Each week CSN statistician Rich Goldberg breaks down the best nuggets from the upcoming NFL matchup. Here are five stats to watch during Sunday’s Redskins/Patriots game:
Giveaway Game - Coaches preach winning the turnover battle. Here's why. Since 2010, the Patriots have 79 giveaways which is fewest in the NFL coupled with 70 wins, most in the league. Compare that to the Redskins, with 31 wins and 157 giveaways, nearly double the number of Patriots turnovers.
Grounded - The Redskins have rushed for 135 yards since Week 5, the fewest in a 3-game span since 1994 when the Redskins ran for a combined 127 yards in late September/early October.
Running away - The Redskins would sprint away from this note. Opponents have rushed for a combined 587 yards the past 3 games. That's the most allowed by the Redskins in a 3-game span since 1981 when Washington gave up 607 yards on the ground.
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Perfection - If the Patriots are leading at halftime, consider it game over. Tom Brady is a perfect 74-0 at home when the Patriots lead at halftime. As a team, the Patriots have a 78-0 home record when leading after the 1st half since December 2000, when they lost to the Miami Dolphins after a 4-point halftime advantage.
Stop the Sack - Looking for a small reason to believe? The Redskins offensive line has allowed 8 sacks—2nd fewest in the NFL. The Patriots defense has sacked opposing QBs 26 times—2nd most in the league. But since 2005, teams are 10-8 against the Patriots when allowing 0 sacks. If Kirk Cousins can avoid getting sacked, history says the Redskins have a chance.