The Washington Redskins have maintained their status as an NFL Top Five defense in the 2018 season. They are ranked 5th overall in total team defense.
It really is a remarkable turn around for Greg Manusky’s defensive unit. Most certainly, the big contribution has been a healthy Jonathan Allen and the addition of Da’Ron Payne along the defensive front. With the talent and personnel Manusky needs, he can now player a more aggressive style of defense and it is paying off. Last season, the Redskins were a -4 in team giveaways. This season, they are a +6. Don’t underestimate that stat. Turnovers are critical for team success. Here is a look at some other defensive stats:
Total Team Defense: 5th, allowing 325.7 total yards per game
Team Run Defense: 3rd, allowing 87.3 yards per game
Rushing Yards Allowed: 2nd with 524
Team Pass Defense: 13th, allowing 238.3 yards per game
Passing Yards Allowed: 6th with 1430
Yards Allowed: 3rd with 1954
Scoring Defense: 7th, with 20.2
Third Down Percentage Allowed: 21st with 41.4 conversion
Fourth Down Percentage Allowed: 2nd with 16.7% conversion
Red Zone Defense: 26th with a 383.8% conversion
Drives Against Scoring Percent: 4th with 30.8%
Average Drive Time Allowed: 14th, 2:36
Sacks: 24th, 14 total sacks
Interceptions: 22nd, with 4 interceptions
Forced Fumbles: 3rd, 10 forced fumbles
The 3rd rank on rushing defense is really a stark contrast from last season when the Redskins were ranked dead last int he NFL:. That is clearly indicative of a health Allen and an addition of Payne.
Let’s take a look at team offensive stats for the Redskins.
Total Team Offense: 24th, averaging 337.5 total yards per game
Team Pass Offense: 26th, averaging 218.5 yards per game
Team Rush Offense: 14th, averaging 119.0 yards per game
Scoring: 25th, averaging 21.0 points per game
Offensive Penalties: 6th, with 33 offensive penalties
First Downs: 26th, with 121 first downs
Passing First Downs: 28th with 66 first downs
Rushing First Downs: 14th with 43 first downs
Third Down Conversions: 23rd with a 37.5% conversion percentage
Fourth Down Conversions: 9th with 50%
Red Zone Percentage: 22nd with 50%
Sacks Allowed: 9th with 13 sacks allowed
Drive Scoring Percentage: 14th with a 38.1%
Time of Possession: 2nd with 32:15
Average Drive Time: 1st in the NFL with 3:04
Here is a look at some individual leaders for the Redskins.
Offense: RB Adrian Peterson is 10th in the NFL with 438 yards rushing. Peterson is 8th in the NFL in yards per game, averaging 73.0 yards per game. K Dustin Hopkins is 10th in the NFL with a 90% field goal percentage. He is 4th in the NFL under 30 yards, a perfect 4 for 4. He is also 2 for 3 above 50 yards.
Defense: LB Mason Foster is ranked 18th with 51 tackles. S DJ Swearinger is tied for second with 2 interceptions. CB Josh Norman is ranked 3rd with 2 forced fumbles.