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Redskins, by the Numbers

Figured I'd throw some more stats out there, starting with the running game. The Skins have attempted 77 more rushes this season than their opponents, most in the NFL. The 6-0 Titans, are second, attempting 58 more rushes than their opponent. Not bad company to be in. Clinton Portis has attempted 12 more rushes than anyone else in the NFL, and his 818 yards are a whopping 134 more yards than anyone else in the NFL. He also is second in the league with seven TDs.

Overall, the Redskins rank third in rushing yards per game, so expect to see more of the above. Zorn said he plans to continue giving carries to backup tailbacks Rock Cartwright and Shaun Alexander as well, knowing that both missed their hole a few times in the past game, but knowing that's not unusual given how few carries they have had.

The Skins rank seventh in total offense and sixth in total defense. The New York Giants are the only other team in the NFL with both units ranked in the top seven (they are third on offense and fourth on defense). Again, not bad company.

The Skins are third in rushing and 19th in passing; they are seventh against the run and 12th against the pass.

Campbell is ranked ninth in the NFL with a 96.3 passer rating, and is completing 64 percent of his passes. He is third in the league with a 122 rating in the fourth quarter, behind only Tony Romo and Trent Edwards.


Randoms: We're guaranteed at least one drunken fan takes the field moment every season, and to get two at the same time late in Sunday's game was, well, a rare treat. Then to have Antwaan Randle El level one guy on the field, and the other to take a sprint to the Skins sidelines and end up wrecked by Will Norman, dean of the Skins PR crew, man, that's a highlight reel kind of day. Kudos to Norman for making the tackle. Zorn called the dudes "knuckleheads" and said they made the run at the worst possible time with everyone trying to focus on putting the game away. ... Got nothing but love for my BoSox. They gave it all they had.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 20, 2008; 3:30 PM ET
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first, for what it's worth

Posted by: online360 | October 20, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Gweez | October 20, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

+++Yesterday the 'Skins had 36 rushing plays and 24 pass plays. I'm guessing that's about the mix they'll have going forward. So do you want a run blocker or a pass blocker?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 20, 2008 1:18 PM+++

Yesterday Campbell had an off day, complicated by a groin injury that all but eliminated the deep ball.

Hope the groin doesn't get to be a season long deal.

Posted by: TheCork | October 20, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Read that article it definitely got me fired up:

s we speak, the Cowboys' film session has probably turned into a group therapy situation during which players are reminded how special they are. And you wonder why Phillips has been a short-timer as a head coach? He's an excellent defensive coordinator, but he has no business running a team.

No, the Redskins don't resemble the Cowboys in any way. On Sunday, they had to rely on the best running back in football and a stifling defense. If not for an uncharacteristic late fumble by Clinton Portis, the Browns would've never found the end zone. The Redskins don't have the most talent in the rugged NFC East, but they have an identity -- and that's more important.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache has taken the best parts of Gregg Williams' old defense and added some of his attitude. It's not by accident that teams seem to fall to pieces inside the Redskins' 5-yard line. As Zorn put it, the Redskins try to "establish the line of scrimmage" in what we now call the green zone.

Posted by: Gweez | October 20, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if someone else already posted this, but I guess it's worth reading four or five times :-)

Posted by: PDiddy | October 20, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Nice post JLaC!

Posted by: Skins930 | October 20, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Detroit scares the heck out of me.

They're like a stick of dynamite, getting ready to blow!

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 20, 2008 2:16 P

I'm with this comment, plus the one in an earlier post about how thinking about "resting" starters is the wrong attitude to take into a game.

Skins have to play this next game smart ... and aggressive. Playing on carpet is risky enough for injuries ... losing focus is another trap for injury.

And if the lightning don't getcha either, then the injuries will.

Posted by: dcsween | October 20, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Portis needs his workload scaled back, I'd love to see him get a breather this week, versus Det. if the team were to get up big.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 20, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Having been beaten once by a formerly winless team and nearly again by a 2 win team, I'm thinking this Skins team won't take anyone for granted.

The reality is that both the Rams and Browns are better now than their records suggest. No reason to think Detroit's play won't exceed their record either.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 20, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious Diddy.

Posted by: Gweez | October 20, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking the same way Greg. Portis is a beast, but he's never been a beast for 16 games. Any opportunity to rest him should be taken. Betts was capable of 20+ carries a game, but he appears down until after the bye. I don't think Rock or Shaun are 20 carry guys at this point.

I'd like to see Betts as the workhorse from time to time, just so Portis can stay healthy. Games on turf would make sense. That'll have to wait obviously.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 20, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Let's not go down the road of prognosticating re: the Lions. Let's not get drunk on stats that tell us we are the bomb-joint. It can only be bad. Let's dwell on more encouraging things - like the Cowboys melting down!

Posted by: p1funk | October 20, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

At this rate he'll have lead the league in carries for the second straight thanks...Seems to me that getting Rock/Shaun more carries this next game would be at the top of Zorn's list of things to do.......

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 20, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on Portis needing to cut back on the amount of carries. Its hard to say that cause it what need to be done to win these games, but we have to think about his future, not just this year. My point is take a look back at Steven jackson or Jamal Lewis, Larry johnson etc. whenever these guys have huge carry loads one year their carear is never the same, CP26 is a beast and has already proven more durable then most just dont want to see him fade out like some can.

Posted by: Stu27 | October 20, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: dcsween | October 20, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

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