- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Here are a few facts and figures to wrap up a first half for the Washington Redskins that featured four right guards, three punters, two offensive play callers and one endorsement of the coach.

Most importantly, the first half ended with a 2-6 record that leaves the Redskins among the NFL’s worst teams.

c If it feels like the Redskins are always playing catch-up, you’re right. They have scored first only twice in eight games and trailed at halftime in all but one.

The early deficits have left the Redskins rarely in the lead. Out of a possible 480 minutes, they’ve held the lead for 142:02 and never led in losses to the Giants, Detroit, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

c The Redskins are minus-8 in turnover ratio, fourth worst in the NFL.

Washington’s eight takeaways have translated into only 20 points (and no defensive touchdowns). Opponents have scored 37 points off 16 giveaways, including three defensive touchdowns.

c Jason Campbell has been relatively efficient in the red zone.

Seven of his nine touchdowns have come inside the 20-yard line, and for the year Campbell is 15-for-26 for 104 yards and no interceptions (156.6 rating).

Opposing quarterbacks are 11-for-20 for 70 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions (129.2 rating).

c The offense’s longest touchdown drought is 20 drives - from the fourth quarter of the Carolina game, the entire Kansas City game and a quarter-plus of the Philadelphia game.

The defense’s longest streak without allowing a touchdown is 14 drives - from the end of the Carolina loss through the entire Kansas City defeat.

c Defensive playing time (unofficial): The leaders up front are Andre Carter (478 out of 504 snaps) and Albert Haynesworth (366). Linebacker London Fletcher didn’t miss a snap last year but has missed 13 so far because of injury and an equipment problem. In the secondary, DeAngelo Hall (501), LaRon Landry (500) and Carlos Rogers (480) rarely leave the field.

Rookie linebacker Brian Orakpo has stepped right in (398 snaps), and second-year cornerback Justin Tryon has seized the nickel spot (155) over Fred Smoot (71). Smoot has played only 24 snaps in the past five games.

c Offensive playing time (unofficial): Clinton Portis averaged 35.8 snaps in the first seven games and Chris Cooley 54.8 in the first six games before their injuries.

Among the receivers, Santana Moss (448 of 485) leads the way, followed by Malcolm Kelly (253), Antwaan Randle El (241) and Devin Thomas (218).

Center Casey Rabach and left guard Derrick Dockery have played all 485 snaps.

c Portis has 494 rushing yards through eight games, though he is doubtful for Sunday’s game against Denver after suffering a concussion last week.

The running game is struggling because of so many small gains. Fifty-nine of Portis’ 124 carries (47.6 percent) have gained 2 or fewer yards. Thirteen carries have lost yardage.

c Cooley and Moss remain Campbell’s top targets.

Before he was injured, Cooley was the intended receiver 46 times, catching 29 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns.

Moss has been the intended receiver 54 times, posting 33 catches for 500 yards and two touchdowns.

c Most of the Redskins’ injuries have been major, not the bumps-and-bruises variety that has players shuttling in and out of the lineup.

The Redskins have lost 20 man games to injury (not counting future missed games for Chris Samuels, Randy Thomas, Chris Horton and Cooley) and 54 practices to injury.

Only punter Hunter Smith has missed two stretches with injury.

c When Smith is kicking, he’s effective - his 38.8-yard net average is a whopping 5.4-yard improvement from last year, and that’s not taking into consideration hang time and directional punting.

Smith is averaging 4.15 seconds on 20 punts. Only four have had less than a four-second hang time.

c Speaking of punters, only three teams have used more than one this year - Denver (two) and Washington and Tennessee (four each). Smith, Shaun Suisham (three times), Glenn Pakulak (20) and Sam Paulescu (three) have handled the duties.

c The Redskins can count on kickoff returner Rock Cartwright to get to the 20-yard line, but he has only one big return (42 yards).

Seventeen of Cartwright’s 25 returns have gained 20 to 25 yards. The Redskins rank 16th in kickoff returns (22.8-yard average).


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