Snaps- Greg Manusky utilized 17 of his 26 defenders over the course of a season-high 69 snaps in Sunday’s matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
Of the nine defenders who did not take a snap on defense, three were inactive (Adonis Alexander, Troy Apke and Caleb Brantley) and six played exclusively on special teams (Shaun Dion Hamilton, Ziggy Hood, Danny Johnson, Kenny Ladler, Tim Settle and Zach Vigil).
QB Pressure- The Redskins more than doubled their 2018 sack total coming into the game (3) by sacking Aaron Rodgers four times. In all, they disrupted Rodgers on 18 of his 50 dropbacks in the game, which was good for a solid pressure rate of 36%. A-Rod only completed 4-of-13 passes for 54 yards when pressured.
Rodgers gained 265 yards on his 44 pass attempts in the game, which gave him a YPA of 6.02, his lowest such average since Week 7 of the 2016 season.
Third Down- The Packers were able to move the chains on 6 of their 14 plays on third down (42.9%). That’s not a terrible showing on the money down for the Skins’ defense, but it could’ve been much better. Five of Green Bay’s six conversions on third down came on plays in which they were 5, 7, 8, 10 and 14 yards away from the sticks.
The Skins’ 42.1% conversion rate allowed on third down ranks 22nd in the NFL.
Red Zone- The defense allowed Mr. Rodgers and company to score on one of their two trips to the red zone. The Packers only gained 18 yards on their nine plays in the red area (2 yards per play).
Going on a Short Drive- The Packers gained 12 or fewer yards on 5 of their 12 drives in the game (42%), and they ran 6 plays or less on 10-of-12 drives (83%).
Tight End Defense- The Washington D held Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks to just 5 receptions for 45 yards, 2 first downs and no touchdowns on a combined 47 routes run and 8 targets. To be fair, the Redskins were bailed out by a Lance Kendricks drop which would’ve just about doubled the aforementioned yardage total.
The Redskins have only allowed opposing tight ends to gain a total of 127 receiving yards so far this season, a figure which ranks 10th best in the league. This a major departure from what we’ve seen here recently, as the Redskins ranked at or near the bottom of the league in tight end defense for the better part of a decade.
Rushing Defense- The defense gave up exactly 100 yards on 17 runs. This was the second straight week in which the D surrendered 100 yards on the ground and the Packers’ 5.9 YPC average was the second worst clip allowed by the Redskins since the start of last season (Week 17 at Giants). More than half of Green Bay’s rushes gained five or more yards (9-of-17) and almost a third of them went for 10-plus yards (5-of-17), while they only failed to gain positive yardage on two of their runs.
Top Ranked Defense- Another week in the books and another set of lofty rankings for the Redskins’ new and improved defense. Heading into the bye week, the Washington defense ranks 2nd in total yards (834), 5th in passing yards (562), 8th in rushing yards (872), 5th in first downs (50), 2nd in points (44), 3rd in tackles (229), 9th in takeaways (5), 4th in defensive SRS (7.8), 6th in PFF rating (77.2) and 11th in DVOA (8.4%).
|Defensive Linemen (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jonathan Allen *||65||94%|
|Daron Payne *||64||93%|
|Ziggy Hood||ST Only||0%|
|Tim Settle||ST Only||0%|
Jonathan Allen- Jonathan Allen was a force to be reckoned with on Sunday afternoon. He played on a career-high 65 defensive snaps and 94.2% of the defensive plays; his previous highs were 43 snaps and a 70.5% snap rate.
Allen matched another career best by tallying a game-high 5 pressures on Aaron Rodgers, with three of those disruptions coming in the form of a QB hit and a game-high 2 sacks. The only other time he had recorded a sack in his career was in Week 3 of last season, when he notched a pair of half sacks against the Raiders, which means his 2 solo sacks on Sunday represented another personal record for Allen. He led the team in terms of average yards of separation from the QB (4.31 yards), as well.
Big Jon Allen also recorded 3 solo tackles and reached a new career high with 5 total takedowns. Three of his five tackles were counted as stops, including the two sacks and a wide-receiver screen he stopped for no gain.
He is now up to 26 total pressures in his 8-games in the pros, which gives him an average of 3.25 pressures per game. That rate puts Allen on pace to notch over 50 QB pressures this season, which is a number that would’ve ranked top ten among all interior defenders in each of the last two years.
Daron Payne- Allen’s buddy from Birmingham easily set new playing time career highs (64 snaps and a 93% snap rate), as well. With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn Payne also posted new personal bests in solo tackles (4), total tackles (5) and total QB pressures (4). One of those pressures was his first career sack.
Daron Payne has now recorded 2 sacks in the NFL between his two preseason and three regular season games (5 total). This is quite unexpected considering that he only had 3 sacks in his entire three-year career at Alabama.
At just 21 years and 122 days old, Payne is one of the 15 youngest players in the league, so there is plenty of time and room for him to get even better. It’s really starting to seem like he might be one of those rare players who ends up being better in the pros than they were in college.
Workhorse 1st Rounders- Jay Gruden said he didn’t draft Allen and Payne to sit by him on the bench. Well, he wasn’t lying, at least not on Sunday. Chris Baker (67 snaps) and Stephen Bowen (66 snaps) are the only defensive linemen who have played more snaps in a game for the Redskins since 2012, which is as far back as official snap data goes. It should be noted, it took a full overtime period for Baker to hit that mark (Week 8 tie against the Bengals in 2016).
No Redskins D-lineman since 2012 has played on a higher snap percentage than Allen (94.2%) and Payne (92.8%) did in Sunday’s game. In fact, Bowen (91.2%) was the only one within seven percent of them.
I love Allen and Payne, but I honestly find this to be a bit excessive. The reserve linemen should be getting at least a few snaps every game and our next player should see a lot more PT than he got against the Packers.
Matt Ioannidis- For some reason, unbeknownst to me, Matt Ioannidis only played on 18 snaps and a snap rate of 26%, which are his lowest figures in either category since his rookie year (2016).
The Ion Man made the Redskins’ coaches and the Packers’ O-linemen look foolish, by racking up a game-high 5 QB pressures on just 14 pass-rushing snaps (36% pressure rate).
One of those pressures came on a ridiculous display of brute strength, as Ioannidis bull rushed veteran offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga all the way into the backfield and on top of Aaron Rodgers for the sack.
Ioannidis is one of just six players who have recorded at least a half sack in all three games this season. The others are Fletcher Cox, Frank Clark, Demarcus Lawrence, Danielle Hunter and Khalil Mack. It should be noted that Ioannidis has a full sack in all of those games, and that Cox and Lawrence do not. He is the first Redskins’ interior defensive lineman to record a sack in three straight games since Dan Wilkinson did it in 1999.
Matty I is leading the team in pressures this season (12), despite getting at least 30 fewer pass-rushing snaps than both Jon Allen and Daron Payne. In fact, he ranks seventh among all interior defenders in pressures, despite ranking just 57th in number of pass rushes. That lopsided ratio is a big part of the reason why Ioannidis leads all interior D-linemen in the NFL with a pass-rushing-productivity score of 14.4, which is a mark that would’ve easily led the league in each of the past three seasons.
Jonathan Allen and Payne are great, and they might be better overall players than Matt Ioannidis, but they are not clearly superior when it comes to rushing the quarterback. This is especially true of Payne, who is only sporting a 3.6 PRP score. It is imperative that Ioannidis gets more playing time going forward than he did against the Packers.
Ziggy Hood- For the first time in his career, Ziggy Hood played in a game and only took snaps on special teams. Hood had played on at least 25% of the defensive snaps in 32 of his 33 other games as a member of the Redskins.
Tim Settle- The massive rookie fifth-rounder out of Virginia Tech saw his defensive playing time drop for the second straight week, and this time his snap count on defense dropped all the way to zero. Settle had played on 14 total defensive snaps between Weeks 1 and 2, but was relegated to a special-teams-only role against the Packers.
Caleb Brantley- Caleb Brantley has yet to be active for a game this season. It makes you wonder why the Redskins essentially chose him over Anthony Lanier, who appeared in 11 games with the team last year.
|Outside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Preston Smith *||62||90%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||57||83%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Ryan Kerrigan hit new season highs in both snaps played (57) and snap percentage (83%) in Sunday’s game against the Packers.
Unfortunately, the added playing time wasn’t enough to end his streak of games without a sack, QB hit or turnover of any kind. The only traditional stat he recorded in the entire contest was a solo tackle on a 5-yard rush; sadly, that was his first solo takedown of the season.
Kerrigan may not have put up big numbers or gotten all the way to Rodgers, but he did make his presence as an edge rusher known on a handful of plays. His 3 total pressures (all hurries) were tied for the most by a Washington outside backer in the game, and he forced Green Bay O-linemen to commit a pair of drive-stalling holding penalties.
RyKer’s 69.1 PFF grade ranked second on the defense and represented a new season high for him.
Preston Smith- Preston Smith got a ton of playing time, as well. His 62 snaps were tied for the third most in his career (played a high of 63 twice) and his 89.9% snap rate was a new career high.
The walk-year OLB failed to record a sack for the fourth consecutive game dating back to last season, but he did find other ways to contribute. He tied Ryan Kerrigan with 3 pressures, but unlike Kerrigan, he was able to score a third-down QB hit for the second straight week. Smith also forced Bryan Bulaga to commit a holding penalty on another third-down pass rush.
He was active as a tackler, too. Smith recorded a career high 6 solo and 7 total tackles, with three of them being counted as defensive stops. He did not miss on a tackle attempt for the third straight week.
Pernell McPhee- McPhee failed to record a tackle or a QB hit for the first time this season, but he did register a pressure on multiple pass rushes (2 hurries) for the third consecutive week.
He’s only played 40 snaps in his three games with the Redskins, but he’s already up to 8 total pressures on the year. In 2017, McPhee pressured the opposing QB just 17 times, despite the fact that he played on 385 defensive snaps.
Ryan Anderson- After failing to dent the stat sheet against the Colts last week, Anderson played on a career-low 5 defensive snaps in this past Sunday’s game.
He made the most of the extremely limited opportunity that he had by hurrying Aaron Rodgers on two dropbacks and recording an assisted tackle. He missed a tackle, as well.
Don’t forget that he was also used as a fullback (2 snaps) on both of Adrian Peterson’s touchdown runs.
|Inside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Mason Foster *||69||100%|
|Zach Brown *||50||72%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||ST Only||0%|
|Zach Vigil||ST Only||0%|
Mason Foster- Mason Foster played 100% of the snaps on defense. He has led the Skins’ inside backer corps in snaps in every game this season.
Foster led the team in total tackles for the third straight week and made double-digit tackles for the second time in a row. His 27 tackles on the year rank first on the team and eighth in the league.
He notched a hurry as a pass rusher for the third straight week, as well. Foster is the only non-defensive lineman or edge rusher who has recorded at least one pressure in every game this season for the Redskins. His pass-rushing productivity score of 9.4 ranks ninth among all off-ball linebackers with at least 15 pass-rushing snaps this year.
Foster also allowed 3-of-5 targets thrown his way to be caught for 30 yards and 2 first downs, but that’s not bad considering he spent 43 snaps in coverage.
Zach Brown- The trend of Zach Brown playing on about three-quarters of the snaps continued this week, when the seventh-year vet was in for 72% of the snaps against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense.
Brown recorded 3 solo and 3 assisted tackles in the game (6 total) and led the team with 4 defensive stops. All six of the plays Brown made a tackle on gained five or fewer yards and did not result in a first down for Green Bay.
ZB did surrender receptions on all three of the targets thrown into his coverage, but the Pack didn’t pick up any first downs and only gained 12 combined yards on those plays.
Josh Harvey-Clemons- Harvey-Clemons continued to play in place of Zach Brown on obvious passing downs, as he spent 15 of his 19 snaps in coverage.
JHC only allowed one of the four targets thrown in his direction to be caught for a 5-yard reception that he made the tackle on 5 yards short of the sticks. He also teamed up with Daron Payne on another tackle which stopped the Packers short of the line to gain.
He ranks 14th and 8th in yards per coverage snap (0.60) and coverage snaps per reception (17.5) among all off-ball linebackers with at least 30 coverage snaps this year.
Zach Vigil- Mason Foster never came off the field, which prevented Zach Vigil from playing on defense for the first time this season. Vigil saw 15 snaps in Week 1 and only one last Sunday against the Colts. It seems like he will only be used on defense in an as-needed role.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- Shaun Dion Hamilton continued to play exclusively on special teams, but at least this week he recorded a stat while working on Ben Kotwica’s unit.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Norman *||69||100%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||68||99%|
|Fabian Moreau *||58||84%|
|Danny Johnson||ST Only||0%|
Josh Norman- Josh Norman, who was battling an illness and a hamstring injury, played on every defensive snap for the 12th time in his last 13 games.
Norman was targeted six times in the game and gave up 4 receptions for 37 yards and 3 first downs on those plays. This was the second game in a row that he’s surrendered at least 4 receptions and 35 yards. Those aren’t bad numbers at all, but you’d like to see better production from the NFL’s highest paid corner. At least Norman has yet to allow a touchdown reception in his coverage this year.
He recorded 7 tackles (2 solo and 5 assisted) and led all Washington defensive backs in tackles for the second straight week. Unfortunately, he also missed a tackle for the second consecutive game.
J-NO’s biggest play of the game was the fumble that he recovered with five-and-a-half minutes left in the fourth quarter. This was the first time he’s either intercepted a pass, forced a fumble or recovered a fumble since Week 8 of last season (vs. Dallas).
Quinton Dunbar- In Sunday’s game, Quinton Dunbar set new career highs in defensive snaps played (68) and snap percentage (98.6%).
Dunbar’s performance in coverage declined for the second straight week. He spent most of the day covering the Packers’ top wideout, Davante Adams, who beat him for 4 receptions, 40 yards, 2 first downs and a touchdown on 4 targets. Adams also forced Dunbar to commit a 21-yard pass interference penalty.
Dunny tied a career high with 6 solo tackles in the game, half of which came after the receptions he allowed to Adams.
Fabian Moreau- Fabian Moreau, like Dunbar, hit a new career high in terms of defensive snaps played (58).
After somewhat of a down performance last week against the Colts, the second-year corner bounced back with what was a very strong showing in Sunday’s game. Moreau set career marks in solo (3) and total tackles (4) and forced the first fumble of his career. Josh Norman recovered that fumble and essentially sewed up the victory for the Redskins.
He was targeted a game-high eight times, most of which came against veteran slot-man Randall Cobb, and only allowed 3 receptions for 14 yards and 1 first down. He earned a 67.2 PFF grade for his performance on Sunday, a figure which ranked third on the Redskins’ defense.
Moreau currently ranks 4th in yards per coverage snap allowed (0.35), 7th in receiving yards allowed (35) and 13th in snaps per reception allowed (16.5) among all cornerbacks who have spent 50 or more snaps in coverage this season.
Greg Stroman- Stroman continued in his role as the Redskins’ top return man on special teams and even made a brief one-snap appearance on defense. This marked the second time that Stroman saw the field on defense this season.
Danny Johnson- Danny Johnson only played on special teams for the third straight week.
Adonis Alexander- Neither of the supplemental draft picks made in 2018 have played a single regular season snap this year, because Giants’ cornerback Sam Beal was placed on IR and Adonis Alexander has been inactive every week.
|Safeties (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Montae Nicholson *||69||100%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||69||100%|
|Kenny Ladler||ST Only||0%|
D.J. Swearinger- D.J. Swearinger played on every defensive snap for the 13th consecutive week. No player currently on the roster has a longer active streak of playing on 100% of the snaps on their respective side of the ball.
The swaggy safety from South Carolina did not fare as well as he did last week, when he picked off two Andrew Luck passes. Swearinger only made two tackles (1 solo and 1 assisted) and recorded a PD that almost turned into what could’ve been a game-sealing interception.
His biggest impact on the game came when he failed to pick up Josh Norman’s receiver, Geronimo Allison, and allowed him to catch a 64-yard touchdown pass, which was the longest play allowed by the Redskins’ defense or special teams this season. In all, Swearinger allowed a game-high 67 receiving yards on 4 targets and 3 receptions.
Montae Nicholson- Nicholson, like Swearinger, has played on every defensive snap this season. However, playing time aside, it was not a particularly good day at the office for him.
He did set a new career high with 8 tackles (4 solo and 4 assisted), which ranked second on the team, but he also led the game with a whopping 5 missed tackles. Nicholson had only missed seven tackles in his career coming into the game.
Last year’s fourth-round pick gave up a reception on all four of the targets in his coverage for a total of 43 yards and 2 first downs.
Deshazor Everett- Deshazor Everett only played on two defensive snaps for the third consecutive week (6 total defensive snaps). He did, however, record his first stat of the season, albeit on special teams.
Kenny Ladler- Ladler only played on special teams for the second straight week.
Troy Apke- The 2018 fourth-rounder missed his second consecutive contest with a hamstring injury. This is a rarity for Apke, who didn’t miss a single game in his last three seasons at Penn State. He should be good to go following the Week 4 bye.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|Defense (26 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Mason Foster *||69||100%||Pernell McPhee||14||20%|
|Montae Nicholson *||69||100%||Ryan Anderson||5||7%|
|Josh Norman *||69||100%||Deshazor Everett||2||3%|
|D.J. Swearinger *||69||100%||Greg Stroman||1||1%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||68||99%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||ST Only||0%|
|Jonathan Allen *||65||94%||Ziggy Hood||ST Only||0%|
|Daron Payne *||64||93%||Danny Johnson||ST Only||0%|
|Preston Smith *||62||90%||Kenny Ladler||ST Only||0%|
|Fabian Moreau *||58||84%||Tim Settle||ST Only||0%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||57||83%||Zach Vigil||ST Only||0%|
|Zach Brown *||50||72%||Adonis Alexander||Inactive||N/A|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||19||28%||Troy Apke||Inactive||N/A|
|Matt Ioannidis||18||26%||Caleb Brantley||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams (29 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Deshazor Everett||24||83%||Fabian Moreau||8||28%|
|Danny Johnson||24||76%||Kapri Bibbs||7||24%|
|Greg Stroman||24||83%||Matt Ioannidis||7||24%|
|Zach Vigil||24||83%||Ziggy Hood||6||21%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||20||69%||Tony Bergstrom||5||17%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||20||69%||Ty Nsekhe||5||17%|
|Kenny Ladler||20||69%||Chase Roullier||5||17%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||17||59%||Brandon Scherff||5||17%|
|Ryan Anderson||15||52%||Jonathan Allen||4||14%|
|Brian Quick||15||52%||Casey Dunn||4||14%|
|Dustin Hopkins||11||38%||Ryan Kerrigan||4||14%|
|Montae Nicholson||10||34%||Daron Payne||4||14%|
|Nick Sundberg||10||34%||Quinton Dunbar||1||3%|
|Tress Way||10||34%||Morgan Moses||1||3%|
Snaps- Ben Kotwica used 29 players on a 2018-high 29 teams snaps on Sunday. The group consisted of 17 defenders, 9 offensive players and 3 specialists. There were 10 players who worked exclusively on special teams in the game.
Deshazor Everett, Danny Johnson, Greg Stroman and Zach Vigil played on the most specials snaps in the contest, with 24 each. Shaun Dion Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons and Kenny Ladler followed closely, with each of them playing on 20 teams snaps.
Everett and Johnson have tied for the team lead in ST snaps in all three games this year.
Dustin Hopkins- Hopkins was true on his only field goal attempt of the afternoon, a 35-yarder that gave the team a 14-point lead with under two minutes remaining in the game. His only miss on the year (5-of-6) came from 49 yards out last week against the Colts.
He hit on all four of his extra points against the Packers and hasn’t missed an XP since Week 6 of last season (at 49ers).
Five of his six kickoffs in the game went for touchbacks. The only Green Bay kick return of the day was fielded a yard deep in the end zone and was returned out to the 24-yard line.
Tress Way- Tress Way set or matched season highs in number of punts (5), punt yards (235), punting average (47.0) and net average (41.2).
However, Way also saw four of his punts get returned, which was double his season total coming into the day, and he was unable to pin the opposing offense inside the 20-yard line on multiple punts for the first time since Week 16 of last season (1 punt inside the 20 on Sunday).
Two Green Bay penalties on punt returns pushed the Packers’ starting field position back by 10 yards.
Kick Coverage- Kenny Ladler recorded his first stat and made his first special teams tackle since 2014. Ladler was tied for a team-high in specials tackles (2). He made a solo stop to end a 3-yard punt return at the Green Bay 42 and assisted on a Deshazor Everett tackle to shut down an 11-yard punt return at the 32.
Shaun Dion Hamilton got in on the act and recorded the first NFL stats of his career. He ended Green Bay punt and kickoff returns at the 20 and 24-yard lines, respectively; the Pack gained 10 and 25 yards on those returns. Hamilton led the team in solo ST tackles.
Josh Harvey-Clemons tackled Randall Cobb after Cobb took a 5-yard return out to the Packer 33-yard line. JHC leads the team with 3 solo and total special teams tackles this season.
Also, The Packers fumbled a field goal try, recovered the ball and threw an incomplete pass to end the play.
Kickoff Returns- Green Bay’s first two kickoffs bounced out of the back of the end zone for touchbacks.
Greg Stroman took one of the team’s two returns for 18 yards out to the Washington 17-yard line.
Danny Johnson returned it 15 yards to the 26-yard line on the other return. That was the Skins’ best result on a kickoff return this year, and it only gave the offense a starting field position a yard past the 25. Message to the Redskins: don’t return any kickoffs unless you absolutely have to.
Punt Returns- Three of Green Bay’s five punts were fair caught by Greg Stroman, who fielded those punts at the 22, 21 and 12 yard lines. Another punt was downed at the Washington 2-yard line. Stroman gained 9 yards on his only punt return of the afternoon, before being tackled at the 35.
*All statistics are courtesy of ESPN, NBC Sports, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com and The Washington Post*
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