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Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca punts the ball in the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Halfway through the NFL season, it’s time for a look at the Redskins by the numbers. We’ve pulled out of the more interesting stats through the first eight games of the year and they look something like this:
3 – Number of franchise records broken this season. The offensive line gave up 10 sacks in a single game against Buffalo, and Roy Helu’s 14-reception game broke Art Monk’s record for the most catches in a single game. Meanwhile, Graham Gano’s 59-yard field goal last Sunday became the longest in team history.
Gano’s ensuing celebration might have been the longest celebration in the history of field goals that made the score 13-3, but it’s been nice to see youngster steadily improve in his second full season with the team.
27 – Teams who have more points than Washington this season. The offensive woes continue.
73 – Percent of pass plays the Redskins have run with John Beck under center. He has a quarterback rating of 72.1.
6 – Number of players on injured reserve including Chris Cooley, Tim Hightower and Kory Lichtensteiger. Santana Moss and Trent Williams have also missed games, which has contributed to the lack of offense.
31 – Percent success rate on third down conversions since the Shanahans’ arrival. Sustaining drives hasn’t been easy with the quarterbacking woes.
4 – 100-yard rushing performances by running backs against the Redskins. Three of those have come in the four games after the bye.
5 – Number of catches Anthony Armstrong has a year after catching 44 passes. He’s in the doghouse as Mike Shanahan recently told reporters Armstrong needs to do a better job fighting off press coverage.
7 – More catches for Fred Davis than Chris Cooley and Santana Moss combined (40-33). Don’t think that was expected coming into the year.
Minus-8 – Turnover differential. The Redskins are second-to-last in the league in this category.
3 – Number of interceptions by defensive backs. The Redskins secondary brought in two new starters, in Josh Wilson and Oshiomogho Atogwe, and they’ve combined for one interception.
8.5 – Combined numbers of sacks between Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. Orakpo hasn’t taken that next step to become an elite pass rusher, and Kerrigan has been more effective as an all-around player rather than a pass-rushing specialist.
13 – Number of sacks by the defensive line. Last year they had 8.5 all season.
17 – Sav Rocca punts downed inside the 20. No one has more and no one has done it at a better rate. Rocca has placed 45-percent of his punts inside the 20, with zero touchbacks.
It’s sad to say, but Rocca could legitimately make the case for being the Redskins best player this season. He’s been excellent on almost every kick and should make a case for the Pro Bowl.
A quick pit stop in Hawaii before heading back to Australia? At the season's midway point, it seems likely Rocca will be making that trip solo.