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Redskins on verge of breaking 28-year-old team record

Redskins on verge of breaking 28-year-old team record

Sometime in the first half on Sunday the Redskins will break a team record that has stood for 28 years. When they gain their 84th offensive yard of the game the 2016 Redskins will hold the team record for most yards gained in the season.

The 1989 Redskins gained 6,253 yards. That broke the record that had stood since just 1983 (6,193). The current team has already surpassed the ’83 unit with 6,170 yards through 15 games. They need 84 yards against the Giants on Sunday to break the record.

Is the current offense really better than the 1989 group that featured Mark Rypien throwing to Art Monk, Gary Clark, and Ricky Sanders and handing off to Earnest Byner and Gerald Riggs? That’s always a matter of opinion of course. But a case can be made that the old-school unit was better if you compare their accomplishments to the NFL average in their respective seasons.

For one thing, the 1989 team was better at scoring. They averaged 24.1 points per game, fifth in the NFL. This year’s team has a better scoring averaged a 25.7 ppg. But scoring the in NFL is up; these Redskins rank ninth.

Yards gained are up, too. The league average in 1989 was 326 yards per game. Those Redskins bested that by 21.7 percent. This year the league averages 351 yards per game; the Redskins are beating that by 17 percent.

This is not intended to denigrate the current team, just to point out that offensive inflation in the NFL makes records like this one easier to break.

For the record, that 1989 team finished 10-6 but they did not make the playoffs. This team would gladly trade the record for another shot at the postseason.

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Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins QB Josh Johnson destroys Defenders in Week 3

Former Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson carved up the visiting DC Defenders for 278 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night in the Los Angeles Wildcats' commanding 39-9 victory.

The Wildcats obliterated Cardale Jones (13-of-26, 4 INT) and the Defenders, who fall to 2-1 on the season.

Johnson completed passes to eight different receivers, including William and Mary standout Tre McBride, who was traded from the Defenders to the Wildcats in the preseason.

McBride finished the night with five catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson played for the Redskins during the 2018 NFL season, suiting up for the final four games after the team lost both Alex Smith and Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Johnson led the Redskins to a 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars during Week 15, throwing for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson was selected by the Wildcats in the XFL Supplemental Draft in Nov. 2019. 

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Former Redskins RB Matt Jones powers St. Louis BattleHawks past the New York Guardians

Former Redskins RB Matt Jones powers St. Louis BattleHawks past the New York Guardians

Former Redskins running back Matt Jones was a force on the ground Sunday afternoon for the BattleHawks in the team's 29-9 win against the Guardians.

Jones paved the way for the St. Louis win, rushing for 95 yards and a score on 15 carries.

Jones was drafted by the Redskins in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida.

He impressed the coaching staff during his first year in D.C. (794 all-purpose yards, 4 total TDs) but struggled to hold on to the ball, fumbling five times. 

Jones was named the starting running back in 2016 after the Redskins decided to let Alfred Morris leave in free agency.

In his second season, Jones missed nine games with a rash of injuries and eventually lost his starting spot to Rob Kelley. 

He was waived shortly before the start of the 2017 NFL season by the Redskins, and he has been on the move ever since.

Jones and the BattleHawks head to Audi Field for a matchup with the DC Defenders on Sunday, March 8.

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