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Posted at 9:01 AM ET, 11/22/2010

These weird Redskins and the 20-point mark

By Dan Steinberg

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)


The Redskins have been playing pro football for 79 years. And I'm going to go ahead and say that the 2010 results are the weirdest in franchise history.

As Brian Mitchell pointed out on Comcast SportsNet's post-game coverage Sunday evening, this year's Redskins are 5-1 when they score fewer than 20 points. They're also 0-4 when they score more than 20 points.

Now, either of these would count as historically significant marks, especially with six games to play. Both in the same season? Completely unprecedented.

Only four times in Redskins history has a team won as many as five games while scoring fewer than 20 points. Those teams tended to be very good, which makes sense; very good teams can win either high- or low-scoring games. The last time this happened, in 1986, the Redskins were 12-4.

On the other hand, only six times in Redskins history has a team lost as many as four games while scoring more than 20 points. Those teams tended to be very very bad, which makes sense; very very bad teams can lose either high- or low-scoring games. The last three times this happened -- in 2006, 2003 and 1994 -- the Redskins were 5-11, 5-11 and 3-13.

But never has a Redskins team come anywhere close to winning five low-scoring games and losing four high-scoring games in the same season. It makes no sense at all; these Redskins are good enough to win low-scoring slugfests, and bad enough to lose high-flying shootouts? The defense is great when the offense stinks, and the offense is awesome when the defense has been bloodied?

Amazingly, this team could set a franchise record for both low-scoring wins and high-scoring losses in the same season. The 1962 Redskins went 2-5-1 when scoring more than 20 points; they're the only team in franchise history to lose five games with more than 20 points. The 1977 Redskins went 6-5 when scoring less than 20 points; they're the only team in franchise history to win six games with fewer than 20 points.

I guess when your offensive line plays its best game of the season after 17 offensive linemen get hurt, you know it's a kind of weird season.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 22, 2010; 9:01 AM ET
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Comments

For all the fans out there today and every other Monday complaining about how painful it is to watch such an ugly win: I'm so sorry that the game was not more aesthetically pleasing to you. This sport, unlike others, is designed to be close until the very end. With so few possessions for each team, and with teams switching strategies depending on whether they have a lead or are behind, the majority of NFL games come down to ONE possession at the end of the game. Why you don't get this, I don't know. Why you think that 35 point wins are more meaningful than 3 point wins, is beyond me. And why you are watching a sport that clearly isn't pleasing to your eyes, I don't know. Perhaps some of you would be more comfortable watching the ballet. This is football!

Posted by: Barno1 | November 22, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on Dan, don't you have something better to do this morning?

Posted by: zimbar | November 22, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

For all the fans out there today and every other Monday complaining about how painful it is to watch such an ugly win: I'm so sorry that the game was not more aesthetically pleasing to you. This sport, unlike others, is designed to be close until the very end. With so few possessions for each team, and with teams switching strategies depending on whether they have a lead or are behind, the majority of NFL games come down to ONE possession at the end of the game. Why you don't get this, I don't know. Why you think that 35 point wins are more meaningful than 3 point wins, is beyond me. And why you are watching a sport that clearly isn't pleasing to your eyes, I don't know. Perhaps some of you would be more comfortable watching the ballet. This is football!

Posted by: Barno1 | November 22, 2010 10:58 AM

Ah yes, the Redskins win, and Barno1 is shadow-boxing with...no one. Again.

The one downside to a Redskins win: Barno1 feels self-righteous about something that no one else cares about.

Priceless!

Posted by: hithere1 | November 22, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Barno, please.

Posted by: fitzge | November 23, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

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