Snaps- Greg Manusky used 21 of his 25 defenders on a season-high 75 defensive snaps in Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Of the four who did not play, two were inactive (Quinton Dunbar and Matt Ioannidis) and two worked exclusively on special teams (Zach Vigil and Montae Nicholson).
QB Pressure- Washington’s pass rush only pressured Carson Wentz on 25.6% of his dropbacks, which was the Redskins’ second-lowest pressure rate of the season (18.8% in Week 5 at Saints). They only hit Wentz three times on plays that weren’t penalized, and they did not record a single sack, which snaps their 18-game streak of games with at least one sack.
The pressure they were able to generate didn’t have much of an effect, either. Wentz went 6-for-10 and threw for 82 yards and a touchdown on those plays (119.6 passer rating).
Yards- The Philadelphia offense dropped 436 yards and 28 first downs on the Skins’ defense. The 28 first downs were the second most they’ve allowed in over a year (29 first downs at Buccaneers).
The Redskins had only given up 400-plus yards once in their first seven contests. They averaged 322.4 yards allowed in Weeks 1-8, which ranked fourth in the NFL.
Things, unfortunately, have changed since then. The defense has allowed 400 yards in four of the last five games. The 430.4-yards-per-game average between Weeks 9 and 13 ranks 31st in the league.
Opening Drive Scores- The defense allowed Carson Wentz and company to march 75 yards down the field and score a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. This was the fourth game in the last five weeks that the Skins have given up an opening drive score. They’ve lost all four contests.
The Falcons (8 drives) are the only team in the NFL that has given up more opening drive field goals and touchdowns than the Redskins have (6).
3rd & 4th Down- The Eagles converted on 7 of their 13 third-down tries in the game (54%), which marks the fifth time this season the defense has allowed over a 50% conversion rate. The team’s 44.1% success rate allowed on the money down in 2018 ranks 29th in the league.
Philly went for it on fourth down once on Monday night, but they were stopped 2 yards in the backfield on the play. Washington’s defense ranks third (33.3%) on fourth down this year.
If only they were as good on third down as they are on fourth, right?
Red Zone- The defense allowed a season-high tying five trips to the red zone. The Eagles scored touchdowns on three of those possessions, which gave them a 60% success rate in the red area. Washington’s defense has allowed their opponents to find the paint on over 60% of their red-zone possessions in 6 of the team’s 12 games this season.
Philly’s two unsuccessful red-zone trips ended with a turnover on downs and an interception.
Takeaways- The Skins’ only turnover of the night was an interception in their own end zone. That wouldn’t have been the case had the defense been able to recover any of the Eagles’ three fumbles in the game. This was the first time in 2018 that Washington’s opponent has fumbled multiple times and they failed to recover any of them.
The team has scored just one takeaway in their last two games combined after averaging 2.1 of them per game in their first ten contests. In fact, this was just the fifth time they didn’t record multiple takeaways this year.
Tight End Defense- The Redskins’ D didn’t allow rookie tight end Dallas Goedert to catch any of his 3 targets, but things predictably didn’t go as well with Zach Ertz.
Ertz led the Eagles with 10 targets, 9 receptions, 83 yards and 6 first downs. Those were all easily season highs for a tight end playing against the Redskins’ defense. No other player at the position had topped 5 catches or 48 yards prior to Monday’s game.
Rushing Defense- The Redskins run defense failed the team once again. On 33 rushing attempts, the Eagles gained 130 yards, averaged 3.94 yards per carry, picked up 8 first downs and scored a touchdown. The 8 first downs allowed was tied for the season high they set against the Cowboys.
Washington stopped the Philly’s rushing attack for a loss or no gain on four carries, but they gave up 11 runs of 5-plus yards, five of which gained 11 or more yards.
Josh Adams’ 85 yards on the ground was the fourth-highest rushing total allowed to a single player this year. Three of the four best individual rushing performances against the team have come in the last three games (Ezekiel Elliott with 121 yards and Lamar Miller with 86).
This is the fifth straight game in which the Redskins have allowed their opponent to gain 100-plus yards on the ground. The team’s 80.1 rushing YPG average in Weeks 1-8 ranked second in the league. They’ve fallen to 22nd with a 134.4-yard average since Week 9.
|Defensive Linemen (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Daron Payne *||65||87%|
|Jonathan Allen *||57||76%|
|Stacy McGee *||26||35%|
Jonathan Allen- This wasn’t Jonathan Allen’s worst performance, but it was far from his best showing.
He led the team with 3 pressures of Carson Wentz (all hurries) and recorded a half sack that was negated by a holding penalty in the defensive backfield.
This was the second straight week in which Allen registered multiple pressures. That used to be the norm for the second-year pro, but he didn’t generate any pressure in two of his last four games, so I think it bears mentioning.
A week after setting career highs in both total tackles (10) and defensive stops (7), Allen finished Monday’s game with just 2 assisted tackles and no stops. This was the first time he failed to record a single solo tackle or a stop since Week 1 (at Cardinals).
Allen also committed a holding penalty in this one (5 yards), which was just the second infraction of his career.
Daron Payne- Payne, on the other hand, may have actually had his worst game in the pros.
The rookie D-lineman was on the field for a career-high 65 defensive snaps, but he tied a career low with one tackle (on an 11-yard run) and didn’t record a single stop or pressure. He had failed to generate pressure or to make a stop in two other contests this season, but he had never done both in the same game until this past week.
Payne’s career-worst 35.8 PFF grade ranked dead last on the defense and among the 96 interior defenders who played 20 or more snaps in Week 13.
Look, I like Daron Payne a lot, but we need to come to grips with the fact that Derwin James was probably the better choice at #13 overall in April’s draft. Payne has just about as good a chance of making the All-Rookie team as James does at winning Rookie of the Year (81 tackles, 3 interceptions, 12 PDs, 3.5 sacks, 2 QB hits and 1 touchdown allowed). Sorry, not sorry.
Matt Ioannidis- The nine days between Thanksgiving and this past Monday were not enough for Ioannidis to recover from his shin injury.
Ioannidis has not played in the team’s last six quarters of action; the Redskins have not recorded a sack in the last six quarters. They had registered 22 sacks in the 19 quarters they played just prior to that. Call me crazy, but I think there may be a connection here.
Jay Gruden stated that Ioannidis just got a second opinion on his injury.
Stacy McGee- Stacy McGee filled in for the banged up Matty I, his first start since Week 16 of last season, and boy, did he disappoint.
McGee set season highs in snaps played (26) and snap percentage (34.7%), but failed to record a single traditional statistic or to register a pressure of any kind. Here is the full stat line in his four games this season: 62 snaps, 2 solo tackles and one QB hurry. Last year he did make 44 tackles and registered 4 hits and 11 total pressures, but he did not record a single sack or create any turnovers.
I like Stacy McGee, but this production is simply not worth the $5M per-year contract the team gave the soon-to-be 29-year-old. In all honesty, the Redskins probably went 0-for-2 with their defensive linemen signings in the 2017 offseason (Terrell McClain).
Tim Settle- After setting career highs in both snaps (21) and snap rate (30%) against the Cowboys in Week 12, Settle was in for 15 snaps and a 20% snap share, which were his second-highest playing-time figures as a pro.
Unfortunately, his only contribution to the stat sheet was a tackle that stopped a 3-yard run on a 1st-and-10 play.
Caleb Brantley- This was only the second game in which Brantley took snaps with the defense (4) since joining the team just prior to the start of the season. The second-year pro did not make any tackles, but he did generate pressure (a hurry) on one of his 3 pass-rushing snaps. The coaches should give Brantley a bit more run as soon as, if not before, the playoffs become officially out of reach.
|Outside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Preston Smith *||63||84%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||59||79%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan had what was, at the very least, a mediocre performance against the Eagles, at least by his standards.
He only generated one QB pressure (a hit) in the game, which marks just the second time he’s failed to register multiple pressures in his last 28 contests (Week 10 at Buccaneers). RyKer would’ve notched a sack (half sack) for the third straight week and for the sixth time in his last seven games, but a holding penalty by a certain swaggy safety negated it.
The Purdue product only made 2 tackles on Monday night, but they were quality ones. He tackled Golden Tate on a 1st-and-10 reception that only gained a yard and took down Josh Adams a yard behind the line of scrimmage (TFL) on a run from the Redskins’ 2-yard line; the Eagles turned the ball over on downs two plays later.
Preston Smith- Preston Smith cooled off a bit, as his sack streak was snapped at three games. He may not have recorded a sack, but he did score a team-best 2 QB hits; Wentz’s passes fell incomplete on both plays. Smith leads the team with 8 hits this season.
He gave up a reception to Zach Ertz, but took the elite tight end down for no gain on the play. Smith’s two other stops came on Philly runs that gained a yard and 2 yards. He did, however, miss a tackle for the second time this season and in as many weeks.
Smith’s 71.5 grade ranked first on the defense and second on the team. P.S. You know the game didn’t go well when the second-best grade a player on the team earned was a 71.5 out of 100.
Ryan Anderson- Anderson played 10 snaps, registered one pressure (a hurry) and recorded a solo tackle on a 17-yard Zach Ertz reception before being forced from the game with a hamstring injury. His newly acquired bulky hammy will likely sideline him for a week or two.
Pernell McPhee- Anderson’s departure from the game, didn’t materially affect McPhee’s playing time (24% snap rate). The veteran outside backer hit Carson Wentz on the second official pass of the game and made a tackle on a 3-yard Josh Adams run, but was quiet, outside of that.
The hit was McPhee’s sixth of the year, which ranks third on the team and is very solid for a backup pass rusher; the problem is that he hasn’t sacked a quarterback in almost 14 months (10/22/2017 vs. Panthers). He’s also missed tackles (2) as often as he’s made a stop or recorded a TFL (2 combined) this season.
Marcus Smith- The 2014 first-round bust was signed to fill in for Anderson while he vacations in the trainer’s room.
Smith has played in 51 games and on 665 snaps, but he’s never started once and has only recorded 6.5 sacks and 8 QB hits on his 360 career pass rushes.
|Inside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Mason Foster *||75||100%|
|Zach Brown *||68||91%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||5||7%|
|Zach Vigil||ST Only||0%|
Zach Brown- Zach Brown’s bid to reclaim his role as the alpha dog on the inside backer depth chart continued on Monday.
His 90.7% snap rate represented his best playing-time clip since Week 13 of last season. He led or tied for the team lead in solo tackles (8), total tackles (9), stops (4) and TFLs (2).
One of those TFLs was made on a 4th-and-1 run from the Redskins’ 1-yard line. The speedy ILB burst across the line of scrimmage on the play and tackled Josh Adams 2 yards in the backfield.
Brown forced a fumble that fell out of bounds and registered a hurry on one of his 7 snaps as a pass rusher, as well.
ZB was not blemish-free in Philly, though. He missed a tackle, albeit for just the third time this season. Brown also gave up receptions on all 4 targets thrown into his coverage for a total of 49 yards and 3 first downs. One of the first-down grabs he allowed came on a 3rd-and-5 Eagles’ pass; Wentz threw a touchdown three plays later.
Long story short, Brown can still tackle with the best of them, but his coverage skills still leave a lot to be desired.
Mason Foster- Foster played on 100% of the snaps for the 10th straight game. Playing time aside, his struggles persisted.
He tied a season low with 5 tackles (all solo) with only one of those coming within two yards of the line of scrimmage (no gain) and missed a tackle for the seventh straight week. He did score a hurry one of his rushes, but that was his only pressure in the last five games. Foster also failed to force a turnover for the sixth time in his last seven games.
Worst of all, Mase allowed receptions on all four of his targets and was unable to make the tackle on any of them. The Eagles gained a total of 44 yards and picked up 3 first downs on those plays. Foster has allowed an average of 4.4 receptions, 50 receiving yards and 2.6 first downs per game over the course of the last five weeks.
He earned a 43.6 PFF grade for his performance on Monday Night Football, which was the third lowest grade among Redskins’ defenders in the game.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- After only playing on special teams in each of his first ten games, Hamilton appeared on defense for the second consecutive week. He also narrowly topped his 5 snaps and 5.7% snap rate against the Cowboys with 6 snaps and a 6.7% playing-time clip. All five of his plays on Monday night were on run defense.
He still has yet to record a defensive statistic this season.
Josh Harvey-Clemons- Josh Harvey-Clemons only played one defensive snap against the Eagles, which was easily a season low. He had seen the field for at least 8 snaps in every other game this year and had hit that number in all but one of his last 17 games (3 snaps at Chargers in Week 14 of last year).
Tell me why the team’s top coverage linebacker was in for one play when their opponent passed the ball nearly 40 times (39), because I’m not quite sure what prompted this drop in playing time for JHC (18 snaps at Cowboys).
Unsurprisingly, Harvey-Clemons did not crack the stat sheet for the first time this season.
Zach Vigil- Zach Vigil made it onto the gameday roster after being inactive for two of the team’s last three contests. He played solely on special teams for the
273rd 8th straight game.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Norman *||75||100%|
|Fabian Moreau *||52||69%|
Josh Norman- Josh Norman struggled in most of the team’s first six games this season, but has played quite well since. He produced another pretty solid effort on Monday night.
With Dunbar sidelined, Norman resumed his shadow coverage duties. This week J-No was matched up with Alshon Jeffery, who he was largely responsible for holding to 3 receptions for 37 yards, 3 first downs and no touchdowns.
Norman didn’t cover Jeffrey in every single snap though, so his coverage stats are a bit different: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 27 yards, 2 first downs, 0 TDs and an interception (53.1 passer rating against).
Norman recorded his third pick of the year when he jumped Jeffery’s slant route and caught the ball 2 yards deep in the end zone; he returned the ball 40 yards out to the Washington 38. That INT ended a 70-yard Philadelphia drive and was the second-longest return of his career (46-yard INT return at Bucs in Week 4 of the 2015 season).
His 3 picks on the year is tied for the most he’s ever recorded in a single season with the Redskins and is just one shy of his career high of four (2015).
He made 2 tackles in the game, one of which stopped the Eagles a yard shy of the sticks on a third-down play.
Fabian Moreau- The uber-athletic Moreau has gone back-and-forth between good and bad games over the past month, fortunately, this was one of his plus showings.
He was targeted a team-high seven times, but only surrendered 2 receptions for 21 yards and a single first down on those throws. Moreau also scored a team-best 2 pass defenses, one of which came on third down. Those were, surprisingly, just the third and fourth PDs of his career.
The former UCLA DB made a game and career-high 9 tackles (7 solos). He forced a fumble inside Washington’s red zone on one of those plays, but Corey Clement recovered the ball and the Eagles found the end zone three plays later. Moreau’s career-best 3 forced fumbles are tied for the most on the team (Josh Norman and D.J. Swearinger).
His 68.3 PFF grade ranked third on the defense.
So why did Moreau play so well against the Texans and Eagles and so poorly against the Bucs and Cowboys? Well, one thing we can point to is that he plays primarily as an outside corner in the former set of contests and lined up mostly in the slot in the other two games.
Greg Stroman- The rookie seventh-round pick played on 61 defensive snaps and an 81.3% snap rate against the Eagles, both numbers represented were the second-highest of Stroman’s young career. He lined up in the slot on 42 of his snaps (69%).
He had 6 targets thrown his way and allowed 5 receptions for 57 yards, 2 first downs and a touchdown on those passes. Most of that damage was done by Golden Tate, who caught a 6-yard TD against Stroman and beat him for a 32-yard gain on a 3rd-and-9 play, which was the Eagles’ second-longest play of the game. He has given up at least 40 receiving yards in every game he’s played more than one defensive snap in.
Stroman hit Wentz on his lone blitz of the night, but was flagged for roughing the passer for it. The penalty set the Eagles inside the Washington red zone and they scored on the very next play (14-yard Sproles run).
He did, at least, set new career highs in both solo (6) and total tackles (7). Two of those tackles were counted as stops, as he shut down a 1st-and-10 run for no gain and made a tackle a yard shy of the sticks on a third-down reception by Agholor.
Adonis Alexander- Alexander finally made his first career appearance on defense. He was inactive for seven of the team’s first 11 games and only worked in on special teams in four games he had suited up in.
The rookie supplemental draft pick out of Va. Tech played 10 snaps against the Eagles, seven of which came in coverage. He was targeted twice and gave up a chain-moving third-down reception to Zach Ertz on one of those plays. Alexander tackled Ertz after he had gained 6 yards on the catch.
He also made a tackle 3 yards shy of the line to gain on a 2nd-and-10 Josh Adams rush.
Danny Johnson- Danny Johnson came in to replace an injured Fabian Moreau for 5 snaps and promptly gave up a 4-yard touchdown to Jordan Matthews four plays after Moreau left the game.
Johnson has only played 41 coverage snaps across four games and has given up 7 first downs and 2 touchdowns on those plays (9 total first downs). His 3.54 yards-per-coverage snap this year ranks third-worst among all players with at least 20 plays in coverage.
Quinton Dunbar- Dunny’s nerve issues in his leg landed him on the inactive list for the fifth and final time in 2018. Unfortunately, it’s the final time it will happen this year, because the team placed him on injured reserve two days after the game.
You have to wonder if Dunbar would’ve been able to return at some point this season if the team didn’t rush him back twice in a six-game span. Nevertheless, he is gone for now and all we can do is briefly reflect on what he did this year before we look ahead to his return in 2019.
In his age-26 campaign, QD set career season highs in both starts and snaps, and he did that despite playing in eight fewer games than he did last year. He also set new personal records with 2 interceptions, 9 passes defended, 39 tackles and 10 stops. His 9 PDs somehow still rank second on the team.
That’s all great, but I think people are overlooking the fact that he had his fair share of both ups, as well as downs. Dunbar surrendered career worsts in receiving yardage (372) and touchdowns (5) allowed. And, no, that was not because of increased playing time; he played between 300 and 375 snaps in each of the last three years.
Dunbar is under contract at the price of roughly $4.5M for his age-27 and 28 seasons.
|Safeties (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *||75||100%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||75||100%|
|Montae Nicholson||ST Only||0%|
D.J. Swearinger- Swearinger has not been playing at an “All-Pro” level for the past several weeks, and this game was no exception; in fact, this may have very well been his worst game of the year.
He did not score a PD or pick off any passes for the third time in his last five games, nor did he record a sack, force a fumble or recover a fumble for the fifth time in the last six weeks. I know, he has spoiled us, right?
The real problem was that he allowed season highs in receptions (5), first downs (4) and receiving yards (90) on his 35 coverage snaps and 6 targets. He was credited for giving up a 39-yard reception to Nelson Agholor, which was the Eagles’ longest play of the game, on the 90-yard touchdown drive.
On top of all that, Swearinger was flagged for a holding penalty on a third-down play which gave the Eagles a new set of downs and negated what would’ve been the Redskins’ only sack of the game.
Three of his 4 solo tackles came after receptions he allowed, and none of them were made within 4 yards of the line of scrimmage. He missed a tackle, as well.
On the bright side, DJ was able to register a pressure for the third consecutive week.
Swearinger’s 37.2 Pro Football Focus grade was the third-lowest rating on the team and his worst such mark since Week 7 of 2017 (33.3 at Eagles). He has fallen to fourth in PFF’s year-long grading, behind Eddie Jackson, Derwin James and Jamal Adams.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- Sure, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix took another poor angle on a play the opposition scored on (Sproles’ 14-yard TD run) and he didn’t make any big plays (no picks, PDs, pressures or fumbles), but he also didn’t have a horrible game, either.
HHCD was only targeted once on his 38 coverage snaps and gave up a 7-yard reception on the play that stopped Golden Tate a yard shy of the line to gain. It was one of his 7 tackles on the night, which marks the fourth time he has reached at least 7 takedowns in his five games with the team. Clinton-Dix’s 32 total tackles since he joined the team in Week 9, rank fourth among all defensive backs in the NFL.
The Redskins traded a fourth-round pick to help them reach the playoffs, which it looks like they aren’t going to do. Clinton-Dix hasn’t played particularly well for them, either. Add it all up and this has the looks of yet another failed trade for the Redskins.
Deshazor Everett- Deshazor Everett played on more than 6% of the defensive snaps for the third consecutive week, which is something he had only done three times in the team’s first nine games.
The former cornerback also teamed up with Jonathan Allen to stop Josh Adams 4 yards shy of the sticks on a 2nd-and-7 run late in the fourth quarter. This was his third game with a tackle in the last four weeks; Everett did not record any tackles on defense in Weeks 1-9.
Montae Nicholson- Nicholson, who celebrated his 23rd birthday the day after the game, did not get an early present from Greg Manusky and Torrian Gray. When I say that, I mean they didn’t let him play on their defense for the second straight game.
Nicholson did set a new career high with a 72% special teams snap rate, though. Cool.
So, if I’m understanding this playing-time paradigm correctly, the new Deshazor Everett is the old Deshazor Everett (i.e.: like 5 snaps per game), and the new Montae Nicholson is what Everett was right before Clinton-Dix arrived (i.e.; like no snaps per game). I think I got it, I guess.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Defense (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ha Ha Clinton-Dix *||75||100%||Tim Settle||15||20%|
|Mason Foster *||75||100%||Ryan Anderson||11||15%|
|Josh Norman *||75||100%||Adonis Alexander||10||13%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||75||100%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||5||7%|
|Zach Brown *||68||91%||Deshazor Everett||5||7%|
|Daron Payne *||65||87%||Danny Johnson||5||7%|
|Preston Smith *||63||84%||Caleb Brantley||4||5%|
|Greg Stroman||61||81%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||1||1%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||59||79%||Montae Nicholson||ST Only||0%|
|Jonathan Allen *||57||76%||Zach Vigil||ST Only||0%|
|Fabian Moreau *||52||69%||Quinton Dunbar||Inactive||N/A|
|Stacy McGee *||26||35%||Matt Ioannidis||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams (30 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jehu Chesson||22||88%||Nick Sundberg||7||28%|
|Deshazor Everett||22||88%||Ryan Anderson||5||20%|
|Zach Vigil||22||88%||Mason Foster||5||20%|
|Danny Johnson||20||80%||Daron Payne||5||20%|
|Montae Nicholson||18||72%||Caleb Brantley||4||16%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||17||68%||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||4||16%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||17||68%||Ryan Kerrigan||4||16%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||16||64%||Tony Bergstrom||3||12%|
|Kapri Bibbs||13||52%||Luke Bowanko||3||12%|
|Adonis Alexander||12||48%||Pernell McPhee||3||12%|
|Dustin Hopkins||9||36%||Morgan Moses||3||12%|
|Tress Way||9||36%||Ty Nsekhe||3||12%|
|Michael Floyd||8||32%||Chase Roullier||3||12%|
|Tim Settle||8||32%||Greg Stroman||2||8%|
|Jonathan Allen||7||28%||Maurice Harris||1||4%|
Snaps- Ben Kotwica utilized 17 defenders, 10 offensive players and 3 specialists (30 total players) over the course of the Redskins’ 25 special teams snaps on Monday night. Seven players saw the field only on special teams (Dustin Hopkins, Tress Way, Nick Sundberg, Jehu Chesson, Kapri Bibbs, Zach Vigil and Montae Nicholson).
Deshazor Everett, Chesson and Vigil led the team with 22 specials snaps a piece. Chesson has tied Everett for the most snaps on this unit in each of the past seven games.
Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins hit on field goals from 44 and 47 yards out against the Eagles. Those were Hopkins’ 24th and 25th field goals from a distance between 40 and 49 yards away, which breaks that tie he had with Kai Forbath for the most such kicks in franchise history. He is three 40-yarders away from passing Shaun Suisham (27) for third all-time and 13 away from passing Chip Lohmiller (37).
Hopkins’ 7 points in the game (2 field goals and 1 extra point) pushed him to 350 career points and past Art Monk for sixth all-time by a Redskins player. He is under contract for the next two years, so, in all likelihood, he will eventually move into third place behind only Lohmiller and Mark Moseley.
Three of his four kicks went for touchbacks; the one that was returned was stopped at the Eagles’ 22 yard-line.
Tress Way- Tress Way punted the ball off a season-high tying six times for 290 yards and 271 net yards, both of which were also 2018 highs for him.
His 59-yarder that pinned the Eagles’ at their own 16-yard line was tied for his second-longest kick of the season. His other punt inside the 20 set the Eagles’ offense up at their own 15.
Way has pinned Washington’s opponents inside their 20-yard line multiple times in each of the last eight games. He still leads the league in punts inside the 20 (33) and inside-the-20 percentage (56.9%). Unfortunately, the Skins’ pathetic offense may prevent him from setting a record in the latter category.
Kick Coverage- Zach Vigil ended Philly’s only kickoff return of the night at the 22. Vigil has made a specials tackle in five of his last six games.
Danny Johnson and Jehu Chesson teamed up to take down Darren Sproles at the Eagles’ 16-yard line after a gain of 4 yards. Johnson is tied with Deshazor Everett for the most total ST tackles on the team (6). Everett stopped a Sproles’ longest return of the night (14 yards) at the Skins’ own 40.
New special teams ace (Ha Ha), Montae Nicholson, held Sproles to a gain of 1 yard when he took him down at the Philadelphia 27-yard line.
Kickoff Returns- All six of Jake Elliot’s kickoffs went for touchbacks, so for just the second time in the last calendar year, the Redskins did not return a single kickoff. Danny Johnson worked as the primary return man on all six kicks.
Punt Returns- There wasn’t many opportunities to pick up a lot of return yardage on Philadelphia punts, because the Eagles only punted the ball away twice in the game.
Greg Stroman was sent out to field their first punt and was only able to gain 1 yard before being tackled at the 30-yard line. Mo Harris was back to return the second and final punt, but he ended up fair catching the ball at the 10.
The Redskins still rank dead last in number of punts returned (10) and punt return yards (81). They trail the 31st rank in both categories by 5 punts and 5 yards.
*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*
What’s wrong with the Redskins’ defense?
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The Alabama Wall is fake news
A lack of a consistent pass rush from the OLBs
The inside linebackers can’t cover
D.J. Swearinger is the only safety the team can count on
They are not clutch when it counts (3rd down, 4th down, red zone, end of game)
Greg Manusky’s play calling
The offense puts them in too many bad situations (game flow, time of possession, etc.)