Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 11, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond.
—The Redskins last played a game 183 days ago. It will be 63 days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Franchise tag contract deadline 4; Preseason opener @ Falcons 31; Final roster cut 54
The Redskins by the numbers
4—The number of games the 2015 Redskins played with zero turnovers
That was their best performance in that area since 2012 when they had six turnover-free games. That year they set a team record with just 14 giveaways all year. It’s not a coincidence that they won the NFC East both years. Playing games without giveaways is a good indicator of success but not a sure one. They had five turnover free games in 2008 but they finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs under Jim Zorn. But a closer look shows that four of those no-turnover games came during their 6-2 start that year. They had only one in the 2-6 limp to the finish.
6—The number of games the 2015 Redskins played with one turnover
The Redskins were 9-1 in games with zero or one turnovers. Since they won nine games it’s not too hard to figure out that they did not win a game in which they turned the ball over two times or more. It’s safe to say that they had a very thin margin for error. Last year all NFL teams had a .619 winning percentage when turning the ball over zero or one time (181-1110). The league went 75-145 with two or more giveaways (.341).
9—The number of games where the Redskins’ defense had two or more takeaways
They were 5-4 in those games. So taking the ball away didn’t help them as much as giving it away hurt them.
70—The number of drives the 2015 Redskins had with three or fewer plays
Only seven teams had more. But that doesn’t meant that the Redskins were all that bad when it came to three and out drives. They scored 11 touchdowns on drives of three plays or fewer; only one team scored more. And they weren’t all drives where they got possession deep in the opponent’s territory. There were two quick drives of 80 yards each (two and three plays), one of 77 (one play) and one of 72 yards (three plays).
41—The number of touchdown drives the Redskins had in 2015
Those drives averaged 7.6 plays, covered 65.9 yards and ate 3:42 of the clock. The league averages were 7.3 plays, 66.4 yards, and took 3:20. The average team had 38 touchdown drives. I’m not sure how significant this is but of the top 12 teams with the most time-consuming average drive only two, the Redskins and Seahawks, made the playoffs.
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