We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.
19—Points allowed per game
This is another ambitious goal for the Redskins. They allowed 29.9 points per game last year, tied for 30th in the NFL. It is no easy task to shave a touchdown and a field goal off of your points allowed from one season to the next. It will be especially challenging for the Redskins, who might open the season with just three new starters from last year.
A team giving up 19 points per game (304 points) would have tied for fourth in the NFL with the Saints. The Bengals and Chiefs were just behind, giving up 305 points.
Many things will have to fall into place, Jim Haslett’s more aggressive scheme geared towards putting pressure on the quarterback among them. Good health will be important as will players like Jason Hatcher and Brian Orakpo living up to their sizeable contracts.
But it’s not all about the defensive side of the ball. Special teams need to improve. The kicking teams gave up five touchdowns directly and cost the team field position that led to scores on many other occasions. Moving the ball more consistently on offense and avoiding giveaways (34 in 2013, tied for second-worst total in the NFL).