Anyone who watched the 2016 Redskins got the feeling that the offense wasn’t very efficient. The piled up enough yards to set a team record for a franchise that has had some pretty good offenses. But when it came to the “let the points soar” part of the team fight song, well, it wasn’t really there.  

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Here are what the numbers looked like in 2016. The Redskins were third in total offense with 6,454 yards. But they were in the middle of the pack, 12th, with the 383 points scored. They were one of only two teams in the top 10 in offense to score fewer than 400 points (Steelers, 399). The Falcons, who finished second in total yards, led the NFL with 540 points scored. That’s the equivalent of over 22 more touchdowns for a Falcons team that gained just 199 more yards than Washington. You don’t have to think real hard to figure out why one team had a bye in the playoffs while the other is sitting them out.

But the Redskins’ offensive inefficiency wasn’t just bad by 2016 standards; it was historically bad. In the history of the NFL only one other team has piled up more than 6,400 yards of offense and managed to push across fewer than 400 points was the 2012 Detroit Lions. Those Lions actually were a little less efficient, compiling more yards (6,540) and scoring fewer points (372).

If there was one game that epitomized the way the Redskins offense spun its wheels it was the game against the Bengals in London. They racked up 546 yards of offense and scored just 27 points. Since the 1970 merger teams have gained 546 yards or more and have scored 27 points or fewer 11 times. There have been over 11,000 games played since the merger so that has happened in about a tenth of a percent of them.

 

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