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Redskins camp countdown: 19 points allowed per game

Jul 7, 2014, 1:55 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.

19—Points allowed per game 

This is another ambitious goal for the Redskins. They allowed 29.9 points per game last year, tied for 30th in the NFL. It is no easy task to shave a touchdown and a field goal off of your points allowed from one season to the next. It will be especially challenging for the Redskins, who might open the season with just three new starters from last year.

A team giving up 19 points per game (304 points) would have tied for fourth in the NFL with the Saints. The Bengals and Chiefs were just behind, giving up 305 points.

Many things will have to fall into place, Jim Haslett’s more aggressive scheme geared towards putting pressure on the quarterback among them. Good health will be important as will players like Jason Hatcher and Brian Orakpo living up to their sizeable contracts.

But it’s not all about the defensive side of the ball. Special teams need to improve. The kicking teams gave up five touchdowns directly and cost the team field position that led to scores on many other occasions. Moving the ball more consistently on offense and avoiding giveaways (34 in 2013, tied for second-worst total in the NFL).

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  1. kenlinkins - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Rich, I just do not see the play makers on defense to reach that goal yet. While the Redskins could make a major dent in points allowed (I would be happy if they could knock 5 points off the Avg), cutting it by 10 point just seems out of reach. This year seems to be more about scoring more points than reducing points allowed. Maybe after the 2015 draft (and watching to see if any defense draft picks still on the roster develop in 2014) I might see the Redskins hitting the 19 points allowed goal!

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