I got to thinking, how did the Washington Redskins get to 5 and 7? At a 10,000 foot level, here’s what the numbers to-date show …
With the exception of Da Bears, the teams Washington has defeated performed as well last year as they’re playing this year, or better.
The 2010 combined record of the teams Washington has beaten so far this year is 34 – 26 (.566).
The 2009 combined record of the teams Washington has beaten this year was 48 – 32 (.600).
The teams the ‘Skins have lost to are a mixed bag. Washington continues to show the ability to lose to supposedly inferior teams such as the Rams and Lions.
The 2010 combined record of the teams Washington has lost to so far this year is 40 – 44 (.476).
The 2009 combined record of the teams Washington has lost to this year was 57 – 55 (.509).
The Redskins fared slightly better on the road.
Having played 6 road games, they won 3 and lost 3. Having played 6 games at home, they lost 4 and won 2.
Washington didn’t seem to like playing out of conference.
They lost 2 of the 3 non-conference games they played.
Playing division opponents didn’t seem to matter.
They won 2 games and lost 2.
Penalties and turnovers have not killed the Redskins. Dropped balls are another matter, but I don’t have that statistic handy. Their offense’s ability to stay on the field is definitely a problem. Their defense’s ability to get opponents’ offenses off the field is a huge problem. If this season’s trends continue, the Skins’ offense will need to average a minimum of 7 more points per game for Washington to win its remaining games. Nearly half of that would be achieved if Graham Gano suddenly became noticeably more accurate.
Here are the head-to-head stats …
Washington has allowed 65 more yards per game than its offense has gained.
Opponents have gained half-a-yard more per play than the Skins’ offense has.
Opponents have out-scored the Redskins by an average of 6 points per game.
Opponents have held the ball on offense 4 minutes longer on average per game.
Opponents’ offenses have run 5 more plays per game than the ‘Skins have run.
Opponents’ third-down conversion percentage against the ‘Skins is 5 points higher than Washington’s is against them.
Washington has converted one-third of its 4th down attempts, while its opponents have converted an astounding 78% of their 4th downs.
Out of 30 kickers who have attempted at least 10 field goals, Graham Gano is ranked 27th.
Washington is ranked 13th in the league when it comes to turnover ratio. They’re even at this point (ratio of 0).
Washington is tied for 15th in the league with 74 total penalties to-date.
The ‘Skins are ranked 8th in the league with 532 total yards yielded so far due to penalties.
As always, Go Skins!