Washington Redskins: Stats That Matter Headed into Week 8

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 24, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 25:  Alfred Morris #46 celebrates with Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at FedExField on August 25, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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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 seven-week mark of the 2012 NFL regular season.

70.4 & 8.5: That's Robert Griffin III's completion percentage and yards-per-attempt average, both of which lead the league as he approaches the midway point of his rookie season. Only two quarterbacks in NFL history have posted higher completion percentages over the course of an entire season (Drew Brees twice and Ken Anderson).

The second number, though, in my opinion, is much more important because it reveals how many yards a Griffin pass attempt is worth. That he's leading the league there without Pierre Garcon while also ranking 12th in the NFL in rushing yardage is an indication that he might be the most effective offensive player in football right now.

2.4: That's how many hurries per game Ryan Kerrigan has averaged since Brian Orakpo was lost for the season in Week 2 (according to Pro Football Focus). I'm excluding his performance in that second game against the Rams because St. Louis presumably didn't make massive changes on the fly once Orakpo was hurt.

With Orakpo in the starting lineup, Kerrigan was averaging 4.5 hurries per game. Based on PFF's metrics, the season opener was the best game of his career, while the last two weeks rank among the four worst.

5.4: Sometimes the simple stats are the ones that matter most. That's how many yards the Redskins are averaging per carry after gashing the Giants' defense Sunday. Only the 49ers have posted a higher number thus far.

And for comparison's sake, that's up 35 percent from the 4.0 yards per carry they averaged in 2011. Yes, Robert Griffin III and his 7.3 YPA is a huge factor, but rookie Alfred Morris is still averaging 4.8 yards per, which ranks behind only four backs who have had at least 100 attempts.

8: That's how many plays of 40 yards or more the Redskins have given up this season, which is the most in the NFL. The secondary has been beaten through the air on seven of those plays, and four have gone for touchdowns.

In fact, no team has given up more passing scores than the 'Skins (16). We obviously saw this problem rear its head in the final two minutes against the Giants in Week 7. That wasn't a fluke.