Snaps- Greg Manusky played 20 of his 26 defenders over the course of 51 defensive snaps. The 51 snaps was the second lowest total for a Redskins' defense since at least 2015. The lowest total in that span came last week against the Rams (50 snaps).
The 6 defenders that did not see time on defense included: 3 inactives (Mason Foster, Anthony Lanier and Joshua Holsey) 2 only saw time on special teams (Chris Carter and Stefan McClure) and 1 player who was active, but saw no action of any kind (Josh Harvey-Clemons).
Will Compton, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau and Deshazor Everett were the only players who got action on defense, but played on less than 25% of the snaps.
Quarterback Pressure- The Redskins had 4 sacks and 6 QB hits on a team Raiders team that did not allow a single pressure in Week 2. The Raiders had not given up 4 sacks in their last 20 contests.
The Washington defense has sacked opposing quarterbacks in 27 straight games and has posted multiple sacks in each week of the 2017 season.
The Redskins did not blitz on one of their 4 sacks.
Turnovers- Washington scored 3 takeaways (2 interceptions and a fumble recovery) on Sunday. They have forced at least 2 turnovers in every game this season, which is something they have not accomplished since Weeks 4-6 of the 2015 season. The last time they picked off two or more passes also occurred in 2015 (Week 12).
Derek had only thrown 6 interceptions on his last 620 attempts (his 17 previous games), and he threw 2 picks on 31 passes against the Redskins. This was the first time in his last 20 games that Carr has thrown multiple interceptions.
Third-Down Defense- In an amazing reversal from what we saw from this defense on third down last season, the Redskins did not allow the Raiders to convent on a single one of their 11 third-down attempts.
The last time the Redskins did not allow a single third-down conversion was in the final game of the 2007 season against the Cowboys, which is the only other time the Skins have not allowed a conversion on 11 or more such attempts since as far back as this data goes (1991). They also were perfect on third down against the Cardinals in 2002. That's it since 91.
Yardage-This was also one of the team's greatest all-time performances in terms of total offensive yards allowed. They only gave up 128 yards to the Raiders in the entire game. That is tied for the 22nd lowest offensive yards allowed by the franchise since at least 1940. The last time the defense did better in this regard was in the historic 1991 season when they held the Eagles to just 89 yards.
This game marked just the fifth time since the merger that a Redskins defense has held their opponent to under 130 yards of offense. The other four games came against teams that finished the year with an average winning percentage of .397 and an average ranking of 23rd in points scored. The Raiders currently rank ninth in points scored and are 2-1.
More Yards- The 128 yards of offensive allowed is the lowest amount of yards allowed by any team this season, and Oakland only had 95 yards before the final drive of the game.
The Raiders offense only took one offensive snap on the Redskins' side of the field in the game.
Points- The defense shutout Oakland in the first half. It was the team's fifth first-half shutout since Jay Gruden took over as head coach in 2014 and their first since Week 15 of 2015 (Bills).
Passing Defense- Oakland was held to 89 yards passing on the night. Washington's defense has only allowed fewer passing yards in a game three times since the 1970 merger, with the last time coming in the aforementioned 1991 drubbing of the Eagles.
Rushing Defense- The Burgundy and Gold held the Raiders to just 32 yards and 2 first downs on 13 rushing plays (2.5-yard average). The 32 yards allowed on the ground is tied for the fourth lowest rushing yards allowed by the team in the last 15 years. The only time a Jay Gruden coached team allowed fewer rushing yards was when the Redskins decimated the Jaguars in Week 2 of 2014 and held them to just 25 yards on 10 runs.
2017 Rankings- The Redskins now rank in the top-10 in 6 major defensive categories this season: 1st in first downs per game (13.3), 2nd in rushing yards per game (62.3), 4th in interception rate (4.21%), 5th in total yards per game (272), 7th in rushing yards per carry (3.17) and 9th in points per game (20).
|Defensive Linemen (6 Players)|
|Jonathan Allen *||22||43%|
|Ziggy Hood *||18||35%|
|Stacy McGee *||17||33%|
Matt Ioannidis- Matt Ioannidis played on 6 more snaps than any other Washington defensive linemen and led all Redskins D-linemen in snaps played for the first time in his career. Jonathan Allen is the only Redskin at this position group who has out-snapped Ioannidis through three games.
The Temple product continued to prove that 2017 will go down as his breakout season. He helped Zach Brown limit Marshawn Lynch to a gain of 1 on a first down and teamed with Allen on a third down sack of Derek Carr. His 5 pressures in the game came against Gabe Jackson who had never allowed more than 4 pressures in a game prior to facing off against Ioannidis. Ioannidis also led all Skins front-seven players in pressure rate (25%).
His PFF grade of 81.6 on the season is tops on the defensive line.
Jonathan Allen- Allen made his third consecutive start for the Redskins and split sacks with Ioannidis and Junior Galette. The sacks were the first of Allen's NFL career. Jon Allen has recorded at least one QB hit in each of his three games in the pros.
Terrell McClain- Terrell McClain ranked last among the team's active D-linemen in snaps in Weeks 1 and 2, so finishing with the third most snaps on the unit (1 behind Allen) was a small step up for him. McClain didn't do anything with the extra work though. He failed to record any traditional stats or pressures for the first time this season.
Ziggy Hood & Stacy McGee- Hood and McGee got their second starts of the year but neither player made a single tackle in the game. They were at least able to get some pressure on Carr.
|Outside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||42||82%|
|Preston Smith *||22||43%|
|Chris Carter||ST Only||0%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan had a field day in what was his 99th straight start for the Redskins. Of his 4 solo tackles, 3 of them went for a loss, with one coming on a sack by Kerrigan. The Raiders lost a combined 12 yards on Kerrigan's tackles. His only real statistical blemish on the night was a chain-moving neutral-zone infraction.
Preston Smith- Instead of breaking out in 2016 like most fans thought he would, Preston Smith fell victim to the dreaded sophomore slump. I guess he was something of a post-hype sleeper because the breakout looks to be taking place this season instead.
On just 22 snaps, Smith shut down Marshawn Lynch on a third-and-short run, deflected a pass, recorded multiple hurries and notched a sack for the third straight game (first time since Weeks 15-17 of 2015). The sack came against Donald Penn, who had only allowed one sack in his last 19 games.
Preston Smith currently leads the team in both sacks (3), QB Hits (5) and TFLs (3).
Junior Galette- Junior Galette saw his snap count and percentage drop against the Raiders. But even on a mere 15 snaps, the pass-rushing demon, Galette, was able to register a half sack, multiple hurries and a pass defense. The sack was Galette's first as a member of the Washington Redskins. The last time he sacked a quarterback was with the Saints in the final week of the 2014 season.
Ryan Anderson- The second rounder out-snapped both Smith and Galette and played on defense more in this game (24 snaps) than he did in Weeks 1 and 2 combined (22 snaps).
Anderson registered a solo tackle and a TFL, but was unable to generate any pressure on the quarterback. He has played on 23 passing snaps this season, but has yet to record a QB pressure of any kind.
|Inside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Zach Brown *||51||100%|
|Will Compton *||5||10%|
Zach Brown- Zach Brown once again excelled as a tackler. He led the team in tackles for the third consecutive week and posted double-digit tackles (10 total, 5 solo and 5 assisted) in his fourth straight game dating back to last season.
Brown has made 5 more tackles this season (32) than the team's second and third-leading tackler have combined (27). He remains tied for second in the NFL in total tackles.
Brown's issue has not been with taking down ball carriers, it has been in coverage. He allowed Raiders tight end Jared Cook to catch a touchdown right after Jamison Crowder's muffed punt. Cook's touchdown was the third allowed by Brown in his three games as a Redskin.
Will Compton- Compton got the token start at middle linebacker, but that first play accounted for 20% of his 5 defensive snaps against the Raiders. Compton's solo tackle of Lynch on that play was the only stat of any kind that he recorded in the contest.
Martrell Spaight- Compton got the start, but it was Martrell Spaight who played alongside of Zach Brown at inside linebacker on 90% of the defensive plays. Spaight showed why he was promoted ahead of Compton, by recording 9 tackles against the Raiders (3 solo and 6 assisted), all of which were made short of the first-down marker. Spaight also recovered a fumble late in the game.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Josh Norman *||47||92%|
|Bashaud Breeland *||46||90%|
Josh Norman- Josh Norman shut down absolutely every receiver that he faced in this game. He was only targeted once and allowed just 1 reception for 7 yards in the game.
Norman also recorded 3 tackles in the game (2 solos and 1 assist). Every one of his tackles was made on first or second down just a few yards shy of the first-down marker. The Redskins did not allow any first downs on the ensuing plays of those drives, so it's probably fair to say that Norman made 3 first-down saving tackles against the Raiders.
Bashaud Breeland- Breeland made a trio of tackles short of the line to gain of his own. He defended a pass in the end zone. He was, however, flagged for an 8-yard DPI infraction and a holding penalty, which was declined.
Dynamic Duo- Through 3 games of the 2017 season, Norman and Breeland have allowed just 10 receptions for 117 yards and 0 touchdowns.
On Sunday, they were primarily responsible for holding Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to just 2 receptions for 13 yards and 0 first downs. In their 34 other games played together, Cooper and Crabtree had never been held to less than 4 receptions and 19 yards between the two of them. That changed in this game when they up against the duo of Norman and Breeland.
Kendall Fuller- Kendall Fuller was yet another young Redskins defender who stood out on Sunday. He played on 90% of the snaps for the just the second time as a pro, made 3 tackles and recorded his first career forced fumble.
Fuller was also outstanding in coverage against the Raiders. He recorded his first interception as an NFL player, only gave up two receptions for 17 yards and allowed a 21.9 passer rating on targets thrown in his direction.
He earned an 85.8 Pro Football Focus rating for his efforts, the third best mark for a Redskins player in the game. His 85.3 season-long grade ranks first on the entire team. What a difference a year can make!
Reserve CB- Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau only took combined 9 defensive snaps, but made a total of 3 tackles between them. All 3 tackles made by the pair came on the final drive of the game.
|Safeties (4 Players)|
|D.J. Swearinger *||51||100%|
|Deshazor Everett *||8||16%|
|Stefan McClure||ST Only||0%|
D.J. Swearinger- Swearinger played on 100% of the snaps for the second straight week. He didn't make a huge dent in the box score with one solo and 1 assisted tackle, but the tone that he set on his lone solo stop did have a major impact on the game.
On that play, it looked like Marshawn Lynch had built up enough steam to break his first big run of the contest, but before he could Swearinger swooped in and absolutely leveled the veteran running back. There was almost 25 minutes left in the game after that play, but Lynch never touched the ball again. Marshawn didn't want any more after that. On Sunday night, it was Swearinger who should have been called beast mode.
Deshazor Everett- Everett, like Compton, got the token start, but he too looks to have been demoted. After playing on 67 snaps in Week 1 and 23 snaps in Week 2, Everett only saw time at safety on a meager 8 plays against the Raiders.
Everett did, however, make a touchdown-saving pass defense in the end zone. He nearly picked the pass off, which is exactly the kind of big plays that he is going to need to make if he hopes to reclaim his job from rookie Montae Nicholson.
Montae Nicholson- The fourth-round rookie appears to have usurped Everett as the team's primary safety opposite of D.J. Swearinger in just his third NFL game. His 43 snaps were 35 more than Everett's 8.
Nicholson recorded the first interception of his career on the second play of the game, the first pick by a Redskins' defense on their opening drive since 2015.
With that play, he became the fifth youngest (21 years and 294 days old) Redskins player since at least 1950 to intercept a pass. Only Champ Bailey, David Amerson, Tom Carter and the man who he is replacing, Su'a Cravens, were younger when they picked off their first pass. The only other 21-year-old Redskins with interceptions since 1950 are Sean Taylor, Lonnie Sanders and Barry Wilburn.
After the interception, Nicholson would not be targeted again on any of his other 33 coverage snaps against the Raiders.
Montae Nicholson's 88.3 PFF grade was the best rating by any player in the game.
ALL DEFENSIVE SNAPS
|Defense (26 Players)||Defense (continued)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Zach Brown *||51||100%||Ziggy Hood *||18||35%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||51||100%||Stacy McGee *||17||33%|
|Josh Norman *||47||92%||Junior Galette||15||29%|
|Martrell Spaight||46||90%||Deshazor Everett *||8||16%|
|Bashaud Breeland *||46||90%||Will Compton *||5||10%|
|Kendall Fuller||46||90%||Quinton Dunbar||5||10%|
|Montae Nicholson||43||84%||Fabian Moreau||4||8%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||42||82%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||0||0%|
|Matt Ioannidis||28||55%||Chris Carter||ST Only||0%|
|Ryan Anderson||24||47%||Stefan McClure||ST Only||0%|
|Jonathan Allen *||22||43%||Mason Foster||Inactive||N/A|
|Preston Smith *||22||43%||Joshua Holsey||Inactive||N/A|
|Terrell McClain||21||41%||Anthony Lanier||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams (35 Players)||Special Teams (continued)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Chris Carter||23||79%||Preston Smith||7||24%|
|Deshazor Everett||23||79%||Ziggy Hood||6||21%|
|Quinton Dunbar||21||72%||Shawn Lauvao||6||21%|
|Fabian Moreau||21||72%||Spencer Long||6||21%|
|Martrell Spaight||18||62%||Morgan Moses||6||21%|
|Stefan McClure||16||55%||Brandon Scherff||6||21%|
|Mack Brown||14||48%||Niles Paul||5||17%|
|Kendall Fuller||13||45%||Jeremy Sprinkle||5||17%|
|Matt Ioannidis||13||45%||Jonathan Allen||4||14%|
|Dustin Hopkins||12||41%||Ty Nsekhe||4||14%|
|Nick Sundberg||11||38%||D.J. Swearinger||3||10%|
|Tress Way||11||38%||Chris Thompson||3||10%|
|Bashaud Breeland||10||34%||Zach Brown||2||7%|
|Montae Nicholson||10||34%||Ryan Kerrigan||2||7%|
|Chase Roullier||9||31%||Terrell McClain||2||7%|
|Ryan Anderson||8||28%||Josh Norman||2||7%|
|Will Compton||8||28%||Trent Williams||2||7%|
Snaps- Of the team's 46 active players, 35 of them played over the course of 29 special teams snaps. The unit was made up of 20 defenders, 12 offensive players and 3 specialists. Chase Roullier, Stefan McClure and Chris Carter were the only players that saw time exclusively with Ben Kotwica's group.
Carter led the team in specials snaps for the third straight game. Deshazor Everett tied Carter with 23 teams snaps, which is an 11-snap increase over what he saw in Week 2. His demotion on defense was likely the cause of the increase in snaps. Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau were next with 21 snaps each.
Kick Coverage- Moreau looks like the team's new special teams ace out of the gunner position. The speedy rookie made solo tackles on two Raider's punt returns. His 2 teams tackles led the game. Dunbar and Bashaud Breeland chipped in with an assisted tackle and a solo tackle, respectively.
Dustin Hopkins-Dustin Hopkins hit on 22 and 23-yard field goals, but missed wide left on a 52-yarder.
I've seen a lot of complaints about Hopkins missing "makeable" field goals from over 50 yards out in the last two games, and I need to once again remind everyone that making long field goals is not his game. He is 61 of 66 (92.4%) from 50 or fewer yards out, but from 51-plus he has gone 3 for 11 (27.3%). Stop expecting him to make field goals that are longer than 51 yards. He shouldn't be kicking from that distance in the first place unless the situation absolutely calls for it.
Five of Hopkins' six kickoffs went for touchbacks, with the lone Raider's return going for 27 yards. The return was taken 5 yards deep in the end zone though, so it only made it out to the 22-yard line.
Tress Way- Way punted five times for 221 yards and a 44.2-yard average. His net average of 43.4 was only a yard lower, because the Raiders totaled just 4 yards on their two returns (2 yards per return). Three of Way's kicks pinned the Raiders inside their own 20. Oakland's two other drives that were started by Tress Way punts began at the 22 and 29-yard lines.
Kickoff Returns- All three of the Raider's kickoffs went for touchbacks, so the Redskins did not return any kicks in the game.
Punt Returns- Jamison Crowder returned four of Marquette King's seven punts for 23 yards. The other three punts were fair caught (2) or went out of bounds (1).
Not only did Crowder post a mediocre average (5.8 yards), but he also muffed a punt and lost the fumble for the second time in his last three games. The fumble occurred at the Redskins own 18-yard line making it all the more costly. The Raiders scored their only touchdown of the game on their first play of the ensuing drive.
Prior to this season, Crowder had only muffed two punts and lost the fumble on one of them. He has already matched or topped both numbers through 3 games in 2017.
*All statistics are courtesy of CSN Mid Atlantic, ESPN, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference and Redskins.com*