Joe Gibbs after the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI victory
From Chris, a subscriber and fan of Redskins Gab:
Growing up in Northern Virginia as a child, the Redskins of old seem more fantasy than reality. Theismann, Riggins, Monk and Mosley filled my Sundays with enough excitement that I would drag my father into the back yard after every game so I could run sloppy routes and catch his injured duck passes as I crossed imaginary goal lines for uncontested touchdowns and glory.
But a win is a win. And the Redskins of late are finding a way to get it done. Should I dust off the nerf and call my father?
The Skins are converting a paltry 25% of third down attempts. However, out of 126 total first downs on the season, 13% are being converted by drawing penalties from the opposing team’s defense.
That’s one way to keep the ball moving forward. And when you rank 21st in the league in rushing yards, I don’t recommend looking a gift horse in the mouth.
Washington has 17 sacks and 13 touchdowns on the season, keeping pace with their opponent’s totals of 16 and 14, respectively.
On kick and punt returns, Washington is averaging roughly 5 yards more per return than the opposing team, but no one has managed to break free and convert a return into points thus far.
DeAngelo Hall’s 4 interceptions against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears tied an NFL single game record and his game jersey was forwarded to the Hall of Fame. Let’s see if it also can light a fire under the rest of the defensive squad.
If the Redskins can address a few issues they will continue to battle teams tooth and nail every weekend, picking up ugly wins on their journey to recapture former glory of the Gibbs era.
18.6 points per game – 23rd in NFL
96.7 rushing yards per game – 21st in NFL
406 yards against – 31st in NFL
292.1 passing yards against – 31st in NFL