The Redskins are doing a better job of getting to the quarterback so far this year than they did through nine games in 2012. A year ago they had 14 sacks after their ninth game and so far this year they have 21.
Last year the Redskins went into their bye week sitting at 3-6 and it looked like their season was all but over. After the bye they went on a 7 game run that put them atop the division and gave them their first home playoff game in over a decade. This year the Redskins are again sitting at 3-6, but their chances for a repeat performance seem to be far lower.
The Washington Redskins went back to Niles Paul as their primary kick returner for Thursday's 34-27 loss at Minnesota, and the third-year pro turned in a solid day, averaging 24.7 yards on three attempts and giving his team some of its best field position on kickoffs of the season.
The Redskins will get back to work tomorrow to try to work their way from 3-6 back up to at least respectability if not a playoff berth. Here are five players who have exceeded expectations this year. In this space tomorrow we'll look at five who have not lived up to preseason hopes.
The Washington Redskins are on pace to rush fewer times for fewer yards than they did in 2012. That will come as no surprise to anybody who has been following the team. But some might not expect to see how small the difference is between this year and last and who is getting fewer carries and fewer yards.