Snaps- Bill Callahan and Kevin O’Connell’s offense was on the field for 59 snaps, 58 plays, 13 drives and 27:21 of the game clock against the Miami Dolphins.
Yards- Washington was able to gain 311 yards of total offense, which was the fewest yards gained against Miami this season by 68 yards and was 161 yards below the Fins’ average coming into the week (472 YPG). The Skins’ 166 passing yards and 13 first downs were also notably worse than the lowest such totals allowed by Miami this year (241 yards and 24 first downs).
Points- Every one of the Dolphins’ previous opponents had also scored 30 or more points against them this year; the Redskins, however, were only able to muster 17 points on Sunday.
3rd & 4th Down- The Redskins faced 11 third downs and failed to convert on more than two of them for the third straight week. Their 2-of-11 effort (18.2%) was especially disappointing since their average yards to go on these plays was a season-low 4.36; six of these 11 plays were of the third-and-short variety (3 yards to go or fewer). This is the major reason the team went three-and-out on half of their non-kneel down drives (6-of-12).
The offense’s 23.4% conversion rate on the money down this season ranks 31st in the league, is the 12th worst mark by any team through their first six games and would be the worst third-down success rate in recorded NFL history if it held through the season (data goes back to 1991).
Washington didn’t go for it on fourth down once for the third straight week.
Red Zone- The Burgundy and Gold O failed to score a touchdown on its only possession in the red zone. Perhaps things would have gone differently if Case Keenum and Adrian Peterson didn’t botch a handoff at the Miami 1-yard line that resulted in a fumble (recovered by Washington).
This was the third straight week in which the team has been unable to find the paint after reaching the red area. Washington ranks 29th in number of red-zone trips, 28th in red-zone touchdowns and 21st in red-zone touchdown percentage (50%).
Giveaways- The Skins did not turn the ball over for the third time this year. Only four clubs have given the ball away more than Washington this season (11), yet they are also one of just five teams without a turnover in three or more of their games. The nine combined giveaways against the Bears and Giants definitely skew the results.
Penalties- The offense was not responsible for committing a single penalty for the first time since Week 5 of last season (at New Orleans).
Opponent Perspective- To simply say that the Dolphins are the worst team in the NFL this year would not be doing them justice, because they are actually on pace to be one of the worst teams of all time.
Only two teams have posted a worse point differential through their first five games of a season than Miami’s -138 margin (-139 for the 1954 Redskins and -150 for the 1950 Colts). Those numbers go back to 1940, but lack a lot of context. What about DVOA, which goes back to just 1986, but is our best context-focused alternative. Well, the Fins’ -86.4% total DVOA is the worst mark on record through a team’s first five games.
Just remember all of this anytime you start to get excited about the Redskins winning this game. And don’t forget their victory literally came by the slimmest of margins.
|Quarterbacks (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Case Keenum *||59||100%|
Case Keenum- Keenum’s foot injury and Jay Gruden’s love for Colt McCoy ended up getting Keenum put on the inactive list last week. He returned as the starter against the Dolphins, but put forth a fairly uneven showing. The veteran signal caller completed just 13 of his 25 passes (52%) for 166 yards (6.64 YPA), 7 first downs, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions (99.7 passer rating). Keenum also wasn’t sacked for the first time this season and set 2019 highs with 4 carries (including a kneel-down) and 9 rushing yards.
The aforementioned completion percentage represented his sixth-lowest such mark in his career and his worst since Week 1 of the 2016 season (Los Angeles at San Francisco). His yardage and first down figures were his lowest totals in a game he attempted at least 15 passes in since Weeks 13 and 11 of last season, respectively (at Cincinnati and Los Angeles Chargers). Every other QB who has faced the Fins this year gained at least 80 more passing yards and picked up at least 5 more first downs through the air against them than Keenum did.
He made four of his 13 longest passes on the year in this game. That’s great, but the problem is that those four throws went for a combined 109 yards and represented just under two-thirds of his yardage on the day (109-of-166 or 65.7%). He averaged 27.3 yards per attempt on them, but only gained 57 yards on his other 21 passes (2.71 YPA).
We cannot and should not take anything away from the big throws he made, but it’s also fair to say that there just simply wasn’t any consistency to his play.
Case Keenum (Advanced Stats)- You may think I’m being a bit hard on Keenum here, but before you rush to judgement consider that this week he ranked 17th out of 30 quarterbacks in both PFF grade (68.0) and raw QBR (42.9). I think we should expect better from him considering A) those numbers are not adjusted for opponent, and B) he was facing a pass defense that ranks dead last in the league with a historically awful 73.8% DVOA.
Other QBs- A week after making his first start of the year, Colt McCoy was declared inactive for the fifth time this season. Haskins, on the other hand, was active but did not play a snap for the fifth time.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Terry McLaurin *||57||97%|
|Kelvin Harmon *||12||20%|
Terry McLaurin- Terry McLaurin did it again. The rookie wideout carried the Redskins’ passing attack on his back once again with another extremely impressive performance. He led the wideout corps in snaps for the fourth straight game he played in and did so by a margin of 22 snaps.
He also led Washington in targets (7), air yards (128), receptions (4), receiving yards (100), receiving first downs (4) and touchdowns (2). No other player on the team had more than 4 targets (3 fewer), 49 air yards (69 fewer), 2 receptions (2 fewer), 24 receiving yards (76 fewer), 2 receiving first downs (2 fewer) or any touchdowns (2 fewer). On the downside, he was the only player on the Redskins with a drop. McLaurin has as many drops this year (4) as the rest of the team does combined.
Scary Terry’s 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter and his 32-yarder from the Washington 1-yard line were the first and second-longest plays of the game. His other score went for 25 yards and was the Skins’ third-longest gain of the day. In all, McLaurin was responsible for the team’s three longest plays of the contest.
This has been a trend, as Terry Mac receptions have accounted for nearly half (8-of-17) of the team’s 20-yard plays this season. Speaking of getting a big slice of his team’s passing pie, McLaurin leads the entire NFL with a 52% air yards market share, a number which is seven percentage points higher than the player ranked second in this metric (Stefon Diggs).
He leads the team and all rookie wide receivers with 408 receiving yards, 81.6 receiving yards per game, 20 receiving first downs, 618 air yards, 5 receiving touchdowns, 2.28 yards per route run and 83.3 offensive PFF grade. Most of those numbers rank at least inside the top ten at the position, regardless of draft year.
Terry McLaurin (Records)- His production against the Dolphins made Terry McLaurin just the second rookie in franchise history to put up 100 receiving yards and score twice in a single game. The other Washington player that accomplished this feat was Charlie Brown and he missed his first year with an injury, so he wasn’t even really a true rookie. Take away the yardage constraint, and Brown, Art Monk, Charley Taylor and Tydus Winans are the only other first-year Redskins with two or more receiving scores in a game.
Terry Glenn, Harlon Hill and Earl McCullouch are the only other players on record who have caught at least three passes and gained at least 50 receiving yards in each of their first five career games. Those players either won Rookie of the Year or were named to at least one Pro Bowl in their careers.
McLaurin is one of 15 players who scored four or more TDs through the air over the course of their first five games. He also keeps some pretty good company when we combine the yardage and touchdown figures. If Scary Terry can keep up the pace, he will pass Harlon Hill and Randy Moss for the most 50-yard receiving games with a touchdown as a rookie in NFL history (9).
In this past 40 years, Anquan Boldin (497), Moss (463) and Stefon Diggs (461) are the only players who gained more receiving yards in their first five games than McLaurin has (408). Check the list out for yourself and you’ll find that almost every player anywhere near the top of it finished their careers with around at least 6,000 receiving yards.
Paul Richardson- At least statistically, this might have been the worst game of Paul Richardson’s career. He played on just 35 snaps and received a 59% snap share, his lowest figures in both categories since Week 10 of the 2017 season (Seattle at Arizona).
He was targeted four times and didn’t catch a single one of them, with a team-high tying three of those looks coming on third down. Now it’s not as if all of this was his fault, but you could tell that he really didn’t have much separation on any of these plays. This marked the first time he had ever failed to catch a pass when receiving more than targets two targets.
P-Rich was also the recipient of a backwards pass that was counted as a rush; he was stopped for no gain on the play. It was just the fourth run of his career. So that’s five touches and not a single yard. Coming into the week, he averaged 55 all-purpose yards per game when receiving five-plus touches (low of 14 yards).
Richardson ranks in the bottom-five among all 20-target wideouts in yards per reception (8.15), yards per target (5.43) and yards per route run (0.83), all of which are new career lows, as well. He’s not the only Redskin who can make those claims, though (see next player).
Trey Quinn- Quinn and Richardson had very similar games. Quinn also played on a season-low number of snaps (31), was targeted four times and got three looks on third down.
The difference was that he caught two of those passes, and while he did gain some yardage on the plays, it wasn’t much. His 8 receiving yards on the day was his lowest career total in a game he was targeted in and/or played more than 8 offensive snaps in. His 50.4 PFF grade for the game was a personal worst, as well.
I know I’ve been repeating his efficiency rankings among wide receivers rather frequently, but I think his new rank is worth another update. Trey Quinn now ranks dead last among all 20-target wide receivers in yards per reception (6.75), target (4.22) and route run (0.68). Maybe he will live up to his Mr. Irrelevant moniker, after all.
Steven Sims- Steven Sims, who played on what was easily a season high of 31 snaps last week, saw his PT cut down to 5 snaps. Sims gained a single yard on his lone touch, an end-around reverse early in the third quarter.
Kelvin Harmon- Harmon’s snap count was bumped up from 5 to 12 and he got his second-highest snap rate of the year (20.3%). He caught his lone target of the game and gained 8 yards on the 2nd-and-10 play. The rookie wideout has caught all six of his targets so far this season and has gained at least 8 yards on four of those plays.
Young Guns- There are 24 rookie receivers who have been targeted at least five times this season and a league-high three of them are on the Redskins (McLaurin, Sims and Harmon). Only two other teams have more than one such player (Ravens and Chiefs).
Cam Sims- Sims made his 2019 debut and played on offense for the first time in his career last week, but was inactive for this one.
|Tight Ends (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||54||92%|
|Jerome Cunningham *||19||32%|
Jeremy Sprinkle- This was the tenth straight game that Sprinkle started at tight end for the Redskins. He played on 52 snaps and a 92% snap rate, which are career-high numbers that top his previous bests by eight snaps and roughly 12 percentage points.
The third-year tight end hauled in two of the three targets thrown his way for a career-high 24 receiving yards and a first down. He has gained more yards in his last three appearances (61) than he had in all of his other 30 career games combined (54).
His chain-mover against the Fins was a 19-yarder on a 3rd-and-3 play. It was the Skins’ fifth-longest play of the game, the second-longest play of Sprinkle’s career and the first third-down conversion for him in the pros. In fact, half of Sprinkle’s career third-down targets came in this game alone (2-of-4).
Jerome Cunningham- Cunningham started for the fourth time in his career and for the first time since 2015. He played 19 snaps, with the vast majority of those coming on rushing plays. This was the third straight game, dating back to last year, in which he was not targeted.
Cunningham injured his knee on the Dolphins’ early fourth-quarter onside kick attempt. He was spotted wearing a brace and using crutches the day after the game. The veteran tight end was placed on IR yesterday.
Hale Hentges- The rookie UDFA out of Alabama got his first NFL action this past Sunday when he played 18 snaps against Miami. Like Cunningham, he was not targeted and almost all of his playing time came on running plays.
Callahan Hearts Tight Ends- The Redskins used multiple tight-end sets on a season-high 26 snaps. They ran the ball on all but four of those plays.
Vernon Davis-Vernon Davis was out with a concussion for the second straight week. This is the fourth documented concussion of his career and his first since 2015. However, this is the first time he has ever missed any games because of a head injury.
Missing this many games has certainly not been the norm for VD. He played all 16 contests in seven of his 13 seasons and has only missed a combined total of six games in the last 11 years (0.55 per year).
Jordan Reed- I don’t normally talk about guys who aren’t on the active roster in this space, but I feel like I need to touch on Jordan Reed one more time this season.
Reed was placed on IR a day before the game and cannot return until Week 14 at the absolute earliest. Let’s be real though, there wouldn’t be any point in bringing him back unless the team was in playoff contention at the time and that just is not going to happen. In all likelihood, this means Reed will miss a full season for the first time in his career and he will set a new personal record with 19 consecutive games missed.
On top of that, he will turn 30 just before the start of next season, has now suffered at least seven concussions, it’s been almost two years since he’s gained over 75 yards in a game and cutting him would save the team $8.5M next season and $9M the following year. Reed shouldn’t be with the Redskins next season, or any other team, for that matter.
|Running Backs (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||37||63%|
Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson finally had a productive game in 2019. It just took playing the historically hapless Dolphins to make it happen. AP’s 37 snaps and 63% snap rate were his highest marks in either category since Week 16 of last year (at Tennessee).
He got the rock 23 times and rushed for 118 yards (5.13 YPC) and 5 first downs on those plays. This was the 55th career 100-yard day on the ground for the future Hall of Famer. He is now just four more 100-yard games from passing Curtis Martin, Edgerrin James and Jim Brown and moving into sixth-place on the all-time list.
The attempt and yardage totals on Sunday represented his best marks since the aforementioned game against the Titans last season. AD gained more rushing yards in this contest than he did in all of his five games between the one in Tennessee and this past week combined (118 to 108). He also hadn’t posted a YPC average that high or picked up that many first downs on the ground since Weeks 13 (at Philadelphia) and 7 (vs. Dallas), respectively.
Of his 118 yards, 82 of them came after contact, which gave him a 3.57-yard clip after contact. These are his best numbers since the Tennessee and Philly games that were just discussed.
All Day’s totes of 25 and 18 yards were the team’s third and sixth-longest plays of the game and his two longest carries of the year. Prior to this game, no Redskins running back had gained more than 11 yards on a running play. Peterson had 10 rushes of five-plus yards in this game, which accounts for 55.5% of his five-yard gainers in the entire season (10-of-18).
To top it all off, he caught both of his targets and picked up first-downs with gains of 13 and 5 yards on the plays, with the former of the two being his longest reception of the year and the latter coming on third down. Peterson’s 18 receiving yards was his highest such total since Week 15 of 2019 (at Jacksonville). His 136 yards from scrimmage in the contest were his most since he dropped a buck fifty-six on the Giants in Week 8 last season.
AP earned an 83.4 PFF grade for his efforts, the best grade given to him by the site since all the way back in Week 12 of the 2015 season (Minnesota at Atlanta).
Michael Burton- Fullback Michael Burton was signed to the active roster on Tuesday. Burton is a fifth-year pro out of Rutgers who was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. He spent 2017 and 2018 with the Bears before a brief stint with the Saints this past offseason. He’s played in 55 games, made 11 starts and played on 564 offensive snaps in his career. This move has Bill Callahan and Adrian Peterson written all over it.
Chris Thompson- Game script and a turf toe injury limited Chris Thompson to just 13 snaps and a 22% snap rate, which were his lowest playing-time figures in a game he was active in since Week 16 of the 2015 season (at Philadelphia). Thompson had led the team’s running back corps in snaps in each of their last six games dating back to the 2018 finale.
CT took his three carries for 12 yards (4.0 YPC) with runs of 0, 4 and 8. He hauled in 2-of-3 targets and gained 4 yards on both receptions (8 total). Two of his looks in the passing game came on third down, with one of those occurring on a third-down from the Dolphins 3-yard line. Thompson had his man beat for what should’ve been a touchdown, but Keenum underthrew the pass and it fell incomplete.
Thompson has not scored a touchdown in his last 15 games and up until this week he had picked up a first down and gained over 20 yards from scrimmage in seven straight contests. On a positive note, this was his 29th straight game with a catch, which ties him for the sixth-longest active streak by a running back in the NFL.
His turf toe has been described as mild, but he is still in serious danger of missing the upcoming Week 7 tilt with the 49ers.
Wendell Smallwood- Smallwood made it onto the field for 10 offensive snaps for the second week in a row. However, his rushing attempt total fell from six to one. He picked up 4 yards on his lone tote of the day.
Redskins Rushing- Six Redskins players combined to rush the ball 33 times for 145 yards (4.39 YPC) and 5 first downs. The yardage and first down totals tie the season-high marks set by the team last week against the Patriots. They couldn’t match their 7.2 YPC average from that contest, but they did top four yards per carry for just the second time this year. Their rushes of 25 and 18 yards were the team’s second and third-longest runs of the season.
Despite their recent success, the Skins still rank 24th in rushing first-down percentage (31.9%), 25th in rushing yards per game (81.5), 30th in rushing success rate (40%) and 30th in rushing DVOA (-19.2%).
|Offensive Line (9 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||59||100%|
|Donald Penn *||59||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||59||100%|
|Brandon Scherff *||59||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||58||98%|
|Tony Bergstrom||ST Only||0%|
|Ross Pierschbacher||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- Not only did none of the Redskins’ O-linemen commit a penalty for the first time this season, the team didn’t give up a single sack for the first time since Week 8 of last season (at New York Giants). The team gave up a season-low 25.9% pressure rate, and not one of the team’s O-linemen were credited with allowing a QB hit, either.
Donald Penn- After giving up three sacks and committing three penalties over the course of the last three weeks, Donald Penn did not allow a sack or get flagged once this past Sunday afternoon. However, Penn did surrender a team-high two hurries and was given a team-low 47.6 PFF grade for his performance.
Ereck Flowers- For the second time this year, former tackle Ereck Flowers only gave up a single hurry and was penalty-free. He is one of just 13 O-linemen with 200 or more snaps who have yet to allow a QB hit or a sack so far this season. Amazingly, the summertime disaster is turning into a fall success story.
Chase Roullier- Chase Roullier returned after missing the last two games with a knee injury. The third-year pivot did not surrender a single QB pressure for the second time in his four appearances on the year.
Roullier is the only Washington O-lineman who has played 100 or more snaps this season (7 players) and not committed at least one penalty. He is one of just 27 linemen in the league who can make that claim.
Brandon Scherff- Like Roullier, Scherff put forth a flawless statistical showing after being held out for two weeks with a lower body injury. He has posted a PFF grade above 70.0 in all four of his games this season and currently ranks fifth among all offensive guards with an 80.7 rating on the year.
Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses had surrendered multiple pressures in each of his last six games and committed a penalty in 60% of his 2019 contests coming into the week. This time around the towering tackle was not charged with a single pressure or infraction.
In contrast to Scherff, Moses has yet to post a grade of 65.0 or above and he ranks 57th among all qualifying tackles with a 56.6 rating.
Geron Christian- Last year’s third-round pick got work with the offense for the third straight game and for the fourth time in the last five weeks. Christian subbed in for Morgan Moses at right tackle on one snap and played as an extra lineman for three snaps on the offense’s final non-kneel-down drive of the game (4 snaps total); all three of those plays were runs.
Other Offensive Linemen- Tony Bergstrom was relegated back to a solely-special-teams role after playing on offense in each of the last four games and starting the last two. Ross Pierschbacher was active for just the second time this season, but just like in his last appearance, he only played on special teams. Wes Martin, who also started in each of the past two weeks, missed the contest with a chest injury.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Offensive Players (26 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||59||100%||Chris Thompson||13||22%|
|Case Keenum *||59||100%||Kelvin Harmon *||12||20%|
|Donald Penn *||59||100%||Wendell Smallwood||10||17%|
|Chase Roullier *||59||100%||Steven Sims||5||8%|
|Brandon Scherff *||59||100%||Geron Christian||4||7%|
|Morgan Moses *||58||98%||Ryan Anderson||1||2%|
|Terry McLaurin *||57||97%||Dwayne Haskins||0||0%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||54||92%||Tony Bergstrom||ST Only||0%|
|Adrian Peterson *||37||63%||Ross Pierschbacher||ST Only||0%|
|Paul Richardson||35||59%||Vernon Davis||Inactive||N/A|
|Trey Quinn||31||53%||Wes Martin||Inactive||N/A|
|Jerome Cunningham *||19||32%||Colt McCoy||Inactive||N/A|
|Hale Hentges||18||31%||Cam Sims||Inactive||N/A|
*All statistics are courtesy of Air Yards, ESPN, Football Outsiders, NBC Sports, NFL.com, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference, Redskins.com, Sports Info Solutions and The Washington Post*
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