 32.3 percent performance last year (31st). If they keep up that rate over the full season they will 18 more first downs than they did last year.
Second—That is where Ryan Kerrigan ranks in the league in the new ESPN metric called Pass Rush Win Rate. You can get the details in this article here. It’s compiled using tracking data from the Next Gen sensors in each player’s uniform. It says that Kerrigan gets away from his blocker in 2.5 seconds or less on 43 percent of his pass rush snaps. The league average is 22 percent. Of course, fans want to see Kerrigan rank somewhere in the more traditional stat called “sacks” and so do the Redskins. But his zero in the sacks column would be more worrisome if he wasn’t getting off of blocks.
6.7 points—The Redskins’ average scoring margin this year. That ranks sixth in the NFL. They are one of three teams that has won two games by a margin of 14 points or more this season. The Rams and the Patriots are the other two.
1.32 points—The average allowed by the Redskins per opponents drive. That ranks third in the NFL.
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