Below is a ranking of important categories of defense and where the Washington Redskins or their players rank in each of them.
|TEAM OR PLAYER||CATEGORY||TOTAL||RANK|
|Redskins||Yards per game||369.6||25|
|Redskins||Yards per play||5.9||26|
|Redskins||Rush yards per game||116.7||25|
|Redskins||Pass yards per game||252.9||16|
|Redskins||Opposing pass rating||93.8||19|
|Redskins||3rd down conv||46.21||29|
|Redskins||Red zone TD percent||67.57||30|
|Redskins||Points per game||24.0||18|
|Redskins||Yards per point||16.8||23|
|R. Kerrigan||Tackles for Loss||13||3|
|J. Norman||Passes defensed||11||11|
As you can see, Washington’s defense is bad or terrible in most categories, average in a few others and good in only one, sacks. The red zone category is particularly instructive, as it demonstrates, in conjunction with offensive futility in the red zone, that Washington’s failures as a team this season mostly occur between the 20 yard line and the end zone. The Redskins are a very poor defensive team generally, but even worse than usual in the red zone. This provides a clear picture of what the Redskins need to improve over the next five (or more) games and into 2017.
Among the individual players, only Ryan Kerrigan and Josh Norman stand out as substantial statistical achievers this season.