The Redskins are leading the NFL in scoring with 68 points and one of the reasons for that is that they are doing very well when they get into prime scoring territory.
The red zone and goal to go situations have been perennial issues for the Redskins. Last year they got touchdowns on just 41 percent of the time they got inside the opponents’ 20 yard line (ranking 29th in the NFL) and 56 percent of the time they got a first and goal to go (23rd).
This year, it’s so far, so much better. They have had possession in the red zone seven times and have scored five touchdowns. That comes to red zone efficiency rate of 71 percent, tied for fourth-best in the league.
And they are a perfect five for five in goal to go situations. Two rookies have been taking care of business there with Robert Griffin III throwing for one touchdown (to first-year player Aldrick Robinson) and running for two and Alfred Morris powering into the end zone from one and three yards out.
The Redskins may not keep up their current pace of scoring 34 points per game but if they can continue to finish off drives by scoring seven points instead of three they will almost certainly substantially boost last year’s anemic 18 points per game average.