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How bad have the Redskins been in the red zone? We charted every game

How bad have the Redskins been in the red zone? We charted every game

CSN has teamed up with The Edge Systems to provide occasional statistical review of Redskins game film. 

The Edge is analytical football software currently being used by coaches in the NFL, SEC, ACC and the media, providing some of the fastest and best data in football.

After 11 games a few principles have emerged for the 2016 Redskins: The team moves the ball as well as any unit in the league, but struggles inside the red zone.

To that point, Kirk Cousins completes 68 percent of his passes, but inside the opponent's 20-yard-line, his completion percentage drops to 44 percent (28 of 63).

Inside the opponent's 10-yard-line, the Washington quarterback's completion percentage drops even lower to 29 percent (9 of 31). Stats courtesy of

It's not just Cousins, however, to blame for the Redskins' continued red zone struggles.


Jay Gruden's squad uses the run game less inside the red zone than other more efficient red zone offenses, and the team has also suffered some crucial red zone turnovers in losses to Detroit and the first Dallas game. 

Illustrating the difference between Washington's highly effective offense and their moribund red zone version, check out the below chart from The Edge Systems. The chart tracks where the Redskins 'win' in their normal offense compared to the red zone.

What constitutes a win? On 1st down, a win is gaining at least 40 percent of the needed yardage for a new first down. On 2nd down, that shifts to gaining at least 50 percent of the yards remaining to reach a new first down. On 3rd and 4th downs, a win is gaining at least a new first down. 


A few things become quite clear looking at the chart: The Redskins perform significantly worse in the red zone than the rest of the field, particularly in losses. One outlier emerges, as the 'Skins actually performed better in the red zone against the Lions, but consider that Kirk Cousins' offense had just four red zone attempts, and the aforementioned turnover (Matt Jones fumble at the goal line) hurt the team's chances at a win.

In the team's other three losses, the performance difference between the offense and the red zone offense fell on average by 34 percent. 

Oddly, the biggest delta on the year came in the Redskins first win, Week 3 in New York. In that game, Washington's offense outperformed its red zone offense by 46 percent, though it's worth pointing out that Washington only had 11 red zone attempts in that game. 

In Washington's six wins, the team wins on red zone plays a little more than 30 percent of the time. While that number is low, it's a baseline for what the 'Skins should shoot for the remainder of the season if a playoff run is in the cards. 


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One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

One crazy stat that connects Dwayne Haskins with Cam Newton, but also Mark Sanchez

The Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While his record at Ohio State was impressive, Haskins didn't log many starts. 

Washington head coach Jay Gruden talked about Haskins back in March during the league meetings, before the Burgundy and Gold drafted the quarterback, and said that because he played just one year in college he would need significant time to learn the NFL game. 

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. Then, "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

After OTAs and minicamp, it's obvious Haskins has all the talent needed to play quarterback in the NFL. He's made touch throws and he's rifled balls into tight windows. At the same time, he seemed confused in spots about play calls and struggled with the speed of the pass rush. 

All of that is normal for a player with just 14 starts. But it's that number, the one year of starting experience in college, that makes one statistic stand out about Haskins. 

That's some serious company, both good, bad and ugly. 

As a rookie in 2011, Cam Newton went 6-10 with 35 total TDs and 17 interceptions, not to mention a Rookie of the Year trophy. His running prowess made up for average numbers in the pass game. The more important comparison for Redskins fans is that Newton eventually developed into an NFL MVP and got the Panthers to the Super Bowl. 

For Mark Sanchez, the rookie numbers and the career comparison aren't as kind. Sanchez threw 12 TDs and 20 INTs in 15 games as a rookie, though he was at the helm as the Jets got to two straight AFC title games. Still, for his career, Sanchez threw more INTs than TDs and could not keep a starting job after his rookie contract. 

Trubisky is a different deal. He's only started 26 games since being the second overall pick in the 2017 draft with a record of 15-11. He's thrown 31 touchdowns against 19 interceptions, and run for another five scores. It's hard to describe Trubisky's game. At times he's terribly inaccurate, but in other spots, he looks like a future Pro Bowler. 

Newton is the sure thing, Sanchez is the poor outcome. Trubisky is still to be determined. 

For Haskins, it's not good company or bad company. With only 14 starts at Ohio State before the Redskins drafted Haskins, it's just the company he's in.


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Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Packers' Davante Adams has high praise for rookie Darnell Savage

Darnell Savage was the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect

Darnell Savage has been getting a lot of buzz since the Packers traded up to the 21st overall pick to select him in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his teammates are on board.

The Maryland star was one of the draft's biggest risers, and it was well warranted.

The Packers' Instagram account posted a video of Savage Wednesday, and his teammate Davante Adams chimed in.

“The boy gonna be special,” Adams wrote.

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“He’s going to be that guy — I can tell," Adams said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. "We definitely got a steal." “I know we got him early, but I still think that he could have gone even earlier just based on what he’s doing out there. He plays like a vet, he knows how to practice, and he’s smart, man.

Savage will face the Redskins in Week 14 when the Burgundy and Gold head up to Lambeau Field on December 8 for the matchup against the Packers.