Snaps- Jay Gruden used 17 of his 24 offensive players over the course of 64 snaps against the Eagles on Monday night. The 7 that did not play on offense included 3 inactives (Jeremy Sprinkle, Ty Catalina and Ty Nsekhe), 3 exclusive special teamers (Mack Brown, Samaje Perine and Brian Quick) and 1 player that did not make it on to the field at all (Colt McCoy).
Points- This was the fifth consecutive game in which the offense scored on their opening drive of the game. That is the team’s longest such streak since 1999.
3rd Down- The Redskins only converted on 4 of their 12 third downs. The 33% conversion rate was their worst percentage in this category since they played the Eagles at home in Week 1 (3 for 11 / 27.3%)
The most troubling part about their performance on the money down in this game was that they failed to move the sticks on a trio of third downs that they only needed to gain a yard on two on. It’s also seems like passing on all three of those plays would be counterintuitive, but that’s exactly they did. This is nothing new for the 2017 Redskins, though.
Their 35% success rate on 3rd-and-short plays (1 to 3 yards to go) ranks 31st in the NFL, and they have only run the ball 30% of the time in these situations, which ranks 29th in the league. It’s quite ironic that they also rank 1st in conversion percentage on 3rd-and-long plays (46.7%).
Red Zone- For the second week in a row the offense scored touchdowns on 3 of their 4 trips to the end zone. They were only able to string together two sets of back-to-back games with a red zone TD rate of over 50% last season.
All three of the Redskins’ scores in the game came on touchdown passes in the red zone. Only 2 of the team’s 10 RZ TDs have come via the rush (courtesy of Kirk Cousins and Chris Thompson). The 20% ratio of rushing-to-passing touchdowns inside the red zone ranks 26th in the NFL.
Rushing- After running the ball on 46% or more of their plays in Weeks 2-6, Jay Gruden only called for a running play on 18 of the team’s 62 plays on Monday night (29%).
The team rushed for a season-low 2 first downs in the game, and both of them came courtesy of Kirk Cousins scrambles. If you take away Cousins’ two rushes, the other runners only averaged 3.8 yards per carry.
On the plus side, the Skins only lost yardage on 3 of their 17 non kneel-down rushing plays (18%) and posted a rushing success rate of 59% in the game.
Your Weekly Reminder That The Redskins Are A Good Team- The Redskins rank 6th in adjusted net yards per attempt differential this season (offensive ANY/A - defensive ANY/A).
Of the 24 teams that ranked in the top 12 of this metric in 2015 and 2016, 18 of them made the playoffs (75%). Of the five teams ahead of Washington in ANY/A differential this year, four of them currently are in 1st or tied for 1st in their respective divisions.
Kirk Cousins (Passing)- Kirk Cousins completed a season-high 30 of his 40 passes for 303 yards, 16 first downs and 3 touchdowns.
He completed 75% of his passes and posted a 110.7 passer rating and a 7.6 yards per attempt average. This was his fourth consecutive game with multiple TD passes and a rating over 100.
Cousins was also sacked four times, which ties the season high number of sacks he took in Week 1 against the Eagles. He threw an interception for the second straight week.
Kirk Cousins (Rushing)- Captain Kirk took the rock himself and ran for 18 yards and 2 first downs. We are only through six games and he has already set a new career high in rushing yards (121 yards).
Cousins is on pace to run the ball 59 times for 323 yards, 3 touchdowns and 27 first downs. With the exception of touchdowns, those numbers would all nearly triple his previous career highs.
He ranks in the top 12 among all QBs in rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing YPC and rushing touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins (Advanced Stats)- Cousin’s earned his lowest QBR score since Week 2 (74.4), but that was still good enough to rank him 10th in the metric among this week’s 31 qualifying signal callers. Cousins also posted a decent PFF grade (83.7), which ranked second on Washington’s offense.
Kirk Cousins (Pressure)- Cousins was nearly perfect when he wasn’t pressured. He went 22 of 23 with a YPA over 10 on throws from a clean pocket. The script was completely flipped when Philly’s defenders were able to apply pressure, though. His completion percentage and YPA numbers both basically dropped by 50% when he was pressured.
Kirk Cousins (2017 Rankings)- He is ranked top 5 in the league in a number of major passing statistics: 3rd in passer rating (107.2), 3rd in yards per attempt (8.3), 3rd in adjusted net yards per attempt (7.77), 4th in completion % (68.2%) and 5th in total QBR (67.7).
He ranks 6th in passing yards per game (272.8), yards per completion (6.1), interception percentage (1.5%), touchdown percentage (6.1%) and raw QBR (69.1).
Jamison Crowder- Crowder led all Washington wide receivers in snaps for the first time this season. His 58 snaps and 91% snap share are the highest marks by any Skins wideout this year.
Unfortunately, the increased playing time didn’t appear to help Crowder find his groove. He did post his highest receiving yardage total in nearly a month (for a measly 28 yards) and both of his 2 receptions went for first downs, but he only caught 2 of his 6 targets. His 33.3% catch percentage was a new career low.
He also received an early rushing attempt for the second week in a row. Unlike last week when he picked up 11 yards and a first down, he was only able to muster 3 yards on his lone carry in this one.
Terrelle Pryor- The coaching staff pulled a complete 180 by benching Pryor after giving him the most snaps among the team’s wideouts in each of the first five games. Pryor only played 1 snap in the first half, but he did have a sizeable role in the second half with 30 snaps. He was not targeted until there were only 10 minutes left in the game.
He was targeted 4 times and caught 2 passes for the third time this year. He also tied a season low with just 1 first down (vs. Raiders). His 14 yards receiving was his lowest such total since Week 13 of last season. He has only recorded less yards in 2 of the 25 career games that he has been targeted in.
Pryor also dropped his fourth pass of the year. No other player on the roster has dropped more than one ball in 2017.
Josh Doctson- Meet your newest Redskins starting wide receiver: Josh Doctson.
The 2016 first-round pick replaced Pryor at the X receiver position and played on a career-high 54 snaps and 84% of the snaps. His 54 snaps in this game are 18 more than his previous career high and 23 more snaps than he took in his entire rookie season. He was on the field for 54% of Kirk Cousins’ dropbacks in the game, another career best.
Doctson also set new personal records in targets (5) and receptions (3). He had 39 yards and 2 first downs in the game.
Ryan Grant- The ascendance of Josh Doctson was only detrimental to Terrelle Pryor, right? That remains to be seen, but at least for this game it appeared to have a negative impact on Ryan Grant.
Grant caught all 3 of his targets for 19 yards and a first down; but he played on a season-low 41% of the snaps and finished the game with either his worst or second worst game market shares of the season in the following categories: target share (8%), reception share (10%), receiving yards share (6%) and air yards share (8%).
Brian Quick- Brian Quick did not receive an offensive snap for third time this season. He has only played on 26 special teams snaps this season and he has yet to record a special teams stat as a member of the Redskins (including preseason).
The only reason he is on the team is to back up one of the boundary receivers in case of injury or extreme ineffectiveness. All of the outside receivers on the team appear to be relatively healthy, but some of them (I’m looking at you, Terrelle) have been relatively ineffective; so perhaps, Quick will see his playing time increase in the near future.
Jordan Reed- The old Jordan Reed we know and love finally returned to us. Reed led the team and posted new season highs in targets (10), receptions (8), first downs (4) and touchdowns (2). His 64 yards was also a season high.
His 83.9 PFF grade in this game ranked 1st on the offense and 4th among all tight ends in Week 7.
His second score of the game move him ahead of Jean Fugett for the third most career receiving TDs by a Redskins tight end in franchise history (behind Jerry Smith and Chris Cooley).
This was his seventh career game with multiple receiving touchdowns, which is the sixth most multi-score games ever by a Redskins player. The only ones ahead of Reed on that list are Charley Taylor, Art Monk, Bobby Mitchell, Gary Clark and Jerry Smith.
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis appears to have either consumed a massive amount of steroids or sold his soul to the devil in exchange for never-ending youth. Those are the only explanations I can come up with for his renaissance with the Redskins.
Davis caught all 4 of his targets for team-high 67 yards. Both of his first downs came on 31-yard receptions, which tie each other for the Redskins’ second longest play of the game. The offense scored on both drives.
Davis has now recorded a reception of 30 or more yards in three straight games. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find the last time that Davis accomplished that feat.
Davis’ four 30-yard catches ranks 6th in the NFL, behind only Tyreek Hill, Antonio Brown, Stefon Diggs, T.Y. Hilton and Brandin Cooks, who all have 5 receptions of 30 or more yards on the season. Davis leads the league in yards per reception (19.5 Y/R) and yards per target (16.2 YPT).
Somehow he is also ranked 2nd among all tight ends in catch percentage (83.3%). You will almost never see one player do so well in those two stats, because they directly contradict each other.
He currently ranks 10th among all tight ends in receiving yards (292 yards), but the nine players ahead of him on that list have played on an average of 100 more snaps this season (350 to 250 snaps).
Niles Paul- Niles Paul only played on 9 snaps against the Eagles. His snap total has now decreased in each of the last four games (36 > 33 > 25 > 16 > 9).
Paul played sparingly in this one, but he did make a big impact on one of his 9 snaps. He caught a 32-yard first-down pass in the first quarter, which was the Redskins’ longest play of the game. That was Paul’s longest reception since Week 7 of the 2014 season, which was also the last time that he eclipsed 30 total receiving yards in a game.
Chris Thompson (Playing Time)- Thompson led all Redskins RBs in snaps for the third consecutive game and for the fourth time this season.
Chris Thompson (Rushing)- CT didn’t have a fantastic rushing game, by any stretch, but it was definitely an improvement over his Week 6 performance on the ground.
He led the team in rushing with 38 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry. After losing yards on 30% of his runs against the 49ers, he gained positive yardage on all 7 of his runs in this game. He also posted an impressive 71% success rate.
However, he failed to pick up a single rushing first down and 15 of his 38 yards (39% of his rushing total) came on a meaningless fourth quarter run on a 3rd-and-25 play.
Chris Thompson (Receiving)- In a modest effort by his standards, Chris Thompson caught all 5 of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown. He set a new single-season career high with 366 receiving yards. He also tied his career high of 5 touchdowns in a season.
Chris Thompson (The GOAT)- The GOAT section of these articles will live on until Chris Thompson stops performing at a record pace:
- Thompson is the only player in the NFL that leads his team in both rushing and receiving yards.
- Thompson has the highest expected points added total among all non-quarterbacks this season.
- His 16.6 YAC average this season ranks #1 among all players with at least 30 targets in the past decade.
- Thompsons’ 5 scores so far this season are the most by a Redskins running back through the first six games of a season since Alfred Morris scored 5 TDs in the first six contests of 2012.
- Thompson is averaging over 4.9 yards per carry and 15 yards per reception. The only other player since the 1970 merger that has put up those numbers on over 40 rushes and 20 receptions in a season is O.J. Simpson (1975).
Robert Kelley- Fat Rob was active for the first time in three weeks and got the start at running back. His 27 snaps on Monday were his most since he led the team with 33 snaps against Philly in Week 1. Unfortunately, Kelley struggled as a runner, just like he did in Week 1.
He only gained 17 yards on his 7 rushes and posted a team-low 2.3 YPC average. Nearly half of his rushing yards came on an 8-yard run in the first quarter and a third of his yards came on the first play of the game (6 of 17 yards).
Only 3 of his 7 rushes gained more than 1 yard, which is the same number of runs that he lost yardage on. Kelley also did not pick up a single rushing first down for the Redskins.
His rushing stat line was horrible, but things look a touch better when you factor in his work as a receiver. He was targeted twice on the team’s second to last drive of the game and picked up first downs of 9 and 5 yards on those plays. This was Kelley’s third best career game as a receiver, which is actually pretty sad.
Other Running Backs- This was only the second time all year that neither Samaje Perine nor Mack Brown took an offensive snap and failed to touch the ball once. The last time this happened was in Week 1 against these same Eagles.
Offensive Line (Run Blocking)- Washington currently ranks 16th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric; they finished 2016 with a 6th place ranking in that metric.
Offensive Line (Pass Blocking)- Kirk Cousins was sacked 4 times for the second time this year against the Eagles. They are the only team that has sacked him more than twice. And just like they did in Week 1, Philadelphia defenders sacked Cousins on 4 of his 44 dropbacks (9%). They are the only team that has sacked Cousins on more than 7% of his dropbacks in 2017.
Cousins was also hit a season-high 10 times in the game.
Trent Williams- Trent Williams did not allow a sack in the game. Per PFF, this was Williams 11th straight game without giving up a sack.
In my opinion, he was responsible for Solomon Thomas’ sack in Week 6 against the 49ers, but I can see how that sack could be credited to Kirk Cousins.
Brandon Scherff- Scherff was forced to leave the game with an MCL injury and played on just 43 snaps (67% snap share), which is the lowest snap total and percentage of his 3-year career. He had only missed a snap in 3 of his 37 games prior to Monday night.
Other Offensive Linemen- T.J. Clemmings and Spencer Long each gave up a sack. Long injured his knee and missed a snap for the first time this year. His departure allowed Chase Roullier to take the first offensive snaps of his NFL career.
Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom was signed to the active roster today, which is an indication that the team believes that not all of their starting offensive linemen will be available against the Cowboys on Sunday.
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*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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