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Scoring No Longer A Redskins' Obstacle


Through the first six weeks of the 2012 season, the Redskins have tallied 178 points (29.7 points per game), creating a scoring juggernaut not seen in Washington in decades.

At the current pace, the Redskins are on track to score 475 points this season, which would be the most since the 1991 Super Bowl team score 485.

Credit can be given to the roster additions on offense, where Robert Griffin III has rewritten the franchise's rookie passing records in less than half a season.

Add in his 13 receivers and the stability of Alfred Morris to the running game, and the unit has scored 150 points on 18 touchdowns and eight field goals.

In a season where the defense has struggled to hold leads, the offense has stepped up to keep the team in every game.

"It's huge," said cornerback DeAngelo Hall.  "Defenses are trying to give the offense opportunities to score points, and this offense can actually score points."

Hall noted the contrast with last season, when the Redskins averaged just 19.3 points per game (116 total) through the first six games. 

The Redskins are currently ranked No. 3 in the NFL, second in the NFC in scoring, and have remained in the top-eight all season.  But the defense has also played a major role in that statistic.

In six games, the Redskins have scored four defensive touchdowns and 49 total points off turnovers.  In 16 games last season, the team scored only 43 points off turnovers.

"We feel like we have that combination," Hall said.  "We want to win games. We want to get turnovers to try to score on defense and convert them into points. That's what we've been doing a great job of these past couple weeks."

The Redskins begin their conference schedule this Sunday with a battle against the Giants in New York. 

Despite having success against the Giants last season, the Redskins have maintained their underdog outlook against the defending Super Bowl Champions.

"There's no sneaking up on them now," Hall said.  "They're going to definitely bring their A-game to us. But we'll be alright up there in New York. We feel like we match up pretty well against them."

On the offensive side of the ball, the Redskins face a stout Giants defense that has allowed only 19 points-per-game in the first six contests.

Redskins receiver Santana Moss was blunt in his assessment, saying the Giants present a classic NFC East matchup.

"Every year when we play in our division, it's a good game," he said.  "You can erase what we did last year--it doesn't mean jack. We won two games last year and we didn't do anything after that. We went home and watched them play in the Super Bowl.

"That's how we look at it and I'm pretty sure they feel pretty good about themselves.  It's going to be a big game and it should be a good one."




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