Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, September 8, four days before the Washington Redskins open their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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—Today's schedule: Practice 1:00; Jay Gruden and Joe Barry news conference and player availability after practice approx. 3:00
—The Redskins last played a game that counted 242 days ago. It will be four days until they host the Steelers in their 2016 season opener.
—Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 10; Browns @ Redskins 24; Redskins @ Ravens 31
The 2016 Redskins by the numbers
17—The NFL rank of their strength of schedule in terms of opponents’ 2015 winning percentage. Part of the reason it’s in the middle of the pack is because they play the rest of the teams in the NFC East twice.
.563—The Redskins’ winning percentage in 2015 (9-7)
.354—The combined winning percentage of the other three teams in the NFC East (17-31).
24—The number of years it has been since the Redskins made the playoffs for a second consecutive year (1991-1992). This is why it’s difficult to argue with those who are skeptical of the Redskins’ chances this year. The organization simply hasn’t been able to build anything approaching a consistent winner.
32—The number of years it’s been since the Redskins won consecutive NFC East titles (1983-1984)
19—The number of years since the Redskins have had a winning season for a second straight year (9-7 in 1996, 8-7-1 in 1997). They have been unable to get over ever this low bar.
13—The number of Redskins on the current 53-man roster who are new to the organization in 2016. Last year the number was 16.
4—The number of 2016 draft picks who made the 53-man roster (Josh Doctson, Su’a Cravens, Kendall Fuller, Nate Sudfeld). Last year seven draft picks made it.
74.7—Kirk Cousins completion percentage in regular season home games. That’s the highest home completion percentage in NFL history by a player with at least 100 attempts.
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