Snaps- The Washington Redskins used 18 of their 24 offensive players over their 61 snaps in Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Linebacker Ryan Anderson was also utilized on offense.
Of the six offensive players who did not see the field, four were inactive (Josh Doctson, Samaje Perine, Shawn Lauvao and Geron Christian) and two were active, but did not play in any capacity (Colt McCoy and Casey Dunn).
Yards- The offense gained a season-low 283 total yards and 244 passing yards on Monday against a Saints defense that ranked 24th in total yards allowed (390.5 YPG) and 30th in passing yards (311 YPG) coming into the contest.
Points- The Skins failed to top 20 points for the second time this season and currently rank 24th in points scored per game.
3rd & 4th Down- The Redskins struggled on the money down in their matchup against the Saints, converting on just four of their 13 attempts. Those numbers gave them a 31% conversion rate, their lowest of the season.
However, they were able to convert on two of their four 4th-down tries (50%).
The team was sacked or committed a turnover on 4 of their 17 combined plays on third and fourth down.
Red Zone- Washington scored touchdowns on 2-of-3 trips to the red zone (66.6%), yet the team only gained positive yardage on 3 of their 11 offensive plays inside the 20 (includes the 2-point conversion attempt).
Nevertheless, a 66.6% in the red area is pretty solid. The Skins have scored on at least 60% of their red-zone possessions in three of their four games this year and rank 14th in the league with a 57% touchdown-scoring rate.
Advanced Metrics- The offense’s poor performance on Monday led them to drop to 20th in DVOA (-3.1%) and 25th in PFF grade (67.8).
|Quarterbacks (2 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Alex Smith *||61||100%|
Alex Smith (Traditional Stats)- This was one of Alex Smith’s worst performances since the start of last season, and it was easily his worst game as a member of the Redskins.
Smith completed 23-of-39 passes, which gave him a sub-60% completion rate (58.9%) for the first time since Week 13 of last year. Those passes gained 275 yards, giving him a subpar 7.05 YPA. He failed to throw a TD pass for the second time this year and threw another interception, which makes this back-to-back games with a pick.
The Redskins’ new signal caller was sacked on three dropbacks (31 yards) for the third time this year and lost his first fumble since Week 8 of the last season.
Smith also posted what was by far his lowest passer rating as a Redskin (69.9); he only had a worse rating once since the beginning of 2017.
Alex Smith (Rushing)- Smith’s two rushes in the contest prevented this from being a total disaster for the 14-year vet. He picked up a 3-yard first down on a 4th-and-1 play and scored a 4-yard rushing TD, his first rushing score in just over a year.
Alex Smith (Advanced Stats)- The advanced metrics didn’t paint a pretty picture for Smith, either. He posted an adjusted net yards per attempt average of 4.74, a 26.0 QBR and a 60.1 PFF grade, all of which were new season lows and ranked in the bottom-10 at the position this week.
Smith was also abysmal under pressure (3.9 YPA & 6.5 QB rating) and on play action (4.5 YPA and 22.9 QB rating).
At least, he finally started to throw some deep balls. Smith more than doubled his number of deep passes coming into the game (7), as he threw eight passes 20 or more yards down the field.
#QB Winz- Washington lost by 24 points on Monday night. An Alex Smith led team has only lost by a larger margin once since 2011, the year John Harbaugh arrived in San Francisco. That game was a 29-point defeat in Week 4 of 2016 at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith’s next worst loss as a member of the Chiefs (since 2013) was by 16 points.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Maurice Harris *||49||80%|
|Michael Floyd *||9||15%|
Paul Richardson- Richardson didn’t start for the second time this season and didn’t rank in the top two among the team’s receivers in snaps for the first time all year. His 42 snaps and 69% snap rate were both new season lows.
P-Rich still did alright for himself despite the limited playing time. He caught four of his five targets for 50 yards and 2 first downs, with one of those chain movers coming on an acrobatic 23-yarder on a third down deep in Saint’s territory. He led the team with 4.4 average yards of separation at the catch point.
The former Seahawk leads the team’s wideout corps in receiving yards by 47 yards (181 yards) and air yards by 69 yards (253 air yards); he’s also tied with Jamison Crowder for the most receiving first downs (7).
Jamison Crowder- The diminutive slot receiver out of Duke didn’t start for the first time this year; however, this was the first game that he led all Redskins’ receivers in snaps (52) this season.
Crowder tied for the team lead in targets (8) and hauled in 4 receptions for a team and season-high 55 yards and 3 first downs. His 24 yard-grab on a Washington fourth down was tied for the team’s second longest play of the night.
He is currently averaging career-low numbers in receptions per game (3.3), receiving yards per game (33.5) and yards per route run (1.00).
Maurice Harris- Mo Harris started for the first time in his three-year career and his 49 snaps in the game represented a new career-best.
Harris also tied for the team lead in routes run (37), targets (8) and deep targets (3) and led the team with 110 air yards, all of which were new career highs. His 47 receiving yards on the night represented his second-best total as a pro and his 3 receptions tied a personal best.
Harris’ 42-yarder in the fourth quarter was the longest play of his career and the Redskins’ longest play of the game. Harris nearly scored on the catch before being tackled at the New Orleans 1-yard line and set the offense up to score a touchdown two plays later.
The lone interception of the night came on a target thrown to Harris, but the truth is that had Alex Smith thrown the ball sooner to Harris, who was wide open, the play would have probably gone for a Redskins’ touchdown instead of a Saints’ interception return.
Josh Doctson- Doctson missed the game with a heel injury he suffered in practice a week ago. He was close to playing, apparently, but of course he couldn’t tough it out, despite the fact that he desperately needs to start producing if he wants to retain any kind of role on this offense.
Doctson has only gained 48 receiving yards this season, a season-high 37 of which came against the Colts in Week 2. There have been 13 instances, with four of them coming in this contest, in which another Redskins player has gained 45 or more receiving yards in a single game this year.
Maurice Harris, who started in place of Doctson on Monday night, has gained just one fewer yard than Doctson has this season (48 to 47) even though he has seen 5 fewer targets (13 to 8), run 70 fewer routes (107 to 37) and played on 130 fewer snaps (188 to 58).
Brian Quick- Brian Quick played on 12 snaps and was on the field for 20% of the Redskins’ offensive snaps against the Saints, Quick’s highest totals since Weeks 14 and 16 of last year, respectively. He caught his lone target of the night and gained 6 yards on the play. Quick’s 47.4 PFF grade for the game ranked last on the offense.
Michael Floyd- For some reason Michael Floyd started in what was his first game with the team. This was only Floyd’s second start since 2016 (Week 6 of last season). He spent five of his nine snaps running a route and the other four as a run blocker.
Wide Receiver Woes: Part Whatever- The Redskins’ wide receiving corps has recorded a combined 416 receiving yards this season. Meanwhile, 35 individual players have topped 300 receiving yards and 19 of them have gone over 400 yards.
The group has also hauled in a total of 20 first down passes, which is not good considering 15 players have done that by themselves. Thirty-four individual players have recorded at least 15 first downs. I could go on, but I’ll stop the pain, for now.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Vernon Davis *||26||43%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||11||18%|
Jordan Reed- Reed played on 64% of the snaps (39 snaps), his second highest playing-time clip of the year, but received a season-low 2 targets in the game. The last time he was out there for 30 or more snaps and didn’t get at least 5 targets was Week 10 of the 2016 season, the time before that occurred in Week 10 of the 2015 season.
Jordan Reed actually made a tackle before he was ever targeted in the game and that tackle ended a 77-yard Saints’ interception return at the Washington 4-yard line. His first target of the game did not come until there was five-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter and the pass was thrown behind him. His only other target of the night came four plays later on a pass he hauled in for a gain of 21 yards.
This was only the seventh time in Reed’s 56-game career that he has caught just one pass, he played on 21 or fewer snaps in four of those other six contests.
I don’t understand how the Redskins can continue to claim that Reed is one of their top playmakers and one of the best receiving tight ends in the NFL in one breath, and then essentially ignore his existence by barley throwing to him in a blowout loss in another.
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis started for the third straight game, but played on his lowest snap total of the year (26 snaps). He only caught 2-of-3 targets for 15 yards, but both receptions went for first downs, with one of those coming on a third down. His 74.4 PFF grade for the game ranked second on the offense.
Davis has clearly seen a reduction in his role because of a healthy Jordan Reed. VD is on pace to play on 251 fewer snaps (799 to 548) and to receive 41 fewer targets (69 to 28) than he did in 2017.
Jeremy Sprinkle- Sprinkle started for the second time this year and for the seventh time in his career, but he only played on a season-low 11 snaps. He blocked on six of his snaps and ran a route on five of them. I know he’s a blocking tight end, but I also find it a bit ridiculous that he hasn’t been targeted once in his last 130-plus snaps.
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||13||21%|
Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson came into the night battling an ankle injury and then proceeded to hyperextend his knee and strain his shoulder in the game. Those injuries and extremely poor game flow limited Peterson to just 13 offensive snaps, which was his lowest total since Week 4 of last season and also happened to be his last game as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
AP put up his worst rushing numbers since that same game. He gained just 6 yards on his four carries (1.50 YPC). Peterson’s longest run of the game went for just 4 yards and it was both his only rushing first down and successful rush in the contest.
Surprisingly, he did most of his damage as a receiver. Peterson caught 2-of-3 targets for 36 yards and a pair of first downs. He broke 3 combined tackles on just those two catches. This was only the fourth time AP has gained more receiving yards than rushing yards in his 137-game career.
Chris Thompson- The same injuries and game flow that kept Peterson on the sideline for most of the night, led to a spike in playing time for Chris Thompson, who easily led all Redskins’ runners in snaps against the Saints (40 snaps).
In the return to the site of his 2017 season-ending injury, Thompson led or tied for the team lead in targets (8), carries (8), touches (16), rushing yards (17), yards after contact (15), receptions (6), YAC (42), yards from scrimmage (62) and first downs (3). CT was also targeted on Washington’s only 2-point conversion in the game. He was predictably injured on the play, because Alex Smith threw the ball to a spot that was just asking for such a result.
As you might’ve gathered from a few of the previous numbers, Thompson struggled in the running game. He averaged 2.1 yards per attempt and only three of his eight carries were considered successful, which is the same number of rushes he lost yardage on.
He hasn’t averaged better than 2.83 yards in his last three games and his 4.3 YPC average on the year is his lowest career mark in a season in which he received more than three carries in.
Of course, CT has fared much better as a receiver this year. He has 9 more targets and 11 more receptions than any other player on the roster and he leads the team with 200 receiving yards and 16 first downs.
He did, however, have his worst performance of the year as a pass blocker. The Skins’ third-down back allowed a season-high 2 pressures on Alex Smith (both hurries). Before Monday night’s game, he actually hadn’t surrendered a single pressure since Week 9 of last season (at Seattle).
Thompson also ranks top-10 among all running backs with at least 10 targets in receptions (26), receiving yards (200), receiving yards per game (50), YAC (162), catch percentage (83.9%) and yards per route run (2.06).
Kapri Bibbs- Bibbs played on 8 snaps against New Orleans. He took his four carries in the game for gains of 0, 1, 3 and 5 yards. Three of those four rushes were considered successful and the 1-yarder came on a goal-line touchdown, which was the first rushing score for Bibbs in his five-year career.
Ryan Anderson- Ryan Anderson was in at fullback for both of Bibbs’ goal-line carries, one of which went for a touchdown. The Redskins have now scored rushing TDs on four of Anderson’s five offensive snaps in 2018.
Samaje Perine- Samaje Perine was inactive against the Saints and has yet to suit up for a game this season.
There were 34 running backs drafted in the first five rounds of the draft between this year and last year. Of those 34, 29 have played in a game this season. The five who haven’t are Derrius Guice (IR), D’Onta Foreman (PUP), Joe Williams, Donnell Pumphrey and Samaje Perine.
Redskins Rushing- The offense was only able to muster 39 rushing yards on 19 carries against the Saints, good for a lowly 2.17 YPC average. Those figures rank ninth and sixth worst in the Jay Gruden era, respectively.
The ground game did at least produce six first downs. Two of those first downs were touchdowns, making this the second game in a row the team rushed for two scores.
The Skins failed to gain any yardage on five runs and only had three rushes of 5-plus yards. They posted a subpar 39% rushing success rate for the game (7 successful runs).
|Offensive Linemen (9 players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||61||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||61||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||61||100%|
|Brandon Scherff *||61||100%|
|Trent Williams *||61||100%|
Offensive Line (Team)- Alex Smith was sacked three times on Monday night. All three of those plays occurred on the Saints’ side of the field and two them came on the Redskins’ first drive of the game, a 15-play drive that ended with a field goal. This was the third time the Skins have given up three sacks in their four games this season.
Surprisingly, Smith was only hit on one other play and hurried eight times on his 43 dropbacks, which equates to a less than ideal, but not horrible pressure rate of 28%. All five starting O-linemen allowed at least one pressure.
The line was even worse in the run game. The team failed to gain any yardage on 5 of their 18 rushes (28%) and only 6 of their 39 yards were gained before contact (0.33 yards before contact per attempt).
On the bright side, none of the team’s offensive linemen committed a penalty for the first time this season. This was also the first time that none of the starters missed a snap in 2018.
Trent Williams- Trent Williams, who had a surgery a little over a week ago, did not look like himself in this game. He allowed Alex Smith to get rocked on a third-down incompletion (QB hit) and gave up a sack-fumble on a fourth-down play, which snapped his 18-game streak of games without allowing a sack. His 3 total pressures allowed were tied for the most on the team and represented a new season-high for him.
Shawn Lauvao- Lauvao missed back-to-back contests with a calf injury. He has now had to sit out for multiple weeks in each of the last four seasons.
Chase Roullier- Roullier started at left guard for the second straight game and allowed two hurries on the night. Roullier, Alex Smith and D.J. Swearinger are the only players on the team who have not missed a snap on their respective sides of the ball this year.
Tony Bergstrom- Bergstrom started at the pivot for Washington for the second consecutive game. He was the only Redskins O-lineman who did not either surrender a sack or multiple pressures (1 hurry).
Brandon Scherff- Scherff spaced out and let Sheldon Rankins go unblocked for a sack on the offense’s first drive of the game; it was his first sack allowed on the year.
Outside of that, Scherff played quite well. The two-time Pro Bowler out of Iowa didn’t allow another pressure and excelled as a run blocker. His 90.4 PFF grade ranked first on the team and first among all offensive linemen in the entire league this past week.
Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses gave up a sack to Cam Jordan and allowed a team-high 3 QB pressures in Monday’s game. He is the only player on the team who has surrendered more than one sack this season (2).
Ty Nsekhe- The team’s backup swing tackle played 2 snaps as a sixth linemen against the Saints.
Casey Dunn- Dunn was active for the second time this year and for the second time in as many games, but unlike against the Packers, he did not even play on special teams.
Geron Christian- Geron Christian was on the inactive list, yet again.
Christian (74th overall pick), Steelers backup QB Mason Rudolph (76th overall pick) and Division II offensive lineman Alex Cappa (94th overall pick) are the only players selected in the top-100 of the 2018 draft who have not either been placed on injured reserve or played in a single game this year. The average number of games played for the other non-IR top-100 picks is 4.45.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Offense (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||61||100%||Brian Quick||12||20%|
|Morgan Moses *||61||100%||Jeremy Sprinkle *||11||18%|
|Chase Roullier *||61||100%||Michael Floyd *||9||15%|
|Brandon Scherff *||61||100%||Kapri Bibbs||8||13%|
|Alex Smith *||61||100%||Ryan Anderson||2||3%|
|Trent Williams *||61||100%||Ty Nsekhe||2||3%|
|Jamison Crowder||52||85%||Casey Dunn||0||0%|
|Maurice Harris *||49||80%||Colt McCoy||0||0%|
|Paul Richardson||42||69%||Josh Doctson||Inactive||N/A|
|Chris Thompson||40||66%||Samaje Perine||Inactive||N/A|
|Jordan Reed||39||64%||Geron Christian||Inactive||N/A|
|Vernon Davis *||26||43%||Shawn Lauvao||Inactive||N/A|
|Adrian Peterson *||13||21%|
*All statistics are courtesy of Air Yards, ESPN, NBC Sports, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com, Sharp Football Stats and The Washington Post*
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