Redskins Notes: Throw out stats

Redskins Notes: Throw out stats
December 8, 2011, 9:05 pm
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Fact: The New England Patriots defense is last in the NFL, allowing 412.1 yards per game.

Fact: It doesnt matter.

The Patriots are 9-3, lead the AFC East and have won four straight games entering Sundays match up against the Redskins.

Its a trait of Bills he doesnt care about stats, he cares about winning, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. What he does a great job of doing is not giving up a lot of points. All those other stats dont matter.

The Patriots are giving up yards, but are 13th in scoring (20.6 points per game) and 16th in red zone defense (47 trips, 27 touchdowns). Plus, cornerback Kyle Arrington has a league-high seven interceptions.

Theyre playing really well in the red zone, receiver Donte Stallworth said. Theyre stopping teams from scoring a lot of points and obviously their offense is putting a lot of points on the board.

The last five years, the Patriots yards allowed ranking has sunk from fourth in 2007 to 10th, 11th, 25th and now last.

But during that stretch, New England has finished in the top eight in fewest points allowed four times.

Its different that what theyve been in the past, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. Theyre a little more bend-but-dont-break. They do a really good job not allowing the big play. They let a lot of people go down the field, but theyre not letting them in the end zone.

Offense Adjusts
Thursday was the first time Kyle Shanahan was available to reporters since left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were suspended.

Youve got to make adjustments, he said. You lost two of your better players, especially at two key positions, its tough but youve still got to find out what the guys can do. We need some guys to step up in their absence.

Logan Paulsen is next up at tight end.

Hes a guy who doesnt leave this building, Shanahan said. Right when you see him, you dont see him as a pass threat, but weve come to believe in him in our two years with him.

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