With the regular season in the books, here's how the Redskins' defense ranks overall for 16 games:
|All 16 games||Stat||NFL Rank|
|Total Yards Against||377.7||28|
|Rushing Yards Against||95.8||5|
|Passing Yards Against||281.9||30|
Yikes. Except for the rushing defense, the Redskins look pretty horrid statistically.
However, lets see how the defense ranks using just these last seven games, whose opponents were (in order): PHI, @DAL, NYG, BAL, @CLE, @PHI, DAL.
|Last 7 games (all wins)||Stat||NFL Rank|
|Total Yards Against||351.7||18|
|Rushing Yards Against||95.1||5|
|Passing Yards Against||256.6||29|
The Redskins are giving up four points less a game. That's huge.
The rushing defense has held steady, but the passing defense has improved a modest 30 yards a game, which makes a big difference on the overall yardage ranking.
Some other key stats:
- In 3 of the 7 games of this streak, the Redskins were either tied (DAL) or losing (NYG/BAL) at halftime. In those games the Redskins outscored their opponents 45-21. Interestingly, they were all at home.
- Robert Griffin III had a 100+ QB Rating in every game of this winning streak but the final DAL game (inactive vs CLE). Before the BYE, RGIII only had three 100+ QB Rating games out of nine.
- The Redskins gave up 186 rushing yards to the Ravens...so, let's not run wild with the #5 ranking.
Here's an Excel sheet of all these stats for anyone that wants to read more detailed info.