Washington Redskins: Stats That Matter Headed into Week 9

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 1, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21:  Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins  in action during their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/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 heading into Week 9 of the 2012 NFL regular season.



That's Aldrick Robinson's cumulative rating from Pro Football Focus, which makes him the only wide receiver on the Redskins roster with a positive rating. Santana Moss, Josh Morgan and Leonard Hankerson have lacked consistency, and Pierre Garcon's been out since Week 1.

With tight end Fred Davis now out for the season, too, it's no wonder Robert Griffin III's play has begun to drop off. He needs more help from his receivers, who dropped a combined seven passes last week, according to PFF.



That's the offensive line's overall pass-blocking efficiency rating from PFF, which ranks eighth in football. Not bad at all when you consider how often the quarterbacks were under pressure during the preseason.

The line has become progressively better and now ranks ahead of every other team in the NFC East in that metric. Last year, it was ranked 28th in the same category. It looks as though the focus can shift from the line to the secondary completely this offseason.



Speaking of the secondary, that's DeAngelo Hall's coverage rating thus far, per PFF—a number that places the veteran cornerback 103rd among the 104 corners who have played at least 25 percent of their respective teams' snaps.

Hall has been beat 42 times, which is more than any other defensive player in the NFL.



That's how many fourth downs the Redskins have converted on nine attempts this season. This number might not be extremely crucial, but no other team has converted more than six fourth downs this year, and it should be noted that they've been converting 89 percent of their fourth-down gambles when we criticize their play on third down.

They're converting just 30 percent of third downs, which ranks 29th in the league. But throw in those eight fourth-down conversions and the one unsuccessful attempt, and they're actually extending drives at a 38 percent cut beyond second down, which is close to the middle of the pack.