Dec 26, 2004, 2:02 PM EST
In his Sunday Column Dan Daly examines the premise that the Redskins might be one of the least exciting teams ever:
- Nothing much seems to happen in Redskins games. Ever notice that? Joe Gibbs’ offense doesn’t score a lot, and Gregg Williams’ defense doesn’t give up a lot. In fact, only 443 points have been scored, total, in their first 14 games — an average of 31.6 (or about 10 below the league norm).
Daly checked back to 1978, when a round of major rules changes that helped scoring went into effect, to see which teams had averaged the fewest total points scored and given up per game. Here is his top (or bottom) ten:
(Note: PF = Points For; PA = Points Against; PerG = Points Per Game.)
Yr. Team PF PA PerG
- ’93 Bears 234 230 29.0
- ’78 Broncos 282 198 30.0
- ’82 Seahawks* 127 147 30.4
- ’00 Ravens 333 165 31.1
- ’79 Chiefs 238 262 31.3
- ’78 Bucs 241 259 31.3
- ’94 Cardinals 235 267 31.4
- ’99 Bucs 270 235 31.6
- ’98 Eagles 161 344 31.6
- ’04 Redskins 209 234 31.6
* Nine-game strike season
This is not necessarily to be interpreted as a swipe at the Redskins. Daly is careful to note:
“Least Exciting,” by the way, doesn’t necessarily mean bad. The ’00 Ravens, after all, won the Super Bowl, and four other teams on the list made the playoffs.
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