Drill Down: The Redskins are giving up an average of two touchdowns per game more on the road than they are at home. Here's a look at why.

When talking to members of the Washington Redskins defense following a home game they are, to a man, quick to give credit to the 12th Man, the massive crowd at FedEx Field, for helping the defensive effort. This has helped the Redskins to a 4-0 record in the friendly confines of FedEx

On the road, however, when the Redskins have to play with the regulation 11 men, it's a very different story. Since holding Dallas to 13 points in their first road game, the Washington D has been lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. Young QB's have been made to look like star veterans, shaky veteran quarterbacks have come back to life, and running backs have had career days. Such happenings have led to a 1-4 mark for the Redskins away from the friendly confines of FedEx.

The difference is stark. Here are the points that the Redskins have allowed at home this season:

 Opponent Points allowed Chicago 7 Seattle 17 San Francisco 17 Philadelphia 10 Total 51 Points/game 12.75

Now compare that to their performance on the road:

 Opponent Points allowed Dallas 13 Denver 21 Kansas City 28 NY Giants 36 Tampa Bay 36 Total 134 Points/game 26.8

For those of you doing the math at home, that is a full two touchdowns more on the road than at home. That's some serious home cooking and some serious road blues.

Part of the difference can be explained by the fact that the Redskins have played higher-scoring teams on the road. The four home opponents average 16 points per game on the season in all of their games and the five road opponents have scored 23 points per game. That gap narrows only slightly when you factor out the games that the teams have played vs. Washington, with the road foes averaging 21.9 a game and to home opponents 16.3.

So, based on that, you would expect the Redskins to give up about a touchdown more a game on the road but instead the margin is nearly twice that.

Why is this? The answer is composed of a number of factors, but one thing is for sure; it isn't all on the defense. The turnover bug must be hanging out with the bed bugs in the team's road hotel rooms. Here is a look at the Redskins turnovers game by game:

 Home Opponent Turnovers Points off Chicago 3 7 Seattle 1 0 San Francisco 0 0 Philadelphia 1 0 Total 5 7

 Road Opponent Turnovers Points off Dallas 1 3 Denver 1 7 Kansas City 3 10 NY Giants 4 20 Tampa Bay 3 14 Total 12 54

So there is your touchdown per game and then some, with an average of almost 11 points per game being given up on the road by turnovers and about two PPG at home.

Points off of turnovers stats can be misleading sometimes if the offense gives up the ball deep in the opponents' territory and the other team puts together a long drive for a score. That has not been the case here. The Chiefs drove 80 yards to a field goal in Week 5 after a Mark Brunell fumble. No other opposition scoring drive following a turnover has covered more than 43 yards and the average has been 28 yards (excluded here is the one turnover that was directly returned for a touchdown, Sammy Knight's 80-yard fumble return for KC).

Certainly, the Redskins defense should be expected to perform better than average whether at home or on the road, given the reputation of Gregg Williams and its performance last year when racked with an unusual number of injuries. Still, the solution to getting a few road wins, which will be needed if the Redskins are to make the playoffs, apparently lies in the most fundamental of offense tenants, protecting the ball.

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When talking to members of the Washington Redskins defense following a home game they are, to a man, quick to give credit to the 12th Man, the massive crowd at FedEx Field, for helping the defensive effort. This has helped the Redskins to a 4-0 record in the friendly confines of FedEx

On the road, however, when the Redskins have to play with the regulation 11 men, it's a very different story. Since holding Dallas to 13 points in their first road game, the Washington D has been lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. Young QB's have been made to look like star veterans, shaky veteran quarterbacks have come back to life, and running backs have had career days. Such happenings have led to a 1-4 mark for the Redskins away from the friendly confines of FedEx.

The difference is stark. Here are the points that the Redskins have allowed at home this season:

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 \r\n Opponent\r\n \r\n Points allowed\r\n \r\n Chicago\r\n \r\n 7\r\n \r\n Seattle\r\n \r\n 17\r\n \r\n San Francisco\r\n \r\n 17\r\n \r\n Philadelphia\r\n \r\n 10\r\n \r\n Total\r\n \r\n 51\r\n \r\n Points/game\r\n \r\n 12.75\r\n

Now compare that to their performance on the road:

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 \r\n Opponent\r\n \r\n Points allowed\r\n \r\n Dallas\r\n \r\n 13\r\n \r\n Denver\r\n \r\n 21\r\n \r\n Kansas City\r\n \r\n 28\r\n \r\n NY Giants\r\n \r\n 36\r\n \r\n Tampa Bay\r\n \r\n 36\r\n \r\n Total\r\n \r\n 134\r\n \r\n Points/game\r\n \r\n 26.8\r\n

For those of you doing the math at home, that is a full two touchdowns more on the road than at home. That's some serious home cooking and some serious road blues.

Part of the difference can be explained by the fact that the Redskins have played higher-scoring teams on the road. The four home opponents average 16 points per game on the season in all of their games and the five road opponents have scored 23 points per game. That gap narrows only slightly when you factor out the games that the teams have played vs. Washington, with the road foes averaging 21.9 a game and to home opponents 16.3.

So, based on that, you would expect the Redskins to give up about a touchdown more a game on the road but instead the margin is nearly twice that.

Why is this? The answer is composed of a number of factors, but one thing is for sure; it isn't all on the defense. The turnover bug must be hanging out with the bed bugs in the team's road hotel rooms. Here is a look at the Redskins turnovers game by game:

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 \r\n Home\r\n \r\n Opponent\r\n \r\n Turnovers\r\n \r\n Points off\r\n \r\n Chicago\r\n \r\n 3\r\n \r\n 7\r\n \r\n Seattle\r\n \r\n 1\r\n \r\n 0\r\n \r\n San Francisco\r\n \r\n 0\r\n \r\n 0\r\n \r\n Philadelphia\r\n \r\n 1\r\n \r\n 0\r\n \r\n Total\r\n \r\n 5\r\n \r\n 7\r\n

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 \r\n Road\r\n \r\n Opponent\r\n \r\n Turnovers\r\n \r\n Points off\r\n \r\n Dallas\r\n \r\n 1\r\n \r\n 3\r\n \r\n Denver\r\n \r\n 1\r\n \r\n 7\r\n \r\n Kansas City\r\n \r\n 3\r\n \r\n 10\r\n \r\n NY Giants\r\n \r\n 4\r\n \r\n 20\r\n \r\n Tampa Bay\r\n \r\n 3\r\n \r\n 14\r\n \r\n Total\r\n \r\n 12\r\n \r\n 54\r\n

So there is your touchdown per game and then some, with an average of almost 11 points per game being given up on the road by turnovers and about two PPG at home.

Points off of turnovers stats can be misleading sometimes if the offense gives up the ball deep in the opponents' territory and the other team puts together a long drive for a score. That has not been the case here. The Chiefs drove 80 yards to a field goal in Week 5 after a Mark Brunell fumble. No other opposition scoring drive following a turnover has covered more than 43 yards and the average has been 28 yards (excluded here is the one turnover that was directly returned for a touchdown, Sammy Knight's 80-yard fumble return for KC).

Certainly, the Redskins defense should be expected to perform better than average whether at home or on the road, given the reputation of Gregg Williams and its performance last year when racked with an unusual number of injuries. Still, the solution to getting a few road wins, which will be needed if the Redskins are to make the playoffs, apparently lies in the most fundamental of offense tenants, protecting the ball.