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The Skins and the 30-Point Barrier


(By Larry French - Getty)


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

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 5, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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Comments

"Negativity has never been my shtick."

Says the instigator of a six month long Nats Fail campaign. I see candid and honest self-assessment is not your schtick either.

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | October 5, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why is it always considered negative to take an honest assessment of a teams glaring weaknesses?

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 5, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Just think how many more wins we'd have if we had an honest-to-goodness, functional 21st-century NFL offense? Instead of being 10-10, we'd be like 18-2!

I thought JZ was supposed to be a creative, offensive genius? It seems as if JZ's plays are being called from Joe Gibbs' rocking chair.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | October 5, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Why is it always considered negative to take an honest assessment of a teams glaring weaknesses?

Posted by: jbanks979


Good question. The offense simply needs to score more points. Period.

Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | October 5, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

And the 49ers, hapless laughing stocks last year, put up THIRTY FIVE F@CKING POINTS on the Rams, a team against whom the Skins could only manage three lousy field goals.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Fair enough, Bob person. I guess I meant regarding the Skins, but even then, I'm probably misrepresenting the truth.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | October 5, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

And they wonder why people boo at Fed Up Field?

Posted by: WallyG3 | October 5, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

And the 49ers, hapless laughing stocks last year, put up THIRTY FIVE F@CKING POINTS on the Rams, a team against whom the Skins could only manage three lousy field goals.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse
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And dispite the plethora of points they scored they still got just one win (same as Redskins) and are still only one game ahead of us.

Chill out.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 5, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

So to be in the win column, you want to be tied for 19th, right?

Posted by: dcsween | October 5, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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