The most important number for the Redskins in their 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, was the number they didn’t reach – 7 – as in 7 straight losses. Washington ended their 6-game slide with the win, and moved to 4-7 on the season. Here are the other relative statistics and numbers from Sunday’s game:
416 – Total net yards for Washington. It isn’t the Redskins’ biggest total of the season, but the offense was clicking on more cylinders than it has been for the last 6 or 7 weeks. They showed signs of coming around the week before against the Cowboys, and put together another workmanlike effort again against the Seahawks.
250 – Total net yards for Seattle. The Redskins defense was stingy and despite allowing 124 yards rushing, the Seahawks were shut down in the passing game completely, amassing just 126 yards.
314 – Yards passing for Rex Grossman on an unusually accurate 26 of 35 day. Although he had two bad interceptions, he at least countered it with 2 touchdown passes and finished with a 96.6 Quarterback Rating.
144 – Yards passing for Tavaris Jackson. He also had 2 touchdown passes, and threw 1 interception, for a very lousy 69.3 Quarterback rating.
162 – All-Purose yards for Roy Helu. he had 108 yards on 23 carries (4.7 YPC), with his longest of the day being his 28-yard touchdown run. He also led all Redskins in number of receptions with 7, for another 54 yards. The rookie continues to impress and hopefully will continue to get touches and learn the system.
111 – Yards rushing for Marshawn Lynch. He had 24 carries for a 4.6 yard average, with a longest run of 12 yards.
72 – Yards receiving for Jabar Gaffney on 5 receptions. He struggled a little early, but found his groove and continues to be a reliable possession target.
58 – Yards receiving on 4 catches for Fred Davis. Unfortunately, Davis’ exuberance after his longest catch, a 31-yarder, cost him a taunting penalty and 15 yards. Other than the brain fart, Fred continues to put together a great season, adding his 3rd touchdown. His 697 yards receiving are the 4th highest total for NFL tight ends – his 53 receptions are the 6th highest total.
50 – Yard bomb hauled in by Anthony Armstrong for a touchdown and his most meaningful contribution of the season.It was the longest play from scrimmage by either team. The coaching staff seem to have lost confidence in AA, so hopefully this will start a shift in that paradigm. Washington needs Armstrong’s speed to stretch the field and help the run game.
39 – Yard net punt average for Sav Rocca. To file under amazingly positive statistics, his 1 touchback was his 1st touchback of the season (48 punts). All elements of special teams struggled against Seattle, but it was Rocca’s first real ‘pedestrian’ performance of the season. Off game, or leg getting weary? Keep an eye on the big Aussie this weekend, to see if he rebounds or continues to slip back into the realm of mere mortal punters.
33 – Minutes of ball possession for the Redskins versus 27 minutes for Seattle. It’s been stressed by this author again and again, the Redskins have won all 4 games that they won the time of possession battle, and lost all 7 games that they have lost it.
15 – Yards receiving for Mike Sellers. Big Mike got his first real action as a starter when fullback Darrel Young got concussed, and registered his first reception of 2011. He’s been a real class act in his role, and a real leader in the dressing room – it was good to see him get some reps.
14 – Tackles for Perry Riley – 6 solo, 8 assisted. The young linebacker continues to impress since taking over for Rocky McIntosh, and is fast becoming a real bright spot in 2011.
8 – Different Redskins caught Grossman passes. Terrence Austin and Donte Stallworth were both also targeted but didn’t make catches, or it could have been 10 different players.
7 – Points for the Redskins on their opening drive for the first time in almost a calendar year. The drive was a staggering 14 plays for 80 yards, and ate up 7:30 minutes of clock. It had been 15 games since the Redskins had scored a major on their first possession.
6 – Passes defended by DeAngelo Hall, including an interception with less than a minute to go, to end any hopes Seattle had of forging a comeback. It was enough to earn NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
4 – Receptions and 29 yards for Santana Moss in his 1st game back from the hand injury that has sidelined him for weeks. He was a spark plug early, and got the offense off to a good start.
3 – Yards rushing for Evan Royster on 1 carry. it’s significant because their his first career NFL statistics. The young running back was brought up from the practice squad this week after the Tashard Choice two-week experiment finished, and hopefully he will get some more carries to close out the season, so that the Redskins can see what they have in the prospect.
2 – Missed kicks from Graham Gano – one missed field goal and a missed extra point. As if the latter isn’t bad enough, Gano also had the one kick that he did make get tipped at the line, but make it through the uprights regardless. He also kicked one of his kickoffs out of bounds, giving the Seahawks a short field. In short, Gano could not have been much worse than he was Sunday. He’s on a short leash, and any more missed “gimme” kicks may prove to be in Gano’s last game as a Redskin.
1 – Sack for LaRon Landry. There haven’t been many reasons to mention Dirty Thirty in this piece this season, and he is still struggling with his Achilles injury; but he showed a ton of heart on Sunday battling through pain to play.
Up next for the Redskins (4-7) are the New York Jets (6-5) at Fed Ex Field.
Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Mark Solway