The Redskins' running game is the NFL's strongest, averaging 186 yards per contest. Today, Washington faces the Detroit Lions, who are ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (179). The following suggests rushing statistics that could decide the game:
Redskins Offense: Average rushing yards (186, ranked No. 1), rushing yard average (5.03, ranked No. 2), average rushes per game (37, ranked No. 1), first downs rushing per game (9.4, ranked No. 3).
Lions Defense: Average rushing yards (179, ranked No. 26), rushing yard average (4.91, ranked No. 27), number of rushes per game (36.4, ranked No. 24), first downs rushing per game (12.2, ranked No. 28).
When the best faces the worst, it creates a potential record-setting situation. John Riggins and George Rogers could make a total of 16 first downs on the ground, average more than six yards per carry and run 50 times for more than 300 yards.
The Lions have averaged only four first downs rushing per game, ranking No. 28. Facing Dave Butz, they should not improve.
The computer shows that running one play more than an opponent is worth one point in the winning margin. If the Redskins were to run 50 times, the computer predicts a two-touchdown victory.