- The Washington Times - Monday, November 10, 2008

When the Washington Redskins return Monday after a five-day hiatus, they hope to begin a seven-week sprint to the playoffs.

But before their focus turns to the Dallas Cowboys, here’s a statistical look back at the Redskins’ first nine games, compiled from a review of each game. Some of the stats - including intended receiver, snaps played, hang time on punts - are unofficial.

Passing game

— Jason Campbell’s most frequent target is receiver Santana Moss - 71 times (for 44 completions) in nine games - followed by tight end Chris Cooley (63 times for 48 completions).

— Fifty-one of Campbell’s 273 attempts (18.7 percent), including spikes and throwaways, did not travel beyond the line of scrimmage; 154 throws (56.4 percent) traveled between 1 and 10 yards. All told, 75.1 percent of Campbell’s throws traveled 10 or fewer yards.

— Campbell has scrambled for 71 yards on eight dropbacks.

— Moss, Cooley and Antwaan Randle El (36 catches) account for 71.9 of Campbell’s completions (128 of 178).

Running game

— Eighty-seven of Clinton Portis’ 200 carries have gained 4 or more yards. In four games, more than half of his carries gained at least 4 yards: New Orleans (12 of 21), Dallas (11 of 21), St. Louis (14 of 21) and Cleveland (15 of 27).

— Portis’ lowest percentages came in the past two games - nine of 24 at Detroit and four of 13 against Pittsburgh.

The Redskins are 4-1 when they have more rushes than passes, losing only to St. Louis.

— When Portis gained 120 yards while averaging at least 5 yards a carry in five consecutive games, he became only the third running back in NFL history to accomplish the feat, joining Jim Brown (1958) and O.J. Simpson (1973).

Special teams

— In 16 punts through three games, Ryan Plackemeier is averaging 4.19 seconds of hang time per attempt. That doesn’t include the blocked punt against Pittsburgh, the first of his career.

— Kicker Shaun Suisham’s misses have come from 49 yards (wide left), 30 (wide left), 52 (wide left), 36 (upright) and 50 (wide right). The average distance of his 18 field goals is 37.7 yards.

— Rock Cartwright has posted six kick returns of 30 or more yards.

Playing time

— The iron man on the defensive line is Andre Carter; he has played 463 of 516 snaps, not counting penalties. For the skill position players - not counting Campbell - it’s Randle El (517 of 580).

— Jason Taylor is third among defensive linemen (276) despite missing three games. Kedric Golston is second at 304. Cornelius Griffin has played 265 and Demetric Evans 249.

— For the skill players, Moss (503) is second, followed by Cooley (460) and Portis (437). Moss’ 37 snaps against the Steelers marked the first time this season he was on the field fewer than 50 plays.

— Snaps for April’s three second-round picks: Devin Thomas (164), Fred Davis (32) and Malcolm Kelly (16).

— Campbell and offensive linemen Pete Kendall, Casey Rabach and Randy Thomas have played every offensive snap.

Field position

— The offense has started only 15 of its 100 possessions inside the opponent’s territory. It has scored five touchdowns, kicked five field goals, ended the game by taking a knee three times, punted once and lost the ball on downs once.

— In the first six games, opponents started only two of 60 drives in Redskins territory (scoring 10 points). In the past three games, they have started seven of 47 there and scored 31 points.

Red zone

— The offense has scored 14 touchdowns in 30 trips to the red zone - a 46.7 percent conversion rate, 22nd in the NFL entering Sunday.

— Campbell completed 16 of 36 passes for 108 yards, six touchdowns and one interception - a 79.6 rating - in the red zone.

— Opposing offenses have scored 14 touchdowns in 23 trips inside the 20. Only once has the Redskins’ defense stopped the opposition from scoring in those situations; Cleveland lost the ball on downs in Week 7. The Redskins have no red-zone takeaways and just three sacks, two of which came against Pittsburgh.

Turnovers

— The Redskins were plus-6 in turnover ratio after five games but are now plus-1 after the offense lost the ball seven times in four games and the defense posted only two takeaways.

— The offense went five games and nearly one quarter without a giveaway - then gave it away three times in the next 17 minutes.

— The Redskins have scored 26 points off eight turnovers. Opponents have scored 35 points off eight Washington turnovers.


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