Snaps & Plays- The offense was on the field for just 45 snaps and 42 plays in Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. That is the team’s lowest snap total since 2012, which is as far as official snap data goes back, and their third-lowest number of offensive plays run since at least 1960.
Yards- The Redskins’ offense was held to a season-low 235 yards in the game. That is tied for the team’s seventh-lowest total in the Jay Gruden era (since 2014).
The offense went three-and-out or turned the ball over after three plays on half of their ten drives. They only gained 36 yards in the second half of the game (1.8 yards per play).
Their 10 first downs was also a new season low and it’s tied for their fourth-worst total in the last ten years.
Time of Possession- Perhaps they would’ve gained more yards and picked up more first downs if they had held the ball just a bit longer. Washington’s 20:41 time of possession in the game is the team’s third-worst mark in that statistic in the last 20 years.
Points- The Skins were held to just 13 points on Monday night. This was the seventh time the team has been held to 20 or fewer points this season. Washington ranks 24th in points per drive (1.77) and 27th in both points per play (0.312) and points per game (19.4) this season.
3rd Down- The offense put up an embarrassing and season-low 20% third-down conversion rate, by moving the sticks on just 2-of-10 attempts on the money down. The only two successful tries on third down came on 3rd-and-7 snaps.
This pathetic showing probably had a lot to do with the team needing to gain an average of 13.2 yards on these plays.
Red Zone- The Burgundy and Gold only reached the Eagles’ red zone once in the game, which is a new season-low for the team. Their two plays inside the 20 were a 1-yard rush and a 6-yard sack, so needless to say they did not hit pay dirt on their lone trip to the red area. This is just the third time this season the Redskins have not scored a single RZ touchdown (vs. Colts and Cowboys in Weeks 2 and 7).
Turnovers- Washington’s only giveaway of the game was a fourth-quarter interception. Their 6 turnovers (all interceptions) in the last three games is just one shy of their total from the first nine contests combined.
Injured Reserve Redskins- The Redskins now have a league-high 17 players on their injured reserve list, 14 of whom play on offense, and that doesn’t even count Colt McCoy.
|Quarterbacks (2 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Colt McCoy *||13||29%|
Colt McCoy- Colt McCoy completed all four of his passing attempts and threw for 50 yards, a first down and no touchdowns or interceptions. His 32-yard pass was his second-longest play of the game and his second-longest play of the season (53-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis on Thanksgiving).
Sadly, his shot at being a starter once again was dashed, when Malcolm Jenkins sacked him on the final play of the first quarter. McCoy fractured his fibula on the play, but amazingly stayed in for two more snaps and completed a pass on both of them; the Redskins finished the drive with their first points of the night (field goal).
McCoy’s year ends with the following stat line: 100 snaps, 54 attempts, 34 completions, 63% completion rate, 372 yards, 6.9 yards per attempt, 20 first down passes, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 78.9 passer rating and a 42.3 QBR.
He ran the ball 10 times for 63 yards and 4 first downs.
He has only played on more than 451 snaps once in his entire 9-year career (876 snaps with the Browns in 2011).
The Washington QB Carousel- McCoy’s injury will mean that Mark Sanchez will start for the Redskins at quarterback next week. It will be his first start in over three years. Sanchez will be the team’s ninth starting QB in the last decade, which equates to just under one starter per year.
This will also be the third season since 1995 that three players will have started for the team at quarterback in a single year. McCoy, Robert Griffin and Kirk Cousins each started for the Redskins in 2014. Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey and Shane Matthews all started games in 2004.
Mark Sanchez (Traditional Stats)- Mark Sanchez took over for Colt McCoy and played the final 32 offensive snaps for Skins. On his very first snap, Sanchez handed off to Adrian Peterson and watched as AP took the rock 90 yards to the house. Sadly, handing the ball to Peterson might’ve been the most impressive thing he did all night.
He completed 13 of his 21 passes (61.9%) for 100 yards (4.76 YPA) for 4 first downs, no touchdowns, an interception, 2 sacks and an 8-yard rushing first down. His 53.7 passer rating ranks second-to-last by a Redskins QB this season (Alex Smith 29.1 vs. Texans).
This was the 20th time in his career that he has posted a QB rating under 60 in a game he threw 20 or more passes in. Only Joe Flacco, Eli Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick have done that more since 2008, and they’ve had a lot more opportunities to do so.
He fumbled on one of his sacks and recovered it with the help of his butt (the butt recovery). Sanchez’s redemption of his infamous butt fumble means his career has now come full circle. He also made the tackle after the interception he threw.
The offense gained 90 yards and scored 7 points on Sanchez’s first snap, but gained just 89 yards and scored 3 points on his final 31 plays (2.87 yards per play).
Mark Sanchez (Advanced Stats)- His advanced metrics were absolutely atrocious. They are as follows: 16.9 QBR, 35.0 PFF rating and a -105.5 DVOA. Those are all easily the worst marks by a Redskins signal caller this season.
Sanchez did not complete a single pass that traveled more than 10 yards in the air and posted a 0.0 passer rating on the 10 dropbacks he was pressured on.
Sanchez Sucks (Part Whatever)- With this interception against the Eagles, Sanchez has now thrown more picks than touchdowns in his career (87 to 86). He is one of nine qualifying players (min. 1,500 attempts) in the last 20 years to have thrown more interceptions than TDs. As you can see, the following list is littered with high-profile busts like Sanchez: Joey Harrington, Davis Carr, Tim Couch, Chad Henne, Kyle Boller, Vinny Testaverde, Derek Anderson and Rex Grossman.
Think Sanchez throws picks too often? Well you don’t even know the half of it. Hold onto your butts for this next stat (pun intended): Per PFR’s index metrics, Mark Sanchez has the second-worst career era-adjusted interception percentage among qualifying passers in NFL history (84). Only Vince Ferragamo has a worse INT rate index than Sanchez (83).
The Sanchise also ranks bottom-12 all time in era-adjusted completion percentage (85, 8th worst), passer rating (86, 10th worst) and adjusted net yards per attempt (88, 11th worst).
Meet your new starting quarterback, Redskins fans!
Josh Johnson- Josh Johnson is the quintessential journeyman quarterback. The Redskins will be the 14th team - not all of which are in the NFL - that the 32-year-old signal caller has been with since he entered the league as a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft.
Johnson has not played in a regular season NFL game since 2013 and hasn’t attempted a pass in almost exactly 7 years (Week 14 of the 2011 season). Of his 390 career snaps, 252 of them came in 2009; he’s been on the field for just 99 snaps since the end of 2010, with 85 of those occurring in 2011.
He has only scored 5 touchdowns in his career and has been on the wrong end of 17 sacks, 10 fumbles and 5 interceptions. He is the owner of the following horrible career efficiency stats: 54.2% completion rate, 5.6% interception, 3.06% sack percentage and a 57.7 passer rating.
Like with Sanchez, the only reason he was signed is because he has played for one of the team’s offensive coaches in the past, with that coach being Jay Gruden in this case.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Doctson *||43||96%|
|Jamison Crowder *||29||64%|
|Maurice Harris *||28||62%|
|Jehu Chesson||ST Only||0%|
Josh Doctson- Josh Doctson caught three of the five balls thrown his way and recorded team highs in both receiving yards (51) and first downs (2).
His 32-yard reception on the Redskins’ first scoring drive of the evening was the team’s longest passing play of the game and was tied for the fourth-longest play in Doctson’s career (longest in 2018). His yardage on that play was equal to or greater than his totals in half of his career games coming into Monday night (14-of-28).
Doc lost a yard on his second reception, but took his third and final grab for 20 yards on the first play of the team’s second field goal drive. That catch gave him the second and third-longest plays on the team.
Doctson’s only target in the second half of the game came on the third play of the third quarter.
He posted a 69.9 PFF grade for the performance, which was the second-highest rating by a Redskins offensive player in the game.
The 2016 first-round pick has now topped 45 receiving yards in four of the last six weeks, which is something that he had only done in five of his first 22 games as a pro.
Jamison Crowder- Jamison Crowder returned from an ankle injury that had sidelined him for six games and played on just under two-thirds of the offensive snaps (64%).
He caught all four of his targets, gained 36 yards on those plays and picked up a first down. All of his targets came on the team’s two field goal drives, with three of those looks coming on the second such series. The former Duke Blue Devil also forced a 13-yard pass inference penalty on a 3rd-and-11 pass.
He lost 5 yards on his lone rush in the game, and the Redskins were forced to punt the ball away three plays later. For some reason, this was his only touch in the entire second half.
Maurice Harris- Maurice Harris has officially fallen off the map. He was only targeted once on his 28 snaps and 21 routes against the Eagles. What’s worse is that the Eagles recorded an interception on the play. This marks the second week in a row he was held without a catch and that one of his targets were picked off.
Let’s extend things to the last three games and look at Harris full line in those contests: 105 snaps, 73 routes, 10 targets, 1 reception, 13 yards, 1 first down, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and a 0.0 passer rating when targeted.
I’m not entirely sure how this happened after he played 98 snaps, ran 67 routes and caught 9-of-10 targets for 176 yards, 7 first downs and a 118.8 passer rating when targeted between Weeks 9 and 10. Perhaps, it’s the downgrade at quarterback or the fact that he’s lined up significantly less in the slot since in the last three games.
Michael Floyd- Floyd played on at least 40% of the offensive snaps for the fourth straight week (exactly 40%) and was targeted twice in the game. He caught one of those two passes for a 9-yard gain on a 1st-and-10 play.
The other target came on a horrible deep throw by Sanchez; if Floyd had not made the effort that he did to fight back to the ball, then the Eagles would have had an easy interception. Instead, the ball fell incomplete and Dustin Hopkins kicked a field goal on the next play.
Jehu Chesson- Another week, another game without any playing time on offense for Jehu Chesson.
Trey Quinn- It became apparent that Quinn wouldn’t suit up for this contest after he was downgraded to DNP for Saturday’s practice and arrived in Philly wearing a walking boot to protect his bad ankle.
He was surprisingly placed on IR for the second and final time on Tuesday, which officially ends his rookie campaign. Quinn played in 3 games and on 107 offensive and 16 special teams snaps this season (123 total). He caught 9 of his 10 targets for 75 yards, 5 first downs and a touchdown. His only rush of the season went for no gain. Mr. Irrelevant also still leads the team with 52 punt return yards.
As I said after the Thanksgiving Day game against the Cowboys, I will not be shocked at all if the Redskins let Crowder walk in free agency and replace him in the slot with Quinn.
He joins fellow Washington wide receivers Robert Davis, Cam Sims and Paul Richardson on the injured reserved list.
Wide Receiver Woes (Part Infinity)- The Redskins are on pace to finish the season without having any of their wide receivers reach 600 receiving yards. The last time that happened was in 1997 when Leslie Shepherd led the team with 562 yards. You have to go all the way back to 1978 to find the next such occurrence.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jordan Reed *||31||69%|
Jordan Reed- Jordan Reed caught 4-of-5 targets for one first down and 21 yards, both of which were tied for season lows.
This was his lowest target total since Week 7 (vs. Dallas). A big part of the reason for this was he was only thrown at once in the first half; that target came with 1:11 left in the second quarter.
He picked up his lone first down of the game on that play when he fought through a host of Eagles defenders to gain just enough yardage to move the chains on a Redskins’ 3rd-and-7 from just past midfield. The team finished the drive with a field goal that cut the Eagles’ lead to 1.
All of his first three receptions gained exactly 7 yards; the yardage on his last catch wasn’t counted because he lateraled the ball on the play.
Reed has nearly 20 receptions and 200 receiving yards than the player ranked second on the team in both categories.
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis caught both of his targets for a total of 15 yards and no first downs. Those opportunities came on third-down plays that were 12 and 13 yards away from the line to gain. VD didn’t have a great shot at moving the sticks on either reception, as he caught each of the passes right around the line of scrimmage.
Davis has been a model of inconsistency in the passing game this season. He’s been held to under 25 yards eight times this year, but has also topped 45 yards on four occasions. The soon-to-be 35-year-old has now followed up each of his 45-plus yard performances with these yardage totals: 15 yards, 0 yards, 0 yards and 15 yards (73 last week).
Of his 320 receiving yards in 2018, roughly 40% of them have come on his three longest plays (125), which includes both of his touchdowns.
Jeremy Sprinkle- Sprinkle played on a season-low 8 snaps and was in for less than 20% of the offensive snaps for the third time in the last five weeks and for the fifth time this season.
His 2 snaps at fullback tied a 2018 high. Perhaps this had something to do with Ryan Anderson being forced from the game with an injury.
He was not targeted on any of the three routes he ran. Sprink has only received two looks in the passing game on his 50 routes run this year (4%).
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||16||36%|
|Kapri Bibbs||ST Only||0%|
Adrian Peterson (The Touchdown)- On his fourth carry of the night and his first snap in the second quarter, Adrian Peterson broke off a 90-yard touchdown run. It was the Redskins’ only touchdown in the game and their only run that gained more than 8 yards.
AP hit a top speed of 20.84 mph on the run, which was his fastest speed in the last three seasons and the fourth-fastest by any ball carrier in Week 13.
It was not only the longest run of Peterson’s career, it was the longest rushing play in franchise history, as well. Only four offensive touchdowns in team history have gained more yards.
Only three other players over the age of 30 have ever rushed for a 90-yard plus TD (Warrick Dunn 90 yards, Herschel Walker 91 yards and Tiki Barber 95 yards). The oldest age that any of those three accomplished this feat was 32 years and 269 days old (Walker). Peterson was 33 years and 257 days old, which makes him the oldest player to rush for a touchdown of at least 90 yards by almost a full year. This also makes him the oldest player to rush for multiple touchdowns of over 50-plus yards in a single season.
This was All Day’s 16th rushing score of 50 or more yards in his career, which pushes him ahead of Barry Sanders (15) and into sole possession of first place all-time. To give you an idea of how crazy that is, consider this: Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk combined to score the same number of 50-plus yard TDs (16).
The touchdown was the 106th of Peterson’s career, which ties him with the great Jim Brown for fifth in NFL history. He is five scores away from passing Walter Payton for fourth all-time.
He gained more yards on that one carry than he did in his last two games combined (86 yards) and than he has in his four worst rushing performances this season (78 yards).
This was also AP’s third 40-yard rushing play of the season. Here are the number of runs that he hit or exceeded 40 yards on in each of his previous five seasons: 3 (2013), 0 (2014), 4 (2105), 0 (2016) and 0 (2017).
Adrian Peterson (The Rest)- The 90-yarder happened; don’t forget that when you read this section. However, if you were to subtract that run, then Peterson would’ve had a terrible game. Although, this may have something to do with the fact that he inexplicably only got five more carries after his touchdown.
He had a total of 8 yards on his other eight carries (1.0 YPC) and was not targeted in the passing game. AP was able to move the chains on a pair of 2nd-and-short runs, but he only gained more than 3 yards on two of his rushes (90 and 6) and lost yardage on three carries. Peterson leads the league by five in number of rushes that have lost yards.
Nevertheless, his 90-yard trip to the end zone was enough to earn him a season and team-high 82.4 PFF grade, his best rating since the 2015 season.
His 98-yard performance gave the dubious distinction of being one of two players to have ever scored on a 90-plus-yard run and to have not hit 100 yards in a game. In 1994, Herschel Walker also gained 98 yards in the same game he took a 91-yarder to the house in.
Peterson is tied with Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott for the most games with more than 95 yards rushing this season (6).
He currently sits at 856 yards on the season, which puts him just 144 yards (36 yards per game) away from becoming the fifth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 yards rushing at the age of 33 or older. John Riggins (twice), John Henry Johnson (twice), Franco Harris and Frank Gore also accomplished that feat.
His 1,033 yards from scrimmage and 8 touchdowns are either twice as many as what the player in second place on the team has or roughly that.
Chris Thompson- After missing six of the last seven games, Chris Thompson finally returned to the lineup. Unfortunately for Thompson and the Redskins, this was probably one of the worst games of his career.
He only gained 3 yards on his three carries, none of which picked up first downs or were considered successful. His rushing yardage total and YPC average (1.0) in this game represented the third-lowest figures of his career in a game he carried the ball in. His longest run of the day went for 7 yards, but it came on a 2nd-and-22 play. He was stopped for no gain and lost 4 yards on a pair of 1st-and-10 rushes.
CT fumbled the ball on his final carry, but was able to recover it. It was his first fumble since Week 8 of last season, and the recovery was just the second of his career (Week 13 of 2016 at Cardinals).
Thompson fared only marginally better as a receiver. He caught 3 of the 5 passes thrown his way and gained 18 yards on those plays. Unfortunately, just as it was for in the running game, none of these plays moved the chains or were successful. He was tackled 6, 7 and 13 yards away from the line to gain on his catches. He also dropped a pass for the first time since Week 2 of 2017 (at Rams).
His 46.4 PFF grade was his lowest rating since Week 17 of 2015 season.
Kapri Bibbs- Thompson’s return sent Bibb’s back to a purely special-teams role. This was the first time he did not take a single snap with the offense since being brought up to the active roster in Week 3. This was also his first game of the year without a touch of any kind (offense or special teams).
Byron Marshall- Marshall was inactive for the first time since being brought back from IR prior to the Texans game.
Samaje Perine- Perine found himself on the inactive list for the third straight game and for the eighth time this year. He’s on pace to see just 34 offensive snaps in his second year as a pro, which is 325 fewer snaps than he played as a rookie in 2017.
Redskins Rushing- Peterson’s 90-yarder was truly something to behold, but there wasn’t much else to see besides that. The team only gained 14 total yards on their 13 other carries (1.08 YPC).
They tied a season low with just 4 first downs on the ground and only gained more than 3 yards on four of their rushes. Washington runners failed to gain or lost yardage on six carries and went backwards for a total of 17 yards on those plays.
|Offensive Linemen (8 players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Morgan Moses *||45||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||45||100%|
|Trent Williams *||45||100%|
|Tony Bergstrom *||29||64%|
|Jonathan Cooper *||5||11%|
Offensive Line (Team)- The Redskins’ offensive line struggled mightily on Monday night. For one, the line was primarily responsible for allowing McCoy and Sanchez to be pressured on almost half of the team’s passing dropbacks (48.3%). Three of those pressures ended with sacks, two of which were charged to the Washington linemen. This unit gave up multiple QB hits, as well.
Outside of Peterson’s 90-yard score, things weren’t any better in the running game. As I mentioned before, the team was stuffed for no gain or a loss on 46% of their other rushes. The team ranks 25th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric.
And on top of all that, Skins O-linemen were responsible for 9 of the team’s 13 total penalties, 6 of their 10 accepted penalties and 40-of-69 penalty yards.
The Redskins are tied with the Colts for the most accepted offensive holding penalties in the league (24). In total, Washington has been flagged for holding 29 times this year (5 dismissed). The Browns are the lone team that has been called for holding more in 2018 (32). The Burgundy and Gold also trail only the Bengals in false-start infractions (22 to 21).
Trent Williams- For the second time this season (Week 3 vs. Packers), Trent Williams did not allow a single QB pressure in pass protection. He did, however, commit three total penalties (2 accepted) for the first time since Week 13 of the 2014 season (at Colts).
Williams was flagged for a holding penalty on team’s first offensive play of the game (three-and-out), nearly moved the Redskins out of field goal range with an illegal block infraction and was called for holding on a third-down play that Sanchez got sacked on (declined).
Williams has already committed as many penalties this season as he did in 2016 and 2017 combined.
He also missed a block that could’ve paved the way for Chris Thompson to score a 79-yard touchdown.
Jonathan Cooper- Jonathan Cooper tore his biceps 5 snaps into the game. He allowed 4 pressures (1 sack) and committed 4 penalties in his four games and 201 offensive snaps this season. Cooper became the fifth guard (Arie Kouadjio, Tyler Catalina, Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff) and the sixth offensive lineman (Geron Christian) on the Redskins’ injured reserved list.
Luke Bowanko- Bowanko replaced Cooper at left guard and played on what were his first offensive snaps since Week 11 of last season. Bowanko gave up a hurry and allowed a sack-fumble against Brandon Graham. He was flagged for a false start the play before Sanchez’s interception and committed an illegal block downfield penalty that was declined.
His 43.3 PFF grade ranked third-worst on the offense.
Zac Kerin- Who? The Redskins signed the former UDFA from Toledo to be a backup guard. Kerin has appeared in 16 games and played on 189 offensive snaps in his five-year career.
Chase Roullier- Roullier has somehow been the exception to the rule, as he is still the lone player on the team who has yet to miss a single snap this year. In fact, he has now gone 16 straight games in a row with a 100% snap rate.
The second-year interior lineman out of Wyoming surrendered a hit and a hurry in Monday night’s game.
Just as I finished writing this, Jay Gruden informed the media that Roullier has a knee injury which may sideline him this week against the Giants. More great news for the offense!
Demetrius Rhaney- The backup center who played in one game with the team last year was brought back on Tuesday. He may have to play on offense for the first time since 2015 if Roullier can’t go this week.
Tony Bergstrom- Bergstrom allowed a pair of hurries against the Eagles, which marks the seventh time in his last eight games he’s given up multiple QB pressures. He made it 29 snaps before suffering an ankle injury that will likely prevent him from playing for at least the next week or two.
Ty Nsekhe- Ty Nsekhe manned the right guard spot for the final 16 snaps of the game. He gave up 2 hurries and got beat for a sack on third down by Fletcher Cox, despite the fact that he committed an illegal hands to the face penalty on Cox.
Neskhe rarely plays guard, and that is, at least, in part because he is a much better tackle. However, I would much rather see him playing guard than Rhaney or Kerin.
Morgan Moses- It was yet another rough day at the office for Morgan Moses. The fifth-year right tackle allowed a team-worst 2 hits and 4 pressures (2 hurries).
He also was flagged twice for false starts, both of which stalled Redskins’ drives. Only one other player (Julie’n Davenport with 11 penalties) in the NFL has committed more penalties than Moses has this season (10).
Austin Howard- Austin Howard was the only O-lineman on the team who didn’t either start or play at least a third of the offensive snaps. He may very well take over for Ty Nsekhe as the team’s swing tackle if Nsekhe’s move to guard becomes permanent.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Offense (24 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Morgan Moses *||45||100%||Michael Floyd||18||40%|
|Chase Roullier *||45||100%||Ty Nsekhe||16||36%|
|Trent Williams *||45||100%||Adrian Peterson *||16||36%|
|Josh Doctson *||43||96%||Colt McCoy *||13||29%|
|Luke Bowanko||40||89%||Jeremy Sprinkle||8||18%|
|Mark Sanchez||32||71%||Jonathan Cooper *||5||11%|
|Jordan Reed *||31||69%||Kapri Bibbs||ST Only||0%|
|Tony Bergstrom *||29||64%||Jehu Chesson||ST Only||0%|
|Jamison Crowder *||29||64%||Austin Howard||Inactive||N/A|
|Chris Thompson||29||64%||Byron Marshall||Inactive||N/A|
|Maurice Harris *||28||62%||Samaje Perine||Inactive||N/A|
|Vernon Davis||23||51%||Trey Quinn||Inactive||N/A|
*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*
How bad will the Redskins’ offense be in the final four games of the season?
This poll is closed
The absolute worst
Somewhere in the teens
Top 12 (the fanboy answer)