Here one fact about each team the Redskins will face in 2012. Here are the teams scheduled in Weeks 9-17. (Weeks 1-8 here)
Carolina—What a difference a QB makes. In 2010 Carolina started Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen, and Brian St. Pierre at quarterback and were dead last in the NFL in both points scored and yards gained from scrimmage. Enter Cam Newton last year and with essentially the same skill players on offense they improved to fifth in points and seventh in yards.
Bye—The Nov. 11 bye is tied for the latest date in the season for the Redskins’ by weeks since 2000, when it came on Nov. 12. The bye also fell on Nov. 11 in 2001.
Eagles—Philly has beaten the Redskins three times in a row by a combined score of 112-51.
@ Cowboys—It’s hard to pin the blame on whatever problems the 2011 Cowboys had on Tony Romo. He completed over 66 percent of his passes, averaged 8.0 yards per attempt and threw 31 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions.
Giants—Jason Pierre-Paul became a defensive force last year, sacking opposing quarterbacks 16.5 times. And he didn’t pad his sack total with a couple of big games; JPP has no more than two sacks in any one game.
Ravens—Although there may be a little extra juice to this game due to the geographic proximity of the teams, there really isn’t much there. They have played four times since the Browns moved from Cleveland and became the “new” Ravens franchise in 1996. Baltimore leads the series 3-1.
Browns—The Cleveland defense should get major kudos for being fifth in the leage in points allowed. The got little help from an offense that was 29th in yards gained and 31st in yards per rushing attempt. If they get an offense going, look out.
Eagles—Michael Vick missed three games due to injuries. The Eagles were 7-6 in the games he started and 1-2 when Vince Young started. Had Vick been able to stay healthy and had started those three games an had been able to go 2-1, the Eagles may well have won the division and knocked the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants out of the playoffs.
Cowboys—Fans thinking that the Redskins’ offensive line has problems should look at Dallas. Last year the Cowboys gave up 36 sacks. The Redskins gave up 41 but they were trying to protect the relatively immobile Rex Grossman and John Beck. The Dallas line was in front of the slippery Tony Romo, who probably saves the line from getting charged with about a sack per game with his mobility.