Washington Redskins Stats That Matter Through Week 4

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins in action against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on September 29, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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With the Washington Redskins enjoying a bye week at the quarter pole of the 2013 NFL regular season, we bring you a batch of relevant and interesting Redskins-related statistics to help explain that 1-3 start.

72: That's how many rushing yards Robert Griffin III has this year, which ranks 11th among quarterbacks. Andrew Luck and Christian Ponder have more rushing yards than Griffin, one year after he rushed for a ridiculous 815 yards. His per-game rushing yards average has dropped from 54.3 to 18.0.

16.9: That's the number of points Griffin's passer rating has dropped by this season. One year after posting the league's third-highest rating, RGIII ranks 17th at 85.5—behind Terrelle Pryor and Matt Schaub.

42: That's the percentage of plays on which the Redskins used play-action in Week 4, compared to just 24 percent during the first three weeks, according to ESPN. Griffin was 10 for 13 for 119 yards on those play-action snaps, and the main takeaway is that Washington finally won. Griffin went play-action 39.9 percent of the time last year, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), and that was the highest play-action percentage in the league. Not sure why it changed early this season.

8: That's the number of 20-yard completions the Redskins have registered this season, which ranks third-last in the NFL. Griffin has been accurate on only 20 percent of the 15 deep passes he has attempted, according to PFF, which ranks dead last among quarterbacks who have taken at least 50 percent of their team's snaps. Maybe the key is more play-action.

3: That's the number of touchdown passes Griffin has thrown while under pressure. To his credit, he's been the league's ninth-most-accurate quarterback in those situations, according to PFF.

14: That's the total number of Griffin passes that have been dropped, which is the second-highest mark in the NFL. Once PFF removes those drops and some other forces outside of Griffin's control, he becomes the league's seventh-most-accurate passer at 75.9 percent. That's still down about three percentage points from last year, but it remains a positive stat for RGIII. Griffin's receivers dropped only 2.2 passes per game last season, but that's up to 3.5 in 2013.

23: That's the average yard-line at which the Redskins are starting their drives on offense. Only two offenses have had to deal with longer fields than Washington. They're well below average with just 5.6 yards per punt return and 20.3 yards per kick return. 

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09:  Cornerback DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins returns a blocked backwards pass 75-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.
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3: That's the number of defensive touchdowns the Redskins have scored (two from DeAngelo Hall, one from David Amerson), which is tied for the NFL lead. It's also as many touchdowns as the Jacksonville Jaguars have scored all season. With that in mind, it's tougher to blame the defense for those field-position problems. 

9.2: That's the number of yards per pass attempt opposing quarterbacks are averaging when facing the Redskins, which is a league high. Those quarterbacks also have a 111.9 passer rating against this defense. 

15: That's the number of sacks the Redskins have registered on D after a seven-sack performance in Oakland in Week 4. They're ranked second in the league in that area, and third with an overall defensive sack percentage of 9.6. 

19: That's the number of pressures Brian Orakpo now has. He ranks tied for second among all 3-4 outside linebackers. His Robin, Ryan Kerrigan, isn't far behind with 17, ranking eighth. 

5: That's the number of sacks Kerrigan now has, which ranks fourth in the NFL. This pass rush is starting to come around, which bodes well for that the rest of the defense, which has obviously really struggled.

569: That's how many rushing yards the Redskins have surrendered on defense this season. Only the Jaguars have given up more. Last year, they gave up a respectable 4.2 yards per carry and 95.8 yards per game, but those numbers have skyrocketed to 4.7 and 142.3 this year. It is important to remember, though, that nearly half of those yards came in Week 1 against the Eagles, who have been tearing it up on the ground. Since that opener, they've given up just 4.2 YPC and 102.0 YPG, which is solid. And getting Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins back can only help.

52: That's the number of missed tackles the Redskins have recorded this season, which is more than anyone else in the NFL. They struggled in this area last year, averaging 7.3 missed tackles per game, but that average has skyrocketed to 13.0 this season. 

18: That's the number of missed tackles the Redskins have recorded at the safety position alone. A group that includes Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo, Reed Doughty and E.J. Biggers has allowed completions on 83 percent of the passes thrown their way while surrendering five touchdowns in four games. Oh, and they have a combined interception total of zero. Opposing quarterbacks have a perfect passer rating against these guys. It's just awful.

1.59: That's how many yards opposing running backs are averaging against the Redskins between five and 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, according to Football Outsiders, which is a league high. That's an indictment on the linebacking corps as well as the secondary.

0: That's the total number of sacks Trent Williams has surrendered this season. He and fellow offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus have given up just one sack this season and have only been beaten for pressures on 16 occasions, according to PFF. For the sake of comparison, the Giants' bookend tackles have given up 44 pressures, while Philadelphia's have surrendered 34.

85.0: That's the offensive line's PFF pass-blocking efficiency rating, which takes into account sacks, hits and hurries per passing play. The Washington O-line ranked in the middle of the pack in this category last year at 80.0, but they've shot up into the top five in 2013. Not bad considering how much the offense has struggled.

Minus-11.9: That's London Fletcher's PFF grade, which ranks him third-last among inside linebackers. Among 53 qualifying players at that position, Fletcher ranks 49th in tackling efficiency. 

Unless stated otherwise, stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and NFL.com.