Redskins defense is doing one thing well

Redskins defense is doing one thing well
September 21, 2012, 3:43 pm
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Understatement time: The Redskins defense has been a problem area for the team this year.They have given up 810 yards and 63 points in two games. However, they have been getting it done in one area. They are taking the ball away from the other team.Through two games, the Redskins have six takeaways. In 16 games last year they took the ball away just 21 times.There is plenty of reason for Redskins fans to be exasperated at the defense for its performance against the Rams as they made Danny Amendola look like Jerry Rice. However, you could make a case that the defense made a sizeable, positive impact on the game if you look at the turnovers.On the very first play from scrimmage, Perry Riley stripped the ball away from Amendola and Josh Wilson scooped and scored from 30 yards out to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead just seconds into the game. At the end, London Fletchers strip and DeAngelo Halls recovery gave the Redskins a shot at tying or winning the game. In between, Fletchers end zone interception temporarily stopped a St. Louis scoring threat (although the would score soon after that following a blocked punt).Meanwhile, the Redskins have been holding on to the ball. Robert Griffin III threw a second-quarter interception against the Rams and that is the teams only turnover. Their plus-five turnover margin is tied for second-best in the NFL.Certainly, the defense needs to tighten up (a lot) and the issues with punt protection need to be fixed immediately. But if the Redskins are able to consistently win the turnover battle they should win more