Every week - statistics tell us something and sometimes tell us very little when it gets boiled down. You never really know how a game is going play out for sure.
They often give us a peek at trends and shape our way of thinking - and being that the American public has a fascination with these items, thought it would be a good post to combine some of the facts and figures we get during the week, leading up to the Redskins first NFC East game of the year, and their first place showdown with the Super Bowl Champion, New York Giants.
All statistics are compiled via Redskins PR, Giants Pr, ESPN 980's Chuck Sapienza and myself, Stats INC., Stats.com, the Elias Sports Bureau and NFL.com.
**So far this season, the #Giants have allowed 80 yards rushing and 1 TD (3.6 yards per carry) to opposing QB's. Robert Griffin III already has 379 rushing yards/55 carries (6.9 AVG) with six rushing TD's in under six full games on the season.
**Robert Griffin III's 76-yard TD run is the longest rush by a Redskins Quarterback in the team's history. The next longest for a Redskins QB? Frank Filchock ran for 51 yards in 1941.
**Robert Griffin III's 76-yd TD run is tied for 5th longest in Redskins history: Wells 88yds/1954, Brooks 85/1993, Goode 80/1950, Portis 78/2009, S. Davis 76/1996
**On long passes (passes over 10yds), Robert Griffin III has completed 57%. Only E. Manning (59%) & A. Smith (59%) complete a higher number of long throws.
***Robert Griffin III ran for two second-half touchdowns, including a 76-yarder to cap the scoring in the Redskins' 38-26 win over the Vikings. Griffin, who threw an 88-yard TD pass in his NFL debut last month, became the first player in NFL history with both a passing TD and a rushing TD of 75 yards or longer in the same season.
**Over his last 4 games vs. the Redskins, Eli Manning has 6 INTs & a QB Rating of 63.9. Since 2010, Manning TDs in divisional play : Dallas - 12; Philadelphia - 13; Washington - 1
**Through six games, the Redskins have more points off turnovers this season (49), then that had all over last season (43).
**The Redskins are +9 in turnover margin this year. Last time they were +5 or better was 2001. From 2002-11 (10 seasons), the Skins were a -51.
***The Giants and Redskins have scored the same amount of points so far on the season, each at 178. The Redskins have allowed 59 more points.
***More exact statistical matches between the Giants & Redskins besides total points. Average per play, both teams are at 6.3/play (Tied # 1 NFL) and both are 3/3 on 4th downs.
***If the Redskins rush for 125 + yds for 9th straight game ('11-'12) it would be the longest streak for the franchise, since 10 straight games, covering Weeks 13-17 of 1990 - Weeks 1-5 of 1991.
**The Redskins currently have 996 rushing yards in six games, for an average of 166/game. Last year, after six games they totaled just 641 yards. Just to put in perspective the year over year numbers, the Redskins did not go over the 1,000 yards team rushing mark in 2011 until December 4th (NYJ).
In 2010, after six games, the Redskins were at 556 yards yards rushing after six games & did not eclipse the current 996 yard mark until November 28th, with a total of 998 Net rushing yards.
***Robert Griffin III has been a model of consistency against the different looks NFL defenses have put in front of him so far this season. Griffin is completing at least 60% of his passes against four splits of oncoming pass rusher according to Stats.com -http://www.stats.com/emails/accordingtostats/nfl_ats_1018.html
Att Comp Comp% TD INT 3 or less pass rushers 9 6 66.7% 0 0 4 pass rushers 126 88 69.8% 2 2 5 pass rushers 16 12 75.0% 2 0 6 or more pass rushers 8 5 62.5% 1 0
***According to Pro Football Focus (www.twitter.com/PFF) grades for the Redskins offense in the win over the Vikings - W. Montgomery + 1.5, T. Polumbus +1.1, S. Moss +1.6, RG III - + 5.1. On the negative side, B. Banks -2.3, L. Hankerson -1.4.
For the Redskins defense - @PFF grades were as follows : P. Riley + 1.5, L. Fletcher +1.3 , L. Alexander + 1.7. On the bad side, B. Cofield -3.7, R. Kerrigan -4.9, D. Hall -4.5, S. Bowen-2.8.
**The offensive line has paved the way for the NFL's 2nd most prolific rushing offense, and while the pass protection has been far from great - it has been better than expected. The Redskins have allowed 13 sacks in six games. A guy many Redskins fans wanted the team to draft over Kirk Cousins, and certainly over Josh LeRibeus is not fairing so well according to STATS -- Cardinals RT Bobby Massie, has given up 9.5 sacks, most in the NFL.
**Punter Chas Henry will be in Washington on Friday, to work out and possibly sign with the Redskins (as of Thursday night, it was unclear) with Sav Rocca's knee ailing. In three games with the Eagles this year, Henry averaged 48.5 with a net of 38.3 over 16 punts. Rocca is averaging 44.6/37.3 Net with 30 punts.
In 2011 - Henry had an AVG of 42.9/36.9 NET over 66 punts, with 19 punts (INSIDE-20). Rocca in 2011 was 43.1/39.0 NET over 66 punts. with 28 punts (INSIDE-20).
**It is incredibly hard to win a game in the NFL after a win on the road, especially while playing on the opposite coast the week before. The Giants won a very emotional rematch for everyone involved in San Francisco last Sunday, in mostly dominant fashion, but let's look at some recent trends that might favor the Redskins.
For example, the Giants beat Arizona 31-27 in Week 4 in 2011 - and lost Week 5 at home to Seattle. The Giants lost at San Francisco last year in Week 10, then came home the next week, and lost at home to Philadelphia - 17-10. So even when they don't win, on the road, in this scenario - they lost at home.
Also the Giants won a hugely emotional game on Sunday Night Football in Dallas (not exactly opposite coast, but a 3 + hour plane trip) in Week 14, then came home and laid an egg to the Redskins in Week 15 in 2011. Another Giants example of win on road, on the west coast and then lose at home the next week? Try Week 9 at Seattle in 2010, followed by a loss at home in Week 10 to Dallas by 13.