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Skins Snaps & Stats: Redskins @ Ravens

A look at the snap counts and stats for every player on the Redskins in the team's Week 5 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens

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Snaps- Over the course of 66 snaps, 18 of the Redskins 24 offensive players saw action in the game.  Of the six that did not make it onto the field for an offensive snap, three were inactive (Nate Sudfeld, Josh Doctson and Vinston Painter), two were active but simply did not take a snap of any kind (Colt McCoy and Arie Koundijo) and one only participated on special teams (John Sullivan).  Niles Paul, Ryan Grant, Robert Kelley and Rashad Ross were the only other Redskins offensive players that did not get at least 15 snaps in the game.

Penalties- The Redskins committed a season-low two offensive penalties for ten yards (5-yard false start and illegal shift infractions).  In all, the team only committed four accepted penalties as a whole for 46 yards (add in a ten-yard illegal block on special teams and a 26-yard defensive pass interference), which also represents a season-best mark.  Washington had committed either eight or nine accepted penalties in every 2016 game prior to this one.

Quarterbacks (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Kirk Cousins * 66 100%
Colt McCoy 0 0%
Nate Sudfeld Inactive N/A
  • Kirk Cousins' Stats- Kirk Cousins certainly did not have one of his better outings against the Ravens.  He completed 29 of his 41 passes in the game for 12 first downs, 260 yards, a touchdown and an interception.  He was sacked once in the game.  He completed 70.7% of his passes on the day, but put up his second lowest yardage total and his worst yards per attempt average of the season (6.3).  His advanced stats weren't much better.  Cousins posted his second worst Pro Football Focus rating (57.5) and QBR (48.2) and his worst adjusted net yards per attempt average (5.36) of the season.  On the 10 dropbacks that he was pressured on, he completed just 3 of his passes for 46 yards (4.6 Y/A).
  • Cousins Can Overcome- Cousins hasn't lived up to the hype and to his contract this season; but he has found a way to overcome some of his professional demons as of late.  Up until Week 14 of last season, Cousins had only beaten one team on the road as a starter (the 5-8 2012 Cleveland Browns).  With Sunday's win, he has now won five straight road contests.  Prior to the Week 3 game against the Giants, Cousins had only been victorious in one game against a team who had a winning record at the time of the game (Week 2 of 2015 against a 1-0 Rams team).  He has now won against a team with a winning record in each of his last two opportunities to do so (Giants and Ravens).  His 2015 win against the Rams also marked his only victory over a team that ranked in the top half of the league in defensive DVOA (they ranked 9th).  The Ravens ranked 4th in defensive DVOA going into the week. 
Wide Receivers (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
DeSean Jackson * 51 77%
Pierre Garcon * 49 74%
Jamison Crowder 37 56%
Ryan Grant 13 20%
Rashad Ross 5 8%
Josh Doctson Inactive N/A
  • Pierre Garcon- Garcon led all Washington wide receivers and running backs in targets (7) and receptions (5).  He led the team in long reception (21 yards), receiving yards (56), receiving first downs (4) and receiving touchdowns (1).  In fact, Garcon was the only Redskins player with an offensive touchdown in the game.  It was his first score of the season.  He is excellent when it comes to blocking and racking up clutch receptions and first downs (he leads all Redskins WRs in receptions and first downs), but his problem is that he doesn't ever put up high yardage totals.  Garcon has only had more than 95 receiving yards once since 2013 and he's only topped 65 yards five times in the last two years.
  • DeSean Jackson- It didn't seem like it, but DeSean Jackson tied Garcon with seven targets against the Ravens.  However, Jackson was only able to post a line of 3 receptions, 1 first down and 35 receiving yards on those attempts, and this comes after a game in which Jackson caught just one ball for five yards on two targets.  That's a total of just 9 targets for 4 receptions and 40 yards in his last two games combined.  He has only had lower reception and yardage totals in a two-game span four and two times respectively over the course of his 117-game career (regular season).  Kirk Cousins, Jay Gruden and Sean McVay must figure out a way to get Jackson the ball more.  Cousins' passer rating when targeting Jackson is 117.1, the best on the team.  
  • Other WRs- Rashad Ross caught his first pass of the season for a gain of eight yards.  Ryan Grant was not targeted in the game.  The two players have combined to catch two balls for 13 yards this season.  Jamison Crowder recorded a reception on all three of his targets (35 yards).  In the first two weeks of the season, it looked as if Crowder was operating as the team's number-two option behind Jordan Reed, but since then things have changed.  Crowder's snap total, snap percentage, targets, receptions and receiving yards have all steadily dropped throughout the season, with his lowest two totals in each category coming in Weeks 4 and 5.  No worries for old Jamison, though; as we will see later, he's making up for it in another area.
Tight Ends (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Jordan Reed * 60 91%
Vernon Davis * 33 50%
Niles Paul 14 21%
  • Tight Ends- Going into Monday night, Jordan Reed led all tight ends with 41 routes run in Week 5.  He had a game-high 11 targets and 8 receptions, but those 8 catches resulted in just 2 first downs and 53 yards (6.6 average).  This may have been because he was only targeted against linebackers three times this week, compared to his 6 targets against LBs last week.  Reed's 33 receptions and 18 receiving first downs rank 5th and 12th in the league respectively, regardless of position.  Vernon Davis caught 3 of his 4 targets for just 15 yards (for an even lower average than Reed).  Niles Paul was not targeted for the fourth time this season.  He caught his only 2016 target for 16 yards against the Cowboys.     
Running Backs (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Matt Jones * 37 56%
Chris Thompson 21 32%
Robert Kelley 8 12%
  • Matt Jones- Matt Jones had arguably his worst game of the season against the Ravens.  On 14 attempts, he rushed for just 31 yards (2nd lowest total of 2016); and for the first time this year, he had a success rate below 50% (36%), a yards after contact average below 2.0 (1.2) and a yards per carry average below 3.0 (2.2).  The 2.2 per attempt rate was the fourth worst average of his career, and he only had more than seven carries in one of his three worse games in this department (11 carries and 1.82 average vs. Atlanta in 2015).  He also lost a fumble for the first time this year.  Luckily for Jones he was able to move the chains six times in the game (4 on the ground and 2 through the air) and to catch two passes for 25 yards (the third best receiving total in his career).
  • Chris Thompson & Robert Kelley- Chris Thompson ran the ball twice for 12 yards.  He averaged six yards per carry and seven yards after contact.  Thompson also caught all 4 of his targets for 2 first downs and 33 yards receiving.  Robert Kelley set new season highs in snaps (8), first downs (1) rushing yards (18), yards after contact average (2.3) and yards per carry average (6.0).  His 16-yard run was the Redskins' longest rush of the day. 
  • Redskins Rushing- In Weeks 1 and 2, the Redskins only rushed on 22% and 26% of their plays.  Then in Weeks 3 and 4, it looked like the coaches had realized the error of their ways and decided to stick with the run, as they rushed it on 44% and 46% of the offensive plays in those weeks respectively.  The offensive playcallers reverted back to their old ways against Baltimore.  The offense passed it 21 more times than they ran it on Sunday (41 to 20).  The resulting 32% rushing percentage was the seventh lowest among the 28 teams that played in Week 5.  Even after this game, Washington still ranks in the top-13 in rushing yards per attempt (13th), first-down percentage (10th) and success rate (8th), so McVay and Gruden should probably keep calling running plays if they want to keep winning. 
Offensive Linemen (9)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Trent Williams * 66 100%
Shawn Lauvao * 66 100%
Spencer Long * 66 100%
Brandon Scherff * 66 100%
Morgan Moses * 41 62%
Ty Nsekhe 27 41%
John Sullivan ST Only 0%
Arie Koundijo 0 0%
Vinston Painter Inactive N/A
  • Offensive Line- Morgan Moses and Trent Williams tied for the highest PFF grade on the offense (77.7).  Trent Williams is PFF's highest graded Redskins player (88.5) and is the fourth best graded offensive linemen this season.  Brandon Scherff and Spencer Long had the third and fourth highest grades in the game (76.0 and 73.0).  Shawn Lauvao allowed a sack (the only one by the Ravens) and two hurries, but no other offensive linemen allowed more than a single pressure.  Ty Nsekhe allowed a QB hit, but was credited with forcing C.J. Mosley's key fumble that resulted in a touchback instead of a Raven's touchdown.  The line only allowed seven of Cousins' ten pressures in the game.  The group was ranked as the fourth best offensive line by PFF coming into this week.     


Snaps- Eighteen of Washington's twenty-six defenders played across 71 defensive snaps.  Half of the defenders that did not see action on defense were inactive (Anthony Lanier, Su'a Cravens, Bashaud Breeland and Dashaun Philips) and half only got playing time on special teams (Martrell Spaight, Houston Bates, Deshazor Everett and Josh Evans).  Terence Garvin and Donte Whitner are the only other defensive players that did not see at least 15 snaps in the game.

Quarterback Pressure- The Redskins were able to get pressure on 34% of Joe Flacco's dropbacks (17 of 50 dropbacks).  Joe Barry decided to bring extra defenders after Flacco on 15 of his dropbacks, which is a blitz rate of 30%.  Washington's defense was definitely doing something right in this one, as the Ravens failed to complete a pass longer than 15 yards and surrendered a league-high 23 individual pressures in Week 5 (more than one player often creates pressure on a play).

Missed Tackles- After missing 15 tackles last week, the defense only failed to take down Ravens offensive players on 6 occasions in this game.  Against the Browns, three players missed multiple tackles; in this game, no Redskins defender missed more than one.  This did not occur purely because of the fact that the defense saw less action this week, either.  The Browns' offense was only on the field against Washington for one more snap than the Ravens' offense was, and the Redskins had just seven more opportunities to make a tackle last week than they did in this game.

Rushing Defense- The tackling was much better, but the run defense was not.  The Ravens racked up 118 yards rushing on just 19 carries (6.2 yards per carry).  The Redskins are the only team that has given up five 100-yard rushing games this season.  The Cowboys are the only other team that has allowed their opponents to rush for an average of 4.5 or more yards per carry in four games this year.  Coincidentally, Dallas is the only team that the Redskins have held under that mark in 2016 (3.4).

Third-Down Defense- The Redskins third-down defense has been historically awful this year, but things improved drastically against the Ravens in that department.  After allowing Baltimore to go 2-2 on third down during the game's opening drive, the Redskins held them to one successful conversion on just one of their final 13 third-down opportunities (7.6%).  The Ravens' third and final conversion also came in the first half of the game.  The 20% third-down conversion rate allowed by the Redskins represents their best performance on the money down since they held Dallas to an 11.1% conversion rate in Week 13 of last season.

2nd-Half Scoring- All of these things, with the exception of the rushing defense, helped the Redskins to shut down the Raven's offense in the second half of the game.  Washington forced three three-and-outs and shut the Ravens out in the second half.  The Redskins' defense has only allowed nine second-half points (2 field goals against the giants and 1 against the Browns) in their last three games combined.  The Redskins 23 second-half points allowed since Week 2 ranks 5th in the league.

Defensive Linemen (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Chris Baker * 51 72%
Ziggy Hood * 44 62%
Ricky Jean Francois * 29 41%
Matt Ioannidis 29 41%
Cullen Jenkins 24 34%
Anthony Lanier Inactive N/A
  • Chris Baker & Ziggy Hood- Chris Baker did not have one of his more productive games on Sunday.  He did not record a tackle or a sack.  He was able to tally a QB hit and a pass defense.  He also led all Redskins D-linemen with a pressure rate of 14.3%, nearly double the next closest lineman's rate of 6.7% (Ziggy Hood).  Hood made two tackles and was the only DL on the team to record a sack.  The sack was his first as a Redskin and his first overall since Week 6 of the 2014 season.  Hood had two total pressures in the game. 
  • Other DL- Ricky Jean Francois got his first start of the year and made one tackle.  Matt Ioannidis played on a season-high 29 snaps (7 defensive and 12 ST snaps prior to this week).  He made the first solo tackle of his career (including preseason) and assisted on another.  Cullen Jenkins did not record any traditional stats on 24 snaps.  The five active defensive linemen only combined for five total tackles on 177 combined snaps, but each linemen recorded a pressure for only the second time this season. 
Outside Linebackers (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Ryan Kerrigan * 55 77%
Preston Smith * 48 68%
Trent Murphy 41 58%
Houston Bates ST Only 0%
  • Ryan Kerrigan- Ryan Kerrigan made one tackle (for a loss) in the game.  He also had multiple QB pressures, including a sack.  The sack was the 50th of his career.  Officially, Kerrigan became just the third Redskins player in team history to record 50 or more sacks, along with Dexter Manley (91 sacks) and Charles Mann (82 sacks).  But that is just because sacks were not officially recorded until 1982.  Unofficially, he is also behind Dave Butz (59.5 sacks) and Monte Coleman (53.5 sacks).  He should pass Butz and Coleman either this year or next, but will he pass Manley and Mann?  If he plays nine years and his average of 9.5 sacks per year holds up, then he will pass Mann (85.5 sacks).  If he plays for ten years and keeps that pace then he will also pass Manley (95 sacks).  Unfortunately, he will likely fall victim to father time and end up somewhere in the vicinity of an extremely respectable 75 sacks, which would probably also rank him about 75th all time.  
  • Trent Murphy- Murphy continued his reign as the Redskins' best edge rusher by leading the team's front-seven players with 3 tackles, 3 QB hits, 5 pressures and a 20% pressure rate.  He also had a half-sack in the game.  He's recorded at least half a sack in four consecutive games.  His 4.5 sacks on the year ties him for seventh best in the league after five weeks.
  • Preston Smith- Preston Smith played on a season-high 63 snaps and 88% of the defensive snaps.  However, he failed to record a sack yet again, despite going up against the Ravens' backup left tackle.  He also only made one tackle in the game (tackle for a loss).  Smith did at least notch multiple pressures, one of which was a QB hit.
Inside Linebackers (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Compton * 69 97%
Mason Foster * 57 80%
Terence Garvin 14 20%
Martrell Spaight ST Only 0%
Su'a Cravens Inactive N/A
  • Will Compton- Will Compton led the ILB group in snaps yet again and finished tied for the team high in solo (8) and total tackles (9).  Compton also made a game-high two tackles for a loss.  Compton has recorded nine or more total tackles in four of the team's five games this season.  That matches his career best of nine-plus tackle games in a single season (4 such games in 2015).  He also fared much better in coverage this week, as he allowed 5 receptions for just 36 yards. 
  • Mason Foster- Foster notched seven total tackles in the game, including one for a loss.  He did allow 7 receptions on 8 targets, but like Compton, he did not give up a lot of yards on those receptions (29 yards).  Foster was tied for the highest PFF grade in the game (88.8) and was rated as one of the league's best players of Week 5 by the site
  • Terence Garvin- After only playing on 5 defensive snaps in Weeks 1-4, Terence Garvin set a new season high with 14 snaps.  The 14 snaps and 20% snap percentage were both career highs for Garvin on defense.  That is quite a surprising thing to find out about a fourth-year pro.  He also recorded his first tackles (1 solo and 1 assist) as a Redskin and his first career sack (0.5) in the game.
Cornerbacks (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Norman * 63 89%
Greg Toler * 41 58%
Quinton Dunbar 38 54%
Kendall Fuller 31 44%
Bashaud Breeland Inactive N/A
Dashaun Philips Inactive N/A
  • Josh Norman- Josh Norman missed his first defensive snaps of the season when he injured his wrist (he still leads all defenders with 338 snaps this year).  That did not stop him from having another outstanding game, though.  Norman made one tackle and did not record any other stats, but he was only targeted on seven percent of his coverage snaps (lowest among Redskins CBs) and allowed just one catch for nine yards on three targets.  Check out Norman's coverage numbers If you exclude the Week 3 game in which he faced off against Odell Beckham: 19 targets, 8 receptions, 91 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.  That comes to a lowly 52.7 passer rating for quarterbacks when targeting Josh Norman.  He is PFF's 7th highest rated corner and highest rated Redskins defender this season (85.5).
  • Kendall Fuller- Fuller made three solo tackles and led the secondary with a tackle rate of 23.8%.  He was targeted 6 times (DB high 24.1% target/coverage snap rate) and allowed 5 receptions on those passes, but he only gave up 42 yards on those completions.  Fuller was also the only Washington corner with a pass defense in the game.  In his first two contests, he has given up 11 receptions, but those catches have only been for an average of 6.6 yards.  Fuller tied Mason Foster for the highest PFF grade in the game (88.0).  Joe Barry and company would be wise to increase Fuller's playing time next week, instead of decreasing it like they did in this game (from 45 to 31 snaps and from 62% to 44%).

  • Other Cornerbacks- The Redskins have alternated between giving Greg Toler and Quinton Dunbar more work at RCB in each of the three weeks since Bashaud Breeland went down.  In Week 3 when Breeland was injured, Toler out-snapped Dunbar 43 to 24.  Then Dunbar drew the start in Week 4 and played on 47 more snaps than Toler.  This week, Toler started and was on the field three more times than Dunbar.  Against the Ravens, Toler allowed 3 receptions for 22 yards and Dunbar allowed 3 for 31 yards.  Toler made four tackles and Dunbar made five.  Toler was the one on the field during the Ravens final drive.
Safeties (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Blackmon * 71 100%
Duke Ihenacho * 71 100%
Donte Whitner 5 7%
Deshazor Everett ST Only 0%
Josh Evans ST Only 0%
  • Duke Ihenacho- Ihenacho got the start in the place of the injured David Bruton (IR) and played on all 71 snaps.  He tied for the team lead in solo (8) and total tackles (9) and had the best tackles-per-opportunity rate among the team's safeties (17%).  The eight solo and nine total tackles were the third and fourth best totals in his 5-year and 28-game career (including playoffs).  Ihenacho also was credited with a tackle for a loss and his first pass defense as a member of the Redskins.  His last PD came as a Bronco in 2013.  He missed one tackle in run defense, after whiffing on three attempts against the Browns.
  • Will Blackmon & Donte Whitner- Will Blackmon also played on every defensive snap in the game, but he did not perform as well as his starting counterpart Ihenacho. Even though he played the entire game, Blackmon was only able to make two solo tackles. He only came away with a tackle on 5.7% of his opportunities.  Nonetheless, Blackmon is still PFF's highest rated Redskins safety on the season (ranked 34th in the NFL with a grade of 77.3).  New Redskin Donte Whitner only played on five snaps, all on third down, and was used as a blitzer once.  He did not record a stat of any kind in his limited action (including on his 4 special teams snaps). 


Snaps- Thirty-five Redskins played on twenty-eight special teams snaps in the game.  The group of 35 players consisted of 21 defenders, 11 offensive players and 3 specialists (Way, Sundberg and Hopkins).  Five players only saw the field on special teams.  Those five are made up of one offensive player (John Sullivan) and four defenders (Martrell Spaight, Houston Bates, Deshazor Everett and Josh Evans).

ST Ranking- Coming into Week 5, the Redskins' special teams unit was ranked 4th in the NFL, according to Football Outsiders DVOA metric.  They had a top-12 weekly DVOA in each week of the season leading up to Sunday's game against the Ravens.  As you'll read below, we should not expect any of that to change.  Since 1989, which is as far as Football Outsider's data goes back, the Redskins have only finished in the top-5 in special teams DVOA three times (1991, 1994 and 1995).  They ranked sixth last season.

Special Teamers (35) Special Teamers (cont)
Player Snaps Snap % Player Snaps Snap %
Houston Bates 24 86% Josh Evans 7 25%
Deshazor Everett 21 75% Duke Ihenacho 7 25%
Terence Garvin 21 75% Matt Ioannidis 7 25%
Niles Paul 21 75% Ty Nsekhe 7 25%
Martrell Spaight 21 75% Ricky Jean Francois 6 21%
Greg Toler 13 46% Ziggy Hood 4 14%
Quinton Dunbar 12 43% Shawn Lauvao 4 14%
Will Blackmon 11 39% Spencer Long 4 14%
Ryan Grant 11 39% Brandon Scherff 4 14%
Nick Sundberg 10 36% John Sullivan 4 14%
Tress Way 10 36% Donte Whitner 4 14%
Will Compton 9 32% Cullen Jenkins 3 11%
Mason Foster 9 32% Ryan Kerrigan 3 11%
Kendall Fuller 9 32% Preston Smith 3 11%
Jamison Crowder 8 29% Chris Thompson 3 11%
Dustin Hopkins 8 29% Morgan Moses 2 8%
Robert Kelley 8 29% Josh Norman 2 7%
Trent Murphy 8 29%
  • Tress Way- After only punting the ball eight times in the Redskins' first four games, Tress Way punted six times against the Ravens.  He also set new season highs in punt yardage (253), net yardage (213) and long punt (61 yards).  Way tied a season-high with two punts downed inside the 20.  His issue in the game was that he also had his first touchbacks of the season (2) and his second-worst inside-the-20 percentage (33%) of the season.  Four, or even three, of his six punts ending up inside the 20-yard line would have been much more in line with his standards.  However, he was clutch if nothing else; as both of his punts inside-the-20 occurred in the fourth quarter and pinned the Ravens inside their own 10-yard line. 
  • Dustin Hopkins- Hopkins booted three of his four kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks and the other one was returned from three yards deep in the end zone.  Unfortunately, kicking conditions were not optimal, and as a result things didn't go as well in the field goal department.  Hopkins missed his first extra point and field goal (a 56-yarder) of the season in the game.  He had made 16 straight field goals prior to that miss.  Hopkins' 49 points this season ranks third in the league.
  • Snaps & Kick Coverage- Just as he has in every other game this season, Houston Bates led the team in special teams snaps.  He also recorded one of the team's two solo ST tackles when he ended a 19-yard Devin Hester kickoff return at the Ravens' 16-yard line (Hester's only return yardage in the game).  And just as he had in three of four previous 2016 games, Deshazor Everett was tied for second on the team in specials snaps.  Everett made the other teams tackle on a punt return.  The yardage on that play did not count because of an illegal block by the Ravens.  Bates, Everett and Niles Paul are the only Redskins with more than one special teams tackle of any kind this season.
  • Kick Returns- Will Blackmon took the Redskins only kickoff return of the game for 45 yards.  That return tied a career long for Blackmon, who also returned a kickoff for 45 yards almost exactly eight years ago when he was a Green Bay Packer.  Take a look at the yardage totals for each of the Redskins' six kickoff returns this season: 29, 28, 14, 25, 26 and 45.  Only one of their returns has gone for less than 25 yards and they are averaging 27.8 yards per kickoff return this season.  That is the second best return average in the NFL, behind only the Ravens' 28.8-yard clip.
  • Punt Returns- In 2015, Jamison Crowder's longest punt return on 30 attempts went for just 16 yards.  In Week 1 of this season, he beat that with a 17-yarder.  In the following game, he bested himself again, this time with a 21-yard return against the Cowboys.  Then, in Week 3, one of his returns went for 50 yards.  And, finally, for the fourth time this season, Crowder set a new career high this week, when he scored a touchdown on an 85-yard return against the Ravens.  It was Crowder's first punt-return touchdown as a Redskin and the team's first punt return TD since 2008.  The return snapped the Redskins NFL-worst 124-game drought of contests without a punt return TD.  It was the team's longest return since 2006 when Antwaan Randle El scored on an 81-yard return (10/22/2006 against the Colts).  Crowder has now also recorded new career highs in single-game return yardage in three of the past four weeks.
  • Punt Return Rankings- Last season, Jamison Crowder's punt return average of 5.3 yards ranked dead-last in the NFL among 24 qualifiers.  His 158 return yards ranked 22nd in that group.  The Redskins ranked 31st in punt return yards (153) and average (4.8) because of Crowder's rookie-year struggles.  It's a totally different story this year, as Crowder and the Redskins have essentially flipped those rankings on their head.  Crowder's 194 punt return yards and 27.7 yard average both are the best in the entire league, and his 85-yard return is tied for the longest of the season (with Andre Roberts of all people).  The Redskins also rank first as a team in both punt return yards and average.

*All statistics are courtesy of CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN,, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Real Redskins,, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*