Turnover woes have plagued Redskins

December 17, 2013

Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions and lost a fumble as part of the Redskins’ seven-turnover performance Sunday (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Turnovers have been a key component in the Washington Redskins’ on-field woes this season.

The Redskins have committed 29 turnovers this season, including seven in last Sunday’s loss at Atlanta. That includes 16 interceptions thrown by their quarterbacks and 13 lost fumbles. Last season, when they won the NFC East title, the Redskins committed only 14 turnovers, including eight interceptions and six lost fumbles.

The team forced 31 turnovers last season and had a plus-17 turnover margin. This season the Redskins have forced 21 turnovers and their turnover margin is minus-eight.

“It’s one of the reasons why we’ve had the record we’ve had,” Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. “The one stat that we look at all the time is turnover ratio and things you work on in practice … having the defenders try to separate the ball all the time regardless if it’s a running play or a passing play. … When you don’t do those things, you lose. And that’s what happened Sunday.”

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 Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

●  The Redskins resume practice on Wednesday.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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