It was a big win for the Redskins on Sunday, despite being just the fourth game of the regular season. Going into the bye week at 1-3 might not seem all that majestic, but with the Eagles and Giants at 0-4, and the Cowboys at 2-2, Washington is very much still in the thick of things in the NFC East thanks to the victory, despite the slow start.
Here is a look at some of the more interesting, and telling numbers and statistics from the Redskins 24-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Most of these stats are from the official NFL stats, and I got the NFL betting lines at TopBet.eu Sportsbook.
339 – Total net yards for the Redskins offense. Decent, but not exactly prolific.
298 – Total net yards for the Raiders offense. This is more significant a statistic when you consider that the Redskins defense gave up an incredible 1464 yards over the first three games – almost 500 yards per game. Ouch.
244 – Consecutive games for London Fletcher after Sunday. Why is that significant? He passed Bill Romanowski for most consecutive starts on the defensive side of the ball since the 1970 merger.
227 – Yards passing. For Robert Griffin III AND Matt Flynn. Their days were nearly identical with RGIII going 18/31 and Flynn going 21/32 and both throwing one touchdown pass each. The main difference in their stats was one of the big differences in the game, a Flynn interception that was picked off and returned for a touchdown.
45 – Yard interception and touchdown return for Redskins rookie David Amerson. Both firsts of his young career, congratulations. It wasa huge momentum shift for the Redskins who suddenly found themselves back in the game down just 14-10
71 – Yards rushing for Alfred Morris on 16 carries, before he went out with the rib injury.
59 – Yards receiving on 6 catches for Pierre Garcon to lead all Redskins receivers.
41 – Yards rushing, on 13 carries for Roy Helu, who did a great job of coming in for Morris. He also had a 14-yard touchdown run.
35 – Yards net punting average for the Redskins on 8 punts – that’s pretty much crap. Add the punt that was blocked and recovered for a touchdown, and that average dropped down to 28.4 yards. It’s safe to say that it was the worst Redskins punt team performance in quite some time – definitely since Sav Rocca arrived.
10 – Yards rushing for RGIII on 3 carries. Not judging, just stating.
9 – Different Redskins caught balls on Sunday; the Raiders also had 9 different receivers.
7 – Sacks for a hungry Redskins defense; 2 each from Ryan Kerrigan, Bryan Orakpo, and Barry Cofield with Darryl Tapp adding the other. “We needed that so bad,” Kerrigan said. “It really feels good. Seven was kind of the magic number today – we give up only seven points, we have seven sacks, scored seven points on defense. Great feeling right now.”
3.5 – Points was what the Redskins were favored by; Washington ha not been road favorites very often in the last ten years. The Redskins are now 1-1 against the spread in games they are favored in for 2013.
3 – Penalties for 29 yards. Most disciplined Redskins performance of 2013 by far.
1 – Forced fumble for Ryan Kerrigan. He was a beast all day long, and the fumble was converted into points when Helu went in from 14 yards out.
So after falling behind early to Oakland, and looking poised to drop to their worst record since the start of the 2001 season, the Redskins fought back for the much needed win. Mike Shanahan said it best after the game in his press conference, “You gotta find a way to win.”
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