Snaps- The Washington Redskins offense was on the field for just 41 plays and 48 snaps against the San Francisco 49ers.
The 41 plays were the team’s fewest since they ran 40 plays in Week 14 of the 1994 season (at Tampa Bay). They only played fewer offensive snaps twice since 2012, which is as far as snap data goes back, with both games taking place last December against the Eagles. The offense was on the field for 45 snaps in both the team’s Week 13 loss in Philadelphia and the home shutout in Week 17.
The game ended 2 hours and 36 minutes after it began, which made it the shortest contest since Week 16 of 2009 (multiple games).
This all happened because extremely poor weather and field conditions made for a low-scoring affair that consisted mostly of rushing plays.
Yards- Callahan and O’Connell’s offense was only able to muster a season-low 154 yards of total offense in Sunday’s contest. The Redskins have only gained fewer yards six times in the last 40 years and once in the last 15 years. They were shut out on four of those six occasions, with the only one occurring in the last 15 years coming in last season’s aforementioned regular season finale against the Eagles.
Points- Yes, the Redskins were shut out for the second time in their last eight games. It was the third time they got blanked in the last six years and the fourth time in the last ten.
Washington has only scored 90 points so far this season (12.9 PPG), which is tied for their fourth-worst such total since at least 1940 and their worst since 2001 (84). Their -8.6 offensive SRS, is currently the second-worst mark in franchise history (-9.2 in the 1-12 1961 season).
And to top it off, they’ve now lost each of their last seven games at home and have done so by a combined margin of 199 to 82 (16.7 PPG average margin of defeat).
3rd & 4th Down- Washington’s offense moved the chains on three of their nine third downs on Sunday (33.3%).
That normally isn’t something to be satisfied with, and don’t get me wrong, it isn’t here either, but I think we can take a modicum of solace knowing that this was the Skins’ best showing on third down since Week 1 (38.5% at Philadelphia). It also came against a 49ers’ defense which had not given up a conversion on the last 18 third downs they faced prior to the game.
The offense converted on two of the five third-and-longs they faced with gains of 11 and 18 yards, but took two sacks on the money down and failed to reach the sticks on a 3rd-and-3 rush.
That failed run on third down prompted the team to go for it on 4th-and-1 at the San Francisco 28-yard line. The play was shut down for a loss of a yard. The Skins have not converted on a fourth-down try since Week 2 and have gone 0-for-3 on them since then.
Red Zone- The Burgundy and Gold’s only play in the San Francisco red zone came on a third down at the 18-yard line. Case Keenum pitched the ball forward with a shovel pass that was completed but lost 3 yards on the play. That was the final offensive play of the team’s first drive; they never made it back inside the 49er 27-yard line.
Giveaways- A week after not turning the ball over once, the Skins lost a fumble for the fourth time this season. They have committed more total turnovers (12) and turnovers per game (1.71) this season than all but seven and nine teams, respectively.
|Quarterbacks (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Case Keenum *||48||100%|
Case Keenum- Case Keenum played all 48 snaps against the Niners, which was his lowest career total in a game he played more than two-thirds of the offensive snaps in.
Keenum’s 12 passing attempts and 15 dropbacks were both easily career lows for a game he played 20-plus snaps in (played fewer than 20 snaps in 3-of-65 games) and his fourth lowest such marks as a pro, regardless of playing time. As a team, the Redskins only attempted fewer passes in two games since the 1961 season (11 attempts in Week 15 of 1990 and 10 attempts in Week 3 of 1971).
The eighth-year signal caller completed nine of those 12 passes (75%) for 77 yards (6.42), 4 first downs, no touchdowns and no interceptions (81.9 passer rating). Just as it was with his attempt and dropback totals, the completion, yardage and first down figures represented career lows for a game he played 20 or more snaps in.
Keenum was also sacked three times for 27 yards. The sack yardage brought the Skins’ passing yardage total down to a paltry 50 yards, their lowest output since 1980 (38 passing yards at Dallas in Week 12).
He did not have a single rushing attempt for the third time this year. His 7 rushing attempts and 12 yards on the ground both rank 28th among quarterbacks who have attempted 100 or more passes this season.
Case Keenum (Advanced Stats)- Not only did Keenum not pass the ball often on Sunday, he didn’t throw it very far, either. He didn’t attempt a single deep throw for the first time this season and half of his passes were thrown at or behind the line of scrimmage. He finished the day with 49 air yards and an average depth of target of 4.08, both of which were easily season lows and among the lowest marks of his entire career.
Other QBs- Per Bill Callahan, the team is not planning on having Dwayne Haskins make his first NFL start before the team’s Week 10 bye.
That means the earliest Haskins would start would be in his tenth game with the team. Here are the list of first-round QBs since 2007 who did not start until the tenth game or later: Brady Quinn, JaMarcus Russell, Tim Tebow, Jake Locker, Johnny Manziel, Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. It’s nice to see those last two names, but that is certainly not the case with the six other names on the list.
|Wide Receivers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Terry McLaurin *||47||98%|
|Paul Richardson *||36||75%|
Terry McLaurin- McLaurin played on all but one offensive snap (47-of-48), but was only officially targeted twice in the game and those passes went for a combined total of only 4 air yards. That is 5 fewer targets and 87 fewer air yards than he’s received in any game this season. A third McLaurin target that traveled about 6 yards through the air was negated by a 49er penalty. Even with the weather as bad as it was, how do the Redskins let this happen in a game they got shutout in?
His lone reception went for 11 yards on a 3rd-and-9 play and gave the Redskins one of their three third-down conversions and four passing first downs in the game. Scary Terry’s only other look fell incomplete on an attempted screen pass.
This was McLaurin’s first pro game without at least 3 receptions, 3 first downs and 50 receiving yards.
Paul Richardson- If you thought McLaurin’s stat line was bad then look away now before I reveal Richardson’s. He played 36 snaps (75%) and dropped his only target of the game on a pass that traveled 6 yards past the line of scrimmage.
This was the second game in row he failed to catch a pass in despite being thrown at four times last week. In fact, this was the first time in his career that P-Rich has failed to register a single reception in back-to-back games he played more than a dozen offensive snaps in. It is only his third such streak regardless of snap total.
Rookie KeeSean Johnson and running back Tarik Cohen are the only players in the league who have been targeted 30 or more times and who have gained fewer receiving yards than Richardson has (163). He also ranks dead last in yards per route run among 30-target players (0.78). Paul Richardson’s cap hit this year is just over $7M.
Trey Quinn- Quinn only played 29 snaps, which was his lowest total since his first career game, but still tied for the team lead in targets (3), receptions (2) and receiving first downs (2), in addition to leading the club in air yards (38) and receiving yards (30). No other Redskin finished the game with more than 11 air yards and 18 receiving yards. With the exception of first downs, this was the first time that Quinn had ever led the team in any of those categories.
The bulk of his production came on a 19-yard reception on a 2nd-and-6 play in the third quarter. That was both the Redskins’ longest play of the game and the longest play of Quinn’s career by four yards. His other catch went for 11 yards on 2nd-and-23 and set the Redskins up to convert on the ensuing third down.
Steven Sims- Steven Sims didn’t play much on offense (6 snaps), but he touched the ball almost every time he stepped on the field (4 touches). Sims caught all of his targets for a team-high 3 receptions and rushed the ball once, but only gained a total of 5 yards between those plays.
Each of his looks in the passing game came on third down, but all of his targets were either thrown behind or extremely close to the line of scrimmage (-8 air yards & 2.67 aDOT) and the team needed to gain an average of 8 yards on those plays to move the sticks. As a result, all of Sims’ receptions were stopped five or more yards shy of the line to gain. His lone rush of the day went for no gain on a 2nd-and-9 play.
Kelvin Harmon- Harmon played for 9 snaps and was not targeted for the first time since Week 3. We did hear his name called a few times for other reasons, though.
He was flagged for a false start, which was the first penalty of his career. In addition to recording a special teams tackle, the rookie wideout also recorded the first defensive takedown of his career when he made the tackle to end the 49ers’ 10-yard fumble return.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||38||79%|
|Hale Hentges *||20||42%|
Jeremy Sprinkle- The third-year Arkansas product caught both of his targets against the Niners. He gained 13 yards on a 2nd-and-12 play and in doing so picked up one of the team’s four passing first downs on the day. He was stopped for no gain on his other reception.
Sprinkle has caught a pass in all seven games this season, but has still never topped 24 yards in a game and has only notched more than two receptions once (3 receptions at Jacksonville in Week 15 of 2018).
Hale Hentges- Hentges started and played 20 snaps in what was his second career game. He played every one of those snaps from an inline position and was used as a run blocker on all but one of them. In fact, the Redskins have run the ball on 86.8% of the snaps Hentges has played this season.
Vernon Davis- Davis missed his third consecutive game because of lingering concussion symptoms. This is the first season he will have missed more than two contests since his rookie campaign in 2006; VD sat out six games with a fractured fibula that year.
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||31||65%|
|Craig Reynolds||ST Only||0%|
Adrian Peterson- The combination of Bill Callahan and extremely poor weather set Adrian Peterson up for yet another big workload. The seven-time Pro Bowler got the rock 20 times, gained 81 rushing yards (4.05 YPC) and picked up 4 first downs on the ground. This was the first time AP got 20-plus carries or gained more than 51 rushing yards in back-to-back games since Weeks 7 and 8 of last season (vs. Dallas and at New York Giants).
Peterson did lose yardage on three of his carries, but he did his best to make up for them with rushes of 15, 14 and 13 yards. Those were the team’s fourth, fifth and sixth-longest offensive gains of the day and All Day’s third, fourth and fifth-longest gainers of the year. Of his 14 other carries, 13 of them gained between 1 and 4 yards. That wasn’t the only way in which he lacked consistency, though.
His 13 and 14 yarders, 40% of his carries (8-of-20), 60% of his yards (49-of-81) and 75% of his first downs (3-of-4) all came on the first drive of the game. That production would’ve been much more impactful if Dustin Hopkins had not missed a field goal at the end of the possession. AP only gained 32 yards on his final 12 carries (2.67 YPC).
Two of his later runs in the game particularly stand out. He was stuffed for a loss of a yard on a 4th-and-1 play at the 49er 28-yard line on one of them and fumbled the ball away after a loss of 2 yards at the San Francisco 29 late in the third quarter. The fumble was Peterson’s first since Week 11 of last season (vs. Houston); his last lost fumble was three weeks prior to that in Week 8 (at New York Giants).
Peterson suffered both a low and a high ankle sprain in the game and was spotted wearing a walking boot. Yet, despite that he said he still intends to play against his former team this coming Thursday night.
Chris Thompson- CT was held out with a toe injury. The 29-year-old back has now missed at least one game in six of his seven years in the league. Despite his absence this week and Bill Callahan’s obsession with two and three-yard Adrian Peterson runs, Thompson still has played 21 more offensive snaps than any other running back on the roster.
He did not practice on Tuesday.
Wendell Smallwood- Thompson’s injury opened the door for Smallwood to get some more run in this one. His season-high 17 snaps gave him a 35.4% snap rate, which is about 12 percentage points higher than his next highest clip this season (23.7%).
He got five carries on the day, gained 23 yards on those plays (4.60 YPC) and picked up a first down on his 17-yard run, which was the Redskins’ third-longest play of the game. The team’s second-longest play of contest came on an 18-yard screen pass to Smallwood on a 3rd-and-12 play. The 18 and 17 yarders were Smallwood’s longest and second-longest gains of the season.
The backup runner ranked behind only Adrian Peterson on the team in yards from scrimmage (41) and first downs (2).
Michael Burton- Burton was on the field for 6 snaps with the offense in his first appearance as a member of the Redskins. The team ran the ball on every snap he was in for.
Craig Reynolds- Rookie Craig Reynolds, who was signed to the active roster a day before the game, made his NFL debut on Sunday. All six of his snaps came on special teams.
Redskins Rushing- Peterson, Smallwood and Sims combined to run the ball 26 times for 104 yards (4.0 YPC) and 5 first downs. Bill Callahan and Kevin O’Connell dialed up runs on the first 10 offensive plays. That ended up basically being the difference, as they called 11 more running plays overall than they did passing plays (26 runs to 15 dropbacks).
However, as previously stated, most of their success on the ground came on those first 10 totes. Nearly two-thirds of their rushing yards (68-of-104 yards) and all but one of their first downs on the ground (4-of-5) were accrued on that opening possession.
Their performance on the ground was really an uneven one overall that was exaggerated by a handful of big runs. The team gained over 60% of their rushing yards on under 20% of their carries, and gained four yards or less on just over 81% of their runs. And that doesn’t even factor in the lost fumble on a rush in San Francisco territory.
|Offensive Line (9 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||48||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||48||100%|
|Donald Penn *||48||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||48||100%|
|Brandon Scherff *||48||100%|
|Tony Bergstrom||ST Only||0%|
|Ross Pierschbacher||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- The Skins’ running game was unable to move the sticks on two of the team’s three short-yardage rushes on third and fourth down. That includes a loss of yard on a 4th-and-1 run at the San Francisco 28-yard line. Washington ranks 20th in Football Outsider’s adjusted line yards (4.08) and dead last in their power-success-rate metric (22%). That 22% clip is eight percentage points lower than the figure posted by the next worst team (Chicago with 30%).
Keenum was only pressured four times in the entire game, but that’s not really a very low number considering he only dropped back to pass 15 times. The 26.7% pressure rate isn’t anything to be terribly alarmed about, but the fact that he was sacked three times is (20% sack rate). All three sacks were charged to O-linemen, which was their second-highest total as a unit this season (4 vs. New England in Week 5).
To make matters even worse, the line was responsible for four of the team’s seven accepted and eight total penalties. They also racked up 35 of the 45 penalty yards (77.8%). Washington has committed 58 accepted penalties this season, which is the third most in the league, and 20 of them have been committed by offensive linemen (34.5%). Only the Jaguars (24), Texans (22) and Rams’ (21) lines have committed more accepted penalties in 2019.
Donald Penn- Donald Penn was basically perfect in pass protection up until the last snap of the game. He got beat by rookie standout Nick Bosa on the play and gave up an 11-yard sack. The sack prompted Bosa and several other 49er defenders to play a game of slip-n-slide on the sloppy, rain-soaked field. The 36-year-old Penn leads the team in both sacks allowed (4) and penalties (6).
Ereck Flowers- The year is 2019, Bruce Allen is somehow still running the Redskins, the team refuses to start it’s first-round quarterback despite a 1-6 record and Ereck Flowers is having the best season of any O-lineman on the roster. What a time to be alive it truly is.
For the third time this season and second in as many weeks, Flowers only gave up a single QB hurry and did not commit a penalty. He was the second-highest graded offensive player on the team (74.9) and the highest rated left guard in the entire league this past week.
Chase Roullier- Roullier certainly didn’t play horribly on Sunday, but it wasn’t his best day at the office, either. He made some key blocks and earned a season-high 74.9 PFF grade, but made a few mistakes, as well.
Roullier allowed his first sack since Week 12 of last season (at Dallas) when he got beat by Arik Armstead on a third down in the third quarter. Then, three offensive snaps later, he was flagged for a holding penalty that negated a 3-yard run on a 1st-and-10 play. Believe it or not, but that was not only his first penalty of the year, it was also the first accepted holding penalty of his three-year career (second total).
Brandon Scherff- Scherff was the only starting offensive lineman on the team who did not allow a single pressure. This marked the third time he hadn’t given up any pressures this season. However, the two-time Pro Bowler was, at least, partially responsible for the sack that was credited to Roullier and was saved from being credited with a QB hit on another play because roughing the passer was called.
He committed holding penalties on a pair of rushing plays and led the team in both number of infractions (2) and penalty yards (20). Scherff also was flagged twice for holding against Dallas in Week 2. He had never been penalized more than once in a game coming into this season.
His season-low 47.9 PFF rating for the performance was the worst grade handed out to any offensive player in the game who played ten or more snaps.
Morgan Moses- Morgan Moses only surrendered one pressure in the contest, but he did so in an extremely embarrassing fashion. Moses didn’t move at the snap of the ball on a 3rd-and-6 play and turned around to watch as the man he was supposed to be blocking, Dee Ford, made the easy sack on Case Keenum for a loss of 7 yards. He was flagged for his third false start of the year later in the game.
Other Offensive Linemen- Geron Christian was utilized as an extra O-lineman on the team’s lone fourth-down try of the afternoon; Adrian Peterson lost a yard on the 4th-and-1 rushing play. Tony Bergstrom and Ross Pierschbacher were both limited to a single special teams snap (field goal attempt). Wes Martin missed his second game in a row with a chest injury.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Offensive Players (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||48||100%||Kelvin Harmon||9||19%|
|Case Keenum *||48||100%||Michael Burton||6||12%|
|Morgan Moses *||48||100%||Steven Sims||6||12%|
|Donald Penn *||48||100%||Geron Christian||1||2%|
|Chase Roullier *||48||100%||Dwayne Haskins||0||0%|
|Brandon Scherff *||48||100%||Tony Bergstrom||ST Only||0%|
|Terry McLaurin *||47||98%||Ross Pierschbacher||ST Only||0%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||38||79%||Craig Reynolds||ST Only||0%|
|Paul Richardson *||36||75%||Vernon Davis||Inactive||N/A|
|Adrian Peterson *||31||65%||Wes Martin||Inactive||N/A|
|Trey Quinn||29||60%||Colt McCoy||Inactive||N/A|
|Hale Hentges *||20||42%||Chris Thompson||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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