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Need to Know: Third-quarter turnovers have been a problem for the Redskins

Dec 6, 2015, 4:49 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 6, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night football.

Five numbers you need to know for Redskins vs. Cowboys

8—The number of third-quarter turnovers committed by the Redskins this year. They are the nexus of the third-quarter problems the Redskins have suffered from this year; opponents have scored after all eight of the takeaways (6 TD, 2 FG, 48 points).

7—The number of touchdowns on third down the Redskins have scored through 11 games this year. In 2014 they scored just three third-down touchdowns all year. For comparison, the Redskins scored 14 touchdowns on third down in 2012, the last time they made the playoffs. This year, the Cardinals lead the league in third-down touchdowns with 11.

111.5—Kirk Cousin’s passer rating over the last five games. He has completed 71.3 percent of his passes for 1,367 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions.

2.6—Cousins’ interception percentage for the season. That’s 15th best among qualifying quarterbacks in the NFL and just above the league average of 2.4 percent.

1—The number of fumbles recovered by the Cowboys this year, the fewest in the NFL. They have forced only five fumbles this season.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 1; Redskins @ Bears 7; Bills @ Redskins 14

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  1. JOHNNY B - Dec 6, 2015 at 6:18 AM

    Stats are good to see how a team is improving through the year. The Redskins have improved a lot on most stats but this is a Divisional game in which most cases means you can throw the stats out the window. Both teams can show up tomorrow as super bowl caliber teams or as worst in the league. Or like last year one shows up and the other lost its way to the stadium. I like how Cousins has shown improvement through the season staying steady. We do need to see more big plays and him not missing the open receivers down field when he makes his reads. Overall very good job from him. Let’s hope bad Cousins is gone and the super qb Cousins shows up and spanks the Cowboys out of our stadium.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 6, 2015 at 8:08 AM

      And let’s hope our guys hang onto the football.
      ~

    • bangkokben - Dec 6, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      Bad Cousins has been gone or rather missing for a while – in fact he hasn’t been present at FedEx all year. Sure Cousins threw two picks in the opener but the first was harmless to the team and the second was a heck of a play by the DB in one on one coverage driving down by a score. I suppose this narrative will continue forever though.

  2. redskinscaio - Dec 6, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Nothing like a Cowboys v Redskins Monday night football game! If the Skins win, they will remain in first place!

    • bangkokben - Dec 6, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      Skins could lose and remain in 1st place, but we will know before the game starts.

  3. skinsgame - Dec 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Zero. That’s the most puzzling number, to me. Zero is how many TD’s Alfred Morris has.

    • ET - Dec 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM

      Puzzling and a little sad. Kind of a lost year for Alfred. Would love to see him bang out some yards against the Cowboys.

    • ajbus1 - Dec 6, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      Free Alfred Morris!

  4. kenlinkins - Dec 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    IMO the key to this game is Head Coach Gruden. Has he matured to the point he can win a big game where he has more to lose than to win and will the players follow / trust him. In the past we have seen players trying to do more then they are assigned and this leads to blown assignments, poor tackling, poor blocking when things don’t go their way. Will coach Gruden be able to stop the bleeding when Dallas finds a weakness and starts hurting the Redskins. Will he know when to gamble, when to play for field position and when to go for the kill? This could be the Head Coach’s break out game if he can keep control of the leadership players and not wait for Dallas to make a move but become a better chess player and keep Dallas off balance? If Gruden can do that, the Redskins win by 10 points or more. With so many younger players gaining playing time this week, it will be important for them to trust the coach and the coach to trust them!

  5. goback2rfk - Dec 6, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    YYYYYEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JETS WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AWESOME

    • JOHNNY B - Dec 6, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      Next step is winning out

  6. colmac69 - Dec 6, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Yeh…big opportunity to take complete control

    Giants away miami nxt Monday. ..chance for skins to gain couple games before they play

    Kp saying we never have better chance to win a division

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 6, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Ha HAH, Giants!


    ~

  8. bangkokben - Dec 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Iggles?!!

  9. goback2rfk - Dec 6, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    WoW Eagles goto to Foxborough and come away with the Win. Well that is certainly a bummer.
    Could be 3 at the top after tomorrow night. 5 and 7

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