Penalties down, wins up

Penalties down, wins up
December 22, 2012, 4:15 pm
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Recent comments from Redskins coach Mike Shanahan left many questions to be answered.

(Photo by Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE)

The Redskins no longer rank last in the NFL in penalties per game.

They’re second to last entering this weekend’s games, according to But, hey, they’re making small strides in a big part of the game.

Since taking a total of 26 penalties in games against the Panthers and Eagles last month, the Redskins have been flagged 5, 4, 8 and 6 times in consecutive wins over the Cowboys, Giants, Ravens and Browns. That’s an average of 5.75 penalties per game, which would rank seventh in the NFL.

The Redskins’ four penalties in their Monday night win over the Giants, in fact, matched their season low (they also were flagged four times against Atlanta).

It’s a welcome decline for the Redskins. But it’s something Coach Mike Shanahan didn’t have an explanation for when asked about it Friday.

“I wish I could tell you,” Shanahan said. “I don’t know. But you want to eliminate penalties as much as you can. We still had a couple early [against the Brows] that kept a couple of drives alive. But we worked on it and hopefully we can continue” to keep the penalties down.

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