Here one fact about each team the Redskins will face in 2012. Here are the teams scheduled in Weeks 1-8.
@ Saints—It’s a good thing for the Saints that Drew Brees leads a potent offense. New Orleans was 24th in the league in yards allowed and got just 16 takeaways, 31st in the NFL. When they won the Super Bowl in 2009 they had 39 takeaways during the regular season.
@ Rams—Running back Stephen Jackson is working on a streak of seven straight seasons with over 1000 yards rushing. He has played pretty well against in six games against the Redskins, gaining an even 500 yards on 110 carries.
Bengals—Everyone points to Andy Dalton as the reason the Bengals went from 4-12 in 2010 to 9-7 and a playoff berth last year. But they got pretty good QB play from Carson Palmer in ’10. The big difference was the defense. They improved from 24th in points allowed to ninth and went from 15th in yards allowed to seventh.
@ Bucs—Perhaps it was unfair that they fired Raheem Morris as their head coach last year after going 10-6 and just missing the playoffs in 2010 but it was truly ugly at the end in Tampa Bay. After a 3-1 start the Bucs went 1-11. In those final 11 games they gave up more than 30 points eight times. Opponents hung up over 40 on them four times in that stretch, including three of the last four.
Falcons—Quarterback Matt Ryan has started at least nine game won by the Falcons in each of his four seasons in the NFL. They won 11 in his rookie 2008 season, turning things around from a miserable 4-12 performance the previous season.
Vikings—When the Redskins and Vikings met in Week 16 at FedEx Field, Minnesota put up 33 points despite losing both starting quarterback Christian Ponder and All-World running back Adrian Peterson to injuries during the game. That was their second-highest point total of the season. The Vikings gave up more than the 26 points the Redskins scored nine times last year.
@ Giants—None of the 45 previous Super Bowl champs had been outscored during the regular season but the 2011 Giants gave up 400 points and scored 394 last year. They turned it around in style, outscoring its for playoff opponents 102-56
@ Steelers—It looked like the Steelers were teetering on the brink after Week 9 when they lost to the Ravens for the second time to fall to 6-3. But they turned it on after that, winning six of their last seven. They didn’t allow the opposition to get to double-digit points in five of their six games after the bye.