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Need to Know: Unfinished drives were costly for 2013 Redskins

Jun 30, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 30, 24 days before the Redskins start training camp.

Three and out

I did some research yesterday about the Redskins having issues with finishing drives due to turnovers last year. What I found was pretty interesting so I decided to dig a little deeper into unfinished drives. These numbers shed some light on how the Redskins managed to be ninth in the NFL in yards gained but 23rd in points scored.

—Last year the Redskins had 14 drives of 50 yards or longer that did not result in a score. Of those drives, five ended with interceptions, four with fumbles, two on downs, two on missed field goals and the first-half clock ran out on the other one. The futile drives came in 10 different games at the Redskins went 1-9 in those games.

—On the other side of the ball, the Redskins managed to stop nine drives of 50-plus yards before the other team scored. They ended one by forcing a punt, ended two with fumbles, two on downs, watched as opponents missed three field goals, and one eded when the game clock expired. Washington won three games last year and two of them came in games where the managed to stop long drives.

—How do the Redskins’ problems here compare to the rest of the league? In the NFL last year there were 267 scoreless drives of 50 yards or longer. That’s an average of about 8.3 per team over the course of the season. The Redskins’ 14 tied them with the Jaguars for the most in the NFL.

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Timeline

—It’s been 183 days since the Redskins played a game; in 69 days they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Training camp 24; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 38; Home opener Jaguars @ Redskins 76

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  1. winskins - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Drive-us interruptus was experienced by Redskins fans more often than fans of any other team except the Jaguars. Redskins fans threw more snack food at their televisions, broke more furniture, and were more likely to be grumpy at work on Mondays than other NFL fans. Their husbands, wives, and partners agree: Redskins really need to finish more drives, preferably with major scores. Coaches are hoping a new medicine, DJagra, will help address the situation.

  2. shermanp79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    And had the most ” we could have won that one!!” I know it’s to much work probably but I would be interested in the play calling patterns. I know I recall a stretch where I thought to myself that they were the same last week. I want to say coming out of halftime. It may have been the game RG3 started 12-12 with 150+ yds with 2TDs. It just seemed Defenses stopped us too easily and I recall a quote somewhere regarding Defenses knowing what was coming. Clearly turnovers didn’t help either and all the balls bouncing off receivers hands up into the air. Moss was good for a couple..

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