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A look at the snap counts and stats for every player on the Redskins in the team's Week 6 showdown against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles

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OFFENSE

Snaps- Seventeen of the offense's 24 players saw action over the course of a season-high 74 snaps.  The 74 offensive snaps are the most by the team since Week 16 against the Eagles last year and their second most since Week 5 of 2015.

Of the seven offensive players that did not receive any playing time, four were inactive (Nate Sudfeld, Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed and Vinston Painter), two did not play a snap of any kind (Colt McCoy and Arie Koundijo) and one only participated on special teams (John Sullivan).

Drops- Pro Football Focus credited the team with a season-worst 2 drops in the game (Jackson and Grant).  Although, that didn't include an incompletion to Vernon Davis that probably also should've been counted.  The worst part about these drops was that they came on targets that should've resulted in big plays.  Jackson and Davis dropped touchdowns and Grant's drop occurred on a third-and-short play.

Red Zone- The offense scored touchdowns on three of their five trips to the end zone on Sunday.  We really should only count it as four tries and a 75% conversion rate, because the final trip to the red area only consisted of a kneel down on a victory formation.  Regardless of that, the Redskins have converted on over 60% of their RZ opportunities in two of the last three weeks.  Here are their percentages in their four other games this season: 25%, 33%, 0% and 0%.  The team is clearly improving in this area, but it's imperative that they continue to do so.

Yardage- The Redskins 493 total yards in the game was the team's highest such total since Week 10 of 2015 (Saints) and their sixth highest total since 1999.  They outgained the Eagles by 254 yards in the game, their best margin since Week 2 of 2014 (301 yard margin against the Jaguars).  It was the team's fourth best margin since 1995.  The 244-yard first half margin is Washington's highest such margin since at least 1991, which is as far back as yardage by half data goes.  Let's also not forget that the offense put these numbers up against a team that ranked second in defensive DVOA coming into the week and that still ranks sixth in total yards allowed per game.

Quarterbacks (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Kirk Cousins * 74 100%
Colt McCoy 0 0%
Nate Sudfeld Inactive N/A
  • Kirk Cousins' Stats- Cousins completed 18 of his 34 attempts (56.5%) for 263 yards, 11 first downs, 2 touchdowns and an interception.  His 11 first downs and 41% success rate were season lows and his 56.5% completion percentage was a career low, but most of his advanced stats actually tell us that he had a good day.  His 61.5 QBR, 7.59 adjusted net yards per attempt figure and his 69.6 PFF grade each represented his second best marks on the season behind his Week 3 performance against the Giants. 
  • Sack Hater- Kirk Cousins was not sacked for the second time this season.  And while a lot of credit for that goes to the offensive line, I think that avoiding sacks is also a QB skill, and one that often goes unappreciated.  Cousins' 3.42 sack percentage ranks third this season, but just telling you that doesn't do him justice, either.  If Cousins had enough attempts to qualify, his career sack percentage of 4.1% would rank sixth all time and second among active players (behind only Drew Brees).  The other four above him on that list are Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien.  Cousins' era-adjusted sack rate ranks tenth all time among players with 1,000 or more career attempts.  That's really cool that Cousins is historically great at avoiding sacks, but I'd personally rather have his career sack percentage be a half a point or two higher if it meant that he would throw interceptions less often.
  • Cousins Carrying On- With the victory over the Eagles, Kirk Cousins has now defeated a team with a winning record and that ranked in the top half (top 16) of Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA for the third time in his last four games.  He had only accomplished each of those things on one other occasion in his career prior to this stretch (Week 2 of 2015 against the Rams).
  • Cousins Going Deep- Going into this game, Cousins only had an adjusted completion percentage (completions plus drops per aimed throws) of 40% on passes that traveled 20 or more yards in the air, but he showed some improvement in that area against the Eagles on Sunday.  Cousins completed three of his five deep passes in this game for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Wide Receivers (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Pierre Garcon * 60 81%
Jamison Crowder 56 76%
DeSean Jackson * 50 68%
Ryan Grant 20 27%
Rashad Ross 9 12%
Josh Doctson Inactive N/A
  • Pierre Garcon- Garcon did what he does best by making key receptions and moving the chains on multiple occasions.  He led the team in targets (11), receptions (6), receiving first downs (4) and receiving yards (77).  This was the second week in a row in which he led the Redskins in receiving yards and first downs.  The target, reception and yardage totals were season highs for Garcon.  He also caused a 23-yard Eagles' pass interference penalty.  He was PFF's third highest rated offensive player on the team (71.9).  Garcon is now tied with Jordan Reed for the team lead in receiving first downs (18).
  • DeSean Jackson- Jackson ranked second on the team in pretty much every one of the receiving categories that Garcon ranked first in.  He was second on the Redskins in targets (9), receptions (4), receiving first downs (2) and receiving yards (55).  He would've led the team in receiving yards had he not dropped the aforementioned touchdown pass.  Virtually everybody on the offensive side of the ball produced against Philadelphia, but clearly Garcon and Jackson were the main beneficiaries of Reed's absence.  They were targeted on 59% of Kirk Cousins 34 passing attempts.
  • Jamison Crowder- With Reed out, the Redskins employed more three-wide sets, and thus Jamison Crowder's playing time received a bump.  He was on the field for a season-high 56 snaps and he saw action on his largest percentage of the snaps since Week 1.  As usual, Crowder did not disappoint.  He caught three of his four targets for two first downs, 52 yards and a touchdown.  Crowder leads the Redskins with four total touchdowns (includes punt return TD) and three receiving touchdowns this season.  His three receiving scores match the TD total of the team's tight end corps (2 by Reed and 1 by Davis) and exceeds the rest of the receiving corps' total (1 each by Jackson and Garcon). And to top it off, check out this list of other NFL wide receivers with four or more touchdowns this year.  That is some pretty exclusive company for the second-year wideout to be keeping.
Tight Ends (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Vernon Davis * 72 97%
Niles Paul * 22 30%
Jordan Reed Inactive N/A
  • No Reed, No Problem- This was the Redskins first win in their last seven games without Jordan Reed (six straight losses dating back to Week 2 of 2014).  Prior to Sunday's game, the team was 2-12 (.143 winning percentage) in games that Reed did not play in since he was drafted, with their two wins in those instances coming against a 4-12 Raiders team and a 3-13 Jaguars team.  Everyone pitched in to make it happen against the Eagles, as seven players chipped in with 50 or more yards from scrimmage.  That was the most such Washington players to tally 50 or more scrimmage yards in a game in at least the last three seasons (2014-2016).
  • Vernon Davis- One of those players was Reed's backup, Vernon Davis.  Davis caught two of his four targets for 50 yards and a touchdown.  The touchdown was Davis' first since Week 1 of 2014 with the 49ers (ended a 32-game touchdown drought).  With seven more career receiving TDs, Davis would jump Jason Witten, Jerry Smith and Shannon Sharpe and sit at fourth all time with 63 touchdowns by a tight end.
Running Backs (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Chris Thompson 36 49%
Matt Jones * 30 41%
Robert Kelley 9 12%
  • Matt Jones- Simply put, Matt Jones had the best rushing game of his career on Sunday.  He scored a touchdown and his 135 rushing yards, 8.4 yards per attempt average and long run of 57 yards were all career bests.  The 135 yards on the ground are the most by a Redskin since Alfred Morris put up 139 against the Vikings in 2013.  It is also tied for the fourth highest rushing total by a Redskins player in almost six years (since 2010).  Jones' 8.4 yard per tote clip is the sixth highest yards per attempt average by a Washington player with ten or more rushes in a game since at least 1960.  Only three other players have accomplished that feat this season.  He led all running backs in Week 6, with a 12.5 yards per carry average with eight or more defenders in the box.  Per Rich Tandler, Jones' 57-yarder was "the Redskins’ longest in a 'run out the clock' situation (up by 1-7 points, less than 2 minutes left) since at least 1994."
  • Jones' Rankings- Jones currently ranks in the top 12 in rushing yards (9th-433), yards per attempt (12th-4.9), rushing first downs (7th-24) and rushing touchdowns (11th-3).  What's perhaps most amazing, is that he's accomplished all this while ranking 14th in attempts (89), 22nd in snaps (199) and 29th in snap percentage among running backs.
  • Chris Thompson & Robert Kelley- Jones wasn't the only Redskins runner having a career day.  Robert Kelley set new career highs in rushing attempts (5), first downs (2), rushing yards (59), rushing average (11.8) and long run (45) against the Eagles.  Kelley's 45-yard rush was the longest run by a Redskins rookie since Robert Griffin's 46-yarder against the Giants in 2012.  Kelley and Chris Thompson combined to break nine tackles in the game.  Thompson carried the ball a career-high nine times and totaled 37 yards on those runs.  Two of those rushes went for 10 or more yards, and he picked up one rushing and receiving first down.  Thompson's 66 yards from scrimmage and 100 all-purpose yards in the game are his fourth highest and highest career totals respectively.
  • Redskins Rushing- The offense rushed the ball 33 times and on 49% of the plays, both season highs.  The results were fantastic.  The Redskins racked up 230 yards on the ground and averaged seven yards per carry while doing so, both also season-best marks.  The 230 yards on the ground was the team's highest rushing output since the 274-yard outburst in Week 17 of the 2012 season against the Cowboys.  This game's rushing total also represented the team's fourth and eighth highest totals in the last 10 and 20 years respectively.  Washington has also only rushed for a higher yards per carry average in five other games dating back to at least 1940 (minimum 10 attempts).  The Redskins' rushing attack ranks fourth in yards per attempt (4.8) and third in first-down percentage (26%) on the season.

Offensive Linemen (9)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Trent Williams * 74 100%
Shawn Lauvao * 74 100%
Spencer Long * 74 100%
Brandon Scherff * 74 100%
Morgan Moses * 74 100%
Ty Nsekhe 6 8%
John Sullivan ST Only 0%
Arie Koundijo 0 0%
Vinston Painter Inactive N/A

  • Offensive Line (Group)- The Redskins offensive line dominated a stout Eagles' front line.  The Eagles did not record a sack and only hit Cousins twice in the game on his 34 dropbacks (Washington also allowed 0 sacks and 2 hits in Week 1).  Philadelphia had put up at least three sacks in each of their four other games this season and they still rank in the top ten in sack percentage.  The only player that got to Cousins at all was Fletcher Cox, who had two hits in the game.  However, that was pretty much the only productive thing that Cox did.  The Pro Bowler did not record a tackle, a sack or a pass defense for only the second time in his career (2013 vs. Arizona), but he did commit two penalties.  You could argue that this was the worst game of his career. 
  • OL Rankings- The Redskins rank second in the league in both sacks allowed (8) and sack percentage allowed (3.4%).  The former is even more impressive when you consider that eight teams have played in one less game than Washington has this season.  PFF ranks the Redskins' offensive line as the third best pass blocking and the sixth best run blocking unit in the NFL.  
  • Trent Williams- Trent Williams was the highest graded player in the entire game (81.8).  The running game averaged 8.1 yards per carry on runs that went behind Williams.  He essentially shutdown the dangerous edge duo of Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin and only allowed one hurry in the game.  Williams has only allowed one sack all season and is PFF's third highest graded offensive lineman, regardless of position, this season (90.2). 
  • Offensive Line (Individual)- Fellow tackle, Morgan Moses, was given the second best offensive grade in the game (73.8).  Moses has performed well for the better part of the season, but he does lead the team in sacks allowed (2).  Brandon Scherff, who is the PFF's 11th highest graded guard, did not have his best game, though.  He allowed three hurries against the Eagles.  Scherff is the only Redskins offensive linemen that has started in every game and that has not allowed a sack this season.  Spencer Long has only started three games this year, but he too has yet to allow a sack.  Shawn Lauvao has allowed just one sack, but his 52.5 grade this season is by far the worst among the starting group.  Every other starter ranks in the top 15 at their position.

DEFENSE

Snaps- The defense was on the field for a season-low 52 snaps on Sunday.  That is tied for the lowest defensive snap total since the start of the 2015 season (52 snaps in Week 2 of 2015 against the Rams).

Nineteen of the team's 26 defenders played across those aforementioned 52 snaps.  Four of the seven that did not take a single defensive snap only participated on special teams (Houston Bates, Greg Toler, Deshazor Everett and Josh Evans) and three were inactive (Anthony Lanier, Su'a Cravens and Dashaun Philips).  Of the 19 that did play, Matt Ioannidis, Terence Garvin, Martrell Spaight and Quinton Dunbar were the only defenders to see fewer than 19 snaps (all played on 7 or fewer snaps).

Quarterback Pressure- The Redskins blitzed a season-low three times in the game (11%), but got pressure on a season-best 48% of their opponent's dropbacks (13 pressures).  Wentz had only been pressured on 24.3% of his dropbacks coming into this game.  He had also only been sacked seven times across the Eagle's four other games this season; he was sacked five times in this game alone.  The Redskins' 5 sacks and 11 QB hits in the game were both season highs.  The defense is averaging eight hits and three sacks per game over Washington's last five contests, and the team ranks in the top ten in both sacks (16) and sack percentage (7.0%) this season.

Rushing Defense & Missed Tackles- The Washington defense had allowed opponents to rush for 100 or more yards in their last seven consecutive games (including playoffs) until they held the Philadelphia Eagles to just 94 yards rushing on Sunday.  In fact, they had allowed 14 of their last 22 opponents (dating back to when Joe Barry took over as defensive coordinator) to rush for 100 or more yards.  Unfortunately, the Eagles were able to rush for 4.5 yards per attempt, which is the fifth time that the Redskins defense has allowed that to happen in six games this season.

Some of the improvement in this department almost certainly stemmed from the fact that the defense had their best day of the year when it came to tackling, as Redskins defenders only missed a season-low two tackles (Breeland and Fuller with one each).

Third-Down Defense- The Redskins allowed the Eagles to convert on just 4 of their 12 third-down opportunities.  The defense has now only allowed their opponents to convert on 7 of 27 tries in the past two weeks (26%), that after allowing a league-worst conversion rate of 57% in the first month of the season.  You might not understand the magnitude of that swing, so consider this: a 26% conversion rate allowed would rank first in the league by about 4%, while a 57% conversion rate allowed would rank last by about 8%.

Scoring & Yardage- The defense shut the Eagles' offense down on Sunday.  They did not allow Philadelphia to score an offensive touchdown and held them to just 239 yards of total offense.  The 239 yards allowed is the fifth lowest yardage total allowed by the Redskins in the past five seasons (since 2011) and the lowest since Week 2 of 2015 (213 yards against the Rams).

The Eagles were held to just six points (two field goals) in the second half of the game.  After allowing 38 combined second-half points in Weeks 1 and 2, Washington has only allowed 15 points after halftime since Week 3 (5 field goals and 0 touchdowns).  Only the Eagles, Chiefs and Vikings have allowed fewer points in the second half during that span, and they all played one less game because of bye weeks.

Defensive Linemen (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Chris Baker * 37 71%
Ziggy Hood * 35 67%
Ricky Jean Francois 15 29%
Cullen Jenkins 13 25%
Matt Ioannidis 7 13%
Anthony Lanier Inactive N/A
  • Top Defensive Linemen- On just 15 snaps, Ricky Jean Francois led the defensive line unit with three total tackles a sack (the only one by a Redskins DL).  It was his first full sack of the season and his first since last year's Week 16 game against the Eagles.  He and Chris Baker combined to total three hurries and a batted pass between them.  Baker and Ziggy Hood were the third (78.2) and fourth (76.3) highest rated Redskins defenders by PFF in the game.  Baker recorded two tackles (one for a loss) and Hood registered one tackle, QB hit and pass defense.
  • Reserve DL- Cullen Jenkins played on a season-low 25% of the snaps and made two tackles (1 solo and 1 assisted).  Matt Ioannidis only played on 7 snaps after seeing a season-high 29 last week.  Neither player recorded a QB pressure of any kind.  Anthony Lanier is the only player on the roster who has been inactive every week of the season.  He outperformed Ioannidis and several other Washington linemen in the preseason, so it would be nice to get a look at him and to see what he can do when the games actually count.
Outside Linebackers (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Ryan Kerrigan * 42 81%
Preston Smith * 33 63%
Trent Murphy 31 60%
Houston Bates ST Only 0%
  • Ryan Kerrigan- Instead of having to go up against Eagles starting right tackle and former fourth overall pick Lane Johnson, who had given up five pressures on 159 pass-blocking snaps this season; Ryan Kerrigan had the luxury of facing off against rookie fifth-round pick Halapoulivaati Vaitai.  Needless to say, Kerrigan took advantage of the mismatch.  Kerrigan recorded seven total pressures in the game on just 25 pass rushing snaps.  He hit the quarterback four times and two of his pressures resulted in sacks.  He also should probably have been credited with another half a sack, which would've brought his total up to 2.5.  This was the ninth multi-sack game of Kerrigan's career.  He was the highest graded player on the Washington defense (81.7).
  • Trent Murphy- Trent Murphy is simply on fire as a pass rusher.  He hit Carson Wentz three times in the game and one of those hits was a half sack.  Murphy has a sack and a hit in every game since Week 2.  He has now recorded three QB hits in two straight contests and at least a half a sack in five straight games.  Trent Murphy (5 sacks) and Ryan Kerrigan (4.5 sacks) ranked sixth and tenth in sacks in the NFL respectively.  The Denver Broncos are the only other team with two players ranked in the top-10 in sacks this season (Von Miller is 2nd and Derek Wolfe is tied for 10th).
  • Preston Smith- Smith finally got his first sack of the season, when he and Murphy teamed up to take down Wentz on the final defensive play of the game.  On that play, the Redskins did not send out a defensive linemen and instead utilized a line that included Smith, Murphy and Kerrigan.  The team has recorded sacks on two of the three instances that it has employed this combination in the last two games.  And for those of you worried about Smith's sack production this year, then perhaps the end of his slump should reassure you that better days are ahead.  Smith also went five games without a sack last season (games 5-9).  After that, he went on to record seven sacks in his next eight games (including playoffs). 
Inside Linebackers (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Compton * 48 92%
Mason Foster * 45 87%
Terence Garvin 7 13%
Martrell Spaight 2 4%
Su'a Cravens Inactive N/A
  • Inside Linebackers- Starters Will Compton and Mason Foster each made three solo, two assisted and five total tackles against the Eagles.  They both tied for second on the team in all three of those categories.  Compton also defended a pass.  His three pass defenses this year match his career total coming into this season.  Compton and Josh Norman are the only Washington defenders that have played on 90% or more of the defensive snaps in every game this season.  Terence Garvin and Martrell Spaight continued to fill in for Su'a Cravens, playing on a combined nine snaps.  Garvin assisted on one tackle.
Cornerbacks (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Norman * 52 100%
Bashaud Breeland * 45 87%
Kendall Fuller * 45 87%
Quinton Dunbar 4 8%
Greg Toler ST Only 0%
Dashaun Philips Inactive N/A
  • Josh Norman- Josh Norman was relatively quiet in this game, but that's because he was rarely targeted and was busy shutting down another wide receiver.  He was primarily responsible for covering Eagles' receiver Nelson Agholor, who caught just three receptions for 34 yards on four targets.  However, in reality, Norman was only responsible for one of those catches and 12 of those receiving yards.  He also assisted on two tackles in the game.
  • Bashaud Breeland- In Breeland's first game back from injury, he led all Washington corners with four total tackles (2 solo and 2 assisted) and allowed just one reception for 18 yards on four targets.  He did show some rust, though, when he missed a tackle and committed an illegal use of hands penalty.  With Breeland back in the lineup, Quinton Dunbar played on just 8% of the snaps after playing on 36%, 78% and 54% of the Week 3-5 snaps (Breeland was injured in Week 3 and inactive in Weeks 4 and 5).

  • Kendall Fuller- He got his second start at slot corner in his third NFL game and played on a season-most 87% of the defense's snaps.  Fuller was the most targeted Washington defender (5 targets) and was targeted more often than any other DB on the team (18.5% of his coverage snaps).  On the five attempts in his direction, he allowed three receptions for 70 yards (23.3 yard average), but to be fair, he was matched up against one of the better slot receivers in the league, in Jordan Matthews.
Safeties (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Blackmon * 52 100%
Donte Whitner 40 77%
Duke Ihenacho * 19 37%
Deshazor Everett ST Only 0%
Josh Evans ST Only 0%
  • Will Blackmon- Blackmon played on 100% of the defensive snaps for the third consecutive week.  He led the team in tackles, with six of them (2 solo and 4 assisted), and recorded a sack on the first play of the game.  It was his first sack of the year, his second as a Washington Redskin and his fourth overall in his ten-year career.
  • Duke Ihenacho- Duke Ihenacho got the start at strong safety for the second week in a row, but after playing on every snap in Week 5, his snap count and percentage dropped to 19 and 37% in this game.  The decline in playing time is somewhat surprising, as Ihenacho continued to be quite effective.  In limited action, he chipped in with four tackles, two stops and a tackle for a loss.  His tackles-per-opportunity rate of 20% led all Washington defenders that played on five or more snaps.  He was also PFF's second highest graded Redskins defender and the fourth highest graded overall player in the game (80.5). 
  • Donte Whitner- Most of Ihenacho's playing time was ceded to Donte Whitner, whose snap count and percentage jumped from 5 to 40 and from 7% to 77% in just his second game with the team.  Whitner led the team with four solo tackles. With Su'a Cravens inactive, Joe Barry sent Whitner, Ihenacho and Blackmon out together to form a three-safety package on multiple defensive snaps.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Snaps- A season-most 36 players took part across 30 special teams snaps against the Eagles.  The unit consisted of 22 defenders, 11 offensive players and 3 specialists (Dustin Hopkins, Nick Sundberg and Tress Way).  Five players only saw the field on special teams.  That group was made up of one offensive player (John Sullivan) and four defenders (Houston Bates, Greg Toler, Deshazor Everett and Josh Evans).

Special Teamers (36)
Special Teamers (cont)
Player Snaps Snap %
Player Snaps Snap %
Houston Bates 25 83%
Jamison Crowder 7 23%
Deshazor Everett 21 70%
Ricky Jean Francois 7 23%
Terence Garvin 21 70%
Greg Toler 6 20%
Martrell Spaight 20 67%
Donte Whitner 6 20%
Josh Evans 17 57%
Will Blackmon 5 17%
Quinton Dunbar 16 53%
Ryan Kerrigan 5 17%
Niles Paul 15 50%
Shawn Lauvao 5 17%
Kendall Fuller 12 40%
Spencer Long 5 17%
Ryan Grant 11 37%
Morgan Moses 5 17%
Dustin Hopkins 11 37%
Brandon Scherff 5 17%
Duke Ihenacho 10 33%
John Sullivan 5 17%
Matt Ioannidis 10 33%
Chris Thompson 5 17%
Ty Nsekhe 9 30%
Bashaud Breeland 4 13%
Nick Sundberg 9 30%
Ziggy Hood 4 13%
Tress Way 9 30%
Cullen Jenkins 4 13%
Will Compton 8 27%
Trent Murphy 4 13%
Mason Foster 8 27%
Josh Norman 4 13%
Robert Kelley 8 27%
Preston Smith 4 13%
  • Tress Way- Tress Way punted four times for 211 yards and averaged a season-high 52.8 yards per punt.  His net average of 40 yards was his second best mark of the year in that category.  On the downside, a season-high total (3) and percentage (75%) of his punts were returned for a season-worst 31 yards.  Way's 25% touchback percentage was his second worst rate of the year.
  • Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins was perfect as a placekicker for the fifth time in six games this season.  He hit from 32 yards and 50 yards out in the game.  The 50-yarder was his season-long.  Hopkins booted four of his six kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.  His 77.1% touchback percentage ranks first among all kickers with 25 or more kickoffs this season.  Unfortunately, not all of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.
  • Kickoff Returns Against- Not only did the Redskins' special teams unit allow a season-high total of punt return yards against, they also allowed the most kickoff return yards by an opponent, and by a wide margin.  Going into this week, Washington had allowed just 121 kickoff return yards.  In this game, they allowed 111 such yards, with the vast majority of them coming on an 86-yard Wendell Smallwood kickoff-return touchdown.  It was the first and only kickoff return for a touchdown by any team this season.  The special teams is primarily at fault here, but the Vernon Davis celebration penalty that forced the Redskins to kickoff from their own 20-yard line certainly made a major impact as well.
  • Snaps & Tackles- Houston Bates' streak of consecutive games leading the team in specials snaps continued.  Bates made a solo special teams tackle and leads the team in that department as well.  He was followed by Deshazor Everett and Terence Garvin in ST snaps.  Garvin has had the second most teams snaps in every week this season.  Martrell Spaight had the fourth most specials snaps this week and led the Redskins with a 2016 team single-game high of two solo special teams tackles.
  • Kickoff Returns- So the Redskins couldn't have had their worst day of the year in both the return game and in return defense, right?  Wrong.  They did record a season-high 52 kickoff return yards in the game, but they did it on three returns and the resulting 17.3 yards per return average was by far the worst for the team this season.  The previous low was 21 yards per return.  The team had only returned one kick for fewer than 25 yards coming into this game (a 14-yarder by Niles Paul), but they could only muster a long of 22 yards on three tries against Philadelphia.  They did not return the ball out to the 25-yard line on any of their three returns.
  • Punt Returns- Things weren't much different for Jamison Crowder and the punt-return unit.  Crowder got to return a season-high three punts in the game, but his 13 yards and 4.3 yard average were both season-lows for him (does not include games in which he did not have a return).  He also had his two shortest returns of the year in the game (1 yard and 4 yards) and fair-caught a season-high two punts.  Basically, it was a great day for the team as a whole, but a bad day for the special teams.  The Redskins do, however, still lead the league in punt return yards (207) and punt return average (18.8 yards), so hopefully this game was the exception and not the new, or the 2015, rule.

*All statistics are courtesy of 4for4, 538, CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Real Redskins, Redskins.com, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*