Snaps- The Washington Redskins used 17 of their 24 offensive players and one defender (Ryan Anderson) over the course of 63 snaps on Thanksgiving Day against the Dallas Cowboys.
Of the seven players who did not play, three were inactive (Jamison Crowder, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine), three played exclusively on special teams (Luke Bowanko, Jehu Chesson and Austin Howard) and one was active, but did not take a snap of any kind (Mark Sanchez).
Points- The Redskins scored 23 points against Dallas in their Turkey Day matchup. They have scored 24 or fewer points in 10 of their 11 games this season, which is the most such games by any team in the league. The Cardinals and Eagles are the only teams within a game of the Skins, in this regard (9 games each).
After hearing that, it should not surprise you to learn Washington ranks 26th in points per game (20.0).
Lead Changes- After setting an NFL record with 9 games and 3 quarters without a lead change, the Redskins saw four lead changes in their last five quarters, two of which occurred in Thursday’s game against the Cowboys.
3rd Down- The offense successfully converted 4 of their 11 attempts on third down, which was good for a 36% conversion rate, their lowest percentage since they faced off with the Cowboys in Week 7 (25%).
Those certainly aren’t outstanding numbers, but it is quite impressive that three of those four chain movers came on plays with ten or more yards to go (10, 10 and 11). They had only moved the sticks on six such plays coming into the game.
Much like last week, the Redskins struggled with sacks and interceptions on the money down (2 sacks and 3 interceptions vs. Texans). They were sacked (twice) and threw an interception (once) on three of their third downs (27.3%).
They also had two unsuccessful attempts that would have been negated by penalties even if they had gained enough yardage to move the sticks.
Red Zone- The Skins fared a little better in the red zone, as they were able to find the paint on two of their three trips to the red area (66.7%).
This marked the fifth time this season that the offense was able to convert on at least two-thirds of their trips inside the 20. Their 40% TD-conversion rate in the other six contests explains why the team ranks 19th in red-zone conversion percentage (56.33%).
Turnovers- Washington turned the ball over a season-high three times against the Cowboys. All three turnovers were interceptions. Those interceptions account for a whopping 25% of the team’s 12 total giveaways this season.
Since the team was unable to score any takeaways of their own on defense or special teams, they finished the game with their worse turnover margin of the season (-3). The last time the Redskins had a turnover margin of -3 or worse, was in Week 13 of 2017 against these same Dallas Cowboys (-4).
In addition to the interceptions, the Skins also fumbled twice on Thursday, but they were able to recover the ball both times.
|Quarterbacks (2 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Colt McCoy *||63||100%|
Colt McCoy (Traditional Stats)- McCoy, who made his first start since Week 15 of the 2014 season, completed 24-of-38 passes (63.2%) for 268 yards (7.05 YPA), 12 first downs and 2 touchdowns. Clearly these are bigger numbers than what we saw from Alex Smith for most of the year. Those completion, yardage and touchdown totals are the third most, fourth most and tied for the most by a Redskins quarterback this season, respectively.
His first TD pass went for 53 yards, which was the Redskins’ longest completion of the year and the third-longest touchdown throw in McCoy’s pro career.
However, his performance included just as many, if not more, downs as it did ups. McCoy threw 3 interceptions, two of which involved either a very bad decision or a very poor throw on his part. This was the most picks thrown by a Redskins’ signal caller since Kirk Cousins was picked off by the Giants three times in his final game in the Burgundy and Gold (Week 17 of last season). There were at least two other McCoy throws that could’ve been caught by the Cowboys, as well. He is already only two picks away from tying Alex Smith with 5 interceptions this season, despite having thrown 278 fewer passes than Smith.
The veteran backup turned starter also fumbled the ball on the first of the 3 sacks that he would take on the day. Fortunately for him, the ball was recovered.
Colt McCoy (Rushing)- He gained 28 yards on his five runs on Thursday (5.6 YPC). Those numbers move up to 29 yards and a 7.25 YPC when you exclude his 1-yard kneel down at the end of the first half. This was the third-highest rushing total by a Redskins’ signal caller this season; McCoy’s 35 yards last week rank first.
His rushes of 11 and 12 yards were the Skins’ longest runs of the day and gave him a team-high 2 first downs on the ground. The 12-yarder came on a 3rd-and-10 play just four snaps before a Dustin Hopkins field goal.
McCoy is averaging 21 rushing yards per game through his first two contests, which ranks 11th among current starting QBs.
Colt McCoy (Advanced Stats)- Colt McCoy’s 53-yard TD was thrown 30 yards in the air; Alex Smith only had one TD pass all season that traveled 30 or more yards through air. McCoy’s 10.4 average depth of target this season ranks second among all starting quarterbacks (Jameis Winston has an 11.4 aDOT). Smith’s 8.6 aDOT ranked 16. However, throwing it deep doesn’t necessarily mean that the results will be better.
The former Longhorn earned a 54.1 PFF grade and a 24.3 raw QBR score for the game, both of which were the lowest marks by a Washington quarterback this season. His 68.7 passer rating against the Cowboys is the second-worst showing by a Redskin this season.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Doctson *||59||94%|
|Trey Quinn *||46||73%|
|Maurice Harris *||36||57%|
|Jehu Chesson||ST Only||0%|
Josh Doctson- This was easily one of the best games of Josh Doctson’s career. The former first-round pick set a new career high with 6 receptions. Four of those grabs went for first downs, which tied a career best (two other games). Both of the catches he made that did not move the chains were made a yard shy of the sticks on first or second-down plays (9 yards each).
His 66 receiving yards was a new season high by 17 yards and represented the second-highest total of his career (81 yards at New Orleans last season). Doctson’s 10 targets were tied for his second-most as a pro, as well.
On top of all that, he broke up what would’ve been an easy Cowboys’ interception at Washington’s own 40-yard line.
In the last six games, Doctson leads all wide receivers on the team in receptions (24), receiving first downs (17), receiving yards (266) and touchdowns (2). Jordan Reed is the only Redskin who has topped him in any of those statistics during this time frame. This has been the best six-game stretch of Josh Doctson’s career by every one of those measures, except touchdowns.
Trey Quinn- The legend of Trey Quinn continued to grow in Thursday’s game. He played on over 70% of the snaps and out-snapped every back, receiver or tight end on the team besides Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed.
Quinn set new career highs in both targets (6) and receptions (5) and caught his first touchdown as a pro on a 10-yard pass from Colt McCoy. He set that scoring drive up with a 30-yard punt return, which means Quinn was responsible for 40 of the 60 yards (66.7%) the team needed to reach the end zone.
Things didn’t always go perfectly to plan for Mr. Irrelevant in Thursday’s game, though. He lost 3 yards on a screen pass and was the target on one of McCoy’s interceptions. He gained at least 5 yards (5, 7, 7 and 10) on his four other targets.
It will be very interesting to see what happens with Quinn’s playing time and target share when Jamison Crowder returns to the lineup.
Maurice Harris- Mo Harris started for the second straight week and for the third time in the last four games. He played over 50% of the snaps for the eighth straight contest, as well.
Unfortunately, Harris has not been very productive in recent weeks, despite the significant playing time. After only catching 1-of-4 targets for 13 yards versus Houston, the third-year UDFA was held without a single catch on 5 targets. His final targets of the day ended with a back-breaking Cowboys’ interception. To be fair, several of the passes thrown his way were batted at the line and only one of them was actually catchable.
Nevertheless, catching one ball for 13 yards on 77 snaps, 52 routes and 9 targets in the last two weeks is not going to get it done. It’s especially surprising considering that Harris hauled in 15-of-17 targets for 176 yards and 7 first downs between Weeks 9 and 10.
Perhaps it has something to do with Trey Quinn taking his slot duties and pushing him to the outside. Only 4 of Harris’ 23 receptions (17%), 60 of his 291 yards (21%) and 2 of his 12 first downs (17%) have come in games in which he was not operating as the team’s primary slot man.
He was also flagged for a false start on a 3rd-and-1 snap at the Dallas 33-yard line that effectively took the Redskins out of field goal range and stalled a critical third-quarter drive. The Cowboys scored a 90-yard touchdown and took an 11-point lead four plays later.
Harris’ earned a 46.8 grade from the game charters at Pro Football Focus. That was the lowest rating of his career and the third-worst mark by an offensive player in the game.
Michael Floyd- Floyd played 25 or more snaps (26) and ran a dozen-plus routes for the third straight week and for the fourth time this season. However, this was the first time he was not targeted once when given that much opportunity.
His season-low 50.4 grade for the game was the third-lowest rating on the offense.
Floyd just simply isn’t contributing much in the receiving game. He almost has as many drops (2) as he does first-down receptions (3).
Jehu Chesson- Jehu Chesson only played on special teams for the second game in a row. He’s played 5 snaps with the offense this season and was targeted on one of them which resulted in an incompletion.
Chesson will probably never be an effective receiver at the NFL level. He hasn’t topped 55 receptions or 800 receiving yards going back to his junior year in high school, and he has under 100 career receiving yards in the NFL, even when you include preseason action.
Jamison Crowder- Jamison Crowder must have sustained the worst type of sprain one can suffer on their ankle, because it kept him sidelined for a sixth straight game.
The fourth-year receiver was already having the worst year of his career before the injury. His PFF grade (61.8), yards per target average (6.55) and yards per route run average (1.00) this season are 8%, 14% and 24% his previous career lows in those statistics, respectively.
His contract status, injury and drop in efficiency combined with the emergence of Trey Quinn may mean that his days in the Burgundy and Gold are numbered. Crowder will likely command a contract that, at the very least, carries an APY of $5M, while Quinn will only cost the Redskins just over $2M over the course of the next three seasons combined.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Vernon Davis *||26||41%|
Jordan Reed- Jordan Reed was on the field for 74.6% of the offensive snaps, his second-highest snap rate in the last year. He matched the season-high in routes run that he set last week, with 39 of them.
And after going 724 days without topping 65 yards in a game, Reed went for over 70 yards for the second time in five days. His season and team-high 75 receiving yards came on 8 targets, and he tied Josh Doctson for the most receptions (6) and first downs (4) by a Redskin in the game, as well.
Half of his targets and first downs came on third down, as did a third of his catches and 41% of his yards. In fact, Reed moved the chains on 3rd-and-long plays twice in a four-play span, with the first of those catches going for 20 yards, which was tied for the Skins’ second-longest play of the day.
Reed probably would’ve hauled in another first-down reception on third down (for about 5 yards) had he not been the victim of an egregious helmet-to-helmet hit by Xavier Woods. The referees somehow missed the blatantly obvious call, but we should still expect to see Woods get hit with a hefty fine, and rightfully so.
Reed looks like a totally different player with Colt McCoy at quarterback, and that new player is the old and highly productive Jordan Reed we all remember. Now that he is rounding back into form, I fully expect him to get injured again. Just kidding (knocks on wood).
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis, who was held without a catch in both of the last two games, started slow against the Cowboys, but more than made up for it with a pair big plays.
Early in the game, he was unable to corral what would’ve been a pair of first-down grabs down the right sideline and his false start on a 2nd-and-1 play around midfield was largely responsible for stalling what had been quite a productive drive to that point.
Then we witnessed a Thanksgiving miracle that overshadowed all of Davis’ mistakes and shortcomings of the last few weeks. On the first play of a drive midway through the second quarter, McCoy and VD hooked up for a 53-yard touchdown.
It was the Redskins’ longest completion and the second-longest play overall this season (Adrian Peterson 64-yard rush TD at Giants). The catch was Davis’ longest since he caught a 61-yard score with the 49ers in Week 6 of 2013.
He hit a top speed of 21.44 mph on the play, which is the 13th fastest speed recorded by a ball carrier this season and the fastest by a tight end in at least the last three seasons.
The score was the 62nd of his career and moves him into a tie with Shannon Sharpe for the sixth most touchdowns by a tight end in NFL history. Davis passed Jerry Smith (102) for the most receptions by a Redskins’ tight end in their 30s (104).
He also added another 20-yard reception in Thursday’s game in Dallas, which gave him two of Washington’s three longest plays of the game and his best receiving yardage total since Week 10 of last season (vs. Vikings).
The ageless tight end led all players on the offense with an 83.1 PFF grade, his best mark since Week 4 of 2017 (at Chiefs).
Jeremy Sprinkle- Jeremy Sprinkle played on just 10 snaps against the Cowboys, his lowest total since Week 15 of 2017; he also did not run a single route for the first time since that same game. He did set new personal records with 20 special teams snaps and a 64.5% specials snap rate.
Sprinkle’s career-worst 28.4 PFF rating ranked dead last on the team.
|Running Backs (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||27||43%|
Adrian Peterson- Peterson’s struggles continued in this one. He played on just 42.9% of the snaps and only gained 35 yards on his 12 carries (2.92 YPC). His rushing and YPC figures were both his fourth-lowest figures on the season in either category.
This was the fourth straight game that AP was held below 70 yards and a 3.6 average; he topped 95 yards and 3.6 clip in six of the first eight games. His overall 3.05 YPC mark ranks 27th out of 31 players who have carried the ball 25 or more times in that span. Four games ago, just so happens to be when Brandon Scherff and Shawn Lauvao were lost for the season. Hmmm, I wonder if there is any connection there.
Peterson did not gain 10 yards on any of his rushes for the second straight week and set a season-low with 1 first down in the game (rushing & receiving). Three of his carries gained between 5 and 9 yards (25%), while he could only muster 2 yards or less on seven of them (57%); he gained a total 6 yards on those seven totes.
He caught both of his passes in the game, but he gained just 9 yards on those plays and didn’t move the chains on either of them.
The 33-year-old RB is on pace to play 522 snaps and touch the ball 290 times by season’s end; he was only on the field for 428 snaps and saw 230 touches in 2014, 2016 and 2017 combined. We’ll find out soon if the combination of age, a big workload and the loss of starting lineman are enough to continue to hold the future Hall of Famer down.
Kapri Bibbs- Bibbs operated as the team’s third-down back for the sixth time this year and set new 2018 highs in offensive snaps played (35) and snap percentage (55.6%). The only other time he received more playing time in his career was in Week 17 of last year (54 snaps and 94.7%).
The former CSU Ram rushed the ball three times for 17 yards in the game (5.67 YPC). He picked up a first down on one of those runs that set Washington up for a touchdown on the following play. Bibbs scored a tuddy of his own on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Every one of his runs either gained 8 yards or went for a score, which gave him a 100% rushing success rate on the day.
The touchdown was his fourth of the season and his third in the last six weeks. He had only scored twice in his previous four years in the league. Adrian Peterson is the only player on the team who Bibbs hasn’t at least doubled up on in the TD department this year. Who would’ve guessed that he’d have as many touchdowns as Jordan Reed, Jamison Crowder and Chris Thompson going into Week 12?
Bibbs also posted a 100% success rate as a receiver. He caught all three of his targets for 19 yards and a first down. He did, however, fumble after one of those catches, but the ball went out of bounds. That was the first fumble of his career.
He gave up a sack in pass protection for the second time in as many games, as well.
Byron Marshall- Byron Marshall, who played 17 snaps in his 2018 debut in Week 11 against the Texans, was on the field for just one offensive snap in Dallas. Marshall ran a pass route on the play, but was not targeted.
Ryan Anderson- The Redskins’ “fullback” played one snap on offense against the Cowboys. Adrian Peterson rushed for 4 yards and picked up his only first down of the game on the play. Washington has moved the sticks or scored a touchdown on 9 of Anderson’s 10 offensive snaps this season. That’s a pretty good success rate if you ask me.
Samaje Perine- Perine did not play for the second straight week. He’s been dealing with a calf injury since last week.
Chris Thompson- Chris Thompson sat this one out and missed his sixth game of the season. He also missed six contests last year, which is tied for his most absences due to injury since he tore his labrum as a rookie in 2013. We found out on Friday that Thompson’s ribs aren’t just bruised and that there is a crack/fracture involved. This explains why he has had to sit out for so many games.
Whenever CT returns, he should provide a big boost in pass protection. Thompson has pass blocked on over 175 snaps in his career, and he has only given up a total of 4 sacks on those plays. Meanwhile, Kapri Bibbs has allowed 2 sacks on just 6 pass-blocking snaps in the last two weeks.
Redskins Rushing- The Skins were held to 80 rushing yards, 5 first downs and a touchdown on 20 carries (4.0 YPC). Those first down, YPC and rushing yardage figures are their second, third and fourth-lowest totals of the season.
The team only failed to gain yardage on two of their nineteen non-kneel down runs (10.5%) and gained 5-plus yards on seven carries (35%). In all they, they posted a solid success rate of 47.4%. However, none of Washington’s rushes gained more than 12 yards and no running back picked up more than 9 yards on a carry.
|Offensive Linemen (8 players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||63||100%|
|Jonathan Cooper *||63||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||63||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||63||100%|
|Trent Williams *||62||98%|
|Austin Howard||ST Only||0%|
|Luke Bowanko||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- Not only were the Redskins held under 100 rushing yards for the fourth time this year, they averaged a lowly 1.16 yards before contact per attempt. On a positive note, the team was able to move the chains on three of their four rushes within 3 yards of the line to gain.
The line gave up one of three sacks on Colt McCoy. Redskins quarterbacks have been sacked three-plus times in an NFL-high 8 games (tied with the Cowboys). The line was, however, responsible for allowing multiple hits and hurries against McCoy, who was pressured on 31% of his dropbacks.
Trent Williams- Trent Williams returned to the lineup and played on all but one snap, after missing the last three games with a dislocated thumb. The only pressures Williams gave up on the day were a pair of hurries. The Silverback has only allowed one sack in his last 23 games.
His 75.8 PFF grade against the Cowboys ranked second on the offense.
Williams was checked for a rib injury after the game, but his x-rays came back negative.
Jonathan Cooper- Jonathan Cooper started at left guard and played on every offensive snap for the third week in a row.
He allowed a sack (half sack) and a hurry for the second consecutive week and was flagged for holding on a 1st-and-10 run at the Dallas 20-yard line; luckily, the Redskins were still able to finish the drive with a touchdown.
Cooper and Chase Roullier teamed up to take down Demarcus Lawrence after his interception.
Chase Roullier- Roullier was responsible for surrendering the other half of the sack that Cooper gave up. It was the first sack he’s allowed in his entire career. Fortunately, that was the only pressure he was charged with in the game.
He also made the first fumble recovery of his career when he fell on a Colt McCoy fumble at the Redskins’ own 29-yard line on the final play of the team’s first offensive drive.
Tony Bergstrom- Tony Bergstrom allowed Colt McCoy to be hurried twice and hit once. This was his third consecutive game with three or more pressures against (10 in that span).
Bergstrom also committed an illegal hands to the face penalty on third down that was declined because McCoy was sacked on the play. It was his first penalty of the year.
Morgan Moses- This was yet another subpar showing for the right tackle out of UVA. Moses allowed a game-high 2 QB hits, was flagged for holding on a third-down passing play (incomplete and declined) and his failed cut block on Demarcus Lawrence essentially resulted in an interception at the Washington 30-yard line.
Moses is not having a great year; he is on pace to set new career highs in hits allowed, sacks allowed and penalties.
Ty Nsekhe- Nsekhe came in as an extra lineman on Peterson’s 3rd-and-1 rushing first down and replaced Trent Williams at left tackle for one snap. He gave up a QB hit to Randy Gregory on his lone snap at left tackle and as a pass blocker. Thankfully, McCoy was still able to hook up with Trey Quinn for a touchdown on the play.
Austin Howard- Howard only played on special teams after taking two snaps as an extra offensive lineman in Week 11.
Luke Bowanko- After not seeing the field in any capacity against the Texans, Bowanko played 3 special teams snaps on Thursday. He has not appeared on offense and has played all of just 5 special teams snaps since joining the team almost three weeks ago.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Offense (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||63||100%||Michael Floyd||26||41%|
|Jonathan Cooper *||63||100%||Jeremy Sprinkle||10||16%|
|Colt McCoy *||63||100%||Ty Nsekhe||2||3%|
|Morgan Moses *||63||100%||Ryan Anderson||1||2%|
|Chase Roullier *||62||98%||Byron Marshall||1||2%|
|Trent Williams *||62||98%||Mark Sanchez||0||0%|
|Josh Doctson *||59||94%||Luke Bowanko||ST Only||0%|
|Jordan Reed||47||75%||Jehu Chesson||ST Only||0%|
|Trey Quinn *||46||73%||Austin Howard||ST Only||0%|
|Maurice Harris *||36||57%||Jamison Crowder||Inactive||N/A|
|Kapri Bibbs||35||56%||Samaje Perine||Inactive||N/A|
|Adrian Peterson *||27||43%||Chris Thompson||Inactive||N/A|
|Vernon Davis *||26||41%|
*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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