After putting up over 500 yards yards from scrimmage in back to back games for the first time in team history, the Redskins are the NFL’s top team in total offense.
The Redskins have piled up 4,690 yards in 11 games. That’s an average of 426.4 yards per game, tops in the NFL. The Saints are second at 422.0 yards per game and the Falcons are third at 416.6.
The last time the Redskins led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage for a full season was 1945. If they keep up their current pace they would gain 6,822 yards. That would shatter the team record of 6,253 yards set in 1983. In fact, they have to average just 313 yards per game the rest of the way to break that record.
Although their red zone problems persist (more on that below) the Redskins are among the top 10 teams in scoring now. Going into the game against the Bengals in London the Redskins ranked 15th in the NFL in scoring with 22.7 points per game. After Thursday, they are eighth in the league with 25.5 points per game.
Against the Cowboys the Redskins scored two touchdowns in five trips to the red zone. That kept them right about where they were going in, 28th in red zone efficiency at 43.4 percent. The red zone issues have been among the team’s most glaring. You could easily build a hypothetical case that the Redskins could be 10-1 or 9-2 with middle of the pack red zone efficiency of about 60 percent.
One way the Redskins have been able to get a spot among the league’s scoring leaders despite the red zone problems is that they can bypass taking snapsa the red zone on the way to pay dirt. They have nine touchdown plays of 21 yards or longer, tied for fourth in the NFL. They have four such touchdowns in their last three games with Kirk Cousins throwing touchdown passes of 70, 67, 44, and 38 yards.
The Redskins need to get their red zone problems fixed if they are going to make the playoffs or make any noise if they get there. But players continuing to run right through the red zone on their way to the end zone will at least partially mitigate the damage while the problems are being corrected.