Snaps- The Redskins’ offense was on the field for 61 snaps on Sunday against the Packers. Jay Gruden used 18 of his 24 offensive players and one defender (Ryan Anderson) on those snaps.
Of the six who didn’t play, four were inactive (Samaje Perine, Geron Christian, Michael Floyd and Shawn Lauvao), one played exclusively on special teams (Casey Dunn) and one was active, but did not take a snap of any kind (Colt McCoy).
Points- The team put up 28 points in the first half of Sunday’s matchup. The last time they scored that many points in the first half was in the 2012 Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys.
The Skins ended up beating the Pack by 14, which marks their second win by 14 or more points this season. They only won two games by a margin of 14 in both 2016 and 2017. The only time the Redskins won more games by 14-plus points in the Jay Gruden era was in 2015, when they won three such contests.
The Redskins currently have a point differential of plus-20 this season, which is the fifth highest point differential in the NFL and the second highest in the NFC.
Yards- Washington finished the day with 386 yards of total offense, making this their third straight outing with 330 or more yards. The team ranks 10th in the league in offensive yardage (1,149) going into the bye week.
Long Drive- The Redskins drove 98 yards down the field and scored a touchdown on a second-quarter drive against the Packers. This marked the team’s longest TD drive since the 1999 season, when they marched 99 yards down the field against the Bears.
This was only their second touchdown drive of 95 or more yards since Jay Gruden took over as head coach in 2014. The other one came in Week 10 of the 2015 season when they took a drive 96 yards for a touchdown against the Saints.
2nd Half Slumping- The Redskins scored 28 of their 31 points against the Packers in the first half. They have only put up a total of 12 points after halftime this season and have yet to score a touchdown in either the third or fourth quarter. They rank 31st in the NFL, ahead of only the Cardinals (6 points), in second-half scoring this year.
The offense only gained 63 of their 386 total yards in the second half of Sunday’s game, which means 84% of their yardage total was accrued in the first half of the contest.
Big Play Day- The offense gained 30 or more yards on four plays against the Packers. They had only hit on two such plays in Weeks 1 and 2 combined. That total also matches their season high for last year (at Saints and versus Broncos).
That’s not all, though. Three of those plays actually went for 40 or more yards, which is a feat the team had not accomplished since they did it twice in 2016 (versus Packers and at Bears).
3rd Down- Alex Smith and company moved the chains on 5 of the 11 third downs they faced in the game (45.5%). They needed to gain five or more yards on three of those conversions, while the other two required only a yard to move the chains. The average yards-to-go on the third downs they didn’t convert was 10.2.
This marks the first time since Weeks 2-7 of last year that the team converted on at least a third of their third-down attempts in three or more consecutive games. Unfortunately, this isn’t that flattering of a stat.
The Redskins rank 21st in the league with a 42.1% conversion rate on the money down this season.
Red Zone- After going 0-for-2 in the red area last week, Washington scored touchdowns on 3-of-5 red-zone possessions in this past Sunday’s contest. They’ve hit or bested that scoring rate several times in the last calendar year, but they had not made five-plus trips to the red area in a game since Week 16 of 2016 (at Bears).
|Quarterbacks (2 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Alex Smith *||61||100%|
Alex Smith (Traditional Stats)- Alex Smith completed 12 of his 20 passing attempts (60%) for 220 yards (11.0 YPA), 7 first downs, 2 touchdowns and an interception, his first since Week 14 of last season.
He topped a 110 passer rating for the second time this season (110.4) and his YPA average was his best such mark since Week 13 of last year, but his attempt, completion, yardage and first down totals were all new 2018 lows. He was not sacked for the first time since Week 16 of 2016.
Almost all of Smith’s production came in the first half, as he completed just 2-of-5 passes for a total of 6 yards and no first downs in the third and fourth quarters combined. He actually did more damage with his legs than he did with his arm after halftime.
Alex Smith (Rushing)- Smith gained 22 rushing yards on his five non-kneel-down runs against the Packers. He picked up first downs on all three of his rushes on third down, which accounted for half of the team’s third-down conversions in the game. Alex Smith has rushed for at least one first down in each of his last five games (including playoffs).
Alex Smith (Advanced Stats)- He ranked 3rd in adjusted net yards per attempt (10.75) and 10th in both QBR (79.3) and Raw QBR (87.2) among all qualifying quarterbacks this week.
Smith went 6-for-7 and gained 149 yards on play-action passes (21.3 YPA), and scored both of his touchdowns on these plays, but he also threw his lone interception on a PA pass.
He set new season highs in deep passing completions (2), receiving yards (96) and touchdowns (1). Check out his Next Gen Stats chart below for more details on his passing distances.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jamison Crowder *||37||61%|
Paul Richardson- Paul Richardson didn’t start for the first time this season, but played 45 snaps and ran 22 routes in what was his 50th career regular-season contest. He only caught one of his two targets on the day, but that catch was a huge one.
On the fourth play of the game, Alex Smith threw Richardson a 46-yard touchdown pass to give the Redskins their first opening-drive score of the year. It was also the first touchdown by a Washington wide receiver this season and the second longest play of P-Rich’s career (61-yard TD versus the Jaguars in Week 14 of last season). Somewhat disappointingly, that one catch gave him his 12th highest receiving total for a single game in his five-year career.
He leads all Redskins wideouts in receiving yards (131), first downs (5) and touchdowns (1) going into the bye week.
Jamison Crowder- Crowder was the only Washington receiver to start in the game, but ranked third on the team’s WR corps in snaps (37) and routes (19) against Green Bay. The Skins’ top slot man caught all four of his targets for a season-high 39 yards, 2 first downs and his first touchdown of the year. He didn’t score his first touchdown last year until Week 12.
Crowder also took a 2nd-and-12 rush for a gain of 6 yards. That run put Crowder up to 35 rushing yards on the year, a total which ranks second among all wide receivers, behind only Sammy Watkins’ 51 rushing yards.
With his third catch on Sunday, Crowder hit 200 receptions for his career. Like Richardson, Crowder was playing in his 50th career game, which makes him the fourth fastest player in franchise history to hit the 200-catch milestone in terms of number of games played. The only Redskins who did it faster are Jordan Reed (38 games), Gary Clark (43 games) and Charley Taylor (47 games).
Josh Doctson- Josh Doctson led the team’s wide receivers in both snaps (47) and routes run (22) for the third time in a row this season. Yet he did not haul in a single one of his 3 targets in the game.
I could keep comparing Doctson to the rest of the receivers on the Redskins’ roster, but that wouldn’t do him justice in terms of explaining how bad he’s been in 2018. Doctson’s 188 snaps and 107 routes on the year rank 17th and 28th among all wide receivers, respectively; however, his 48 receiving yards only ranks 91st at the position.
There are 30 combined players ranked ahead of him in either snaps played or routes run, and all but four of them have tripled Doctson’s receiving yardage output so far (Ryan Grant, Laquon Treadwell, Taylor Gabriel and Amari Cooper).
I do need to be fair to Doctson by telling you he forced two pass-interference penalties for a total of 15 yards against the Packers, one of which was in the end zone and set the offense up to score a touchdown on the following play.
Maurice Harris- Maurice Harris played for the fist time since Week 1 of the preseason and made his first appearance of the 2018 regular season. Harris worked as a run blocker on all nine of his snaps in the game.
Brian Quick- Quick was only in for one offensive snap against Green Bay. He has only topped 6 offensive snaps three times in his 13 games as a member of the Redskins.
Michael Floyd- Michael Floyd, who was signed to the roster a week ago, was inactive for Sunday’s game. Floyd only managed to net 78 receiving yards on 78 routes run (1.0 YPRR) and 17 targets (4.6 YPT) last year with the Vikings.
Wideout Woes- All of the Redskins’ wide receivers have combined for 258 receiving yards this season. Meanwhile, there are 33 individual players who have gained over 200 receiving yards through the first three games of the year.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jordan Reed *||40||66%|
|Vernon Davis *||37||61%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||24||39%|
Jordan Reed- Jordan Reed started and played on a season-best 66% of the snaps. Reed led the team in targets (7) and tied for the lead in receptions (4) and receiving first downs (2). His 65 receiving yards represented his highest such total since the 2016 Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Cowboys (95 yards).
Reed’s longest play of the game was a 34-yard catch and run on third down that moved the offense from the Washington 6-yard line to the 40. This was not only Reed’s longest catch of the season, it was the second longest play of his entire career; his longest play was the 38-yarder he caught in Week 7 of his rookie season (2013) against the Bears.
His lone major blemish of the afternoon occurred when he stopped on a route and left HaHa Clinton-Dix all alone to make an easy interception.
Reed earned a 78.0 PFF rating for his performance on Sunday, the third highest mark on the team.
J-Reed currently ranks 4th in targets (20), 4th in receptions (14), 8th in receiving yards (169), 8th in yards per route run (2.30) and 9th in receiving first downs (7) among all tight ends this season.
If Jordan Reed can somehow catch 11 balls in his next two games combined, he would tie Kellen Winslow as the fastest tight end to reach 300 receptions in NFL history (57 games).
Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis made his second start of the year and played on a season-high 61% of the snaps.
Davis finally broke out of his slump, as he caught both of his targets for first downs and racked up a team-high 70 receiving yards, his highest total since Week 10 of last season (76 yards versus the Vikings).
Davis’ first catch came on the opening drive of the game when he caught a 20-yard pass from Smith on third down; Smith’s TD pass to Paul Richardson came on the very next play.
VD gained a whopping 50 yards on his next reception, which was his longest catch since Week 4 of last season (a 69-yarder in Kansas City). This was the Redskins’ longest play of the day and their second longest play of the entire season. The offense scored another touchdown against the Packers three plays later.
Washington’s oldest player also led the team in YAC (42 yards), yards per route run (7.78 yards) and average separation at the catch point (3.8 yards).
He was not without fault in this game, though. Davis was penalized 15 yards for taunting and committed a 10-yard holding foul that stalled a Washington drive in Packers’ territory.
Jeremy Sprinkle- The Redskins maintained a double-digit lead over the Packers for most of the afternoon, which afforded them the opportunity to run the ball quite a lot. When they’re winning they run it more, and when they run more, Jeremy Sprinkle plays more.
He started for the first time this season and for the sixth time in his 14-game career. After only seeing an 18% snap percentage in the Week 2 loss against the Colts, Sprinkle more than doubled that snap rate with a 39% playing-time clip against the Packers. Of his 24 snaps, 17 of them came as a run blocker. He has yet to be targeted in the passing game this season.
Sprinkle posted the second worst PFF grade on the team (42.4), so I guess his run blocking wasn’t quite up to par in this one.
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||32||52%|
Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson had his most productive game as a rusher since the 2015 season. AP gained 120 rushing yards, avoided 6 tackles, had 81 yards after contact, ran for 10 or more yards on four totes, picked up 6 first downs and scored 2 touchdowns on his 32 snaps and 19 carries.
The last time Peterson had as many runs of 10-plus yards and gained at least that many total rushing yards and yards after contact was Week 9 of last year (Cardinals @ 49ers). He last scored multiple touchdowns two weeks prior, in Week 7 of that season (vs. Buccaneers). You have to go back to 2015 to find the last time he had more rushing first downs and/or had a higher YPC average than the 6.32 clip he produced Sunday against the Packers.
Roughly a third of his yardage came on a 41-yard carry which set the Redskins up in the red zone to score their third touchdown of the afternoon. That was AP’s longest rush since an 80-yarder against the Raiders in Week 10 of 2015. Peterson reached a top speed of 20.25 miles per hour on the play, the 18th fastest speed by a ball carrier in Week 3. It was the Redskins’ longest run since Chris Thompson took a 61-yard rush to the house against the Rams in Week 2 of last season.
Peterson only lost yardage on one of his runs on Sunday (-2) and posted a 53% success rate against Green Bay. He was not targeted in the passing game for the first time since Week 6 of last year. His 69.6 PFF rating ranked third on the offense.
Somehow, at the age of 33, Peterson ranks 3rd in rushing attempts (56), 5th in rushing yards (236), tied for 4th in rushing touchdowns (2) and tied for 6th in rushing first downs (11).
Adrian Peterson (TD Records)- All Day’s two rushing scores on Sunday moved him past Shaun Alexander and Marshall Faulk and into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time rushing TD list. Peterson, who now sits at 102 career rushing touchdowns, is just three TDs away from passing Redskins’ great John Riggins for sixth all-time and is five scores away from passing possibly the greatest running back ever, Jim Brown, and entering the top five.
This was his 25th career game with multiple rushing touchdowns. Only LaDainian Tomlinson (38 games), Emmitt Smith (36 games) and Jim Brown (27 games) have scored two or more rushing TDs in more games.
Ryan Anderson- Ryan Anderson lined up as a fullback on both of Adrian Peterson’s 2-yard touchdown runs in the game. Peterson and the Redskins have scored TDs on all three plays in which Anderson has operated as the team’s fullback this season.
Washington scored on three of Anderson’s six offensive snaps last season. That means the team has found the end zone on 66% (6-of-9) of Ryan Anderson’s career snaps on offense.
Chris Thompson- Chris Thompson saw his snap total halved from 50 against the Colts to 25 this week, because of a very positive game script. CT was also much less efficient with his opportunities than he typically is.
For one, Thompson only gained 17 yards on his six rushes. None of his runs went for first downs or were considered successful and only one of his carries gained more than 3 yards (a 5-yarder).
What’s most surprising is that Thompson was only targeted twice and caught a single pass for no gain. You have to go all the way back to Week 14 of the 2016 season (at Eagles) to find the last time Thompson failed to gain positive receiving yardage in a game.
Samaje Perine- Samaje Perine was inactive for the third straight week to start the season. He has now missed as many games this season (3) as he did in three years at Oklahoma and as an NFL rookie combined.
This was to be expected in Weeks 1 and 2, but most assumed that Kelley’s placement on IR would give Perine an opportunity to at least dress for game day. The team decided to go with Kapri Bibbs as their third active RB, instead.
Kapri Bibbs- In what was his 2018 regular season debut, Kapri Bibbs played 6 snaps on offense, with four of those plays occurring on a single late fourth-quarter drive. On that drive, Bibbs took his only two touches of the game for gains of one and two yards (3 yards total).
Redskins Rushing- On 35 carries against the Packers, the Washington offense gained 166 yards on the ground, picked up 9 first downs and scored a season-high 2 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers gave the Skins a 2018-best 4.74 YPC average, which is a mark they have not topped since the 2017 contest against the Rams last September.
The Skins’ ground game rushed for five or more yards nine times and gained at least 12 yards on four carries; the team only failed to gain positive yardage on one of their 33 non-kneel-down runs. However, many of those runs went for a yard or two and the team’s rushing success rate on them was just 39.4%.
Washington’s rushers also combined to avoid 9 tackles and gain 103 yards after contact.
The Redskins currently rank 1st in rushing attempts (99), 4th in rushing yards (413), 5th in rushing first downs (23), 10th in rushing touchdowns (3) and 12th in yards per carry (4.17). Those are some very impressive numbers, but they are a bit misleading because the team only ranks 15th in first down percentage (23.2%) and 20th in success rate (43%).
|Offensive Linemen (9 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||61||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||61||100%|
|Brandon Scherff *||61||100%|
|Trent Williams *||61||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||16||26%|
|Casey Dunn||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- For the first time since Week 16 of last season the Redskins quarterback was not sacked three times; in fact, Alex Smith was not “officially” sacked once on Sunday. You have to go all the way back to Week 16 of the 2016 season to find the last time Smith was not sacked at least once in a game.
On top of all of that, Smith was barely touched (1 or 2 hits depending on what source you use) and was pressured on 9 of 24 dropbacks (37.5% pressure rate). All in all, that makes for a pretty solid day in pass protection by the Redskins’ O-line.
The line also paved the way for the team to gain 148 rushing yards on 29 designed runs in the game (5.1 YPC). Only one Redskins’ rushing play was blown up for a loss (-2 yards) and the team picked up the first down or scored a touchdown on all four of their rushes with one or two yards remaining to the line to gain.
Trent Williams- Trent Williams played every offensive snap for the first time since Week 11 of last season (at Saints) and did not allow a single pressure for the first time since Week 6 of last season (at 49ers). This was also Williams’ only game without a penalty all year long. His 78.6 PFF grade against the Packers ranked first on the offense and second on the team.
He will undergo a minor procedure to fix a bursa sac issue in his knee sometime in the next week. The surgery was scheduled and is not expected to sideline Williams for the team’s Week 5 Monday night matchup against the Saints.
Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses only played 16 snaps (26% snap rate) prior to being pulled from the game for concussion symptoms. The only other time Moses has played fewer than half of the snaps since taking over as the starter in 2015, was in Week 13 of last season (vs. the Cowboys), when he also was in for just 16 snaps.
He gave up one pressure (a hurry) on his 9 pass-blocking snaps.
Ty Nsekhe- Nsekhe replaced Moses at right tackle for the game’s final 45 snaps and struggled mightily in that role. He did not technically allow a pressure, but this was only because the sack he gave up to Clay Matthews was negated by a ridiculous roughing-the-passer penalty.
He did, however, commit a game and career-high three accepted penalties. Nsekhe committed two 5-yard false start infractions and was penalized 10 yards for holding (20 total penalty yards), with all three penalties resulting in stalled drives for the offense. He was responsible for half of the Redskins’ accepted penalties in the game.
Brandon Scherff- The former first-round pick was in for every offensive snap, but did not play at the level that we’re accustomed to seeing from him. Scherff allowed a team-high 3 pressures and surrendered the only hit on Alex Smith. He was tagged with a career-worst 44.5 PFF grade for the performance.
Scherff only practiced on a limited basis for most of the week because of the knee injury he suffered against the Colts. It seems like the injury may be the reason behind his struggles on Sunday. He should benefit from the upcoming bye week.
Chase Roullier- Chase Roullier got the start at left guard in place of an injured Shawn Lauvao. Not only was this Roullier’s first career start at the position, it was the first time that he ever played a single snap at left guard in his entire NFL career (including preseason). It should be noted that the Wyoming product had played 27 snaps at right guard in his career, though.
Perhaps, his lack of experience at the position explains the issues he had against the Packers. Roullier allowed 2 hurries and was the Redskins’ lowest graded offensive player in the game (40.0).
Tony Bergstrom- Bergstrom also played on every snap, allowed 2 hurries and was tagged with a low rating from Pro Football Focus (52.3).
Casey Dunn- This was the first NFL game for the rookie UDFA out of Auburn. Dunn’s only action came on 4 special teams snaps.
Shawn Lauvao- Shawn Lauvao missed the contest with a calf injury. This was his 23rd missed game since the start of the 2015 season, which means he has missed 45% of the team’s contests in that time span.
Geron Christian- Christian was inactive for the third consecutive week.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Offense (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Tony Bergstrom *||61||100%||Jeremy Sprinkle *||24||39%|
|Chase Roullier *||61||100%||Morgan Moses *||16||26%|
|Brandon Scherff *||61||100%||Maurice Harris||9||15%|
|Alex Smith *||61||100%||Kapri Bibbs||6||10%|
|Trent Williams *||61||100%||Ryan Anderson||2||3%|
|Josh Doctson||47||77%||Brian Quick||1||2%|
|Ty Nsekhe||45||74%||Colt McCoy||0||0%|
|Paul Richardson||45||74%||Casey Dunn||ST Only||0%|
|Jordan Reed *||40||66%||Geron Christian||Inactive||N/A|
|Jamison Crowder *||37||61%||Michael Floyd||Inactive||N/A|
|Vernon Davis *||37||61%||Shawn Lauvao||Inactive||N/A|
|Adrian Peterson *||32||52%||Samaje Perine||Inactive||N/A|
*All statistics are courtesy of 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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