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Snap Judgments: Week 5 Seahawks @ Redskins- OFFENSE

Looking beyond the box score to see how the Redskins utilized their offensive players in Week 5

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No one gave the Redskins much of a chance against the defending world champion Seattle Seahawks (except Vegas), so many may look at this ten point loss as a moral victory.  Unfortunately, this smallish margin of defeat was not really indicative of the type of command that the Seahawks had in this game.  I wasn't so sure of this myself until I delved a bit deeper into all the statistics and snap data.  Luckily, there were also a few bright spots, so all of you glass-half-full types will have something positive to take away from this loss.  Don't just take my word for it, though.  Check out all the snaps and stats information below, and don't make a final judgment on the Redskins' performance until you do.

***Data Disclaimer: This is my own count after watching the game tape.  Snap data for kneel-down snaps and plays negated by pre-snap penalties are not included.***

The Offense ran 55 snaps

  • That ties the season-low 55 snaps that were run against the Giants.
  • 38 Passing Snaps (69%) and 17 Rushing Snaps (31%)
  • For the second week in a row, the offense set new season-lows in rushing snaps and rushing snap percentage.  The Redskins have rushed on 35% or less of their snaps in four of their five games this year.
  • The Redskins trailed the Seahawks on every snap that the offense was on the field for.  This was the first time this year that the offense has not been on the field for any snaps in which the game was tied.
  • According to the ESPN play-by-play log, Washington ran five no-huddle snaps against Seattle (9%).  That is a season high for no-huddle snaps and percentage.
  • The Redskins scored on 3 their 12 drives on Monday night.  The 12th and final drive of the game lasted just one play before the clock ran out.  Five of the other eight drives were three-and-outs.  This was the most three-and-outs and the highest percentage of them (41.7%) for the team in 2014.  Three of the other drives only lasted four plays. 
  • On the bright side, the offense did not commit a penalty for the first time this season.  They had committed three or more penalties in each of the previous four games this year (3, 5, 3 and 5).  The defense (two for 20 yards) and special teams (one for 10 yards) did, however, combine for three penalties on the night (30 yards).
  • Keeping with the lack of miscues theme, the Redskins did not turn the ball over either.  This is the second time in 2014 (Week 2 vs. Jaguars) and only the third time since the end of the 2012 season that they have not given the ball away.

Team Snap Data:

Quarter Number of Snaps (%)
1st 12 (22%)
2nd 14 (25%)
3rd 15 (27%)
4th 14 (25%)
Down Number of Snaps (%)
1st 23 (42%)
2nd 19 (35%)
3rd 13 (24%)
4th 0 (0%)
Field Position Number of Snaps (%)
Redskins Side 42 (76%)
Seahawks Side 13 (24%)
At/Inside Own 20 20 (36%)
At/Inside Own 10 6 (11%)
Red Zone 5 (9%)
Goal-to-Go 0 (0%)
Formation Number of Snaps (%)
Under Center 19 (35%)
Total Shotgun 36 (65%)
Shotgun 30 (55%)
Pistol 6 (11%)
Play Type Number of Snaps (%)
Regular Pass 29 (53%)
Regular Run 16 (29%)
Play-Action Pass 7 (13%)
Screen 3 (5%)
Zone-Read Run 0 (0%)
Reverse 0 (0%)
  • When you have a lot of three-and-out drives, then naturally a larger portion of your snaps are going to come on third down.  This is the highest percentage of offensive third-down snaps (24%) to date in the 2014 season.
  • For the first time this year the Redskins did not record a single goal-to-go snap.  They had at least two of them in each of the first 4 weeks.
  • The offense had more snaps inside its own 10-yard line (6) than it did in the Seattle red zone (5).
  • Three screen plays were called this week, with two of them going to wideouts DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts and the third one going to running back Roy Helu.

Personnel Groupings:

Below is the snap breakdown of the personnel groupings that were used, along with a quick primer on how the coding is done:

  • 1st number = # of Running Backs (including Fullbacks) on the field
  • 2nd number= # of Tight Ends on the field
  • The number of Wide Receivers is determined by subtracting the sum of the other two numbers from the number five.
Personnel Number of Snaps (%)
11 37 (67%)
12 7 (13%)
21 8 (15%)
22 3 (5%)

  • For the second consecutive week the Redskins set a new season-high in 11 personnel usage from a percentage standpoint (67%).
  • Both of Washington's touchdowns were scored out of the 11 grouping.  Six of the team's fourteen touchdowns on the year have come with this personnel on the field (43%).
  • This is the least diverse that offense has been with respect to the number of different personnel groupings used.  At least five different groupings were used in Weeks 1 through 4, while in Week 5, only four different groupings were utilized.
  • This was due to the fact that the Redskins have typically rolled out a heavy personnel like the 13 or the 23 a least a few times a game, whereas in this game they opted not to use either package at all.

Individual Player Snaps:

Name (* – denotes starter) Pos Snaps Snap %
Chris Chester * G 55 100%
Shawn Lauvao * G 55 100%
Kory Lichtensteiger * C 55 100%
Kirk Cousins * QB 55 100%
Trent Williams * T 50 91%
DeSean Jackson * WR 50 91%
Pierre Garcon * WR 49 89%
Tyler Polumbus * T 47 85%
Niles Paul * TE 44 80%
Andre Roberts WR 35 64%
Roy Helu RB 28 51%
Alfred Morris * RB 27 49%
Logan Paulsen * TE 20 36%
Darrel Young FB 11 20%
Tom Compton T/TE 9 16%
Ryan Grant WR 8 15%
Morgan Moses T 6 11%
Aldrick Robinson WR 2 4%
Josh LeRibeus G 0 0%
Silas Redd RB 0 0%
Colt McCoy QB 0 0%

  • There were 21 active offensive players in this game.  All of them except Josh LeRibeus, Silas Redd and Colt McCoy recorded an offensive snap.  Spencer Long, Santana Moss, Jordan Reed and Robert Griffin were declared inactive. 
  • Tackles Tom Compton and Morgan Mosses filled in for Tyler Polumbus and Trent Williams on a handful of plays.  Both Polumbus and Williams returned to the game.  Ryan Grant took over slot duties for Andre Roberts, when Roberts got banged up and missed a few plays on a late fourth quarter drive.
  • Chris Chester remains the only Redskin on offense or defense that has not missed a snap in 2014.  Colt McCoy and Santana Moss are the only offensive players that have yet to record a snap this year.
  • Once again, Andre Roberts led the way with the most slot snaps (22/63% of his total), but Pierre Garcon (10/20%) and DeSean Jackson (17/34%) saw their fair share of hot slot action too.  This was the highest slot snap total and percentage for both players this year.  Garcon and Jackson's percentage of snaps from the slot has increased in almost every week this season.  However, this week's increases were unusually large.  This likely had something to do with Gruden trying keep them away from Richard Sherman, as Sherman almost never covers slot receivers.
  • For the first time this season Roy Helu out-snapped Alfred Morris (28 to 27).  This was largely due to Helu getting the last 13 snaps of the game, all of which were passing plays.  Almost 93% of Helu's snaps were on passing snaps (26 of 28 total), while Morris saw about a 45:55 pass-to-run ratio.  This was the third week in a row that over 92% of Helus' snaps have come on passing plays.  Helu was also on the field for 11 of the team's 13 third-down snaps (85%).   

Team Records, Streaks & Rankings:

Individual Players/Coaches

  • Andre Roberts leads the NFL with a 93.3% first down catch percentage (minimum 10 receptions).  Roberts has picked up a first down or scored a touchdown on 14 of his 15 receptions this season.
  • For the first time in his career Kirk Cousins did not commit a turnover in a game that he started (seven starts).  Cousins threw at least one interception in each of his six starts prior to Monday, and he had also lost a fumble in half (3) of those games.  His 283 yards through the air were the fourth highest of his career.  Considering the opponent, you could make a strong argument that this was one of his best games as a pro.
  • DeSean Jackson also had one of his best games on Monday.  His 157 receiving yards was the sixth highest such total that he's posted in his 98 game career (including playoffs). 
  • Jackson just seems to love the Monday night spotlight.  Jackson averages 12.9 more yards and .21 more touchdowns on Mondays than he does on the other days of the week.  Here are some Jackson's rankings on Monday Night Football since hes entered the league in 2008 (minimum 250 yards from scrimmage): 2nd in receiving yards (740), 1st in yards per reception (22.42), 3rd in touchdowns (5) and 4th in yards from scrimmage (824).   
  • Alfred Morris didn't fair so well, and in stark contrast to the performances of Cousins and Jackson, he actually had the worst statistical game of his career.  Morris put up a career-worst 27 total yards of offense and 2.23 yards per attempt.  He also fumbled and did not score a touchdown in this game.  In the nine previous games in which he has fumbled, Morris has either recorded at least 77 yards of offense or scored a touchdown.
  • Jay Gruden extended his winless challenge streak to five.  He has lost one in every game and is 0-5 to start his career.  This was his first challenge that did not center on whether a catch was made or not (illegal forward pass).


  • The Redskins are 3-17 in primetime games since 2008.  That is the most losses and the worst overall record in the league in that time frame for primetime games. 
  • Three penalties were called and accepted against Washington.  This is tied for the 14th fewest against the Redskins in the Dan Snyder era (since 1999).  Meanwhile, the 13 infractions that were called against the Seahawks in this game is tied for 8th most by a Redskins opponent since 1940.
  • The Redskins also did not commit a turnover in this game.  This only the 27th time since 1940 that they have been called for three or fewer penalties while also not turning the ball over.
  • Washington passed for 275 yards and rushed for 32 yards against the Seahawks in Week 5.  This was the 12th time since 1940 that the team passed for 275 or more yards while also rushing for fewer than 35 yards.
  • The Seahawks are 16-4 since the start of the 2013 season and are tied with the Broncos for the best record in the football during that time.  The Redskins are 4-17 since the start of the 2013 season and are tied with the Jaguars for the worst record in football during that time. 

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