Washington Redskins 2012: How Redskins' Defense Compares to NFC East

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Washington Redskins 2012: How Redskins' Defense Compares to NFC East
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London Fletcher will be the anchor of the defense once again

Yesterday, we took a look at how the Redskins offense compared to that of its NFC East brethren. Today we examine the defense.

It's important to preface this by stating that the Redskins employ a 3-4 base defense, as do the Cowboys. That means that certain positions—particularly the linebackers and defensive line—play a role different than the one they would on the Giants or Eagles.

Last year, the Redskins were a middle-of-the-pack defense but showed flashes of brilliance in a season when they were forced onto the field more often than most other teams because of the turnover machine at quarterback.

Washington only allowed two 300-plus-yard passers in the entire season—the first coming at Week 12 to Tom Brady and then the last week of the season to Michael Vick. That means that both Tony Romo and Eli Manning were unable to torch the Redskins defense through the air in two attempts each. In a pass-happy NFL, that has become quite the feat.

While that statistic is nice, it doesn't change the fact that the Redskins still ranked in the bottom half of the league in points allowed and forced turnovers. There is still much work to be done to take the defense in Washington to elite status. Fortunately, there is enough talent for this group to be in the conversation when ranking defenses in the NFC East.

Let's take a look and see how the Redskins starters stack up to their colleagues.

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