Dec 26, 2004, 3:35 PM EST
The Redskins’ defense has virtually locked up the #1 ranking in the NFC and has a good shot at being first in the entire league.
Through 14 games, the Redskins have allowed 3,655 yards. In second in the conference is Tampa Bay, which has given up 3,981. That’s a difference of 326 yards. For the Bucs to catch the Redskins, they would have to hold their opponents in the last two games, Carolina and Arizona, to 163 yards per game less than the Redskins do. That’s a tall order.
Pittsburgh holds the NFL lead at 3,619 yards, an advantage of just 36 yards or 18 yards per each of their remaining games. The Steelers play Baltimore and Buffalo. This is so tight that it could hinge on a meaningless draw play in garbage time.
The fact that it might happen at all, however, is nothing short of amazing considering the turmoil and injuries that the unit has faced this year.
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