The Skins and the 30-Point Barrier
I'm definitely veering unpleasantly toward the pit of negativity. I'm gonna try to work on that. Negativity has never been my shtick. Still, I thought these numbers were worth posting. Avert your eyes if you'd rather enjoy the beautiful sunlight.
As has oft been mentioned, the Campbell-Zorn team has never combined on a 30-point game. In fact, the last time the Redskins reached that meaningless 30-point threshold, Todd Collins and Joe Gibbs were at the helm.
Now, before we get into the numbers, a bunch of caveats. You play to win the game, not to score 30 points. You can score 38 and lose, and fans would rather have two points and a win. Many teams reach 30 with the help of defensive touchdowns, which says nothing about their quarterback or offensive leaders. Other teams reach 30 with the aid of overtime, which isn't necessarily a good thing. And, above all, to repeat myself, 30 points does not mean anything in and of itself; it's just an arbitrary, juicy, pleasing but ultimately meaningless number.
All that being said, over the 2008 and first quarter of the 2009 seasons, only two NFL teams have failed to score 30 points: the Redskins (who have gone 10-10 in that span) and the Lions (who have gone 1-19 in that span). (The Lions' drought streak is longer by seven weeks, if you go back to the '07 season.) In some ways, this is incredibly impressive to the Skins, and speaks to the strength of their defense and their ability to win close, low-scoring games. At the same time, just for a change, it might be nice to see a 37-point outburst.
(In Tampa's previous five games before meeting the Skins, the Bucs were allowing an average of 32.6 points, with four of their five opponents reaching the 30-point mark. The Redskins, of course, got to 16.)
So, if you're curious, here are the total number of games NFL teams have reached the 30-point threshold since the start of the 2008 regular season. Postseason games are not included in this list.
1. New Orleans 10
2t. Arizona 8
2t. Baltimore 8
2t. Indy 8
2t. New York Giants 8
2t. Philadelphia 8
7t. Carolina 7
7t. San Diego 7
7t. Tennessee 7
10t. Dallas 6
10t. Minnesota 6
10t. New England 6
13t. Atlanta 5
13t. Buffalo 5
13t. Denver 5
13t. Green Bay 5
13t. New York Jets 5
13t. Pittsburgh 5
19t. Houston 4
19t. Jacksonville 4
19t. San Fran 4
22t. Chicago 3
22t. Kansas City 3
22t. Miami 3
22t. Seattle 3
22t. Tampa Bay 3
27t. Cleveland 2
27t. Oakland 2
29t. Cincinnati 1
29t. St. Louis 1
31t. Detroit 0
31t. Washington 0
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