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The Meaning or Lack Thereof of the Redskins 3-1 Start

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‘Fred Davis’
courtesy of ‘Keith Allison’

I have spent this past week digging through so many football stats I started to dream of numbers spiraling through an immense blackness. I am filled with confusion at what all these numbers mean, what story they tell. A stat is useless unless it tells a story, contains meaning. The numbers I have looked at tell what has happened so far in the Redskins season. The numbers tell the story of a much improved team. The Redskins are a team who are controlling the game, but how much of an impact what has happened on what will happen remains a mystery.   

People smarter than me have compiled and analyzed these numbers against past history and against the strength of schedule to deduce that the Redskins have a 43.3% chance to make the playoffs. Before the season began most people would have guessed that percentage to be much closer to zero, and now it is just a bit below the odds of a coin flip. There are still those that say the Redskins have no shot at the playoffs, and this baffles me. I have never understood how some can make such declarative statements about something as unpredictable as sports. The Redskins 3-1 start is no fluke as they have outscored their opponents by a 20 point margin. Mostly on the strength of their defense.

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Redskins London Fletcher Headed To The Pro Bowl

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‘Suisham’s FG’
courtesy of ‘brianmka’

New Orleans might be stoked that their Saints are headed to the Super Bowl versus Peyton Manning and the Colts in a couple weeks, but there’s one person who might be even more excited than every person living on the bayou — London Fletcher.

Thanks to the Saints win last night, the Redskins linebacker — who is also up for this year’s Walter Peyton Man of the Year award — will replace the Saints Jonathan Vilma at next weekend’s Pro Bowl.

This will be Fletcher’s first Pro Bowl in his 12-year career. He will be joined by teammate and fellow linebacker Brian Orakpo.