1. What follows is not an apples-to-apples comparison, obviously. Although ’09 Giants/’10 Cowboys are kind of a wash, as are ’09 Rams/’10 Rams. So this sorta comes down to ’09 Lions in Detroit vs. ’10 Texans in Washington. Pretty clear that the latter is the better team.
2. Yes, we are Jason Campbell sympathizers; No, we are not trying to suggest the team was necessarily better last season under him (or Zorn).
3. This is a small sample size. OR IS IT? It’s 1/5 of the season, so it’s not THAT small.
Here are the team stats through the first three games of this season vs. the first three games of last season:
2010 vs 2009
Pts scored: 56 vs 40
Pts allowed: 67 vs 49
Pt Diff: -11 vs -9
Yards gained: 1000 vs 1024
Yards allowed: 1271 vs 977
Yard diff: -271 vs +47
Pass yards: 797 vs 749
Rush yards: 223 vs 275
Turnovers: 2 vs 4
Takeaways: 4 vs 3
TO diff: +2 vs -1
Record: 1-2 vs 1-2
The good news: The Skins are positive on takeaways, and … um … their record isn’t worse than last season.
The bad news: They’re scoring more, but they’re also giving up more (again, we have to take into account the Texans, but still they’re -11 vs -9 in differential). They’re negative on yard differential in a HUGE way. The 2010 team has actually gained less total yards than last year’s team, which is kind of amazing. The Skins mortgaged the future for this year after hitting what we’d all probably agree was complete rock-bottom last season. Yet through three games, the Redskins are marginally better than ’09 … maybe.
The horrible news: The next four games are against the Eagles, Packers, Colts and Bears. It’s hard to be optimistic about that stretch right now.