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A look at the snap counts and stats for every player on the Redskins in the team's Week 8 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in England's Wembley Stadium

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OFFENSE

Snaps- The offense was on the field for a season-high 91 snaps, which is the highest snap total for the Redskins' offense since 2012 when the NFL began tracking them. The 88 offensive plays run in the game were the team's fifth most since at least 1940, and their most since 1990.

Seventeen of Washington's twenty-five offensive players saw action on that record-breaking number of snaps and plays.  Five of the eight that did not play on offense were inactive (Nate Sudfeld, Rashad Ross, Matt Jones, Arie Koundijo and Vinston Painter), two only played on special teams (Mack Brown and John Sullivan) and one was active but did not play in any capacity (Colt McCoy).  This was Mack Brown's first regular season NFL game.  Brown led the NFL in rushing in the preseason.

Yardage- The Redskins totaled 546 yards of offense against the Bengals, which represents the team's sixth highest yardage total since 1940 and likely ever.  The last time that Washington exceeded that number was in the team's 1991 Super Bowl-winning season, a team that is regarded by many as one of the best in league history.  They outgained Cincinnati by 131 yards in the game and yet the scoring margin of zero led to a tie.  The Skins rank fourth in the NFL in yardage margin (324 yards), but yet their -3 point differential ranks just 16th.  The 12-spot difference in those rankings is the second largest disparity in the NFL this season (Chicago Bears -15).  We all know the reason for this.

Red Zone- Washington's red-zone woes reared their ugly head again, as the team scored just one touchdown on four trips to the red area (25%).  This was the fifth time in eight weeks that the team has had a RZ TD percentage of 33.3% or less.  The Redskins rank fifth in red-zone attempts per game this season (4), but sit all the way down at 23rd and 31st in red-zone touchdowns per game (1.6) and touchdown percentage (40.6%); they ranked 11th in both categories in 2015.

Quarterbacks (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Kirk Cousins * 91 100%
Colt McCoy 0 0%
Nate Sudfeld Inactive N/A
  • Attempts, Completions & First Downs- Cousins set new team records in both completions (38) and passing first downs (24).  He was tied with Jason Campbell for the previous completions record (33).  His 56 attempts in Sunday's game rank second most in team history.  Jay Schroeder attempted 58 passes in a 1985 game.    The Redskins 24 passing first downs in the game are tied for the 14th most first downs through the air by any team since 1999, which is as far back as snap data is available.  Cousins also became just the 12th player since at least 1950 to have a completion percentage of 67% or higher on 56 or more attempts.  Five of the other players on that list are Hall of Famers and another two that aren't won an MVP Award.  Derek Carr also accomplished that feat this week when he shredded the Buccaneers pass defense for 40 completions, 513 yards and four touchdowns on 59 attempts.
  • Advanced Stats- His QBR of 73.2 against the Bengals is tied for his best rating in that category this season.  Cousins' raw QBR of 80.7, his adjusted net yards per attempt of 7.74 and his PFF rating of 78.0 were all his second best marks of the year.  The only other time that he's matched or exceeded those numbers was in Week 3 against the New York Giants.
  • 2016 Pace- Captain Kirk currently ranks first in completions (215) and second in the NFL in both passing attempts (321) and passing yards (2,454).  He is on pace to attempt 642 passes, complete 430 of those attempts and to throw for 4,908 yards this season.  Those numbers would not only shatter franchise records, but go down as some of the highest single-season totals in NFL history.  The 642 attempts would rank 16th in NFL history and only eight players have ever attempted that many passes.  The 430 completions that he's projected to pass for would rank would rank 11th all time.  Just five other passers have topped 430 completions in NFL history.  The 4,908 yards that Cousins is on pace for would rank 13th in the 97-year history of the league.  Only seven other players have ever hit 4,908 yards in a season.  Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford are the only players in history that have hit all three of those amazing marks in a season.  Pay him, Scot.  Pay that man his money.
Wide Receivers (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Pierre Garcon * 78 86%
Jamison Crowder 64 70%
Ryan Grant 51 56%
DeSean Jackson * 32 35%
Maurice Harris 14 15%
Rashad Ross Inactive N/A
  • Jamison Crowder- Jamison Crowder was the Redskins' best receiver for the second week in a row.  He led the team with a career-best nine receptions for 107 yards and a TD.  He also led the team in targets and had four first downs in the game.  Crowder has now gone over 100 receiving yards for the second straight week, and is the first Redskins player to do so since DeSean Jackson did it in Weeks 8 and 9 of 2014.  He leads the team in receiving yards (498) and touchdowns (4) and ranks eighth and fifth in receiving touchdowns (4) and red-zone targets (11) in the NFL.  Crowder's 99 career catches are the fourth most receptions by a Redskins player in their first 24 games since at least 1950.  Only Jordan Reed (119), Gary Clark (116) and Charlie Brown (110) are ahead of him on that list. 
  • DeSean Jackson- DeSean Jackson caught 3 of his 7 targets for 3 first downs and 48 yards, with 38 of those yards coming on one reception.  Jackson left the game due to injury and as a result played on just 32 snaps, which was his lowest total of the season.  Jackson's 178 yards in his last five games is his lowest receiving yardage total in a five-game span since his rookie season (146 yards).  He has now also failed to score a touchdown in a five-game stretch for the first time since 2011.  Kirk Cousins has a 76.2 passer rating when targeting Jackson this year and a 96.7 rating when targeting everyone else.  The only player on the active roster that Cousins has a lower rating when targeting is Ryan Grant (47.4).  It's getting hard to argue that there is either something seriously wrong with Jackson or that he is starting to fall off.
Tight Ends (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Jordan Reed * 72 79%
Vernon Davis * 39 43%
Niles Paul 11 12%
  • Jordan Reed- Jordan Reed returned to the Redskins with a bang.  He tied Crowder for the team lead in targets (13), receptions (9) and receiving touchdowns (1).  The target and reception totals were both season highs for Reed, as was his 99 receiving yards.  He also led Washington in first downs, with six of them.  The Bengals threw almost every one they had at Reed, but never had an answer for the Redskins' star tight end who caught passes against six different Cincinnati defenders in the game.  Reed led all tight ends with 44 routes run in Week 8 and is tied with Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert for the most regular-season touchdowns by a tight end (14) since the start of last season.  And if you think Kirk Cousins didn't miss Jordan Reed, then think again.  Cousins' completion percentage jumps from 59.4% to 70.1% and his passer rating skyrockets up from 76.5 to 99.8 in his starts since 2013 when Reed plays versus when he doesn't.   
  • Reed's Rankings- As usual, Reed sits near the top of the NFL in per-game receiving rankings among tight ends.  He's currently first in receptions and touchdowns per game and second in first downs and yards per game at the position.  Okay, so he's the best receiving tight end in the NFL; we get it, but where does he rank among all receivers.  Jordan Reed is currently top ten in the entire NFL in targets (9th), receptions (3rd), receiving first downs (8th) and receiving touchdowns (4th) per game.
  • Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis had a strong showing for the third week in a row, when he posted a line of 5 targets, 5 receptions, 3 first downs and 93 yards against the Bengals.  His receiving yardage total was his best since he put up 180 yards in October of 2013 and his season-long reception of 44 yards on Sunday was his longest play since Week 15 of that same 2013 season.  Davis went to the Pro Bowl that year.  With this performance, Davis became just the eighth tight end to have five or more receptions and 93 or more receiving yards in a game at the age of 32 or older in NFL history.  That's a feat that has only been accomplished 29 other times, with 20 or 69% of those games coming courtesy of Hall of Famers Shannon Sharpe, Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. 
  • The Dynamic Duo- Reed and Davis combined for 14 receptions for 192 yards and a touchdown on 18 targets in Week 8.  The Redskins lead the NFL in tight end targets (87) and receptions (67) this season and their 758 tight end receiving yards ranks second to only the Patriots' 886 yards.
Running Backs (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Chris Thompson 48 53%
Robert Kelley * 43 47%
Mack Brown ST Only 0%
Matt Jones Inactive N/A
  • Robert Kelley- In the first start of his career, Robert Kelley rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, all of which were career bests.  He broke five tackles in the game and averaged 2.1 yards after contact (44 yards after contact).  Kelley has now forced 8 missed tackles on 38 attempts compared to the 12 that Matt Jones has forced on 62 more carries (100).  Kelley has a better yards per attempt average (5.0 to 4.6), yards after contact average (3.7 to 2.8) and a higher rushing success rate (63% to 50%) than Jones does this season.   
  • Chris Thompson- Thompson led all Redskins running backs in snaps for the fifth time in eight games this year and for the eighth time since the start of the 2015 season.  He leads all Washington runners in both categories.  Unfortunately, Thompson didn't make the most of his opportunities on the ground; in fact, he probably had his worst game in that regard.  His seven rushes were the third most of his career, but he was only able to muster 14 yards on those plays.  His 2.0 yards per carry average was the second worst clip ever, with his worst coming in a game in which he had five less carries to work with.  He also failed to record a rushing first down.  Thompson did save face by catching all five of his passes for 27 yards and two first downs.
  • Redskins Rushing- The Skins' 31 rushes in this game were their second most this season, but that was the case only because they had such a high number of total offensive plays.  Their 35.2% rushing percentage actually represented their second lowest rushing rate since Week 2 (32% in Week 5).  They also only averaged 3.2 yards per carry as a team, their third lowest mark of the year.  On the bright side, the rushing attack was a major factor in the Bengals' 14 missed tackles and the team rushed for 100 yards for the third consecutive week.
Offensive Linemen (9)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Trent Williams * 91 100%
Shawn Lauvao * 91 100%
Spencer Long * 91 100%
Brandon Scherff * 91 100%
Morgan Moses * 75 82%
Ty Nsekhe 19 21%
John Sullivan ST Only 0%
Arie Koundijo Inactive N/A
Vinston Painter Inactive N/A
  • Offensive Line (Group)- The offensive line allowed only one sack on 57 Kirk Cousins dropbacks.  That's good for a sack percentage of 1.8%.  The league average is 5.7%.  The Redskins 2016 sack percentage of 3.3% ranks second in the NFL.  The line also only allowed seven hits and ten total pressures in the game. 
  • Offensive Line (Individual)- Trent Williams led the way in this regard by not allowing a single pressure and being graded as the Redskins' best offensive player in the game by PFF (79.8).  Williams is the site's highest graded offensive linemen on the year and fifth highest graded player regardless of position.  Only Tom Brady, Eric Weddle, Jerrell Freeman and Aaron Donald have received higher marks in 2016.  Spencer Long (78.4) and Morgan Moses (78.4) received the team's fourth and fifth best offensive ratings for their efforts against Cincinnati.  Shawn Lauvao allowed Washington's only sack and gave up the most pressures on the team.  After another poor showing last week, Arie Koundijo was inactive for the first time since Week 3.

DEFENSE

Snaps- Joe Barry's defense was sent out against Andy Dalton and the Bengals' offense on 88 snaps.  That represents the second highest number of defensive snaps against the Redskins since the league starting tracking snap data in 2012.  The highest number of defensive snaps against the Redskins in recorded history (90 snaps) was seen in a late-season win over the Eagles in 2014.

On those 88 snaps, 19 of Washington's 25 defenders got on the field.  Of the six that did not play on defense, four participated exclusively on special teams (Terence Garvin, Martrell Spaight, Greg Toler and Deshazor Everett) and two were inactive (Matt Ioannidis and Dashaun Philips).  Anthony Lanier and Houston Bates were the only ones that did play on defense, but that saw fewer than 22 snaps.

Rushing Defense- The Bengals ran the ball for 152 yards and a touchdown on 36 carries (4.2 yard average).  The 152 yards was the second highest yardage total that the Redskins have given up on the ground this season.  The defense has allowed opponents to rush for 100 yards six times this season (75% of the games), score a touchdown in six games (75%) and to average over 4.2 yards per carry for the seventh time in eight games (88%).  The only time that they allowed fewer than 4.2 yards per attempt was against the Cowboys and their third-ranked rushing offense, and that was because they completely sold out against the run.  The Redskins rushing defense ranks 31st in yards per attempt allowed and last in rushing touchdowns, first-down percentage and success rate.  You heard it here first, the Redskins' defense still sucks against the run.

Quarterback Pressure- The defense sacked Andy Dalton on 3 of his 45 dropbacks in the game (8.7%) and hit him 8 times.  It was the fourth game in a row that the team has sacked its opponents' quarterback on at least three occasions.  Washington's defense ranks third in sacks (22) and ninth in sack percentage (7.2%) this season.

Third-Down Defense- You know what else the Redskins still aren't good at: third-down defense.  They allowed the Bengals to convert on 8 of their 15 third-down attempts (53%) on Sunday.  They've now allowed five of their eight 2016 opponents to convert on over 44% of their attempts on the money down.  They rank 29th in the league in this department on the season (45.9%).

Penalties- Just to get it out of the way, I'll start by telling you that we're discussing this under "Defense" because it was the defense that was the main culprit in this game.  The 15 accepted penalties against the Redskins were their sixth most accepted penalties in a game since 1940 and likely of all time and the third most accepted infractions committed by any team this season.  The eight Bengals' first downs reached by penalty was the most that the team has given up dating back to 1999, which is as far back as this data is available.  Their 66 accepted penalties are the second most by any team this season (the Raiders somehow have 86).  The Redskins are currently on pace to commit 132 penalties this season and break the current franchise record by eight infractions (124 penalties in 2003).  The officiating may be bad, but we can't put this all on them.

Defensive Linemen (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Chris Baker * 67 76%
Ziggy Hood * 57 65%
Ricky Jean Francois * 28 32%
Cullen Jenkins 22 25%
Anthony Lanier 12 14%
Matt Ioannidis Inactive N/A
  • Chris Baker & Ziggy Hood- Chris Baker had his best game of the year.  He recorded his first full sack and a season-best five solo tackles, five total tackles and 16.2% pressure rate (the best on the team).  He also forced his first fumble of season and was PFF's fourth highest rated player on the team (79.7).  Meanwhile, fellow starter Ziggy Hood made just one solo and one assisted tackle in the game.  He did, however, notch another QB hit.  He has hit the quarterback at least once in four of the past five games. 
  • Reserve DL- Ricky Jean Francois got his second start of the season, but only played on 32% of the snaps.  Jean Francois hasn't topped 41% all season.  He made just one tackle in the game and was the only Redskins defensive linemen not to record a pressure.  Cullen Jenkins could only muster one assisted tackle in 22 snaps, but did have a pressure for the first time since Week 5.  Wait, that's actually pretty bad.  Anthony Lanier played in place of Matt Ioannidis, who did not suit up for the first time since he was signed to the active roster.  Lanier got a pressure on Dalton and recovered a fumble in overtime on just 12 defensive snaps.  His 77.0 PFF grade was the fourth highest on the defense.
Outside Linebackers (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Ryan Kerrigan * 69 78%
Preston Smith * 60 68%
Trent Murphy 55 62%
Houston Bates 2 2%
  • Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan had another impressive outing, as he registered three tackles, a pass defense, two QB hits, two hurries and a sack against the Bengals on Sunday.  His five total pressures were a team high and he led all Washington outside backers with a 13.9% pressure rate.  Kerrigan's sack made it four straight games in which he has gotten to the quarterback.  He's tied for second in the NFL with 5.5 sacks since Week 5.  He is now on pace to top 10 sacks in a season for the second time in his career.  Kerrigan received the highest PFF grade (81.8) on the Redskins in this game.
  • Trent Murphy- Trent Murphy, who ranked fifth in sacks between Weeks 2 and 7, saw his six-game sack streak come to an end on Sunday.  He only had two tackles in the game and tallied just one pressure (a QB hit) on 37 rushes against Cincinnati.  Murphy has outplayed Preston Smith this season, but for the seventh time in eight weeks, he was out-snapped by Smith.
  • Preston Smith- Preston Smith didn't do much with his 60 snaps.  He made three tackles on his 49 opportunities to do so and recorded just two pressures on 32 blitzes.  He has only gotten to the QB seven times this season (2 sacks and 5 hits) and is averaging just over two total pressures per game.  However, to be fair, I must note that he has had to face off against a number of elite left tackles, including the likes of: Tyron Smith, Joe Thomas. Jason Peters and Andrew Whitworth.
Inside Linebackers (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Will Compton * 88 100%
Mason Foster * 57 65%
Su'a Cravens 30 34%
Terence Garvin ST Only 0%
Martrell Spaight ST Only 0%
  • Will Compton- Compton played on 100% of the snaps for the second straight week and for the fourth time this year.  He leads all Redskins defenders with 524 snaps this season.  He made the most of his insane 88 snaps on Sunday, by recording a team-high eight solo and ten total tackles, a tackle for a loss, a pass defense and an interception in the Redskins' red zone.  The interception was his first in 2016 and the second of his career.  He also assisted on Dalton's forced fumble in overtime and had the best tackles-per-opportunity rate on the defense (15.3%).  Compton has hit ten or more tackles in half of his games this year and his 70 total and 30 assisted tackles rank seventh and second in the league.
  • Su'a Cravens- Cravens was in for just over a third of the defensive snaps and made several big plays in the game.  He recorded the first sack of his career on a critical Bengals' third-and-ten play at the end of regulation and defended a pass on the Bengals last drive in overtime.  Cravens received the second highest PFF grade on the team for his efforts against Cincinnati (80.3).
  • Other Inside Linebackers- Mason Foster only had four total tackles and a pressure on his 57 snaps.  Despite the extremely high number of defensive snaps, neither Terence Garvin nor Martrell Spaight saw the field on defense once for the third time this season.
Cornerbacks (6)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Norman * 85 97%
Kendall Fuller 73 83%
Bashaud Breeland * 51 58%
Quinton Dunbar 37 42%
Greg Toler ST Only 0%
Dashaun Philips Inactive N/A
  • Josh Norman- Josh Norman had one of his worst games of the season on Sunday.  He allowed 5 of the 12 targets in his direction to be caught for 76 yards, which is the second highest yardage total that he has given up as a member of the Redskins.  Most of the damage was done by A.J. Green, who caught 5 of 11 targets against Norman for all 76 of the aforementioned yards.   Norman did make six solo tackles and defended three passes in the game, but all three of those deflections could have easily been interceptions.  One of the dropped picks would likely have been returned for a touchdown; instead, the Bengals would go on to score a touchdown of their own on that drive.
  • Norman Seeing Yellow- Norman was also flagged a whopping five times in the game (four illegal use of hands and one pass interference), with three of those infractions being accepted.  Penalties are really becoming a problem for Norman, who leads the entire NFL in both accepted (10) and total penalties (13).  His 76 penalty yards are the fifth most in the league.
  • Bashaud Breeland- Bashaud Breeland got in on the flag fest with three penalties of his own, by committing two 15-yard face-mask infractions and a 5-yard defensive holding penalty.  The holding call negated a Redskins fumble recovery.  His 40 penalty yards accounted 38% of the Redskins' penalty yardage in the game.  Breeland only played 58% of the snaps - his second lowest percentage of the season - because of his injured ankle.  He finished the game with a stat line of just three solo tackles.
  • Kendall Fuller- Fuller led Washington's cornerback corps with seven solo and total tackles and a tackles-per-opportunity rate of 11.7%.  The rookie corner was also sent on several blitzes and hit Andy Dalton on the play in which he threw an interception to Will Compton.
  • Other Cornerbacks- Quinton Dunbar played over Greg Toler for the third straight week.  Toler did not receive a snap for the second time in the past three weeks and on the season.  Dunbar has out-snapped Toler by a count of 186 to 104 this season.  Dunbar made two solo tackles against the Bengals.

Safeties (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Donte Whitner * 88 100%
Duke Ihenacho 44 50%
Will Blackmon * 43 49%
Deshazor Everett ST Only 0%
  • Donte Whitner- Redskins coaches sure do love them some Donte Whitner.  Whitner played on 100% of the defensive snaps and led all Washington defensive backs in snaps for the second consecutive game.  He has played on 77% or more of the snaps in each of the last three weeks and leads all Redskins DBs in snaps taken in that span.  Whitner tied for the team lead in solo tackles (8) and was second in total tackles (9).  If there is one thing that Whitner does well, it's racking up tackles.  He is tied with Will Compton for the team lead in solo tackles (16) over the course of the last three weeks (he has one fewer assist than Compton); both players rank 23rd in the NFL in solo tackles in that time frame.  It wasn't all roses for Whitner on Sunday, though.  He missed two tackles and allowed seven of eight passes to be caught in his coverage for 60 yards.  Most of the receptions came courtesy of Tyler Eifert, who caught a touchdown right in front of Whitner in the third quarter.
  • Other Safeties- An injury to Will Blackmon allowed Duke Ihenacho, who played on just 29 combined snaps in the last two games, to get some more run in this game.  They almost exactly split the 88 snaps down the middle, with Ihenacho getting 44 and Blackmon getting 43.  Blackmon recovered a fumble, but that play was negated by a Bashaud Breeland penalty.  He did not record an official stat of any kind and was not targeted in the game.  Duke Ihenacho was also not targeted, but was able to chip in with four solo tackles and a pass defense.  Despite the injury to Blackmon and the massive number of defensive plays, Deshazor Everett did not get any work on defense.  He has yet to record a defensive snap this season.  Everett led all Washington DBs in solo tackles during the preseason.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Snaps- Ben Kotwica's group saw a season-high 32 snaps of action on Sunday.  The 37 Redskins players that participated on special teams was also a season most.  The 37 in question were constituted of 21 defenders, 13 offensive players and 3 specialists (Hopkins, Way and Sundberg).  The specialists, Mack Brown, John Sullivan, Terence Garvin, Martrell Spaight, Greg Toler and Deshazor Everett only saw time with the special teams unit.

Special Teamers (37) Special Teamers (cont)
Player Snaps Snap % Player Snaps Snap %
Houston Bates 24 75% Bashaud Breeland 7 22%
Deshazor Everett 21 66% Kendall Fuller 7 22%
Terence Garvin 20 62% Maurice Harris 7 22%
Niles Paul 20 62% Ziggy Hood 7 22%
Martrell Spaight 15 47% Shawn Lauvao 7 22%
Dustin Hopkins 13 41% Spencer Long 7 22%
Su'a Cravens 12 38% John Sullivan 7 22%
Ryan Grant 12 38% Brandon Scherff 7 22%
Ty Nsekhe 12 38% Mack Brown 6 19%
Duke Ihenacho 10 31% Ricky Jean Francois 6 19%
Anthony Lanier 10 31% Morgan Moses 6 19%
Trent Murphy 10 31% Chris Thompson 6 19%
Nick Sundberg 10 31% Preston Smith 6 19%
Tress Way 10 31% Will Blackmon 5 16%
Quinton Dunbar 9 28% Cullen Jenkins 5 16%
Mason Foster 8 25% Robert Kelley 5 16%
Will Compton 8 25% Ryan Kerrigan 5 16%
Jamison Crowder 8 25% Josh Norman 5 16%
Greg Toler 8 25%
  • Tress Way- All of Tress Way's punts were returned for the first time this season and for the second time in his four-year career.  Way only punted one time in the other game in which this occurred.  However, in this one, Cincinnati only took the three punts back for a total of 9 yards.  All three of his punts pinned the Bengals back behind their own 24-yard line, with one ending up inside the 20. 
  • Excuses Reasons for the Misses- To be fair, there have been some extenuating circumstances on his misses.  His first missed field goal and his only missed extra point came in a win against Baltimore on a very windy day.  His two misses on Sunday, were at Wembley Stadium, where kickers have gone just 23 for 30 (77%), since 2007 when the International Series started.  That's in contrast to the 85% hit rate for kickers in all stadiums since 2007.  Hopkins' miss last week was in a dome, which is an environment that he has not fared well in.  His field goal percentage drops from 88% outdoors to 60% indoors.  Two of his misses this year have come on long attempts of over 50 yards, and quite frankly, he's just not that good at making long kicks.  He ranks 50th out of 56 kickers in 50-yard field goal percentage since 2007 (3 for 7 and 42.9%).  What about the 34-yarder that could've won the game, though?  Oh, well, there's no excuse for that.  Hopkins had never missed a field goal under 43 yards prior to that miss that went wide left and cost the Redskins the win.
  • Kick Coverage- The Bengals only returned the Redskins' first kickoff of the game, and they took that kick for 65 yards and scored a touchdown on the drive.  It's a good thing that Dustin Hopkins kicks so many touchbacks, because the Redskins simply cannot defend kickoffs.  They have allowed a league-worst 33 yards per kickoff return and are one of only two teams to have given up a kickoff return touchdown this season.
  • Snaps & Tackles- Once again Houston Bates and Deshazor Everett came in first and second in specials snaps.  Bates also had a team-high two teams tackles.  He has double the number of solo and total special teams tackles of every Redskins player except Martrell Spaight.  Bashaud Breeland, Mason Foster and Trent Murphy all made their first special teams tackles of the year.  Foster forced a fumble on his tackle, but it was recovered by the Bengals.
  • Kickoff Returns- This was the first game in which none of the Redskins' kickoff returns went for 20 or more yards.  Rookie Maurice Harris took the first return of his career for 17 yards.  Chris Thompson also added three returns for 53.  Thompson has now topped 90 all-purpose yards for the third consecutive game.  His 584 all purpose yards this season ranks 32nd in the league.
  • Punt Returns- Jamison Crowder fair caught two punts and returned another two for 23 yards.  The 23 yards all came on a return late in the fourth quarter that set up Dustin Hopkins' game-tying field goal.  Crowder ranks 12th in all-purpose yards this season and he still leads the NFL with a punt return average of 19.2 yards.

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