The Washington Redskins are last in the NFL in passing, earning 4.2 yards per attempt. Miami leads the league with 7.27. One-yard-per-pass improvement is valued at 3 1/2 points in the winning NUMBERS GAME

The Washington Redskins are last in the NFL in passing, earning 4.2 yards per attempt. Miami leads the league with 7.27. One-yard-per-pass improvement is valued at 3 1/2 points in the winning margin.

Last week against the Giants, the Redskins earned only 4.5 yards per pass, compared to seven yards for New York. The difference in these two performances was worth more than five points in the 14-point winning margin.

In the last 16 years, no team has gone to the playoffs ranking last in the league in yards per attempt (sacks counted as unsuccessful attempts).

One way to measure passing inefficiency is to add sack yards to interception return yards. The Redskins give back 55 yards per game, ranking 26th. They gross 176 yards per game passing, and net 149 -- ranking 26th in these two statistics.

Because their long passing game is gone, the sack yards and interception yardage represent 31 percent of their total passing game (ranking 28th). They also rank last in yards per completion (8.6) and last in touchdowns passing (five in seven games).

The computer projection: Browns by six.