One of the issues that the Redskins have had this year is in putting together complete games on both offense and defense. It’s seems that all too often when the offense if moving the ball, the defense is giving the points right back (think New England game) and when the defense is being stingy the offense has trouble denting the scoreboard (think the game at Dallas).
A quick way to quantify this is to look at the points scored and yielded and the yards gained and given up by the Redskins in each game and then comparing them to the league averages. We can then see how many times this year both the offense and the defense performed better than the NFL average in the same game.
On average, an NFL team scores 22 points per game (and, therefore, the average NFL team gives up 22 per game). This year, the Redskins have scored 22 points or more seven times and they have given up 22 or fewer nine times. However, in only four games—both times against the Giants and against the Cardinals and Seahawks—did they both score at least the league average and give up under the league average.
The average NFL team gains (and therefore gives up) 345 yards per game. The Redskins gained at least that many yards five times this year and they have given up 345 yards or fewer in seven games. In only two games, again against Arizona and Seattle, did they accomplish both.
So, only twice this season did the Redskins enjoy a complete game where they bettered the league average in points scored and allowed and yards gained and given up.
They lost five games where they gave up under the NFL average in points and they lost three times when scoring over the league average.