Stats don't often tell the whole story, but most are relevant when put into context. Here are four stats related to the Washington Redskins that help explain why they stand where they do at the six-week mark of the 2012 NFL regular season.
27.8: That's the percentage of third downs the Redskins have converted on offense this year, which ranks second last in the NFL. In their defense, they were last in this category before converting on a respectable six of 12 third-down attempts against the Minnesota Vikings, but it's still an area that needs to be improved.
As good as Alfred Morris has been, they need to continue to find ways to get into third-and-short situations. That they're averaging a ridiculous 29.7 points per game despite this and despite not having a healthy Pierre Garcon or a particularly strong offensive line is an indication of how dangerous this offense is.
.071: That's how many turnovers the Redskins are committing per drive, according to Football Outsiders, which ranks first in the NFL. The division rival Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are turning it over three-times more often than they are, and no other team led by a rookie quarterback is ranked higher than 20th in this category.
Last year, with a similar offense but no Robert Griffin III, they were ranked 31st here. Is this an anomaly or is RG3 really this good already?
6.3: That's how many yards the Redskins are gaining per play, which is tied with the Giants for first in the NFL. They're only slightly above average in terms of 20- and 40-yard passes and runs, which indicates this isn't a fluke and they're consistently running plays that produce more yards than pretty much everyone else.
They're averaging a league-high 8.6 yards per pass attempt and 5.2 yards per carry (second only to the San Francisco 49ers). It helps that they have two of the top seven rushers in the NFC.
-6.7: That's London Fletcher's cumulative Pro Football Focus rating thus far in 2012, which places him 42nd among the 48 linebackers who have played at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps. Fletcher's really struggling in run defense, where he's drawn a minus-3.0 rating and has missed nine tackles already.
Last year, he was ranked eighth overall among inside 'backers and had a plus-6.3 rating against the run with 14 missed tackles in 16 games. This could be an indication that the 37-year-old is finally starting to decline. Sad to see that happen to both him and Ray Lewis this year.
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