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Quick hitter: Redskins defense ranks top-2 in both yards and points allowed

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The new-look Jay Gruden team doesn’t give breathing room to opposing offenses

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I worked all day, and was surprised to find, when I got home, that the Patriots had been beaten by the Lions, who gave up only 10 points to Tom Brady’s offense.

But the game I was fascinated to watch was the Buffalo beatdown in Minneapolis, where the Bills held the Vikings offense scoreless for more than 56 minutes. It was a stifling performance against most people’s favorite for this year’s NFC Championship.

I knew that the Rams were winning and undefeated, in large measure because of their killer defense.

I wondered how the Redskins defense stacked up, so I checked that a few minutes ago. Here’s what I found.

The Redskins are ranked #2 in the league, as they have given up 276 yards per game, compared to the Ravens, who have allowed a stingy 273 ypg.

But we all know that the more critical stat is scoring defense. You don’t beat a team by having more yards than they do — you beat them by having more points.

Well, I have good news for you.

The Redskins are tied for 2nd, at 14.7 points per game, behind the Rams, who have surrendered a measly 12 ppg.

I hope the defense enjoys its bye week. They’ve earned the break, and we’ll need them to come back and play strong for the remaining 14 weeks. HTTR