The Redskins maintain Top 5 Defense

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.