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5 stats you need to know for Redskins vs Patriots

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5 stats you need to know for Redskins vs Patriots

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.

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NFC East Update: Eagles, Redskins separate from Cowboys, Giants

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NFC East Update: Eagles, Redskins separate from Cowboys, Giants

The season remains young, but a clear declination appears to be forming in the NFC East. The Redskins and Eagles boast capable offenses, and the Giants and Cowboys do not. 

With the Redskins getting the first bye of the division this week, records going forward will not reflect the same number of games played. In a way, that means this could be the most fair comparison for some time of the four NFC East squads. Let's get to it:

Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)

The big news on Broad Street wasn't that the Eagles got a Week 3 win, but rather the successful return of QB Carson Wentz. He played fine in the 20-16 win over the Colts, not great, but having the gifted young passer back on the field for the first time since a 2017 knee injury provides a big boost for the Eagles.

Philly also piled up more than 150 rush yards in their Week 3 win while holding the Colts running backs to less than 40 yards on the ground. That's the Eagles formula to stack up wins.

Up next: Sept. 30th @ Tennessee

Washington Redskins (2-1)

Talk about a big rebound. The Redskins dominated the first half of play against Green Bay and finished with a double digit win over the Packers. In their two wins, the Redskins have looked like one of the best squads in the NFL. Unfortunately, the ugly loss to Indianapolis sits in the middle.

Still, with the Redskins on a bye for Week 4, fans should be quite encouraged with the state of their team. Adrian Peterson looks to have plenty left in the tank and questions about Alex Smith's ability to find his wideouts seem overblown. Defensively, a young, ferocious group of linemen appear to be the best the team has had in a long time. The offensive line is banged up, and the bye will be quite useful for that group. Of the NFC East teams, the Redskins have the best point differential at +20, which happens with two double digit wins.

Up next: Oct. 8th @ New Orleans

Dallas Cowboys (1-2)

Through three weeks, the Cowboys offense is terrible. Dallas ranks 30th in points-per-game and 31st in yard-per-game. There are only 32 teams. The pass game is killing the Cowboys, as Dak Prescott is averaging less than 150 pass yards per game. That's real bad, but it's not all his fault.

Dallas cut Dez Bryant in the offseason and did nothing to address his absence. The defense is active and physical up front, but in the NFL, teams need to score points. Right now, it's unclear if Dallas will be able to at a reasonable level. 

Up next: Sept. 30th vs Detroit

New York Giants (1-2)

The only team with a division loss, the Giants logged a surprise good win in Week 3 in Houston. Not quite as bad as Dallas on offense, the Giants merely rank in the bottom third of the league in total yards and points-per-game.

Despite the emergence of rookie Saquon Barkley, the Giants are averaging just 87 yards-per-game on the ground. The biggest problem for Big Blue remains the offensive line, and don't expect it to get much better this year. 

Up next: Sept. 30th vs New Orleans

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Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Looking back a Redskins vs. Packers and ahead beyond the bye week

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Need to Know: Tandler’s Take—Looking back a Redskins vs. Packers and ahead beyond the bye week

Here is what you need to know on Tuesday, September 25, 13 days before the Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.  

Talking points

Here is a last look at the Packers game and a look forward to the Saints game. 

—As usually is the case with games this time of year, we will have to wait and see where the Packers game rates in terms of quality wins. I do know that nearly everyone who predicted wins and losses before the season started had this game as a loss. Yes, Aaron Rodgers clearly was hobbled and that took away some of his mobility and perhaps some accuracy. But even an 80 percent Rodgers is one of the best in the business. We will find out more about the Packers and Rodgers over the coming weeks. 

—It was surprising to look at the Game Book and see that Matt Ioannidis played just 18 of the 69 defensive snaps (26 percent). It was a matter of scheme and personnel choices. Jay Gruden said that the decision was made to keep Jonathan Allen (65 snaps) and Daron Payne (64) on the field. “We didn’t draft him in the first round to sit by me,” Gruden said of Payne. Looking down in the snap count list, Tim Settle and Ziggy Hood, the other two active D-linemen, didn’t play on defense at all. In addition, in the second half, the Redskins mostly played nickel and they usually use just two interior defensive linemen in that alignment. The two were Allen and Payne. Combined, those factors kept Ioannidis on the bench a lot.

—On the other line, Tony Bergstrom played well at center and Chase Roullier was solid moving over the center in place of the injured Shawn Lauvao. Gruden did not reject the idea of keeping that lineup intact when Lauvao is healthy enough to play. “When Shawn gets back we’ll address it then,” said Gruden. Something to keep an eye on. 

—Adrian Peterson is fifth in the NFL in rushing with 263 yards. With the small sample size warning here, he is on pace to gain 1,250 yards. I’ll take the under on that but it’s still a very good start to the season for the veteran.

—We’ll look at the Saints, the Redskins’ next opponents, in some details next week. A very early glance now shows a team that can score in bunches but can’t stop anyone. They are third in the NFL in scoring and last in scoring defense. Drew Brees is completing 80 percent of his passes, but the defense is allowing a completion rate of 74 percent and an incredible 11.8 adjusted net yards per attempt. It will be interesting in the Superdome on October 8.

Injury report

OT Trent Williams has undergone surgery for a bursa sack cleanup in his right knee. Gruden said he will be back for the Saints game. 

OT Morgan Moses (concussion) and RB Adrian Peterson (knee) were injured during the Packers game and Gruden said he expects both of them to be back for the next game.

The agenda

Today: Bye week

Upcoming: Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 13 days; Panthers @ Redskins 19; Cowboys @ Redskins 26

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