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A look at the snap counts and stats for every player on the Redskins in the team's Week 16 matchup against the Chicago Bears

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OFFENSE

Snaps- Nineteen of Sean McVay’s 25 players saw action over the course of 67 offensive snaps. Of the six that did not play on offense, five were inactive (Nate Sudfeld, Matt Jones, Jordan Reed, Korey Lichtensteiger and Vinston Painter), one only participated on the special teams unit (Arie Koundijo) and one did not take a snap of any kind (Colt McCoy).

Mack Brown, Derek Carrier, Ty Nsekhe and John Sullivan were the only ones that did see time on offense and that did not take at least 21 snaps as a part of that unit. Colt McCoy and Nate Sudfeld are the only players on the active roster that have not taken an offensive or defensive snap this season.

3rd Down- After only converting on 4 of their last 19 attempts on third down (21%), the Redskins went 8-13 (62%) on the money down. They also did not go three-and-out once after punting after doing so a season-high six times last week. The Redskins are 5-2 this season when they move the chains on at least half of their third downs, with their only losses came on the road in Detroit and Dallas.

Red Zone- The Washington offense set a new season-high with seven trips to the red zone and tied a season best with four touchdowns scored from the red area (57% conversion rate). The team is 5-1 this year when they convert on more than half of their opportunities. Their only loss came in Detroit in Week 7. Perhaps, they will get a chance to right their wrongs against the Lions in the postseason.

Yards- The Redskins' offense broke the 6,000 total yard mark in a single season for just the fourth time in franchise history.  Their 6,170 yards are just 83 shy of the franchise record 6,253 yards that was posted in the 1989 season.  If they gain at least 330 yards against the Giants on Sunday, then they will join this year's Saints and Falcons in becoming one of just 24 teams to gain at least 6,500 yards in a single season in NFL history.

Points- The 41 points scored by Washington on Saturday is tied for their seventh most points scored in a road game since at least 1940 (including postseason).  The last time they scored 41-plus on the road was in 1999 when they lit the Giants up for 50 points in New York.

Offense Leading the Way- With the 41-21 victory in this game, the Redskins secured their second consecutive winning season. This is the first time that the team has had back-to-back winning seasons since 1996-1997. If they are able to clinch a playoff berth for the second year in a row, it will mark their first consecutive postseason appearances since 1991-1992. This is posted under "offense", because, for the most part, the offense has carried the defense kicking and screaming.

Quarterbacks (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Kirk Cousins * 67 100%
Colt McCoy 0 0%
Nate Sudfeld Inactive N/A
  • Kirk Cousins the Passer- Kirk Cousins completed 18 of his 29 passes for 270 yards, 9 first downs and a touchdown.  Those numbers gave him his second highest net-adjusted-yards-per-attempt average (10.0) and his third highest yards-per-attempt mark (9.3) of the year.
  • Kirk Cousins the Runner- The Skins QB was even better as a runner on Saturday.  He tied a career high with 5 rushes, and set new high marks in rushing yards (30), rushing first downs (4) and rushing touchdowns (2).  His only run that did not move the chains was a kneel-down play at the end of the first half.  His production on the ground is a big part of the reason why he matched or bested his season highs in QBR (96.6), Raw QBR (95.8) and Pro Football Focus grade (85.5).  With this effort, Cousins also became the only quarterback to rush for more than one touchdown in a game this season and the second quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards and to rush for at least 4 touchdowns in consecutive seasons.  The only other player that's ever done that is two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers (2008-2009).  Cousins has now rushed for more touchdowns in his last 31 games (9) than Robert Griffin has in his last 39 (8).  
  • Kirk Cousins Records- Cousins broke his own single-season franchise records for attempts (now at 571) and completions (now at 384) in this game.  He broke his passing yardage record last week, and now sits at 4,630 yards passing on the year (2nd in the NFL), putting him just 370 yards shy of becoming the sixth player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.  Kirk Cousins ranks first, fifth and sixth in career completion percentage, passer rating and adjusted net yards per attempt by a player in their age-29 season or younger (i.e. in a player's career prior to his age 30-season).
Wide Receivers (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Jamison Crowder * 56 84%
Pierre Garcon * 44 66%
DeSean Jackson * 30 45%
Ryan Grant 29 43%
Maurice Harris 21 31%
  • DeSean Jackson- DeSean Jackson led the team with 7 targets, 5 receptions, 3 receiving first downs and 114 yards.  He also drew a 28-yard pass interference penalty on Tracy Porter.  Jackson did all that on just 30 snaps, as he left the game with an injury with six minutes to go in the third quarter.  This was the first time in Jackson's career that he has gone over 100 yards in three straight contests.  That is a feat that has only ever been accomplished by eight other Redskins, and Jackson did it at an older age than any of the players in this group.  Only Julio Jones and T.Y. Hilton have posted more 100-yard days on the year than Jackson's five.  I think I want you back, DeSean.
  • Pierre Garcon- He caught 4 of his 5 targets for 94 yards and 3 first downs.  Garcon, who leads the team in targets (107), receptions (75) and receiving first downs (49), needs 65 yards to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the second time in his career and as a member of the Redskins.  He would become just the seventh player in franchise history to have multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the team.  You might have heard of the other six guys: Gary Clark, Art Monk, Henry Ellard, Santana Moss, Bobby Mitchell and Ricky Sanders.  Pretty much any way you cut it, Garcon is having the second best season of his career, behind only 2013 that is of course.
  • Jamison Crowder- Jamison Crowder led all Redskins receivers in snaps, but did little to dent the stat sheet for the third straight week.  He posted season lows in targets (2), receptions (1), receiving yards (3) and first downs (0).  His single reception tied a career low (3 other games) and he only had less receiving yards (0) in his first NFL game (Miami in Week 1 of 2015).  Who knows what's wrong with the former Blue Devil.  Maybe he doesn't like the cold or he gets too busy with shopping around the holidays, because his career numbers in December are significantly lower than they are outside of that month.  Just check out how his September through November averages drop in December: 6.2 targets to 3.9 target, 4.6 receptions to 2.4 receptions, 52 yards to 23 yards and 0.32 touchdowns to 0.13 touchdowns.  Please come back and join us for the playoff run, Jamison.
  • Other Wide Receivers- Ryan Grant out-snapped Maurice Harris for the first time since Week 8 (Cincinnati) and recorded season highs in targets (4), receptions (3) and receiving yards (25).  His biggest play of the game was a 16-yard first-down reception on 2nd-and-15.  Grant also recovered a Bears' onside kick late in the fourth quarter.  Maurice Harris did not catch his lone target.  He has now failed to catch a pass in each of his last three games, after recording at least one reception in four straight contests prior to that.
Tight Ends (3)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Vernon Davis * 64 96%
Derek Carrier 11 16%
Jordan Reed Inactive N/A
  • Vernon Davis- Davis saw over 95% of the snaps for the fourth time this year, but only caught one of his two targets (both in the third quarter) for 13 yards and a first down.  His catch moved the Redskins into the red zone, where they would score a touchdown several plays later.  On his other target, Davis dropped a touchdown on fourth down, his second dropped TD in as many weeks.  This was a disappointing game for VD, as he was averaging 5.3 targets, 4.3 receptions and 58.7 yards when Jordan Reed was inactive this season coming into this week.
  • Other Tight Ends- Speaking of Reed, he has now missed 18 of a possible 63 games, so he's nearly missed 30% of the Redskins' games since he was drafted in 2013.  Derek Carrier was not targeted for the third straight week and for the fifth time in his seven appearances this season.  
Running Backs (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Robert Kelley * 34 51%
Chris Thompson 22 33%
Mack Brown 15 22%
Matt Jones Inactive N/A
  • Robert KelleyFestively plump Rob ran the rock 19 times for 76 yards, 4 first downs and a 4-yards-per-carry average.  He broke 5 tackles and averaged 3 yards after contact.  Kelley also hauled in 2 of his 3 targets for 6 yards.  On the downside, he dropped this third target (4th of the season) and allowed a QB pressure as a pass blocker (3rd of the season).
  • Chris Thompson- Chris Thompson only touched the ball four times against the Bears, but as usual, he made the most out of his opportunities.  Thompson gained 37 yards on his four touches and scored touchdowns on two of them, with one coming on the ground and the other through the air.  This was the first multi-touchdown game of his career.  With both scores coming in the first quarter, Thompson became the first Washington player to score both a rushing and a receiving touchdown in one quarter of action since Kelvin Bryant did it in 1998 against the Cowboys.
  • Mack Brown- In his eighth career game and his second appearance on offense, Mack Brown finally got to show his stuff as a runner.  Brown took the first 8 totes of his career for 82 yards and a touchdown.  This made him just the 15th Redskins running back to rush for 80 or more yards in one his first eight career games since 1950.  On his 61-yard TD run, Brown hit a top speed of 21.60 mph, which was the third fastest speed reached by a ball carrier in Week 16.  He also caught a pass for -2 yards.  And don't forget that Mack's 227 5.8 rushing average ranked first and third at the running back position in the NFL this past preseason.
  • Redskins Rushing- The Redskins set new season highs in rushing attempts (35) and rushing percentage (55%) against the Bears on Saturday.  Their 208 yards on the ground and 5.94-yard average in the game are only eclipsed by the 230 yard and 6.97-yard average that they posted against the Eagles in Week 6.  And this is coming after they only ran it 13 times for 29 yards last week against the Panthers.  Four of the team's runs went for touchdowns, also a season-high.  This was only the 15th time since 1940 and the first time since 2013 that Washington scored four times on the ground.  The running backs got the job done in this game, but I think it says more about the offensive line when the team goes for over 200 yards rushing and three different players run for a touchdown in a game.  
Offensive Linemen (10)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Shawn Lauvao * 67 100%
Morgan Moses * 67 100%
Brandon Scherff * 67 100%
Trent Williams * 67 100%
Spencer Long * 60 90%
Ty Nsekhe 9 13%
John Sullivan 7 10%
Arie Koundijo ST Only 0%
Korey Lichtensteiger Inactive N/A
Vinston Painter Inactive N/A
  • Offensive Line (Run Blocking)- The rushing attack averaged at least four yards per carry in every direction, except behind left guard (3.4) and the middle, where they did not attempt a rush  The offensive line ranks sixth in Football Outsiders adjusted-line-yards metric and three of the five starters on this unit rank in the top-12 at their position in run blocking (Williams, Moses and Scherff).
  • Offensive Line (Pass Blocking)- Cousins was only hit on three dropbacks and was not sacked for the fourth time this season.  The four games without a sack allowed is the team's most since 2006 (6 games).  Only the Steelers and Raiders have had more zero sack games this year (5).  The Redskins rank third in sacks allowed (19) and sack percentage (3.2%) behind those two teams.  The team's 19 sacks allowed is tied for the second fewest in franchise history since the adoption of the 16-game schedule in 1978.  
  • Trent Williams- Trent Williams was PFF's highest graded player on the team yet again (85.8), but he did allow a hurry.  Only Tom Brady (98.5), Mike Evans (93.9), Aaron Donald (96.2) and Khalil Mack (93.8) have better season-long PFF ratings than Williams does (93.4).  Trent Williams is probably both having the best year of his career and is performing at a higher level than any other offensive linemen in the NFL this season.  
  • Offensive Line (Individual)- Morgan Moses (80.8), Shawn Lauvao (78.5) and Spencer Long (73.6) were PFF's third, fourth and fifth highest graded Redskins on offense against the Bears.

DEFENSE

Snaps-  A season-high 23 defenders played across 69 snaps in the game. This was also the first time that every active defender has played on the defensive side of the ball. The two that did not were inactive (Su’a Cravens and Quinton Dunbar). Matt Ioannidis, Zach Vigil, Lynden Trail and Dashaun Phillips only combined for 21 snaps, while every other defensive player took the field for at least 21 snaps each.

Quarterback Pressure- The Redskins pass rush was only able to muster two hits and one sack on Matt Barkley. It was the team’s second lowest hit total of the season (1 against Dallas) and it was only the fourth time in 2016 that the defense has failed to record a multi-sack game. The 2.4% sack percentage was the team’s lowest mark of the season. They were at least able to get 11 total pressures on Barkley’s 41 dropbacks (27% pressure rate), and three of his interceptions came on plays in which he was pressured. Joe Barry only dialed up blitzes on 8 dropbacks (20%). This was the Redskins 23rd straight game with a sack, the longest streak in the NFC and the fourth longest streak in the NFL (Denver, Oakland and Cincinnati).

Third-Down Defense- The lack of pressure applied was one of the primary reasons that the defense faltered on third down once again. The Bears converted on seven of their ten third-down attempts (4 from third-and-long) and picked up a fourth-down conversion on a fake-punt run. The 70% conversion rate on third down was the highest allowed by Washington this year. This was just the team’s third win on the year in a game in which they’ve allowed their opponent to convert on at least half of their third downs (3-5-1), with their only other wins coming against the Eagles and against the lowly one-win Cleveland Browns. The Redskins are now back in last place in both third-down-conversion rate allowed (47.6%) and first downs allowed (351); they’re on pace to allow the fifth most first downs and the sixth highest third-down-conversion rate in recorded NFL history.

Defenseless Defense- As you might’ve been able to figure out by now, the Redskins’ defense did not play that well against the Bears. Need some more proof of this? They gave up a season-high 458 yards and allowed 31 first downs, their most allowed in a regulation-length game this year. The Redskins also gave up a season worst 46.3% first-down percentage and allowed the Bears to gain 6.8 yards per play, which is the second highest average that they have allowed in 2016 (Giants).

Rushing Defense- The Bears ran the ball 26 times for 140 yards, a touchdown and a 5.4 yards-per-carry average.This was the ninth time this season that the Redskins have allowed their opponent to rush for 100 or more yards, the tenth time that they’ve given up at least one rushing touchdown and the eleventh time that they have allowed the opposition to average 4.2 yards per carry or better. The Bears’ star rookie Jordan Howard led all running backs in Week 16 with seven missed tackles forced and four runs of 15 or more yards against the defense.  When the regular season ends next week, the Redskins will finish near the bottom of the league in every major run-defense metric.

Turnovers- The Redskins had only forced 2 total takeaways in their last four contests and had recorded just 7 interceptions and 16 total takeaways coming into this game, but they righted the ship on Saturday, when the team picked off Matt Barkley a whopping five times.  It was the club's first five interception game since 1992; and the last time that they had more interceptions in a game was in 1983 (6 interceptions).  This game also marked the second time (2005) since 1991 that the team had a plus-5 turnover margin.  Four of the defense's five INTs came courtesy of Bashaud Breeland and Josh Norman, who each had two picks on the day.  They are the first pair of Redskins teammates to record multiple interceptions in the same game since at least 1950.  Washington is 7-2-1 when they cause at least one turnover this season, they are 1-4 when they don't force any.

Defensive Linemen (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Chris Baker * 48 70%
Ziggy Hood * 42 61%
Cullen Jenkins 25 36%
Ricky Jean Francois * 23 33%
Matt Ioannidis 8 12%
  • Chris Baker- Chris Baker, who was one of the few Washington players to show up against the Panthers, failed to make a big impact in this game.  He only made two solo tackles (one for no gain), deflected a pass and registered one hurry.  Baker is 1.5 sacks and one QB hit away from tying his career highs in both categories (6 sacks and 16 hits last season).
  • Ziggy Hood- After seeing season lows in snap percentage against the Cardinals (51.3%), Eagles (52.6%) and Panthers (56.2%) recently, Hood's playing time jumped back up to almost exactly his season-long average (61%).  Of course, he did almost nothing with it.  Hood only made one assisted tackle on a Chicago 2-yard run and did not record a single pressure on his 42 snaps.  He did hold Jordan Howard to a 1-yard gain on another run, but that tackle was negated by a penalty.  Don't be fooled into thinking that this has been even a decent year for Ziggy Hood.  He ranks 71st and 129th among all defensive linemen in total tackles (30) and sacks (1), and 118th among interior defenders in PFF grade (40.1).
  • Reserve DL- Ricky Jean Francois, who played on a season-high 56% of the snaps against the Panthers, got his third consecutive start, but saw his playing time cut down to his typical low-30% territory.  He was able to get multiple pressures on Barkley, but he did not record a single traditional stat in the game (tackles, PD, sack, hit, etc.).  Cullen Jenkins out-snapped RJF for the first time since Week 2 and held Jordan Howard to a 1-yard gain on his only tackle.  He was also able to hurry Barkley.  Fifth rounder Matt Ioannidis saw his snap count and percentage drop after they had increased in two straight weeks.  He was completely blanked on the stat sheet for the third time in his eight defensive appearances this season.  What a pathetic unit this is.
Outside Linebackers (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Trent Murphy 50 72%
Preston Smith * 47 68%
Ryan Kerrigan * 38 55%
Lynden Trail 6 9%
  • Ryan Kerrigan-  Kerrigan did not lead the outside-linebacker corps in snaps for only the third time this season.  He was able to get pressure Matt Barkley, but he did not record a single traditional defensive statistic for the only the second time in his career.  The only other time that this occurred was in Week 4 against Cleveland, when he was injured and only played on nine snaps.  He also has now failed to record a sack in back-to-back weeks for only the second time this season.  Kerrigan was listed on the injury report with an elbow issue; perhaps, it is really bothering him.
  • Trent Murphy- Trent Murphy did not have his best day at the office against the Bears.  Despite leading all Washington OLBs in snaps and rushing the QB on 33 plays, he was only able to record one solo tackle and four hurries.  The single tackle represented his lowest total since Week 1 against the Steelers (0 tackles), and this was only the third game this season where he didn't either sack or hit the opposing quarterback (Vikings and Packers).  
  • Preston Smith- Preston Smith finally broke out of his slump and had a great game on Saturday.  On 25 rushes, Smith notched a sack, a hit and two hurries (four total pressures).  The sack was his first since Week 10 (Minnesota).  He had another sack that was negated by a Mason Foster penalty, and one of his hurries led to an interception.  He also blocked the first field goal of his career to end an 11-play, 81-yard Bears' drive in the first quarter.  His blocked field goal was the first by a Redskins player since DeAngelo Hall blocked a kick against the Panthers in November of 2012.  Smith's 79.9 PFF grade was the second highest on the defense this week.
  • Lynden Trail- This was Trail's first career regular season game in the NFL.  He made a solo tackle on the Bears' fake punt, recorded a QB pressure and defended a pass directed at Jeremy Langford.  That's some pretty impressive production when you consider that he was only in on six snaps.
Inside Linebackers (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Mason Foster * 51 74%
Will Compton * 39 57%
Martrell Spaight 30 43%
Terence Garvin 17 25%
Zach Vigil 1 1%
Su'a Cravens Inactive N/A
  • Mason Foster- Mason Foster led the Redskins in solo (7) and total tackles (8).  It was the third consecutive week that he led the team in total tackles.  One of those tackles went for a loss and he also defended a pass against tight end Daniel Brown.  Foster did make a mistake that probably cost the Redskins on the scoreboard.  His illegal-use-of-hands penalty negated a Preston Smith sack and gave Chicago a first down.  The Bears went on to score a touchdown two plays later.
  • Will Compton- Compton returned from injury, but only took a season-low 39 snaps on defense.  He was also only able to muster two solo tackles in the game, also a season-low for the Redskins' Mike linebacker.  However, both of his tackles came on 1-yard Bears' runs on second-and-eight.
  • Other Inside Linebackers- Martrell Spaight played on 43% of the defensive snaps after taking all 73 of the snaps last week.  He made three solo tackles and allowed a receiving touchdown for the second straight week.  Terence Garvin was on the field for a career-high 17 defensive snaps (25%) on Saturday.  He made all five of his solo tackles on the Bears' final two drives of the game, with three of them coming on the final three plays of the game.  New signee, and Su'a Cravens and Nick Moody replacement, Zach Vigil played on one defensive snap, his first of the season.
Cornerbacks (5)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Norman * 68 99%
Greg Toler 56 81%
Bashaud Breeland * 38 55%
Kendall Fuller 29 42%
Dashaun Phillips 6 9%
Quinton Dunbar Inactive N/A
  • Josh Norman- Josh Norman struggled early against Alshon Jeffery, but he turned things around and ended up having what was perhaps his best game of the season.  He did give up 4 receptions for 78 on 9 targets yards, but he made up for it by recording 5 tackles and four pass defenses, two of which were interceptions.  One of his other PDs also led to a Bashaud Breeland interception.  Norman's 83.9 PFF grade was the best on the defense and the second best on the team.
  • Bashaud Breeland- Breeland's resurgence continued with another strong performance.  He allowed 2 of the 3 targets in his coverage to be caught for just 32 yards and intercepted 2 passes.  This was the first multi-interception game of his career and he became the first Redskins player since Fred Smoot to record multiple interceptions in each of his first three seasons  He has also defended at least 11 passes in all three of his years as a pro.  Since 2000, which is as far as pass defense data dates back to, no Redskin has defended more passes in their first three seasons in the league than Bashaud Breeland has (40 PDs).  
  • Greg Toler- Greg Toler was used as the primary replacement for Quinton Dunbar against the Bears, and as a result he saw season highs in both snap count and snap percentage.  Josh Norman was the only Redskins defensive back that played more in this game.  With the extra playing time, Toler was able to tie his season high of four total tackles (3 solo and 1 assisted).  Toler also had a pass defense (his 2nd of the season) that easily could have been yet another interception.  He did, however, give up a touchdown to Cameron Meredith.  
  • Other Cornerbacks- Kendall Fuller was able to get some extended run in this game with Quinton Dunbar out.  His 29 snaps were his most since Week 13 at Arizona.  He made a solo and an assisted tackle in the fourth quarter.  Dashaun Phillips made his first appearance since the Redskins' Week 3 win versus the Giants, a game in which Phillips was schooled by New York slot receiver Sterling Shepard.  Phillips played on six snaps in this game and made one solo tackle.
Safeties (4)
Player (* - denotes starter) Snaps Snap %
Duke Ihenacho * 48 70%
Donte Whitner * 34 49%
Will Blackmon 34 49%
Deshazor Everett 21 30%
  • Duke Ihenacho- This was the fourth consecutive game in which Duke Ihenacho has led all Redskins safeties in snaps.  He recorded three tackles in the game, with one going for an 8-yard loss and another in which he was flagged for a horse-collar penalty.  His most glaring weakness this season has been his penchant for missing tackles.  He missed two more against the Bears, which brought his total on the season to 15, the most among all safeties in the NFL.  The last two safeties to lead the Redskins in missed tackles were Dashon Goldson and Ryan Clark.  Ihenacho is PFF's fourth worst rated safety (49.4) this season out of 92 qualifiers.
  • Will Blackmon- Will Blackmon played on just under half of the snaps and came away with one tackle and an interception.  The interception was his first this season and the fourth of his career.   He returned that pick for a career-long 79 yards.  It was the longest interception return by a Redskins player since DeAngelo Hall returned a Jay Cutler interception for a 92-yard touchdown in 2010.  That game also happened to take place at Soldier Field.  According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Blackmon traveled 102.69 total yards on his return, the second longest distance traveled by any ball carrier in Week 16.  Blackmon was awarded the third highest PFF rating (79.8) on the Redskins' defense in Week 16.
  • Donte Whitner- Whitner made his ninth straight start for the Burgundy and Gold, but saw his snap percentage drop for the fourth time in the last six weeks.  This was also the first time that Will Blackmon has received an equal or greater amount of snaps since Week 11 (Minnesota).  However, Whitner once again led all Washington defensive backs in solo (4), assisted (3) and total tackles (7).  He continues to rack up tackles, but he still isn't really making any big-time plays.  He has yet to record a sack, hit, pass defense, interception or a fumble recovery in his 11 games with the team this season.  
  • Deshazor Everett- After not seeing any time on defense in Weeks 1-13, Everett made his third straight appearance on Joe Barry's group and played on a season-high 20 snaps and 30% snap percentage, both of which were the second highest marks of his career.  He was not targeted and made solo tackles on two Chicago first downs (a 20-yard run and an 18-yard reception).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Snaps- The Skins’ special teams were on the field for 27 snaps on Saturday. On those 27 plays, a season-high 39 of the team’s 46 active players took the field as part of the special teams unit. The group consisted of 21 defenders, 15 offensive players and 3 specialists (Dustin Hopkins, Nick Sundberg and Tress Way). Arie Koundijo was the only player that saw time solely on special teams. This was the first time this season that the team has not had multiple players take part exclusively on this unit.

Deshazor Everett, Terence Garvin, Dustin Hopkins and new signee Zach Vigil led the team with 15 specials snaps.This was the first time this year that a specialist (Hopkins) has played on the most teams snaps. They were followed by Ryan Grant, Trent Murphy and Duke Ihenacho, who each took 14 snaps.

Special Teamers (39) Special Teamers (cont)
Player Snaps Snap % Player Snaps Snap %
Deshazor Everett 15 56% Ziggy Hood 7 26%
Terence Garvin 15 56% Shawn Lauvao 7 26%
Dustin Hopkins 15 56% Brandon Scherff 7 26%
Zach Vigil 15 56% Maurice Harris 6 22%
Ryan Grant 14 52% Ricky Jean Francois 5 19%
Trent Murphy 14 52% Arie Koundijo 5 19%
Duke Ihenacho 14 52% Josh Norman 5 19%
Dashaun Phillips 12 44% Jamison Crowder 4 15%
Martrell Spaight 12 44% Kendall Fuller 4 15%
Mack Brown 10 37% Cullen Jenkins 4 15%
Matt Ioannidis 10 37% Ryan Kerrigan 4 15%
Greg Toler 10 37% Preston Smith 4 15%
John Sullivan 9 33% Chris Thompson 4 15%
Nick Sundberg 9 33% Will Compton 2 7%
Ty Nsekhe 9 33% Vernon Davis 2 7%
Tress Way 9 33% Spencer Long 2 7%
Will Blackmon 7 26% Morgan Moses 2 7%
Bashaud Breeland 7 26% Lynden Trail 2 7%
Derek Carrier 7 26% Robert Kelley 1 4%
Mason Foster 7 26%
  • Tress Way- Way punted it twice for 83 yards (80 net) and a 41.5-yard average (40 net).  Both punts pinned the Bears inside their own 20-yard line, with the first being returned three yards out to the Chicago 11 and the second going out of bounds at the 15-yard line.  This was Way's first multi-punt game of the season, and the second of his career, in which all of punts ended up inside the opposition's 20-yard line.
  • Dustin Hopkins- Hopkins hit on field goals from 20 and 29-yards and went 5-5 on extra points.  This was only the second time in the last six games that Hopkins has not either missed a field goal or a PAT.  With those two field goals, he upped his total on the year to 33, which tied Mark Moseley for the single season franchise record (1983).  Hopkins also has now scored 134 points this season, the fourth most ever by a Redskin.  Only John Riggins (144), Chip Lohmiller (149) and Mark Moseley (161) are ahead of him on that list.  Five of his eight kickoffs against the Bears went for touchbacks (63%).  
  • Kick Coverage- Hopkins' other three kickoffs were returned for gains of 14, 18 and 33 yards.  Duke Ihenacho and Mack Brown assisted on the first return and Will Blackmon and Greg Toler made solo stops on the next two kickoffs respectively.  Martrell Spaight had the tackle on the Bears' only punt return of the day (a 3-yard gain).
  • Kickoff Returns- Two of Chicago's three kickoffs on Saturday went for touchbacks, while Bashaud Breeland returned the other kick for 25 yards.  He would ultimately be credited with an 18-yard return because of an illegal block penalty on Terence Garvin.  This was the first kickoff or punt return of Breeland's career.
  • ST Penalties- I've been seeing a lot of talk on Twitter that imply that the Redskins committing a penalty on special teams is a typical occurrence in 2016, but in actuality that almost couldn't be further from the truth.  They have committed the seventh fewest accepted teams penalties (12) for the tenth fewest yards (115).
  • Punt Returns- The Bear's only punt of the game came after they went three-and-out on their first possession of the contest.  Jamison Crowder fair caught it at the Washington 35-yard line.  This was only the fifth game in Crowder's career in which he has not returned a single punt.  It was also just the fourth time this season that the Redskins have not returned a punt in a game.

*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*