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Redskins camp countdown: 24 total turnovers

Jun 29, 2014, 12:55 PM EDT

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We’re counting down to the start of training camp here by looking at some numbers that will be keys to the Redskins’ 2014 season.

24—Total turnovers

After setting a franchise record with just 14 turnovers in 2012, the Redskins were very generous with the football in 2013. They gave the ball away 34 times, an average of over twice per game. Only the Giants coughed it up more frequently last year. Washington committed at least on turnover in each of its 16 games and gave it up three times or more five times.

This helps explain why the Redskins were ninth in yards gained but only 23rd in points scored. They had 11 drives of 40 yards or more that ended with turnovers. That’s a lot of spinning your wheels.

It’s unrealistic to expect them to get back to their 2012 level; that kind of season doesn’t come along very often. A solid goal would be to split the difference between ’12 and ’13 and limit the damage to 24 turnovers in 2014. Last year 13 teams had fewer giveaways than that so that is quite a realistic goal.

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