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Analyzing The Stats: The Redskins Defense Doesn't Make A Lot Of Sense

I was just perusing the NFL defensive team stats and I found some interesting things regarding the Redskins. They have a very odd combination of defensive stats that don't seem to go very well together. The Bad:

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  • Last in the NFL giving up 420 yards a game.
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  • By far the most downs played with 430.
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  • An average of nearly six yards given up on each of those 430 snaps.
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  • Fourth in time spent on the field per game.
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The Good:

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  • Ninth overall in defensive third down percentage.
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  • Only 14th in points allowed per game at 19.8
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They might not be incredible, but they are much better than you might expect from a defense with those other stats. The Redskins might just have the stingiest sieve-like defense of all time.

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