About 75 percent of people know that you can use stats to skew perspectives. The reality is that they rarely tell the whole story, but I also find that they almost always tell part of the story.
Let's attempt to complete the story by tossing out a few of the key stats regarding the Washington Redskins two weeks into the season.
That's how many penalties and penalty yards have been dealt to the Redskins this season. Both numbers lead the league by fairly wide margins. Penalties have hurt the 'Skins equally on offense and defense.
That includes a slew of holdings, false starts and offsides, as well as a ridiculous five personal fouls. What's odd is that the 'Skins were actually one of the least penalized teams in the league last year, taking 91 in total. Two games into this season, they're already 25 percent of the way to that number.
Madieu Williams, DeJon Gomes, Kory Lichtensteiger and Trent Williams are the only Redskins who have been penalized twice, so it's not as though there's one position group or one or two players causing the brunt of the problems.
Something for the coaching staff to work on going forward.
That's how many yards per attempt the Redskins have surrendered on the ground two weeks into the season. A lot of that has to do with Rams' rookie seventh-round pick Daryl Richardson, who averaged 5.5 yards per rush in relief of Steven Jackson Sunday.
Only three teams have been worse against the run on a per-play basis, which is a little surprising when you consider how stellar this run D looked down the stretch last year. I know Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart tore them apart in Week 16, but Washington gave up 91 or fewer rushing yards in three of its last four games.
The good news is Perry Riley has continued to perform well as a run defender. The problem is that key cogs such as London Fletcher, Barry Cofield and Ryan Kerrigan have all received negative grades by Pro Football Focus thus far.
That's how many receptions top cornerback Josh Wilson has surrendered this season on eight targets. In other words, quarterbacks are avoiding him. And when they do throw his way, they're only completing 25 percent of those passes.
Wilson's coverage rating of 4.4 ranks second to only Patrick Peterson, per PFF. He and Chris Culliver are the only corners in football who have been on the field for more than 100 snaps and have given up fewer than three receptions.
He's also only given up six yards after those catches, which trails only Chris Gamble and Nate Clements among corners who have played at least 100 snaps.
Wilson might be on the verge of a Pro Bowl season.
That's Ryan Kerrigan's PFF pass-rush rating, which is tops in the NFL among 3-4 outside linebackers through two weeks. He also has nine hurries, a number that is 50 percent higher than the next-best guy on the list.
The question, now, is whether the second-year linebacker's production will dip with Brian Orakpo out for the remainder of the year.
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