Snaps- Jay Gruden used 18 of his 24 offensive players over the course of a season-high 74 snaps. That is the most snaps that the offense has been on the field for in a regulation-length game since Week 4 of 2015.
The 6 offensive players that did not get any action included 3 inactives (Rob Kelley, Jeremy Sprinkle and Ty Nsekhe), 2 that did not take a snap of any kind in the game (Colt McCoy and Tyler Catalina) and 1 player that worked exclusively on special teams (Chase Roullier).
2nd Half Slumping- Kirk Cousins and company have scored on the opening drive of three consecutive contests. You have to go back to 2004 to find the last time that a Redskins team did that. They are starting out very strong, but they are having a problem finishing their opponents off.
They have opened each of their last four games with a double-digit lead, but the scoring margin was 7 or less in the final minute of the game in three of those contests.
Their scoring margin of plus 20 in the first quarter of games ranks 4th in the NFL, but they have allowed their opponents to score 73 points in the second half of games, which ranks 9th worst in the league.
Penalties- Washington players committed a combined 5 penalties for 43 yards on Sunday. The team currently ranks 2nd in accepted penalties (25) and 1st in penalty yards (204). They only fall to 3rd and 2nd in those categories if you adjust this to a per game basis.
3rd Down- The offense went 7 for 14 on third down. The 50% conversion rate was the team’s best mark of the year. That is even more impressive considering that they averaged 6.3 yards to go from the line-to-gain on those plays.
The Redskins have moved the chains on 48% of their third downs that have required 7 or more yards this season, which ranks 1st in the NFL. The next closest team is the Eagles, who have converted on 37.5% of their third-and-longs.
Red Zone- The Redskins scored touchdowns on 3 of their 4 trips to the red zone. The 75% conversion rate was the team’s best success rate in this category (minimum 2 RZ trips) since their Sunday night beatdown of the Packers last season (4 for 5 and 80%).
Rushing- The Skins ran it on 45% or more of their plays for the fourth consecutive week. Unfortunately, they failed to go for over 100 yards for the first time since Week 1. None of the running backs or fullbacks (yes, I’m counting Niles Paul here) that got a carry averaged over 2.6 yards per rush.
Your Weekly Reminder That The Redskins Are A Good Team- The Steelers and Redskins are the only two teams that rank in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive DVOA.
Kirk Cousins (Passing)- Captain Kirk completed 25 of his 37 passes for 330 yards, 18 first downs and 2 touchdowns. Cousins also threw an interception, which snapped his streak of 107 attempts without a pick. He was only sacked once and made a touchdown-saving tackle on a 49ers’ fumble return. Cousins was credited with his second game-winning drive of the season (10th career).
He also posted impressive marks in the following categories: completion percentage (67.6%), yards per attempt (8.92) and passer rating (102.3). This marked the third game in a row in which he threw multiple TD passes, had a rating over 100.0 and averaged over 8.5 yards per attempt. This was also the third time this year that he has completed over two thirds of his passes.
Since Cousins’ poor outing in Week 1 against the Eagles, he ranks first in the NFL in yards per attempt (9.27), adjusted yards per attempt (10.25) and passer rating (117.7).
Kirk Cousins (Rushing)- KC got it done on the ground for the second straight week. He rushed the ball 4 times (including a kneel down for a loss of 1) for 26 yards, 2 first downs and his first rushing TD of the season.
His 10 career rushing scores have all come between 2015 and 2017. He leads the team and ranks second among all quarterbacks in rushing TDs in that time frame (Cam Newton has 18 TDs since 2015). He also tied Sonny Jurgensen for the second most rushing TDs by a Redskins QB in franchise history. Only Joe Theismann scored more touchdowns on the ground as a signal caller for Burgundy and Gold (17).
Kirk Cousins (Advanced Stats)- Cousins posted QBR scores of 34.2 and 35.2 in Weeks 1 and 2, which ranked 19th and 23rd in those respective weeks. As you might’ve have figured he has been on fire since then. His QBR has been over 81 in each of his last three games, which has put him at 6th or higher in each of those weeks. Cousins trails only Dak Prescott in QBR since Week 3. His 67.5 overall QBR ranks 5th this season. He ranked 6th in both 2015 and 2016.
Per numberFire, he also led all quarterbacks in both passing net expected points added and total EPA.
Terrelle Pryor- Pryor disappointed again with a line of 5 targets, 3 receptions, 2 first downs and 23 yards.
He hasn’t led the team in receiving yards since Week 1 (66 yards) and he also hasn’t eclipsed 70 yards receiving in a game this season. That’s pretty sad considering that 88 players have combined for 147 games of 71 or more receiving yards in this season alone. Pryor’s PFF grade still ranks 102nd out of 109 qualifying receivers.
He has led all Redskins receivers in snaps in each game this season and has received an average of 8.4 more snaps per game than the receiver with the second most playing time in each game. That needs to stop unless we see a dramatic turnaround for Pryor.
Jamison Crowder- Somebody needs to put the 2015-2016 version of Jamison Crowder on a milk carton, because that player is still missing in action this season.
Crowder gained 11 yards and picked up a first down on a sweep rushing play, but he seemed to disappear after that. I mean, he was targeted 5 times, but the Crowder we all know and love wouldn’t turn those 5 targets into 3 receptions for just 15 yards and 1 first down, would he? Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened on Sunday.
Crowder is averaging a career-low 24 yards per game (previous low was 37 YPG as a rookie), and he has yet to score a touchdown after posting 9 TDs over the course of the last two seasons. Crowder led the entire team in touchdowns last year (7).
He also ranked 3rd on the squad in yards from scrimmage in 2016; he currently ranks 7th on the team in that category. Oh, and on top of all that, he is averaging a career-low 5.0 yards per punt return.
Crowder was not on the injury report this week, so I’m really at a loss here. Where are you, Jamison?!?
Ryan Grant- I don’t believe I’m saying this, but Grant is proving to be Mr. Clutch for the 2017 Redskins. He caught 3 of his 5 targets for 3 first downs and 39 yards. All 3 first-down catches came on either 2nd or 3rd down with 9 or more yards away from a first down. He also drew a holding penalty in the end zone on a 2nd-and-11 red-zone play. Kirk Cousins ran it in for a touchdown on the next play.
Grant ranks second among Washington wideouts in both receiving yards (158) and first downs (11). Terrelle Pryor has 51 more yards and 1 more first down than Grant does, but he has been targeted 9 more times and has played on 103 more snaps. Grant is tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (2) with Chris Thompson and Josh Doctson.
Josh Doctson- Doctson only caught 1 of the 3 passes thrown in his direction on Sunday, but that catch went for an 11-yard red-zone touchdown on the first drive of the game. That was the second score of Doctson’s career and his second TD in his last three games.
Yet, somehow he only saw the field on a season-low 26% of the offensive snaps. It’s hard to understand why his playing time rose in each of his first five career games and then dropped in each game after he scored a 52-yard touchdown against the Raiders.
Jay Gruden didn’t know why this had happened either and promised to “actively expand his role on offense” going forward. Vernon Davis is probably the only wideout or tight end that Doctson should not be stealing snaps from at this point.
Brian Quick- This was the third time this year that Quick has been active. He played on 4 snaps and was not targeted. He has only taken 11 offensive snaps this season and caught his only target of 2017 for an 11-yard first down in Week 1.
Jordan Reed- Reed played on just under 75% of the offensive snaps and led all Skins’ tight ends in snaps played for the first time since Week 1. He also ran a route on 30 of Cousins’ 38 dropbacks.
He was tied for the team lead in targets (5) and receptions (4), but he only gained 37 yards and picked up 1 first down.
The vast majority of his production came on Washington’s touchdown-scoring drive in the second quarter. Three of his targets and receptions, his first down and 33 of his 37 yards came on that 64-yard drive. It’s as if he gave everything he had to put the team on his back and lead them to a score on that series and had nothing left in the tank after that.
Reed is now healthy enough to get onto the field, but the question is how effective can he be when he’s out there. He is averaging career lows in yards per target (5.92) and yards per reception (7.89). Those averages are both over a yard lower than his previous career lows (2014) and 1.9 and 2.4 yards below his career averages, respectively.
He has failed to post a 50-yard receiving effort since his blowup game against the Cowboys last Thanksgiving. Reed’s 198 receiving yards and 25 receptions in his seven games since then represent the lowest output in any seven-game stretch of his career.
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis, on the other hand, has put up 58 or more receiving yards in each of his last three games and is the only Washington tight end with a touchdown this season. He is averaging 20.5 yards per reception, which would rank 2nd in the entire NFL if he had enough receptions to qualify for that statistic.
On Sunday, Davis caught 3 of his 4 targets for 65 yards and 3 first downs against his former team. His 51-yarder in the 4th quarter put the Redskins in position to score a crucial touchdown late in the game. This marked the first time that Davis caught a pass that went 50 or more yards in consecutive games since Weeks 5 and 6 of 2013.
He was on the wrong end of both Redskins’ turnovers, though. He was Cousins’ target on the team’s only interception and he fumbled a ball that the 49ers would recover and return to the 1-yard line. Hyde scored a touchdown on the next play.
In my opinion, you can’t really hate on VD for those giveaways. The pick was the result of an overthrow by Cousins, and it looked as if Davis may have been down before he lost control of the ball on the fumble.
Niles Paul- Paul received just 16 offensive snaps and a 22% snap share against the 49ers, both of which were easily his lowest totals since Week 1.
Jay Gruden unwisely called Paul’s number on a 2nd-and-2 fullback dive at the goal line. Paul was stuffed for a loss of a yard and team was forced to settle for a field goal two plays later. Two of his three career rushes have lost a yard and the other one went for a 7-yard first down. You should probably pass on this play next time, Jay. Paul is not Darrel Young.
Chris Thompson (Playing Time)- Chris Thompson is doing so many good things for the Redskins that he has earned more sections in this article than Kirk Cousins has.
CT got the first start of his career on Sunday and led all Redskins running backs in snaps for the third time this season, he saw a combined 5 fewer snaps than the RB leading the team in this category in the two other games.
The 45 snaps and 61% snap share he saw against the 49ers were both the second highest totals of his career.
Chris Thompson (Rushing)- Thompson took a career-high 16 rushes for 33 yards and 2 first downs. CT had a great game, but he simply didn’t produce as a runner.
He fumbled on his first carry, his 2.06 YPC average was his 5th lowest mark in a game that he’s received a carry in, he failed to gain any yardage on the same percentage of his rushes that he gained more than 3 yards on and he lost yardage on nearly a third of his runs (-14 yards on 5 of his runs).
Chris Thompson (Receiving)- Chris Thompson isn’t known for his great rushing ability; he is known for being an elite receiving threat out of the backfield. That is exactly what he was on Sunday.
He caught 4 of his 5 passes for 4 first downs and a whopping 105 receiving yards. Three of his 4 catches and 92 of his 105 receiving yards came on screen plays. He had a total of 20 touches in the game, another new career high.
Thompson led the team in both rushing and receiving yards against the 49ers. The last Redskins player to accomplish that feat was Evan Royster (2011).
Chris Thompson (The Goat)- There are so many incredible Chris Thompson stats that I’m not going to even try to sensibly tie them together for you. I’m just going to spit out as many stats as I can before this section of the article takes on a life of its own.
- He is tied for the team lead in receptions (18) and leads the Redskins in first downs (14), receiving yards (340) touchdowns (4) and yards from scrimmage (515).
- Vernon Davis and Terrelle Pryor rank 2nd and 3rd on the team in yards from scrimmage; Thompson has gained 81 more yards than both of them combined.
- He has accounted for over 26% of the Redskin’s yards from scrimmage this season.
- Ryan Grant and Josh Doctson are tied for second on the team with 2 touchdowns each. Thompson has scored as many touchdowns as both of them have combined (4).
- Dick James is the only other Redskins running back with two 100-yard receiving games in a season (1962). Two 100-yard receiving games is also tied for the most career 100-yard days through the air by a Washington RB (James, Larry Brown and Craig McEwen).
- “Chris Army Knife” currently leads all NFL running backs in receiving yards (340), receiving yards per game (68) and yards per reception (18.9).
- He leads the NFL with 329 yards after the catch (YAC), which is 77 more yards of YAC than the second place player in that category. His 18.3 YAC average is also tops in the league.
- If Thompson continues at this pace, he will become the fourth player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards receiving in the same season that they had 100 rushing attempts (Marshall Faulk, Roger Craig and Lionel James).
- Faulk was the last running back with over 1,000 receiving yards in a season, and he did it in 1999, the year Dan Synder bought the Redskins.
Samaje Perine- Perine played on a third of the snaps and took his 9 rushes for a total of 23 yards. His 2.56 YPC average was a new career low, and only 33% of his rushes were successful.
He gained more than 3 yards on just 1 of his runs (8 yards) and only picked up 1 rushing first down in the game.
The first down was a critical one, though. The Redskins were up by 3 with 7 minutes left in the game, when the offense faced a 3rd-and-1 from their own 25-yard line. At first, it looked like Perine was going to be stuffed on the play, but he lunged forward for a 2-yard gain and the first down on his second effort. That chain mover allowed Vernon Davis to flip the field with a 51-yarder on the next play and Cousins to finish the drive with a rushing TD.
Like his backfield mate, Chris Thompson, Perine did his best work as a receiver. The rookie caught all 3 of his passes for 24 yards (1 more yard than he gained on his 9 rushes), 2 first downs and a touchdown, the first score of his NFL career.
Mack Brown- Mack Brown was active in place of an injured Rob Kelley for the second time this season (Week 3 vs. Oakland). However, in this game, he received 6 fewer snaps and 3 fewer touches than he did in his previous outing.
He did touch the ball on 3 of his 4 snaps. He lost a yard on his first rush and gained 3 yards on a 1st-and-10 on his second attempt. His highlight of the day was a career-long 11-yard reception for a first down. The Redskins scored a field goal on that drive.
Jay Gruden seriously needs to consider giving Brown more chances if Perine continues to squander his opportunities.
Offensive Line (Run Blocking)- Redskins runners combined to average season lows in both YPC (2.8) and YPC before contact (0.8). They also failed to gain any yards on a season-high 10 runs and 30% of their rushes. This was obviously not a banner day for the offensive line in the run-blocking department.
Offensive Line (Pass Blocking)- The line only allowed 1 sack and 6 hits over the course of Cousins’ 38 dropbacks on Sunday. After giving up a total of 6 sacks between Weeks 1 and 2, the Redskins have only allowed a combined 2 sacks in Weeks 3-6.
Washington currently ranks 4th in sacks allowed (8), 8th in sack percentage (4.8%) and 9th in adjusted sack rate (5.1%). They have achieved those rankings while facing off against the likes of Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Aaron Donald, Robert Quinn, Khalil Mack, Justin Houston and DeForest Buckner.
Trent Williams- You could tell that Trent Williams was playing through an injury on Sunday. He gave up a sack to rookie Solomon Thomas in the game, his first sack allowed since Week 7 of the 2016 season. Luckily, the Redskins were still able to score a field goal on the drive.
His biggest impact on the game came on just the second play from scrimmage, when he recovered a Chris Thompson fumble at Washington’s own 36-yard line. The Redskins marched down the field for a touchdown on that drive. The entire game could have been different had the 49ers recovered that fumble and scored first.
Morgan Moses- Moses only gave up 2 pressures in the game and earned an 82.5 PFF grade for his efforts, the second best rating on the offense. He was, however, caught moving before the snap on a 2nd-and-7 play and got flagged for a false start. Kirk Cousins would throw an interception two plays later.
Brandon Scherff- Scherff was nearly perfect and played what was likely the best game of his career on Sunday. He did not allow a single pressure of any kind on 42 pass-blocking snaps, his impact run block percentage of 34% led the NFL in Week 6 and his 96.3 PFF grade for the game was the highest rating given to a guard all year.
The former top-5 pick out of Iowa now ranks 2nd and 3rd among all guards in PFF run-blocking (91.8) and overall grade (85.0). Kendall Fuller is the only Redskin with a higher grade than Scherff. It sure is nice when your team hits big on their early-round draft picks.
ALL OFFENSIVE SNAPS
*All statistics are courtesy of Air Yards, CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*
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