Sep 20, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan walks on the field prior to the Redskins
Tracking the Stats:
yards per drive: 34.04
2014: 30.89 yards per drive
defensive yards per drive(given up): 24.5
2014: 31.74 defensive yards per drive(given up)
net yards per drive: 9.46
2014: -0.84 net yards per drive
offensive points per drive: 1.58
2014: 1.62 points per drive
defensive points per drive(given up): 1.68
2014: 2.18 defensive points per drive (given up)
net points per drive: -0.10
2014: -0.56 net points per drive
Net sacks: 4
Net 3rd down %: +17%
What do these stats mean?
The Redskins defense is still the strength of the team as compared to the offense. The offense is seeing a 10% improvement in yards and 4% regression in points. The defense is seeing 23% improvement in yards and points allowed.
Also, thanks to a great pass rush against the Eagles(half of the sacks came in the final drive), the Skins are back in the black in Net sacks.
Defensive improvement is great to see. But the defense is still giving up far too many big plays for a defense that’s predicated on preventing the big plays.
Unless they see more offensive improvement, they’re going to have too many games like the Thursday night game where the defense can’t make stops and the offense is asked to do far too much.
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