Snaps-Jay Gruden utilized 18 of his 24 offensive players and one defender (Ryan Anderson) over the course of a Redskins’ season-low 58 offensive snaps on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Of the six who did not play, three were inactive (Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson and Trent Williams), two played solely on special teams (Samaje Perine and Luke Bowanko) and one was active but did not take a snap of any kind (Colt McCoy).
Yards- The offense was only able to muster 286 yards against a Tampa Bay defense that allows 400 yards per game and ranks 28th in the league in this statistic. The only other team that failed to gain over 400 yards against the Bucs was the Browns, who put up 306 yards in Tampa Bay.
The Redskins’ offense ranks 26th in the NFL with an average of 337.4 total yards gained per game. They are the only one of the ten teams with a winning percentage of .600 or better than ranks outside the top-18 in total YPG. The Skins also rank 26th in yards per play (5.3).
Points- Washington doesn’t just not gain enough yards, they don’t score enough either. Their 19.6 points per game ranks 27th in the league. They are the only team with a .600 winning percentage that does not rank in the top half of the NFL in points scored on a per game basis.
They have not scored more than 2 offensive touchdowns in a game since Week 3 (vs. Packers) and have only done so twice all season (also at Cardinals). After this game, they actually have more performances scoring fewer than 2 offensive touchdowns (3) as they do with the offense scoring more than 2 TDs (2). Only the Jaguars, Giants, Titans, Raiders, Cardinals and Bills have found the end zone fewer times than the Redskins have in 2018.
Of course the Redskins only scored 16 in Week 10, which represents the fewest points scored against the Bucs in the last 364 days. The Jets scored 10 points against them almost exactly a year before Sunday’s game.
No. Lead. Changes. Ever!- It’s a good thing the Redskins scored first on Sunday, because there literally has not been a single lead change in any of their nine games this season.
You have to go all the way back to 1954 to find the last time a team didn’t play in a game with a lead change in their first nine contests. That team just so happened to be the Redskins. They started that season 0-5 and finished the year with a lowly 3-9 record.
The nine game streak ties the NFL record set by the Packers in 1995. The Pack’s first lead change came in their tenth game of the year, which means the Redskins are just one game away from setting the all-time record.
3rd Down- Washington converted on 5-of-13 third-down plays for the second game in a row (38%). However, unlike last week, the offense averaged 4 yards fewer to go to move the chains on the money down and they gained 29 fewer yards on those plays.
They have only reached the sticks on 38% of their third downs in 2018, which ranks 21st in the NFL. This likely has a lot to do with the Alex Smith and company needing to gain an average of 7.75 yards on these plays, which is the sixth-highest to-go average in the league.
Red Zone- The offense found the paint on one of their two red zone drives (50%) and gained at least 6 yards on four of their six plays in the red area. Their 52% touchdown rate inside the opponent’s 20-yard line ranks 23rd in the league this year.
Turnovers- This was the third game of the season that the Redskins were turnover-free in. The team has only turned the ball over seven times all year, which is tied for the best mark in the NFL with the Rams, Chargers and Falcons.
That ranking is not inflated, either; just check out their rankings in some other giveaway categories: 2nd in turnovers per game (0.77), 3rd in percentage of drives ending in a turnover (7.4%) and 3rd in percentage of plays ending in a turnover (1.23%).
The Redskins are on pace to turn the ball over just 13 times this year, which would be one giveaway fewer than the franchise record 14 turnovers committed by the offense in 2012.
Wins Matter Most- The Washington Redskins are sitting all alone atop the NFC East going into Week 11. This is something that hasn’t happened since 1999, which was Dan Synder’s first year as team owner.
Not only is this franchise usually not leading the division at this point in the year, they typically don’t even have a winning record by the time we hit December. Sunday’s win assured the team of accomplishing that for only the third time in the last 17 years.
|Quarterbacks (2 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Alex Smith *||58||100%|
Alex Smith (Traditional Stats)- Smith completed 19 of his 27 passes, which gave him his second-highest completion percentage of the season (70.4%).
On those passes, he gained 178 yards for the third time this year and in the last four weeks. Amazingly, Smith is somehow 4-0 in his career when he passes for exactly 178 yards. That total makes him the first player to pass for less than 215 yards against Tampa since Week 16 of last season (minimum 10 attempts).
This was his fourth game in 2018 that he was held to under 200 yards and his 7 first downs were a new season low, but he did post a passer rating of over 100 (100.5) for the third time as a member of the Redskins.
The higher rating was mainly the product of Smith not throwing an interception for the sixth time this year and his fourth quarter touchdown pass to Josh Doctson. His 3.3% touchdown rate ranks 28th in the league, but he has also only thrown an interception on just 1% of his throws; only Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan have thrown picks less frequently this season.
This was Alex’s sixth game of the year with 3 sacks, but he only lost a combined 8 yards on them. Only Dak Prescott has been sacked 3-plus times more often this season (7 games).
Alex Smith (Rushing)- Both of Smith’s rushes failed to pick up first downs, but they also both came on back-to-back fourth-quarter scoring drives. He gained a combined 16 yards on the two runs.
He has failed to pass for 180 or more yards and rush for 20 or more yards four times in 2018, which puts him on pace to tie Tony Banks for the second-most such games by a Washington signal caller in the last 20 years (7 games); only Mark Brunell was unable to hit those marks more often in that span (8 games).
Alex Smith (Advanced Stats)- The veteran QB from Washington state earned a 56.4 QBR score and a 73.9 PFF grade for his showing against the Buccaneers. Those were his fourth and second-best figures in those metrics, respectively. His PFF rating ranked second on the offense.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Brian Quick *||21||36%|
Josh Doctson- Josh Doctson played 45 snaps, which was his lowest snap total since Week 6 of last season (vs. 49ers).
Doctson had a very solid game by his standards, as he caught 4-of-4 targets for 46 yards, 2 first downs and a 6-yard touchdown. All three of his non-scoring receptions gained at least 12 yards, and the lone grab he didn’t move the chains on was stopped just a yard shy of the marker.
This was J-Doc’s second straight game with a touchdown, which marks the second time he scored in consecutive weeks in his career. It was also the second instance in which Doctson has caught 100% of his passes when receiving multiple targets. This was first time that Doctson has hit 30 or more receiving yards in four straight games. Sad, I know, but progress nonetheless.
Doctson led all offensive players in the game with a 74.6 PFF rating.
Maurice Harris- Mo Harris saw his snap share fall below 80% for the first time since Week 7, but he still found a way to lead the team in air yards (51), receptions (5) and receiving yards (52) for the second consecutive game. His 5 targets led the Redskins’ receiver corps. On the downside, he somehow only managed to pick up a single first down in the game.
Harris took 75% of his snaps in this game from the slot, which is where he lined up when he caught four of his passes for 42 of his yards. I’m not trying to take anything away from Mo here, but it’s worth noting that this was one of the worst games by a slot receiver against the Bucs all season. Tampa Bay has allowed players who lined in the slot to gain 948 yards (105.3 YPG) and to catch 10 touchdowns (1.11 TDs per game) this season.
Harris leads all Washington wideouts this season in receptions (26) and receiving yards (278), and he’s done that despite ranking third among the team’s receivers in snaps (292), routes run (176) and targets (26).
Michael Floyd- Paul Richardson’s absence opened the door for Michael Floyd to set new 2018 highs in both snaps played (31) and snap percentage (53.4%), the latter of which represented his highest percentage since 2016.
Floyd either tied or set season highs in targets (3), receptions and first downs (1). He gained 15 yards on those plays. He dropped his other target on what would’ve been a 19-yard first-down reception.
Both his overall (67.4) and run-blocking (72.9) PFF grades were season highs.
Brian Quick- Brian Quick started for the third time this year and for the third straight game in which he was active; Quick was on the inactive list for the last two weeks. He played on 36.2% of the snaps against Bucs, which was his second highest snap rate of the year (51.7% vs. Cowboys).
Quick’s only target of the game came on a deep pass that was well overthrown by Alex Smith. The play wound up being negated by a roughing the passer penalty. He has only been officially targeted three times this season and is on pace to finish the year with even fewer looks in the passing game than he had in 2017 (8).
Jehu Chesson- Jehu Chesson took 4 snaps with the offense in Sunday’s game. He had only played 1 snap with the offense this season prior to Sunday (vs. Colts). All of Chesson’s snaps in the game came on running plays.
Jamison Crowder- Jamison Crowder, who never missed a game in his four years at Duke and who was only forced to sit out one contest in his first three years in the NFL, missed his fifth straight game with a bum ankle.
Per Jay Gruden, Crowder is still not 100% and will receive an MRI this week to see where things are at with his recovery. He could play this week against the Texans if everything falls right for him.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jordan Reed *||38||66%|
|Vernon Davis *||27||47%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||26||45%|
Jordan Reed- Jordan Reed played on a season-low 38 snaps for the second straight week. However, this week’s low snap count was mainly the product of the offense running fewer plays, as Reed was in for just under two-thirds of the snaps (65.5%).
He caught four of the six passes thrown to him by Smith for 51 yards and 2 first downs. Half of his catches and 20 of his yards came on the Redskins’ lone touchdown drive of the game. His 24-yard grab on the game’s first scoring drive of the afternoon (field goal), was his third-longest catch of the season, the Skin’s longest play and was tied for the second-longest play of the game.
Reed did commit a false start on a 3rd-and-10 play and failed to break his streaks of games with under 66 yards receiving (18 games) and without a touchdown (8 games). Those are the first and second-longest such streaks of his career, respectively.
The one streak he did snap was games without a drop. Reed couldn’t hang onto a pass on the opening drive of the second half, which ended his career-best run of 13 consecutive games without dropping a single pass.
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis was only targeted once in Sunday’s game and the pass should’ve gone for an easy 59-yard touchdown strike. Alex Smith just barely overthrew a wide-open Davis on the play, but it certainly seemed like VD could’ve made more of an effort to haul in the pass, too.
This was the fourth time this year that Davis has either been targeted once or failed to receive any targets. This was quite a departure from last week, when he ranked second on the team in targets (7), receptions (5), first downs (3) and receiving yards (62).
Jeremy Sprinkle- Sprinkle started alongside of Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis and played on his second-highest snap total of his career (26 snaps). His 45% snap rate in the game was a new career high. He has now matched his rookie-year start total (5) and set a new career high in season-long offensive snaps (179 to 126).
He was targeted once in the game, and for just second time this season, but the ball was not really close Sprinkle and you could justifiably consider it more of a throwaway.
Of his 26 snaps, 19 of them were spent as a run blocker, where he made key blocks on several first-down runs.
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||34||59%|
|Samaje Perine||ST Only||0%|
Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson was in for 58.6% of the snaps against the Bucs, his second-highest snap share of the year, and took his 19 carries for 68 yards, 4 first downs, no touchdowns and a 3.58 average. This was the first time that Peterson did not rush for at least 96 yards in a win with the Redskins.
AP continued his trend of boom or bust running, as two-thirds of his rushing yards came on three of his carries. He gained 5-plus yards on 32% of his runs, but also failed to gain any yardage on 37% of his carries. All Day’s 21 rushes of 10 or more yards ranks sixth in the NFL, but he leads the league in number of runs that have lost or failed to gain yardage (39 attempts). He posted a lowly 32% success rate on the day.
On the bright side, he produced the best when he was needed the most, as 50 of his 68 yards (74%) came in the second half. Forty of his 68 yards (59%) were gained after contact.
Peterson caught both of his targets, but only put up a total of a single receiving yard between the two plays.
He was in for 58.6% of the offensive snaps in Sunday’s game, which was his second-highest playing-time rate of 2018.
Kapri Bibbs- The Redskins’ backup and third-down back had another solid outing this week. On 3 carries, Bibbs set a new season-high with 28 rushing yards and picked up 2 first downs on the ground for the second straight game. One of his chain movers came on a 3rd-and-7 draw play. He was responsible for two of the team’s five longest runs of the day.
His numbers as a receiver weren’t quite as good. The former CSU Ram caught two of his four looks in the passing game for 13 yards and no first downs. He would’ve fared much better in this regard had his 40-yard reception on a screen not been negated by a holding penalty; it would’ve been the longest gain of the day by either team.
Bibb’s 41.4% snap rate and his 65.1 PFF grade were both new season highs.
Ryan Anderson- Ryan Anderson played on offense for the first time since the Week 6 win against the Panthers. His only offensive play of the game came at fullback on a 3rd-and-1 rush by Adrian Peterson that moved the chains.
His 7 offensive snaps through nine games has already exceeded the six snaps he took with the offense in his 14-game rookie campaign (6).
Samaje Perine- This was the first contest this season in which Perine was active, but did not take any snaps with the offense. He played on at least two offensive snaps in each of his three other games. The second-year runner out of Oklahoma also was in for a season-low 7 special teams snaps.
Chris Thompson- Chris Thompson was sidelined for the fourth time in the last five weeks.
CT should provide a boost to the offense whenever he returns to the lineup; he still ranks either first or second on the team in rushing yards per game (2nd), receptions (2nd), receptions per game (1st), receiving yards per game (2nd), catch percentage (1st) and yards per route run (2nd).
Redskins Rushing- Redskins’ rushers turned 25 totes against Tampa Bay into 116 yards, 6 first downs, no touchdowns and a 4.64 YPC average. The yardage and carry totals were new season lows for the team in a win. The first down and TD figure was tied for a 2018 low in games won by Washington.
Overall, it was an inconsistent day for the Skins’ on the ground. They gained 10-plus yards on five carries, but were stopped for no gain or a loss seven times. Their 44% team success rate wasn’t horrible, but it’s nothing to write home about either. Of their 116 rushing yards, 74 of them (64%) came in the fourth quarter.
|Offensive Linemen (9 players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||58||100%|
|Jonathan Cooper *||58||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||58||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||56||97%|
|Ty Nsekhe *||56||97%|
|Luke Bowanko||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- The line played quite admirably considering that 60% of the original starters did not play in this game.
This unit was responsible for 4 penalties (35 penalty yards) and seven of Washington’s runs failed to gain any yardage. However, the O-line they paved the way for the team to rush for 100 yards on the ground for the sixth time this year and to average 2.64 yards before contact. Also, both of the Skins’ rushes that were within two yards of the line to gain went for first downs.
Alex Smith was sacked three times in the game, but the line was only at fault on one of those plays. Smith was only pressured on 25.8% of his dropbacks, which was the second-lowest pressure rate he’s faced this season.
Ty Nsekhe- Nsekhe made his 12th career start at left tackle and his second this season. Nsekhe played on all but of two snaps, didn’t allow a single pressure and wasn’t flagged once in the game.
None of the 76 other tackles who have played 100 or more pass-blocking snaps have allowed fewer pressures (2) and have posted a better pass-blocking-efficiency grade (99.0) than Nsekhe has in 2018. Former Redskin Austin Reiter is the only offensive lineman, out of 190 players, who has been in for 100-plus pass-blocking snaps and allowed fewer pressures than Nsekhe has (1).
Jonathan Cooper- The Redskins’ new left guard made his first NFL appearance this season and played on all 58 snaps against the Bucs.
Cooper did not allow a single pressure, but he did commit holding penalties that negated an 11-yard Adrian Peterson run and a 40-yard screen pass to Kapri Bibbs, the latter of which would’ve been the longest gain of the contest. The two accepted penalties and 20 penalty yards were both career highs for Cooper.
He was tagged with a career-low 44.2 PFF grade for the performance, which was the lowest rating handed out to a Washington offensive player on Sunday.
Chase Roullier- Chase Roullier played on every snap, didn’t allow a pressure and wasn’t flagged. He has not given up a pressure in each of the last two games, has yet to miss a snap this season and he still has not committed a penalty that was accepted in his career.
Roullier’s 71.3 PFF rating was a season high, the second-highest rating of his career and ranked third on the offense this week.
Tony Bergstrom- Tony Bergstrom replacing Brandon Scherff at right guard is a gigantic downgrade, and it showed on Sunday. He was the only O-lineman on the Redskins that allowed a pressure and gave up a team-high 4 pressures against Tampa Bay. One those pressures was a sack of Alex Smith on third down.
Bergstrom is the only Washington player who has surrendered four or more pressures in multiple games this year. His 48.8 PFF grade this season ranks 152nd among the 163 qualifying offensive linemen this season.
Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses wasn’t credited with a single pressure allowed for the first time since Week 15 of last year (vs. Cardinals). He did, however, get flagged for a false start and for a holding penalty (even though he barely touched the defender he was blocking).
Moses has now committed a whopping 9 total and 8 accepted penalties this season. His 8 accepted penalties are tied for the most in the league with three other players (Nevin Lawson, Desmond Harrison and Julie’n Davenport). Harrison and Davenport are the only players in the NFL who have committed more total penalties than Moses has.
Austin Howard- Howard came in to replace a hobbled Morgan Moses for 2 snaps. He will be the team’s swing tackle until Trent Williams returns, because of the injury suffered by our next player.
Geron Christian- Christian played two snaps at left tackle when Ty Nsekhe briefly left the game with an injury.
Christian tore his MCL in the game is out for the season. His rookie campaign ends with 2 games played, 43 offensive snaps, no snaps on special teams, 2 holding penalties (1 declined) and 3 pressures allowed (all hurries).
The Redskins have now lost their second, third and fourth-round picks in this past year’s draft to injury. They combined to play in only 4 games and on just 65 total snaps in the 2018 season. The Patriots were the only team that got fewer combined games and snaps out of player drafted in the second, third and fourth rounds in the 2018 draft, and the Pats only drafted one players in those rounds (Duke Dawson).
Luke Bowanko- Luke Bowanko only appeared on special teams (2 snaps) in his debut with the Burgundy and Gold. Bowanko has only played 160 offensive snaps since the end of 2014.
Trent Williams-Trent Williams sat out for the second straight week. He has now missed multiple games in seven of his ten pro seasons. Williams will not practice this week, which means his return is likely at least a couple of weeks away.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Offense (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Alex Smith *||58||100%||Kapri Bibbs||24||41%|
|Tony Bergstrom *||58||100%||Brian Quick *||21||36%|
|Jonathan Cooper *||58||100%||Jehu Chesson||4||7%|
|Chase Roullier *||58||100%||Geron Christian||3||5%|
|Morgan Moses *||56||97%||Austin Howard||2||3%|
|Ty Nsekhe *||56||97%||Ryan Anderson||1||2%|
|Josh Doctson||45||78%||Colt McCoy||0||0%|
|Maurice Harris||38||66%||Luke Bowanko||ST Only||0%|
|Jordan Reed *||38||66%||Samaje Perine||ST Only||0%|
|Adrian Peterson *||34||59%||Jamison Crowder||Inactive||N/A|
|Michael Floyd||31||53%||Chris Thompson||Inactive||N/A|
|Vernon Davis *||27||47%||Trent Williams||Inactive||N/A|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||26||45%|
*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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