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Skins Stats & Snaps: Redskins @ Cowboys (Defense/ST)

A look at the stats and snap counts for every defensive and special teams player on the Redskins in the team’s Week 12 Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Dallas Cowboys

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Snaps- Greg Manusky utilized 20 of his 26 defenders over the course of 70 defensive snaps in Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Of the six defenders who didn’t play on that side of the ball, four were inactive (Caleb Brantley, Zach Vigil, Pernell McPhee and Adonis Alexander) and two played solely on special teams (Danny Johnson and Montae Nicholson).

QB Pressure- After pressuring Prescott on 53% of his snaps in Week 7, the Washington D was only able to get to him on 30% of his dropbacks in this game. On the bright side, four of those pressures were sacks. The defense has recorded multiple sacks in each of the last six weeks and in 5-of-11 games this year.

Yards- The Cowboys dropped 404 yards on the Redskins’ defense, which marks the third time in the last four weeks that Washington has allowed their opponent to gain 400-plus against them.

Dallas also gained a season-best 258 yards through the air on Thursday. The only other time the Cowboys gained over 238 passing yards this season was against the Redskins in Week 7 (250). Even after this game, Dallas still ranks 28th in the NFL in passing yards per game (200).

Washington’s defense has been very accommodating to opposing passing attacks this in 2018. They rank 23rd with an average of 261 passing yards allowed per game.

Points- The Redskins allowed 17 or fewer points in five of their first seven games this season. However, they’ve given up 23 or more in three of the last four weeks. They went from ranking fourth in points per game in Weeks 1-8 (19.1) to 16th in Weeks 9-12 (23.8).

Red Zone- After only giving up one touchdown in eight trips to the red zone in their previous two games, the defense allowed Dallas to score on 2-of-3 trips to the red area. The Redskins have allowed their opponents to score touchdowns on more than half of their red-zone possessions in 5 of their 11 games in 2018.

Even so, they’ve done well enough to rank seventh in the NFL in RZ touchdown rate (50%).

3rd & 4th Down- The Skins’ defense had their fair share of ups and downs on third down against the Cowboys. They allowed Dallas to convert on six of their 14 third downs, with two of those conversions resulting in touchdowns, but they sacked Prescott on one of them, defended a pass once and stopped Prescott and company a yard shy of the sticks on three of their third-down tries.

This was the second straight game the Redskins held their opponent to a less than 50% success rate on the money down (42.86%).

On the Cowboys’ lone fourth-down attempt, Ezekiel Elliott was stopped in his tracks for no gain on a 4th-and-1 rush. This game marked the fourth time this season that Washington’s defense held the opposing offense to a 0% success rate on fourth down. The team’s 36.4% (4-for-11) conversion-rate allowed on fourth down ranks third in the league.

Takeaways- Washington was unable to force a single turnover for the first time since Week 13 of last season. This snapped their NFL-best streak of 14 consecutive games with a takeaway. The Burgundy and Gold defense and special teams have still forced more turnovers than all but three teams (Bears, Browns and Dolphins).

Tight End Defense- The Redskins had one of the best performances against enemy tight ends this season. Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz caught 3-of-4 targets thrown their way, but only gained 21 yards and picked up a single first down on those plays.

This would have been a lot more impressive if the Redskins weren’t facing yet another one of the worst tight end corps in the league. Things will get a lot more difficult against the Eagles and Zach Ertz.

Rushing Defense- The Redskins’ defense and the rubble that lies where the Alabama Wall once stood was ran over by the Cowboys to the tune of 34 carries, 146 yards, 8 first downs, 2 touchdowns and a 4.29 YPC average. That is the most carries and first downs and the second-most touchdowns and rushing yards against Washington’s defense in 2018.

Dallas was stopped for no gain or a loss on 3-of-32 non-kneel down rushes (9.4%), but gained 5-plus yards on 13 runs (41%).

Ezekiel Elliot was personally responsible for 121 of the Cowboys’ yards on the ground and five of their first downs, including a touchdown. No other player had put up more than 88 yards against the Skins this year and only two runners had topped 61 yards when facing them.

We are talking about Ezekiel Elliott here, but this is still a bit surprising considering he was held to a season-low 33 yards in the last matchup between these two teams.


Defensive Linemen (6 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Daron Payne * 57 81%
Jonathan Allen * 47 67%
Tim Settle 21 30%
Matt Ioannidis * 20 29%
Stacy McGee 19 27%
Caleb Brantley Inactive N/A

Matt Ioannidis- A calf injury limited Ioannidis to his second-lowest playing time numbers of the year (20 snaps a 28.6% snap rate).

He tied a season low with 1 tackle and registered fewer than 3 pressures (2 hurries) for the first time since Week 7 (vs. Dallas).

All indications are that he’ll be good to go for next Monday’s pivotal showdown with the Eagles.

Jonathan Allen- This was easily one of Jonathan Allen’s best games of the year. Four days after going o-fer in the pressure department against the Texans, the second-year lineman generated a pair of QB disruptions, one of which was his first sack since Week 8 (at Giants). He made the play on a Dallas third down just shy of midfield.

Allen is one of 15 interior defenders with 5 or more sacks this season. He and Ioannidis join Chris Jones and Allen Bailey as the only pairs of teammates on this list.

He led the game and set new career highs in both total tackles (9) and defensive stops (7). Six of his takedowns were made within 2 yards from the line of scrimmage or behind it. The Cowboys gained a total of 11 yards on his 9 tackles (1.2 yards per play). His lone major gaffe of the game was a missed tackle on Dak Prescott’s third-down rushing touchdown.

He earned the third-highest PFF grade of his career for the performance (81.2).

Daron Payne- Jon Allen’s buddy from Bama, Daron Payne, led all Washington D-lineman with 57 snaps played, which was the second-highest total of his young career.

Like Allen, he recorded his first sack since Week 8 and registered a total of 2 pressures. Payne also scored a pass defense on a batted pass at the line of scrimmage. His only other PD of the year came against Dallas in Week 7.

Three of Payne’s 4 tackles were recorded within 3 yards or behind the line of scrimmage.

Tim Settle- Tim Settle had a mini-breakout performance against the Cowboys. The youngest defensive lineman in the league was the biggest beneficiary of Matt Ioannidis’ injury, as it allowed him to get onto the field for a career-high 21 snaps (30%). That total is nearly double his next-highest total (11 snaps) and it exceeds his snap total in the last six games (18) by three.

Settle didn’t just record the first tackle of his career, he made 3 solo tackles, with two of those stopping Dallas rushes short of the marker on second-and-short plays. One of them was a 1-yard TFL.

His hurry on Dak Prescott essentially handed Preston Smith a sack on a silver platter.

Settle’s impressive showing on Thanksgiving earned him a career and team-high 87.1. The only player in the game who received better marks from PFF was Amari Cooper (91.6).

Stacy McGee- In what was his third game of the year, McGee set new 2018 highs in snaps (19) and snap percentage (26.1%). The veteran D-lineman recorded exactly 1 solo tackle in his first two appearances this season, but was unable to crack the stat sheet against the Cowboys on Thursday.

McGee was, however, able to generate pressure (a hurry) on one of his 6 snaps as a pass rusher. Disrupting the quarterback is something of a rarity for him; he only had 13 pressures on his 181 pass-rushing snaps in 2017.

Caleb Brantley- Does Caleb Brantley still play for the Redskins? Well, maybe “play” isn’t the best choice of words, but yeah, he is still on the roster. Brantley’s 3 defensive and 13 special teams snaps this season all came between 7 and 9. He was inactive for Thursday’s game.


Outside Linebackers (5 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ryan Kerrigan * 64 91%
Preston Smith * 62 89%
Ryan Anderson 8 11%
Casanova McKinzy 6 9%
Pernell McPhee Inactive N/A

Ryan Kerrigan- Ryan Kerrigan’s 61 snaps and 91.4% rate this past Thursday, represented his highest playing-time numbers in a regulation-length game since the 2015 season.

The veteran outside backer made four tackles, all of which were behind the line of scrimmage or within 3 yards of it. He pressured Prescott twice, with one of them going for a half-sack inside the Redskins’ own 5-yard line; Dallas was forced to settle for a field goal on the drive.

After this game and a correct stat correction gave him a second sack against the Texans, Kerrigan is now up to 8 sacks on the year, 7 of which he’s recorded since Week 7. Aaron Donald (10.5) is the only player with more sacks than RyKer in that span.

He joins Derrick Thomas, Jared Allen, Demarcus Ware and Reggie White as the only players in NFL history who have ever recorded 7.5 or more sacks in each of their first eight seasons. He is also one of just 15 players who have recorded 8-plus sacks in seven consecutive years, at any point in his career. All of the aforementioned players from the last statistic and former Redskins Dexter Manley and Bruce Smith, among others, share that honor.

Kerrigan is three sacks away from passing Charles Mann (82 sacks) in the franchise’s career sack rankings.

Preston Smith- Preston Smith continued to play like a man on a mission ($$$). He set new personal records for snap share (89.1%), total tackles recorded (8) and defensive stops (5). The Cowboys lost a whopping 16 combined yards on his tackles.

A big part of the reason for the negative yardage figure is that Dallas lost 20 yards on his 1.5 sacks in the game. Smith also hit Prescott on multiple third-down passing plays. He led all players in the game with 5 total pressures.

This was his third straight game with a sack (3.5 in that time frame). Aaron Donald (36), Fletcher Cox (28) and Trey Flowers (28) are the only players who have racked up more QB pressures than Smith has since Week 7 (25).

His 86.9 PFF grade ranked second on the team and third in the game.

Ryan Anderson- The 2017 version of Ryan Anderson made another appearance this week.

The second-year pro out of Alabama played on 8 defensive snaps, which was surprisingly only his third-lowest total of the season, failed to generate a single pressure for the 16th time in his 25 career games (sixth in 2018) and failed to record a single statistic on defense.

He would not have cracked the stat sheet at all had it not been for a special teams tackle. This was just the second time (Week 2 vs. Colts) that Anderson was shutout of the box score since Week 8 of last season (vs. Cowboys).

Cassanova McKinzy- He only got on the field for 6 snaps against Cowboys and did not record a stat or generate any pressures for the second consecutive game.

McKinzy reportedly tore his pec and will likely soon be placed on IR.

Pernell McPhee- McPhee was inactive for the third straight game, but that very well might change because of McKinzy’s injury.


Inside Linebackers (5 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Mason Foster * 70 100%
Zach Brown * 48 69%
Josh Harvey-Clemons 18 26%
Shaun Dion Hamilton 4 6%
Zach Vigil Inactive N/A

Mason Foster- Foster tied for second on the team with 8 tackles, but he needed a lot of help to do it, as 6 of his takedowns were assists. His 2 solos tackles were tied for a season-low (Week 3 vs. Packers).

One of those helpers came on the Dallas 4th-and-1 rush that was stopped for no gain, and another one was made on a 1-yard run. However, none of his other tackles were made within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage.

He also whiffed on an attempt after a Dallas reception. Foster’s 7 missed tackles on the year are the most among the team’s defensive starters (Nicholson with 9 MTs).

Mase made the takedown after all three of the receptions he surrendered. The Cowboys picked up a total of 23 yards and a first down on those plays.

Foster is a far from perfect player. He’s not great in coverage by any stretch and he misses his share of tackles. That being said, he has still done very well for himself when it comes to racking up big tackle numbers. His 97 takedowns on the year are tied for the second-most in the league (Blake Martinez).

Zach Brown- Brown saw his snap share drop from 87.3% in Week 11 down to 68.6 in Dallas.

He recorded 5 tackles on the day (3 solo), which is tied for his second-lowest total since Week 9 of the 2016 season. Four of those takedowns were made within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage, with two of them being counted as stops.

He was targeted four times on his 19 coverage snaps and gave up 3 receptions on those plays, but the Cowboys lost a yard on two of them and only gained 3 yards on the other one (1 yard allowed).

Brown was able to hurry Prescott on his only blitz of the game.

Josh Harvey-Clemons- Harvey-Clemons jumped up from a season-low 8 snaps against the Texans to 18 on Thanksgiving.

He was not targeted on any of his 10 coverage snaps, made a solo stop 2 yards shy of the line to gain on a 3rd-and 13 play that led to a Dallas three-and-out and generated pressure on 1-of-4 snaps as a pass rusher (a hurry).

So, it’s not like JHC set the world on fire, but he did put up some solid numbers relative to the amount of playing time he received. Nevertheless, PFF tagged him with a team-worst 42.8 grade.

Shaun Dion Hamilton- After appearing solely on special teams in all 10 of the Redskins’ previous games, Shaun Dion Hamilton finally took his first snaps with the defense (4). SDH did not make any tackles in Thursday’s contest, but he did score a QB hit on Dak Prescott on one of his two plays as a pass rusher.

Zach Vigil- Vigil played in every one of the team’s first eight games this year, but was on the inactive list for the second time in the last three weeks.


Cornerbacks (6 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Josh Norman * 70 100%
Quinton Dunbar * 61 87%
Fabian Moreau 46 66%
Greg Stroman 1 1%
Danny Johnson ST Only 0%
Adonis Alexander Inactive N/A

Josh Norman- Josh Norman was targeted six times in Thursday’s game and gave up 5 receptions for 47 yards and 4 first downs, all of which were against Amari Cooper. Norman surrendered two of those chain movers to Cooper on third-downs during the opening drive of the game; the Cowboys finished that series with a touchdown.

J-No defended a pass on the only target in his coverage that was not directed at Cooper (Michael Gallup).

Five of his 6 total tackles were made following receptions he allowed; he forced a fumble that fell out of bounds on the one that wasn’t. The forced fumble was his career-high tying third of the year. His 10 FF’s since 2015 ranks sixth in the league and first among all defensive backs. Even Ryan Kerrigan has only forced 9 fumbles in that period.

Norman did not shadow the opposing team’s top wideout for the first time since Week 7, because Quinton Dunbar returned to the lineup. As you are about to see, the Redskins may have regretted that decision.

Quinton Dunbar- Dunbar came back from a shin/nerve injury that kept him on the inactive list for four of the past five games, but you could tell he was nowhere near 100% in this one.

The Cowboys wisely targeted the wounded cornerback a team-high seven times. He allowed 5 receptions, 88 yards, 3 first downs and a touchdown on those plays.

Nearly half of the yardage and the touchdown came on a 40-yard pass to Amari Cooper; Dunbar tripped on the play and never had a chance to catch the former first-round pick. That was the third-longest play of the game and the fifth-longest touchdown allowed by Washington’s defense this season. Dunbar was also responsible for surrendering the fourth-longest play in Thursday’s contest, a 22-yarder to Noah Brown.

The 40-yard touchdown was one of the two third-down conversions he was responsible for giving up, as well. He did at least defend a pass on another third down. The PD was Dunbar’s ninth of the season, which is a new career high for him (8 last season).

Three of Dunny’s 4 solo tackles were made following catches he surrendered. However, he whiffed on a pair of potential takedowns, too. This was the first game of his career in which he missed multiple tackles.

Fabian Moreau- Fabian Moreau only had a few bad plays against the Cowboys, but the result of those plays had a massive effect on the outcome of the contest.

After seeing over 90% of the snaps in each of the last two games, his playing time fell back to what is a normal range for him (65.7%).

He was targeted four times on his 29 coverage snaps, and allowed 3 receptions, 2 first downs, a touchdown and a whopping game-high 105 yards.

The bulk of those yards were recorded on a 90-yard Amari Cooper touchdown. The sad thing is that Moreau was right there to take Cooper down for what would’ve only been a 24-yard gain, but he tried to force a fumble instead and ended up missing the tackle altogether.

It was the longest offensive play and touchdown allowed by the Redskins this season and their longest allowed since Mario Manningham and Eli Manning hooked up for a 92-yard bomb in the final game of the 2011 season. This was also the ninth-longest TD of any type in the NFL this season. The second-longest score of the year was Justin Reid’s 101-yard interception return against the Redskins four days earlier.

Moreau was the main reason that Cooper racked up 180 receiving yards on the day, which is the fourth-highest receiving yardage total by any player this season.

The second-year DB was also flagged for a defensive holding penalty on a Cowboys’ third-down play that had ended with an incompletion. The penalty allowed Dallas to burn a full three extra minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter.

His season-worst 48.7 PFF grade was the third-lowest rating on the defense.

Greg Stroman- Dunbar’s return sent Greg Stroman back to the bench. He didn’t record a stat and was not targeted on his lone defensive snap in the game.

Danny Johnson- After a disastrous two-game stretch on defense between Weeks 9 and 10, Johnson played solely on special teams for the second week in a row.

Adonis Alexander- The 2018 supplemental draft pick was inactive once again. He has only played in four games and has yet to appear on defense.


Safeties (4 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix * 70 100%
D.J. Swearinger * 70 100%
Deshazor Everett 7 10%
Montae Nicholson ST Only 0%

D.J. Swearinger- Swearinger was targeted on 3 of his 33 coverage snaps and gave up 2 receptions for 18 yards and a first down between those plays. The Cowboys scored their first touchdown of the game two plays after the 13-yard first down he gave up to tight end Blake Jarwin.

He has improved quite a bit in coverage over the last several weeks. He surrendered 120 yards in his coverage in Weeks 5-9 (30 YPG), but was responsible for just 57 yards in his last four games (14.3 YPG).

He also defended a pass thrown at Ezekiel Elliott in Thursday’s game. The PD was his team-high tenth of the season, which ties the career high that he set last year. No other safety has defended more passes in the last two seasons than Swearinger has (tied with 2017 All-Pro Kevin Byard).

Two of his 5 solo tackles against the Cowboys came after receptions he allowed, three of which were made short of the sticks. He was able to register a hurry on one of his 4 pass-rushing snaps, as well.

So, Swearinger is still playing really good football, but the problem is that he hasn’t been making a lot of big plays as of late. In Weeks 1-8, he had 4 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a sack and a 90.9 Pro Football Focus grade. Since then, his grade has fallen to 69.6 and he’s recorded 1 forced fumble and no interceptions, fumble recoveries or sacks.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had what was probably his worst game with the Burgundy and Gold.

The fifth-year safety was only targeted twice and gave up a 7-yard reception on one of those plays, but he recorded just 4 tackles (3 solo), which was his lowest total as a Redskin and didn’t notch a PD or create a turnover for the first time in three weeks. He also took poor angles on both of the Cowboys’ long TD passes, with his effort on Dallas’ 90-yarder being the most egregious of the two.

HHCD earned a season-worst 43.2 PFF grade, which was the third-lowest rating on the defense for the game.

Deshazor Everett- Deshazor Everett played 7 snaps and was in for 10% of the defensive snaps. Those are his second-highest playing-time numbers of the year and his most since Week 5 (12 snaps and 18.2% at Saints).

He recorded a season-high 2 total tackles (1 solo and 1 assist). His solo stop came on a 1-yard gain by Ezekiel Elliott on a 1st-and-10 play; Dallas went three-and-out on that drive.

Everett was not targeted on his lone coverage snap.

Montae Nicholson- Nicholson’s playing time was expected to be cut following the trade of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but most probably didn’t anticipate his reduction in PT being this extreme. Here are his defensive snap counts and percentages from Weeks 8 (his last week as a starter) to Week 12: 70 (100%) > 22 (32.4%) > 3 (4.3%) > 1 (1.6%) > 0 (0%).

As you can see, Nicholson did not play on a single defensive snap against the Cowboys. This marks the second game in a row that he set a new career low in snaps and snap percentage.

Not only has Clinton-Dix taken his starting role, but Deshazor Everett has essentially pushed him down to the fourth safety on the depth chart. Everett has out-snapped him by at least 5 in each of the last two games and has been on the field with the defense a total of 11 more times than Nicholson has in the past three weeks combined (15 to 4).

Another sign that his role on defense is diminishing, is that he’s playing more on special teams. Nicholson’s 18 specials snaps ties the career high he set in his NFL debut (Week 1 of 2017 vs. Eagles).


Defense (26 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap % Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix * 70 100% Stacy McGee 19 27%
Mason Foster * 70 100% Josh Harvey-Clemons 18 26%
Josh Norman * 70 100% Ryan Anderson 8 11%
D.J. Swearinger * 70 100% Deshazor Everett 7 10%
Ryan Kerrigan * 64 91% Casanova McKinzy 6 9%
Preston Smith * 62 89% Shaun Dion Hamilton 4 6%
Quinton Dunbar * 61 87% Greg Stroman 1 1%
Daron Payne * 57 81% Danny Johnson ST Only 0%
Zach Brown * 48 69% Montae Nicholson ST Only 0%
Jonathan Allen * 47 67% Adonis Alexander Inactive N/A
Fabian Moreau 46 66% Caleb Brantley Inactive N/A
Tim Settle 21 30% Pernell McPhee Inactive N/A
Matt Ioannidis * 20 29% Zach Vigil Inactive N/A


Special Teams (32 Players)
Player Snaps Snap % Player Snaps Snap %
Jehu Chesson 27 87% Kapri Bibbs 6 19%
Deshazor Everett 27 87% Michael Floyd 6 19%
Danny Johnson 27 87% Fabian Moreau 6 19%
Shaun Dion Hamilton 22 71% Trey Quinn 6 19%
Josh Harvey-Clemons 22 71% Jonathan Allen 5 16%
Jeremy Sprinkle 20 65% Ha Ha Clinton-Dix 5 16%
Montae Nicholson 18 58% Ryan Kerrigan 5 16%
Byron Marshall 17 55% Daron Payne 5 16%
Greg Stroman 16 52% Tony Bergstrom 4 13%
Ryan Anderson 15 48% Jonathan Cooper 4 13%
Casanova McKinzy 12 39% Austin Howard 4 13%
Tim Settle 10 32% Stacy McGee 4 13%
Dustin Hopkins 9 29% Ty Nsekhe 4 13%
Nick Sundberg 9 29% Chase Roullier 4 13%
Tress Way 9 29% Luke Bowanko 3 10%
Mason Foster 7 23% Matt Ioannidis 3 10%

Snaps- Ben Kotwica used 32 players throughout 31 special teams snaps in Thursday’s contest with the Cowboys. The group was comprised of 17 defenders, 12 offensive players and three specialists.

Deshazor Everett, Jehu Chesson and Danny Johnson tied for the team lead in specials snaps with 27 each. Everett leads all Redskins in teams snaps for the season, with 238 of them.

Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins hit on his lone field goal attempt of the day, a chip shot from 31 yards out. Unfortunately, he missed one of his three extra points, giving him his first miss of 2018. He had converted on 21 consecutive extra points prior to that.

Hop kicked off five times in the matchup. Three of his kicks went for touchbacks, one was returned for 19 yards and his final one was an onside kick that Dallas easily recovered. He’s now dropped to third in the league in touchback percentage (79.2%).

Tress Way- Tress Way’s spectacular season continued on Thanksgiving Day. His 5 punts went for 228 yards and a 45.6 net average. The Cowboys did not return one of Way’s punts, which marks just the second game in which a Washington opponent did not returned a single punt this season. He pinned Dallas’ offense inside their own 20-yard line four times, with three of those ending up inside the 9.

Way leads the league in punts inside the 20 (31) and inside-the-20 percentage (59.6%). He is the only player with more than 25 punts (among 30 qualifiers) who has not kicked a single touchback this season.

Tress Way has essentially been perfect in 2018 and he deserves to be a first-team All-Pro.

Kick Coverage- Dallas’ only special teams return of any kind was a kickoff that was fielded at the Washington 3 and taken 19 yards out to the 22. Ryan Anderson made the tackle on the play. He has recorded a specials tackle in two of the last three games.

Jehu Chesson and Cassanova McKinzy both downed one of Way’s punts inside the 20-yard line.

Kickoff Returns- The Redskins only returned one kickoff in the game, but it was a good one. Danny Johnson fielded his lone return of the day at the 12-yard line and returned it to Dallas’ 44 to set up what would become the Redskins’ second touchdown drive of the game.

The return was a career long for Johnson and the team’s longest kickoff return of the year by 17 yards.

Punt Returns- Trey Quinn returned two of Dallas’ punts and gained a season-high 40 yards between the two plays. Believe it or not, the Redskins only had 40 punt return yards on the season coming into this game, so Mr. Irrelevant single-handedly doubled that total himself.

The majority of his yardage came on a 30-yarder that gave the Skins excellent field position at the Dallas 25-yard line. No other Washington punt return had gained more than 12 yards this season (Trey Quinn in Week 1 at Cardinals). Quinn capped off the drive with the Redskins’ first touchdown of the contest three plays later.

*All statistics are courtesy of ESPN, The Football Database, NBC Sports,, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference,, Team Rankings and The Washington Post*


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