The Redskins’ defense may have experienced a couple of hiccups Sunday, but the victory over the Philadelphia Eagles included the continuation of several trends that have helped Washington turn its season around.
For the third consecutive game, and 10th time this season, Washington recorded multiple turnovers, forcing a Nick Foles fumble on a sack by Ryan Kerrigan and an interception of Foles by linebacker London Fletcher.
The Redskins scored 10 more points off turnovers Sunday. For the season, they have scored 106 points off opponents’ mistakes, the most since they scored 111 in 1997.
Fletcher recorded his fifth interception of the season and his third in as many games. Washington’s linebackers lead the defense with nine interceptions – the most since 1991, when that team’s linebacking corps also recorded nine.
With the two takeaways on Sunday, and one interception thrown by Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins are +14 in turnover differential this year. That is second-best in the NFC behind Chicago, and would be Washington’s best since it posted a +18 differential in 1991.
The Redskins also recorded multiple sacks for a third consecutive game. Kerrigan tallied two, and Perry Riley, Lorenzo Alexander and Madieu Williams added one apiece.
“As we’ve talked about, you have to have sacks and you’ve got to get turnovers,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “We’ve been able to do that on defense, guys fighting for a full 60 minutes and finding a way to get it done.”
The Redskins’ defense suffered a close call, but overall remained strong in the second half. Sunday marked the first time in the last four games that a Redskins opponent has managed double-digit points in the final two quarters of the game. The Giants scored three in the second half, Baltimore and Cleveland produced a touchdown each. Philadelphia scored 10 second half points.
In the last four second halves, the Redskins have limited teams to an average of 6.75 points.