Redskins two yards shy of record for yards allowed in two weeks of the season

September 19, 2013

The Redskins been giving up yards and points, including this Jermichael Finley touchdown against DeAngelo Hall, at an alarming clip. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The 1,023 yards that the Washington Redskins‘ defense has allowed through two weeks stand just two yards shy of the NFL record for yards given up through two games.

The Atlanta Falcons in 1967 surrendered 1,025 yards in their first two games of the season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

This year’s Redskins and the 1978 Baltimore Colts both allowed 1,023 yards in two games.

Fourth on the list are the 1979 New York Jets, who surrendered 1,020 yards, followed by the New York Yanks, who gave up 1,019 yards in the 1951 season.

The record for yards allowed in a season belongs to the 2012 New Orleans Saints, who yielded 7,042. The Redskins are on pace to give up 8,184 yards this season.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

What’s ahead:

● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m. Both coordinators speak with reporters.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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Mark Maske · September 19, 2013