Snaps- The Washington Redskins used 20 of their 26 defenders over the course of 69 defensive snaps in Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 69 snaps were tied for the second most for the Skins’ defense this season; they played 70 snaps against the Giants in Week 8.
Of the six who did not play on defense, four were inactive (Caleb Brantley, Zach Vigil, Pernell McPhee and Quinton Dunbar) and two played exclusively on special teams (Adonis Alexander and Shaun Dion Hamilton).
QB Pressure- The Redskins’ pass rush took down Ryan Fitzpatrick for 2 sacks and a loss of 8 total yards. The team has now recorded at least one sack in 16 consecutive games; they’ve averaged 2.8 sacks per game in that span.
Unfortunately, they were only able to pressure FitzMagic in any regard on 28.6 of his dropbacks, which is the Skins’ second-lowest pressure rate of the season (18.8% at Saints).
Rushing Defense- The Skins’ D gave up 103 yards and 6 first downs on the Bucs’ 24 carries (4.29 YPC). Tampa Bay runners failed to gain yardage on six rushes, but gained 5-plus yards eight times. These numbers might’ve been better had Washington defenders not missed five tackles in the running game and allowed 92 yards after contact.
This was the team’s league-best eighth game with fewer than 105 rushing yards allowed. The Redskins rank fifth in rushing yards per game allowed (90.9).
Yards- Washington’s defense gave up a season-high 501 total yards in Sunday’s game. That is the third most yards allowed by the team in the Jay Gruden era (2014). The Bucs were able to put that gawdy number up by gaining at least 36 yards on 80% of their drives. The Redskins’ supposedly elite defense now sits at a very average 17th-place ranking in total yards per game allowed (361).
Points- Despite the fact that they dropped over 500 yards on the Washington’s D, the Bucs were only able to put up 3 points on the scoreboard. If you can’t make sense of those numbers then you’re not alone. This was something that has actually never happened before.
The Redskins are the first team in the nearly 100-year history of the NFL that have allowed 450 or more yards of offense in the same game they held their opponent to 3 or fewer points in. The only other time in league history that a team racked 500 or more yards and scored fewer than 13 points was in 1986 when the 49ers scored 6 points despite gaining 501 yards - the same number of yards Tampa Bay had this past Sunday - against, you guessed it, the Washington Redskins.
Taking it a few steps further, there has only been one other team that gained 400 or more yards and scored 3 or fewer points (the 2011 Rams). Additionally, teams that have gained 475-plus yards in the history of the NFL have averaged 36 points per game.
This was also the first time a team picked up 29 or more first downs failed to score more than 13 points.
The Redskins lead the league in number of games in which they’ve allowed 17 or fewer points this season (6). They are tied for fourth in the NFL with the Bears in points per game allowed (19.4).
Red Zone- So, just how did the Redskins give up that many yards while allowing so few points? A lot of it has to do with red-zone defense. The Washington defense did not give up a single touchdown on the Buccaneers’ five trips to the red area and only allowed a total of 3 points on those drives.
The Bucs were sacked twice, fumbled twice, threw an interception and only gained 7 yards (0.54 yards per play) on their 13 offensive plays inside the Washington 20-yard line. Oh, and they also missed a field goal in the red zone.
Per ESPN expected points red-zone model, Tampa Bay scored 21.9 fewer points in the red area than what they should’ve, which equates to the worst red-zone performance by a team in at least the last 18 years.
This performance catapulted the Redskins to seventh in RZ touchdown rate against (50%).
Takeaways- The defense forced a turnover on four of the Buccaneers’ ten drives. That’s even more impressive when you consider two of those ten series started with 20 or fewer seconds left in the first and second halves. This was the first time a Washington team took the ball away four or more times since Week 16 of the 2016 season (at Bears). The Skins are one of three teams (Colts and Browns) that have recorded a takeaway in every game this season.
Their plus-11 turnover differential and 18 takeaways this year rank third and fourth in the NFL, respectively. They are on pace to finish the season with their third-best turnover margin and their fourth-most takeaways (32) in the last 20 years.
3rd Down- Washington allowed the Tampa Bay offense to convert on 6-of-10 third-down attempts (60% success rate), their second-highest percentage allowed all season. Two of their six conversions went for 24 yards each and were tied for the second-longest offensive plays of the day.
The Redskins have allowed four of their nine opponents to move the chains on more than half of their third downs. Their 43.9% conversion rate allowed on the money down ranks 28th in the league.
Tight End Defense- Washington’s defense held the Bucs’ elite tight end duo of O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate to a combined 2 receptions for 29 yards, 2 first downs and 0 touchdowns on 5 targets and 43 routes run. The reception and yardage totals are the lowest by Tampa’s tight end corps this season.
Star tight end O.J. Howard posted either his lowest or second-lowest target, reception, receiving yardage and first down totals in the game. One of his three targets ended with a Redskins’ interception.
The Redskins have allowed the ninth fewest yards to the tight end position in 2018 (379 yards).
|Defensive Linemen (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jonathan Allen *||43||62%|
|Daron Payne *||42||61%|
Matt Ioannidis- Matt Ioannidis’ hot streak continued this week. The third-year D-lineman out of Temple hit Ryan Fitzpatrick on the final snap of the game’s opening drive, a play that ended with a Josh Norman interception and return.
Despite being held on the play, the Ion Man recorded a sack inside the Washington red zone on a drive that ended with a field goal. This was Ioannidis’ third straight game with a sack and it marks the third time in his career he’s sacked the opposing signal caller in three consecutive contests.
He is tied with Aaron Donald for the most sacks in the NFL since Week 8 (4.5). Donald is also the only interior defender who has registered more sacks on the year than Ioannidis has (12.5 to 7.5). Geno Atkins ranks third among interior linemen with 6 sacks. Additionally, Ioannidis’ 7.5 sacks rank 12th among all players in 2018.
Matty I is on pace to rack up a whopping 13.5 sacks by season’s end. That is a number which would nearly tie his sack total from the previous six years (10 at Temple and 4.5 in his first two years in the NFL), match Ryan Kerrigan’s career high, best the previous record set by a Washington interior defender by two sacks (Dave Butz with 11.5 sacks in 1983) and rank fourth all-time by any Redskins player.
He finished Sunday’s game with 4 pressures, which brings his 2018 total to 26. Fletcher Cox is the only interior lineman in the NFC East with more pressures so far this season (54).
In all fairness, there is a still a lot of room for Ioannidis to improve and he was not perfect against the Buccaneers. He whiffed on two tackles and committed a neutral zone infraction.
Jonathan Allen- Jon Allen redeemed himself of last week’s dismal effort with a very strong showing against the Bucs this past Sunday.
Allen went from failing to generate a single pressure against the Falcons in Week 9, to racking up a game-best 5 pressures in Tampa Bay. Two of those disruptions were hits on Fitzpatrick.
He recorded 3 solo tackles for the second game in a row, with one of those stopping a Peyton Barber run for no gain. Allen did, however, have a career-high 2 missed tackles, which is the same number of tackles as he had missed in his 13 other games in the pros combined.
Daron Payne- Allen’s Alabama D-line brethren, Daron Payne, also bounced back in this one. Payne registered 3 pressures, including a QB hit, after only notching one last week (a hurry). He recorded two assisted tackles, one of which stopped the Bucs’ for no gain on a 2nd-and-1 rush, as well. Unfortunately, the rookie did miss a tackle for the second time in his career, as well.
Payne still ranks first or second among all interior defenders in the following statistics: sacks (t-1st), QB hits (t-1st), total pressures (2nd), total tackles (t-1st), assisted tackles (1st), stops (t-1st) and snaps (1st).
Stacy McGee- Stacy McGee, who was recently activated off the PUP list, made his first appearance of the 2018 season in this game. McGee played on six fewer snaps in this contest (11) than he had in any game since 2015 (previous low of 17).
His only tackle against the Bucs was of the solo variety and it came on a 6-yard Fitzpatrick run on 1st-and-20.
Tim Settle- Tim Settle played on a career-high 11 defensive snaps on Sunday. He was only on the field for 5 defensive snaps in the four games he played in between Weeks 5 and 8.
Settle still has yet to crack the box score on any of his 100 total snaps this season (32 defensive and 8 special teams), but he did register his second QB hurry as a pro. His other hurry came in Week 1 against Sam Bradford.
With Derrius Guice, Geron Christian and Troy Apke on injured reserve and out of the picture, the fifth-rounder from Virginia Tech is now the team’s highest 2018 draft pick on the active roster outside of 13th overall pick Daron Payne.
Caleb Brantley- McGee’s return sent Caleb Brantley back to the inactive list. He will likely remain there until one of the five D-linemen ahead of him on the depth chart is forced to miss time with an injury. Brantley is on pace to finish 2018 with under 40 total snaps played (includes special teams) after seeing the field a total of 219 times as a rookie with the Browns in 2017.
|Outside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Preston Smith *||48||70%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||44||64%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan played a season-low 64% of the snaps, presumably to keep him fresh in the 82-degree temperature. Perhaps it was the reduced playing time, the weather or both, but RyKer was largely ineffective against the Bucs.
His only tackles came on back-to-back third-quarter plays. Kerrigan teamed up with Daron Payne to stop Peyton Barber for no gain on a 2nd-and-1 rush. On the following play, he tackled Fitzpatrick just after the veteran QB had scrambled for a first down.
The biggest play made by the Redskins’ longest tenured defender was a fumble recovery on what was the final relevant play for Tampa Bay’s offense. It was the third recovery of his career and his first since Week 16 of 2014 (vs. Eagles).
It looked like Kerrigan was the one who truly forced the fumble in question, but the FF was ultimately credited to Preston Smith. This was the only play that Kerrigan was credited with a pressure on. You have to go all the way back to the final game of the 2016 season to find the last time he failed to generate multiple pressures.
His 60.6 grade for the game was the lowest PFF rating he earned since Week 2 (57.5 vs. Colts).
Preston Smith- Preston Smith, like Kerrigan, set a season-low in snap percentage (69.6%), but the decreased PT wasn’t enough to deter him from having what may have been his best game of the year.
The walk-year edge rusher burst out of the gates with a QB hit on the opening play of contest and proceeded to rack up a total of 5 pressures on the afternoon. One of those pressures was a sack at the Washington 7-yard line that essentially squashed any remaining hope the Bucs had of rallying for a comeback victory. This was his first sack this season and it snapped his career-worst streak of 8 games without.
Smith forced a fumble on the sack. The FF was his first since Week 16 of last year, which was also the last time he recorded a sack.
He added two more tackles to his stat line, one of which was an assist on a 2-yard loss. His 81.2 PFF grade against the Bucs was his highest rating since Week 10 of 2016 (vs. Vikings).
Ryan Anderson- Anderson has seemingly oscillated between good and bad games all year long, but this was definitely one of the good ones.
Washington’s second-round pick of the 2017 draft set new 2018 highs in defensive snaps (22) and snap percentage (31.9%); the snap rate was the second-highest playing-time clip of his young career. He registered a hurry on one of his 14 pass-rushes, but that’s not where he really shined in this game.
Most importantly, he made his only tackle of the game just inside the Redskins’ 20-yard line and punched the ball out of Jacquizz Rodgers’ hands on the play. Anderson watched as his forced fumble flew over 20 yards and landed into the end zone, where it was recovered by newly acquired safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. This was the first turnover that Anderson had caused in his 23 pro contests.
Ryan Anderson’s 92.9 grade for the game was easily a new career high and it ranked first in the entire NFL in Week 10. Yes, you read that right, first among all players.
Pernell McPhee- Pernell McPhee was inactive for the first time in his tenure with the Skins. Per Jay Gruden, the move was not based on McPhee’s recent performance, but rather it was done in order to have someone who was better on special teams available for the game.
Yes, McPhee does not contribute on special teams. He has only played on 57 teams snaps since the start of the 2015 season, none of which have come this season. However, it’s still fair to wonder if Gruden is being completely honest here. I say that because McPhee has only recorded 4 tackles and has yet to register a sack with Washington.
Cassanova McKinzy-The 2016 UDFA was up in place of McPhee and played in what was his first NFL game on Sunday afternoon.
All things considered Cassanova McKinzy acquitted himself quite nicely. He played on more snaps (24) and on a higher percentage of them than either Anderson or McPhee had in any game this year.
McKinzy recorded his only tackle of the game when he touched down Ryan Fitzpatrick 14 yards behind the line of scrimmage after a botched Buccaneers’ snap.
He also nearly scored the pass-rushing trifecta of notching a sack, forcing a fumble and recovering the ball all on the same play. He would’ve been credited with registering all three statistics just yards away from the Washington goal-line on a critical fourth-quarter drive, but a Josh Norman holding penalty negated the play.
|Inside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Mason Foster *||69||100%|
|Zach Brown *||52||75%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||ST Only||0%|
Zach Brown- Brown’s string of quality games continued on Sunday. His 7 solo and 9 total tackles both ranked second among all players on the team and in the game. The 9 solo takedowns matched a season-best total that he had recorded in two other games this year. He also tied a game high and set a new season high with 2 TFLs and made a third tackle that stopped a Bucs’ run for no gain. However, ZB missed a tackle for just the second time in 2018.
This was one the best games in coverage this season for the ILB out of UNC. Brown was targeted three times on his 32 coverage snaps but only surrendered a single reception for 6 yards on a 1st-and-20 play. This was the fourth time he’s allowed fewer than 2 receptions and 10 receiving yards in his 22 games with the Redskins.
Mason Foster- Mason Foster led all players in the game with 8 solo tackles, 10 total takedowns and 5 stops. However, only one of his tackles was made within 2 yards of the line of scrimmage.
This was his league-best fifth game with double-digit tackles. He currently ranks fifth in the NFL in combined tackles (79), 4th in tackles per game (8.78) and sixth in defensive stops (31). Foster missed a tackle on Sunday, too; but, luckily, Ryan Anderson forced a fumble immediately after that.
As is par for the course, Mase’s abilities as a tackler did not completely overshadow his issues in coverage. He allowed season highs in targets (8) receptions (7), receiving yards (63) and first downs (4). Between the last two games, Foster has given up 11 receptions for 121 yards, 7 first downs and a touchdown.
He has allowed a total of 39 passes to be caught in his coverage this season, which is 10 more receptions allowed than any other player on the team (29 by Fabian Moreau).
Josh Harvey-Clemons- Last year’s seventh-round pick didn’t have his best game in coverage, either. On just 12 coverage snaps and 2 targets, JHC gave up first-down receptions of 18 and 12 yards to Chris Godwin. The 30 yards and 2 first downs were both new career worsts for Harvey-Clemons.
His lone tackle on the day was made following Godwin’s 12-yard grab. He also missed a tackle for the third time in his last four games.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- Shaun Dion Hamilton plays in every game, just only on special teams. Got it? Good, let’s move on.
Zach Vigil- Vigil was inactive for the first time all season. Gruden said the move was made because several of the team’s offensive linemen were banged up and they wanted to have eight of them active and available to play. Vigil’s 170 special teams snaps still ranks second on the team.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Norman *||69||100%|
|Fabian Moreau *||66||96%|
|Danny Johnson *||18||26%|
|Adonis Alexander||ST Only||0%|
Josh Norman- Outside of his incredible performance against the Panthers in Week 6, this was probably Josh Norman’s best game of the year.
He started off strong by intercepting a pass right at the goal line on the first drive of the afternoon. Norman, who went 19 straight games without a pick, has now intercepted a pass in two of his last five contests. He’s defended a pass or recorded an interception in three straight games, and in four of his last five. This marked just the fourth contest in which he recorded a pick as a member of the Redskins (out of 39 GP).
Norman gained 32 yards on the return of his latest INT, which gave him both the fourth longest return of his career and his fourth-highest interception yardage total in a game.
J-No also didn’t allow a single reception on his 49 coverage snaps (2 targets). This was the first time he didn’t give up one catch since Week 15 of last season (vs. Cardinals). That is quite impressive since he spent most of the afternoon shadowing Mike Evans.
This was not a perfect game for Norman, though. He only recorded one tackle, missed a tackle and committed a defensive holding penalty in the end zone that negated a sack and a Redskins’ fumble recovery. Luckily for him, the defense recovered another Tampa Bay fumble two plays later.
Fabian Moreau- At the same time Josh Norman was having one of his best games as a Redskin, Fabian Moreau was having one of the worst days in his pro career.
Moreau easily set new career highs (66) in snaps and snap percentage (95.7%), but the extra PT did him no good in this one. He was thrown at five times and surrendered career-worst totals in receptions (5), first downs (5) and receiving yards (109) allowed on those passes. The first down and yardage figures were also game highs. In fact, only three players allowed more receiving yards in Week 10.
Think that’s bad? Well, just consider that he was responsible giving up three of the Buccaneers six longest plays on Sunday.
Half of Moreau’s career-most 6 solo and total tackles came on plays he allowed receptions on. He also missed a tackle in the game.
His 49.3 PFF grade for the game was a new season-low for him and it ranked third worst on the defense.
Danny Johnson- Danny Johnson started in place of an injured Quinton Dunbar and struggled mightily in coverage for the second week in a row. On just 18 defensive snaps, he was targeted six times and gave up career highs in receptions (5), receiving yards (79) and first downs (5). He was, at least, credited with a defending a deep pass thrown to Mike Evans at the goal line.
Johnson has only played on 38 coverage snaps so far this year, so take what I’m about to tell you with something of a grain of salt because of that very small sample size. Danny Johnson’s 3.71 receiving yards allowed per coverage snap ranks dead last in the entire NFL. That average is 0.83 yards higher than the second-worst player in this category. Wow.
Three of his career-best 4 solo and total tackles against the Bucs came after the catches that he surrendered. Johnson also missed a tackle for the second consecutive week.
The rookie UDFA was yanked in the second quarter of Sunday’s game and replaced by Greg Stroman.
Greg Stroman- Stroman gave up a handful of catches and yards himself, but he made up for it with a couple of big plays.
He was targeted a game-high eight times and allowed 6 catches for 73 and 3 first downs on those plays. He made the tackle on five of those six plays and only gave up an average of 3 yards after the catch on them. His five solo and total tackles in the game were both career highs.
Stroman forced a fumble on one of his tackles; unfortunately the Bucs recovered it. This was the first forced fumble of his career. In fact, he did not force or recover a single fumble in four years at Virginia Tech, either.
His biggest play of the day was an interception on the Buccanneers’ first play of the fourth quarter. Stroman picked the ball off at the Tampa Bay 37 and returned it 23 yards to the 14-yard line. Dustin Hopkins kicked a field goal four players later to give Washington a 13-point lead. This was also the first interception of Stroman’s career. He intercepted nine passes in college.
Greg Stroman’s 87.0 PFF grade ranked second on the team and among all cornerbacks in Week 10. He is the site’s sixth-highest graded rookie cornerback (69.4).
Adonis Alexander- Adonis Alexander appeared in his third game for the Skins, but just like in his other two contests, the rookie corner only played on special teams. Alexander has not recorded any stats on his 38 specials snaps in 2018.
Quinton Dunbar- Dunbar missed his third game in the last four weeks after re-aggravating his injury over the course of his 27 snaps against the Falcons in Week 9. Despite his three-game absence, Dunny still ranks second on the team in PDs and interceptions.
Joshua Holsey- The team’s final pick of the 2017 draft was just activated from the NFI list, only to be waived yesterday.
Holsey played on 9 defensive and 227 special teams snaps over the course of 12 games for Washington last year. He made 2 solo tackles and recovered a fumble on special teams, but failed to dent the stat sheet on defense.
|Safeties (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *||69||100%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||69||100%|
D.J. Swearinger- D.J. Swearinger bounced back from a down performance last week with a solid if unspectacular showing against his former team.
Swearinger was targeted on four Fitzpatrick passes, but he only gave up 1 reception for 5 yards on a 1st-and-10 play. He made the tackle on the lone catch he gave up and stopped a Peyton Barber run for no gain on his other takedown (2 total tackles). D.J. did, however, miss a pair of tackles, as well.
He also ended two consecutive Bucs’ red-zone possessions in the second quarter with pass defenses on third down. His 9 PDs this season ties him for the most among all safeties.
Swearinger remains second at the position in PFF grade (87.7), behind only Eddie Jackson (91.1) and just ahead of our next player.
He has now beaten two of his three former teams this season; he will get a crack at the third one this week (Houston Texans).
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- After getting his feet wet with a snap share just under 70% in his Redskins’ debut, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played on all 69 snaps in Sunday’s game. In his last four seasons, Clinton-Dix has only missed 33 defensive snaps, with 21 of those coming last week.
The former Bama DB allowed just 1 reception for 17 yards and a first down on his 49 coverage snaps (1 target). That catch came at the end of the first half and was made by a running back who caught the ball 5 yards past the line of scrimmage on a play that Clinton-Dix was playing free safety on. HHCD also teamed up with Danny Johnson to defend a deep pass to Mike Evans at the goal line.
The PD wasn’t his only big play, though. The former Green Bay Packer recovered a Jacquizz Rodgers fumble that flew from the 19-yard line and into the Redskins’ end zone. This was Clinton-Dix’s first fumble recovery since his very first game in the league (Week 1 of 2014).
With the FR, he joined Swearinger and 13 others on the list of players who recorded at least one sack, interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery in 2018. The list includes other top names like Khalil Mack, Harrison Smith, Tony Jefferson, Stephon Gilmore, Eddie Jackson, Frank Clark and Jamie Collins.
Ha Ha recorded season highs in both solo (8) and total tackles (8); his 8 solos represented his second-highest number of such takedowns as a pro. He reportedly has a problem with missed tackles, but he hasn’t officially whiffed on any of his takedowns since joining the Redskins two weeks ago.
Clinton Dix’s 86.1 PFF grade for the game ranked third on the team and among all safeties this past week. He is the site’s third highest rated safety (83.8).
Montae Nicholson- With HHCD up to speed, Montae Nicholson saw both his snap total and percentage drop precipitously. His 3 defensive snaps and 4.3% snap share on Sunday are both tied with the career lows he set in Week 1 of last season, which was his first NFL game.
Despite only being in for 3 plays, Nicholson allowed a 24-yard reception to Jacquizz Rodgers and had his ankles broken on the play by the diminutive running back. The reception came on 3rd-and-8 and it was tied for the second-longest play of the game. The Bucs scored their only points at the conclusion of that drive.
Nicholson will be lucky if he plays 50 defensive snaps over the course of the final seven games considering how durable Swearinger and Clinton-Dix have been.
Deshazor Everett- The fourth-year Texas A&M product played 2 snaps on defense for the fifth time this season and finally recorded his first defensive statistic of the year, a solo tackle on a 9-yard Peyton Barber run.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Defense (26 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *||69||100%||Ryan Anderson||22||32%|
|Mason Foster *||69||100%||Danny Johnson *||18||26%|
|Josh Norman *||69||100%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||15||22%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||69||100%||Stacy McGee||11||16%|
|Fabian Moreau *||66||96%||Tim Settle||11||16%|
|Zach Brown *||52||75%||Montae Nicholson||3||4%|
|Preston Smith *||48||70%||Deshazor Everett||2||3%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||44||64%||Adonis Alexander||ST Only||0%|
|Jonathan Allen *||43||62%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||ST Only||0%|
|Matt Ioannidis||43||62%||Caleb Brantley||Inactive||N/A|
|Daron Payne *||42||61%||Quinton Dunbar||Inactive||N/A|
|Greg Stroman||39||57%||Pernell McPhee||Inactive||N/A|
|Casanova McKinzy||24||35%||Zach Vigil||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams (33 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jehu Chesson||16||80%||Matt Ioannidis||5||25%|
|Deshazor Everett||16||80%||Tony Bergstrom||4||20%|
|Ryan Anderson||14||70%||Jonathan Cooper||4||20%|
|Josh Harvey Clemons||14||70%||Austin Howard||4||20%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||13||65%||Chase Roullier||4||20%|
|Casanova McKinzy||13||65%||Jonathan Allen||3||15%|
|Adonis Alexander||11||55%||Michael Floyd||3||15%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||11||55%||Mason Foster||3||15%|
|Dustin Hopkins||9||45%||Ryan Kerrigan||3||15%|
|Nick Sundberg||9||45%||Stacy McGee||3||15%|
|Tress Way||9||45%||Luke Bowanko||2||10%|
|Montae Nicholson||7||35%||Kapri Bibbs||2||10%|
|Samaje Perine||7||35%||Ty Nsekhe||2||10%|
|Tim Settle||7||35%||Daron Payne||2||10%|
|Greg Stroman||7||35%||Brian Quick||2||10%|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||5||25%||Preston Smith||1||5%|
Snaps- Ben Kotwica used 33 players throughout 20 special teams snaps in Sunday’s matchup. The group was made up of 18 defenders, 12 offensive players and 3 specialists. The 20 snaps tied a season low for 2018 (Week 1 at Cardinals).
Not surprisingly, Deshazor Everett and Jehu Chesson led the unit with 16 teams snaps a piece (80%). For the first time since week 2, Zach Vigil, who was inactive for the contest, was not beside Everett at the top of the list for the lead in specials snaps.
Tress Way- Tress Way booted five punts and set new season highs in punt yards (247) and average (49.4). His net yardage total (239) and average (47.8) fell just short of the personal 2018 bests he set last week (241 and 48.2). His net average and average ranked first and second in the NFL this past week, respectively.
He pinned the Tampa Bay offense inside their own 20-yard line on four of his five kicks. No other punter pinned their opponents inside the 20 more in Week 10 than he did. The one punt he had that didn’t end up inside the 20 against Tampa was downed at the 22-yard line.
The Bucs’ gained 8 yards on the only punt they returned. The Redskins rank second in fair catches against (15) and ninth in yards per punt return allowed (6.8) this season.
Way was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and rightfully so. This was the first time he has ever won the award.
Tress Way (The GOAT)- Punting stats aren’t widely publicized, so most people probably don’t understand the scope of what Tress Way is doing this year.
He is on pace to finish the year with 44 punts inside the 20, which is a number that would shatter the franchise record he set in 2017 (33) and rank fourth all-time in recorded NFL history.
Of his 42 punts this year, 25 of them have left Washington’s opponents with a starting field position inside their own 20-yard line. That 59.5% inside-the-20 ranks first in the league by over eight percentage points and is four points higher than the best percentage recorded in at least the last 16 years. None of the three players who ended a season with 45 or more punts inside the 20 ever topped a 54.2% success rate in this regard.
Oh, and don’t not forget that Way has still not punted a single touchback all year.
Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins was perfect in Sunday’s game, hitting on all three of his field goals and his sole extra point attempt. He connected on two FGs from 43 yards out and a 26-yarder.
Hopkins kicked off five times against the Bucs and all five kicks went for touchbacks. Hop ranks first in the NFL with an 81.8% touchback rate (minimum 20 kickoffs).
Unfortunately, he is dealing with a groin injury right now and as a result the Redskins worked out five kickers in case he is unable to go against the Texans this coming weekend. Those kickers include Roberto Aguayo, Jon Brown, Sam Ficken, Kai Forbath and Blair Walsh. Ficken would rank first in touchback rate if he had enough kickoffs to qualify (84.6% on 14 kickoffs).
Kick Coverage- Of Washington’s five punts, two were fair caught at Tampa Bay’s 22 and 13-yard lines and another two were downed at the 4 (Jeremy Sprinkle) and 6 (Nick Sundberg) yard lines. The only punt that got returned went for 8 yards out to the 15-yard line before Ryan Anderson and Jeremy Sprinkle teamed up on the takedown. The tackle was the first of Sprinkle’s career.
With all of the kickoffs going for touchbacks, the Buccaneers should have started each of those drives at their own 25. However, Adonis Alexander committed an illegal formation penalty on a fourth-quarter kick, so the Tampa offense started that drive at their own 30.
Kickoff Returns- Tampa only kicked off twice on Sunday. The first kick went for a touchback and the second one was fielded at the goal line by Danny Johnson and returned 19 yards.
Punt Returns- Greg Stroman let the Buccaneers’ only punt of the day roll into the end zone for a touchback. This was Washington’s third game this season without a punt return. No team has returned fewer punts than the Redskins have in 2018 (7).
*All statistics are courtesy of ESPN, The Football Database, NBC Sports, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com, Team Rankings and The Washington Post*
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