Each week, we take a peak at some of the ‘numbers’ that might have contributed to the past game’s outcome. Here are this week’s numbers from the Redskins 25-17 win over the Detroit Lions:
439 – Total yards of offense for Washington. The Redskins may not have put the game away until late, but it certainly wasn’t because they were having trouble moving the ball.
328 – Yards passing for Jason Campbell. He was 23 of 28 on the day, and hit 8 different Redskins with passes.
140 – Yards receiving on 9 receptions for Santana Moss. His longest was his 50-yard touchdown reception. Moss now has 658 yards receiving on the season – 5th best in the NFL.
127.4 – Quarterback rating for Jason Campbell against the Lions – his best NFL game total ever. Campbell’s season QBR moved up to 100.5 – also 5th best in the NFL.
126 – Yards rushing by Clinton Portis on 24 carries (5.3 YPC). His 944 total rushing yards so far this year, still leads the league. It’s not even Halloween yet, and CP has almost 1000 yards on the season. It was the 5th game in a row that Portis has gone over 120 yards – a feat that he accomplished one other time in his career. Only Portis and O.J. Simpson have ever done it twice.
80 – Yard punt return by Santana Moss. Not even teammate Devin Thomas could stop Moss from taking the punt all the way to the house. It was only the second time that Moss had lined up to receive a punt all year, and it was his second touchdown of the game..
64 – Consecutive games with a catch for tight end Chris Cooley. Cooley had 6 of them on Sunday for 74 yards.
57 – Yards receiving on just 4 catches, for the immensely talented Lion Calvin Johnson. Shutting down the best receivers in the game is starting to be just another ‘day at the office’ for Redskin Carlos Rogers.
56 – Total yards rushing by the Lions. The Redskin defense continues to completely shut down opposing running backs.
36 – Minutes of Redskins ball possession (35:45) to Detroit’s 24 minutes. Despite having the ball for over 9 minutes in the fourth quarter, the Lions still had the ball for 11:30 less than Washington.
6 – Solo tackles by London Fletcher – none bigger or better than his last one on Calvin Johnson that ended the game.
5 – Solo tackles from Mike Green. Pretty good for a guy who just got to Washington and was thrust into the starter’s position because of a game-time decision on Chris Horton’s injury.
4 – Field goals from Shaun Suisham; though the Canadian missed a 50-yarder, he was good from 25, 47, 45 and 42.
3 – Defensive starters scratched due to injury at the Lions game – Shawn Springs, Chris Horton, and Cornelius Griffin.
2 – Punts for the Redskins all day. Ryan Plackemeier only averaged 40.5 yards per punt, but that was due to squibbing one punt to the 10-yard line. His other punt may have been the best one by a Redskin punter all year – under pressure, he boomed a 49-yarder that had to be fair caught, and had no return.
1 – Sack for Demetric Evans. It was his first of the season.
The Redskins now have 6 wins! While its easy to look back and say that the Redskins could have beaten the Rams and been 7-1, the truth of the matter is that very few people picked this team to have 6 wins at the half-way point of the season. Its the first time since 2000 that the Redskins have reached the 6-2 mark.
Next up is the very tough, defensively sound Pittsburgh Steelers.
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