The hidden symbolism of Patriots 34, Redskins 27

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The Patriots are almost machine-like in their ability to put up 30 points every week. They’ve done it 10 times in 13 tries this season, and they did it again Sunday when they beat the Redskins, 34-27.

The Redskins, on the other hand, are almost machine-like in their ability not to score 30 points. I didn’t realize how bad it was, though – this disparity between the two offenses – until I started to do a little research. Consider:

● Since 2007, when the Patriots nearly pulled off a perfect season, Tom Brady and Co. have scored 30 or more points in 44 games, best in the league. In that same span, the Redskins have scored 30 or more points five times, worst in the league. Here are the Top and Bottom 5s in this department:

Top 5

44  Patriots

35  Packers

35  Saints

29  Chargers

28  Giants

Note: Eagles, 26 (7th), Cowboys 25 (8th).

Bottom 5

5  Redskins

6  Rams

9  49ers

10  Bucs

10  Browns

● Even if you stretch it back to 2001, the beginning of the Patriots dynasty, the results are the same. See for yourself:

Top 5

72  Patriots

67  Packers

63  Colts

59  Saints

55  Chargers

Note: Eagles 51 (6th), Giants 42 (10th), Cowboys 39 (16th).

Bottom 5

19  Redskins

20  Browns

22  Lions

23  Bucs

24  Texans (And they didn’t begin operations until 2004!)

So on one level, at least, Sunday’s game came down to the Patriots’ ability to score 30 points (nobody’s better) and the Redskins’ inability to score 30 points (nobody’s worse).

These rankings are also a reflection, of course, of the Pats having one coach (Bill Belichick) and one Hall of Fame-bound quarterback (Brady) all that time – and the Redskins having five coaches and who-knows-how-many quarterbacks.

The bottom line: Not only have the Redskins been one of the losingest franchises in the NFL in recent years, they’ve arguably been the boringest franchise (on the field, at least). Five 30-point offensive performances in almost five seasons? Good gracious.

Source: pro-football-reference.com.

 

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Dan Daly

Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

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