Snaps- Greg Manusky’s defense was on the field for 78 snaps and 36:09 of the clock, both of which are new season highs. The Eagles are the only team that possessed the ball for longer against the Redskins last year (twice), and you have to go all the way back to Week 17 of 2017 (at NYG) to find the last time the defense was out there for that many snaps.
Yards- The Giants dropped 389 yards of offense and 24 first downs on the hapless Redskins’ defense this week. They did this despite the fact that it was rookie quarterback Daniel Jones’ second career game. The Redskins have allowed 290 or more yards and 17-plus first downs in 17 of their last 18 games, last year’s Week 13 matchup with the Jaguars was the lone exception.
Points- The Giants put up 24 points on Sunday, which marked the first time all year that the Skins allowed fewer than 31 points. There’s a trend with the number 24 though, too. It’s the minimum number of points the team has given up in all but one of the last ten games (again Week 13 at Jacksonville).
The only team the Redskins rank ahead of in points per game allowed (29.5), points per drive allowed (2.64) and points per play allowed (0.45) is, you guessed it, the Miami Dolphins.
Red Zone- The Burgundy and Gold D allowed Daniel Jones and company to find the end zone on two of their four trips to the red area (50%). They committed 3 penalties in the red zone, all of which came inside the 5-yard line, but did make up for the subpar showing in this area a bit by forcing a turnover just in front of the goal line.
Washington’s opposition has scored on at least red zone two possessions in each of the team’s last six games (nine of last 10, as well).
Takeaways- The Skins intercepted two passes and recovered two fumbles, giving them a season-high 4 takeaways in the game, which is a number that doubled their total coming into the week (2). The four forced turnovers is tied for the most takeaways (Week 10 of 2018 at Tampa Bay) by a Washington team since the 2016 Christmas Eve beatdown of the Bears (5 takeaways).
That’s great, the only problem is they still lost by 21 points. The Redskins are one of five teams in the last ten years that both recorded 4 or more takeaways in a game and lost by 21-plus points. They are the only team that shows up on the list twice (at Denver in Week 8 of 2013).
3rd Down- If you’re looking for something to make you laugh then looking at the Redskins’ defensive stats on third down should do the trick.
They allowed the opposition to convert on 8-of-13 third-down tries for the second straight game (61.5%), but that percentage would be even higher this week if you excluded the kneel down on the final play of the game.
Daniel Jones completed 9-of-10 passes for 106 yards (10.6 YPA), 7 first downs and rushed twice for 15 yards and another chain mover on his money-down plays.
Opposing passers are completing 87.2% of their passes against the Skins on third down, which is 13.9 percentage points worse than the next worst ranked team in this regard.
No team in recorded NFL history has ever allowed a higher conversion rate on third down (63%) through either, their first four games or the first four weeks of the season. The next worse team in this regard is the 2006 New York Giants (58.7%).
Penalties- Redskins’ defenders combined to commit a season-high 7 penalties in the game, but two of them were declined and the other five only accounted for 11 of the team’s 58 penalty yards. All 7 infractions were committed by a defensive back.
QB Pressure- For the second game in a row, the defense blitzed and generated pressure on exactly 35.3% of the opposing QB’s dropbacks. There may be some correlation there, but please note that these things did not all happen on the same plays.
Even so, a 35% pressure rate is not an especially impressive clip. The D was also unable to record a single sack for just the third time in almost the last four years.
Rushing Defense- As usual, Washington’s defense got run over, through and around. This time the Giants’ rag-tag group of backups rushed the ball 37 times for 164 yards (4.43 YPC), 7 first downs and a touchdown. The attempt and yardage figures represent the highest and fifth-highest totals allowed by the team since the start of last season.
Wayne Gallman led the G-Men in both rushing yards (63) and yards from scrimmage (118). The only time the 25-year-old career backup had ever rushed for more yards was the 2017 finale when he gained 89 yards on the ground against these same Redskins. This was his first career game with over 100 yards from scrimmage.
|Defensive Line (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Matt Ioannidis *||59||76%|
|Jonathan Allen *||44||56%|
|Daron Payne *||44||56%|
Jonathan Allen- Jon Allen put forth a solid if unspectacular showing in Week 4. He recorded 4 assisted tackles on the day, two of which were stops on 1st-and-10 runs that limited the Giants to two-yard gains. He also made a tackle for no gain that was negated by a penalty.
He was able to generate pressure on two of his 21 rushes, one of which was his first QB hit since Week 10 of 2018 (at Tampa Bay). In fact, these were his first QB pressures of any kind this season. Allen posted his best PFF grade (84.9) since Week 15 of last year (at Jacksonville).
Daron Payne- Payne, like Allen, played on just 56.4% of the snaps, which was the lowest snap share of his career. He’s popped up on the injury report this week because of knee issues and Allen just returned from an MCL injury, so perhaps that explains their drop in playing time.
Despite the reduced workload, Payne was still able to record 6 tackles (5 assisted), his second-highest total as a pro. Three of his tackles were defensive stops, which was both a team and season-high number for the second-year D-lineman. Two of Payne’s stops were for no gain, with one of those coming at the Redskins’ 1-yard line.
The Alabama product extended his streak of games with a QB pressure to eight by registering a hurry of Daniel Jones. He would’ve been credited with his first sack since Week 14 of last season (vs. NYG) if the third-down play had not been negated by a holding penalty.
Matt Ioannidis- The Ion man led all Skins’ D-linemen in snaps (59) and tackles (5 assisted & 7 total) and tied for the team lead in stops (3) and pressures (3).
The tackle total tied a career high for Ioannidis, who made a stop for no gain on one of his takedowns and limited the Giants to a 1-yard rush on a 2nd-and-2 play.
One of his pressures was a third-down QB hit, which was his second in as many weeks. Ioannidis also forced Kevin Zeitler into a holding penalty on one of his pass rushes, but basically wasted the penalty yardage by missing the tackle on a would-be sack and thus allowing Daniel Jones to scramble for 16 yards on the 3rd-and-13 play.
Matty I has been credited with a team-worst 5 missed tackles between the last two games.
Tim Settle- Settle saw his snap rate increase from 22% to 44% this week and repaid the coaches for the decision by having what was probably the best game of his career.
He only registered one pressure on his 11 pass-rushing snaps, but that pressure was a QB hit that caused Daniel Jones to rush his throw and get picked off. It was the first QB hit of his career.
The second-year D-lineman only made a pair of tackles. He forced a turnover-causing fumble at the Washington 5-yard line on one of them and stopped a Wayne Gallman run for no gain on the other one. The FF was Settle’s first as a pro; he never had one in college, either.
Treyvon Hester- Hester was on the field for a season-high 17 defensive snaps, a total that was more than what he received in his last three games combined (15). He recorded a pair of tackles in the game (both assisted) and recovered a Wayne Gallman fumble at the New York 37-yard line. The recovery was the first of his career. He earned an 85.2 PFF rating for the game, which was the second-best grade given to a Washington player in the game.
|Outside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||54||69%|
|Montez Sweat *||54||69%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Kerrigan didn’t record a sack or a QB hit for the second straight week, but he was able to notch two hurries and force Mike Remmers to commit holding penalties on a pair of third downs.
He only made 3 tackles on the day (1 solo), but all three of them made a difference. He limited Wayne Gallman to a gain of a yard on both of the rushing plays he made a stop on and took Gallman down for a 10-yard loss on a failed screen pass.
Montez Sweat- After a strong showing last week, the first-round edge rusher regressed back to the type of mediocre display we saw in the first two games.
For the third time this season, Sweat’s only pressure was a single hurry. His tackling prowess in the running game had been his statistical sanctuary these past few weeks, but that wasn’t the case in this one. After averaging 3.5 solo and 5.5 total in the first three games, he only made 2 tackles against the Giants (1 solo). Sweat was flagged for an offsides penalty to boot; luckily for him, the infraction was offset by a New York OPI.
Ryan Anderson- In a surprising turn of events, Ryan Anderson was actually tied for the most QB pressures on the team. His 3 hurries gave him both a new season high in QB pressures and represented the second-best total of his career (5 pressures vs. Dallas in Week 7 of 2018).
Anderson also made 2 tackles (1 solo) in the running game, but like Matt Ioannidis, he missed a tackle on a potential sack that allowed Daniel Jones to scramble for a gain of 16 on a 3rd-and-13 play.
Noah Spence- Spence played 19 snaps in his debut with the team.
The fourth-year edge rusher scored a QB hit on the final drive of the first half and it was his pressure on the play that forced the pass to be thrown early and to fall incomplete. It was just his second QB hit since the start of the 2017 season, a span in which he rushed the passer over 200 times in.
Later in the same drive, his only tackle of the day was made when he and Kerrigan teamed up to tackle Wayne Gallman ten yards in the backfield on a screen pass. He also assisted on a goal line tackle, but the takedown was negated by an offsides penalty.
Cassanova McKinzy- McKinzy’s bum hip kept him off the sidelines for the second week in a row.
|Inside Linebackers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jon Bostic *||72||92%|
|Cole Holcomb *||43||55%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||26||33%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||ST Only||0%|
|Tanner Vallejo||ST Only||0%|
Jon Bostic- Jon Bostic was in for 72 defensive snaps and led the team with 11 tackles (5 solo), which is the third-most tackles he’s ever made in a game. He didn’t miss a single tackle for the first time all season. However, eight of his takedowns were made five or more yards away from the line of scrimmage.
Bostic would’ve split a sack and scored his first pressure of the year, but a holding infraction in the secondary nullified the play.
He was targeted four times on his 29 coverage snaps and surrendered 3 receptions for 22 yards and a pair of first downs on those plays. Both of the chain-moving grabs Bostic allowed were made by Sterling Shepard on third down; the Giants scored on both drives.
Cole Holcomb- The rookie inside backer started for the third time this season, but only played on roughly half of the snaps for the second game in a row.
Holcomb, who was a tackling machine through the first three games, finished the day with season lows in both solo (1) and total (4) takedowns. He missed a team and season-high 2 tackles, as well. However, three of the tackles he did make were recorded within two yards of the line of scrimmage, with one of them stopping a New York run for no gain at the Washington 1-yard line.
He also forced the fumble that Treyvon Hester recovered; it was Holcomb’s first forced fumble in the NFL. Perhaps this is a skill we’ll see more of, as his 4 forced fumbles as a senior at North Carolina ranked second in the ACC.
So, Holcomb did some things well this past Sunday, but coverage was not one of them. He gave up a reception on all four of the targets thrown his way and allowed 47 yards, 3 first downs and a touchdown.
He was absolutely lost in coverage on the 6-yard touchdown reception he gave up to Wayne Gallman. He then got beat by Evan Engram for a 31-yarder that ended up being the Giants’ longest play of the game. Two snaps later, he allowed Wayne Gallman to get the best of him again, this time on a catch that went for 20 yards on a 2nd-and-20 play at the end of the first half that moved the Giants into field goal range.
Holcomb’s struggles likely had something to do with our next player getting a bump in playing time.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- A week after being relegated to work exclusively on special teams, Shaun Dion Hamilton returned to the lineup and played 26 defensive snaps.
SDH didn’t make any big plays, but he also didn’t make any mistakes either. He allowed a reception on one of his 7 coverage snaps, but made his lone tackle of the game after a gain of just 3 yards on and the 2nd-and-16 play.
Other Inside Linebackers- Josh Harvey-Clemons and Tanner Vallejo both worked exclusively on special teams for the fourth consecutive game. JHC and Vallejo averaged 12.3 and 11.2 defensive snaps per game played last season, respectively.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Josh Norman *||75||96%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||65||83%|
|Simeon Thomas||ST Only||0%|
Josh Norman- Believe it or not, Josh Norman actually didn’t get torched in coverage for once. The much-maligned veteran corner did give up 3 receptions in the game, but the Giants only gained 16 yards and picked up a single first down on those plays; the only problem was that the chain mover in question came on third down.
He made the tackle after each reception he allowed, which accounted for half of his 6 tackles (4 solo) on the day. His most notable takedown was a stop for no gain on a Wayne Gallman rush.
J-No also notched a pass defense for the fourth straight game by breaking up a deep throw to Bennie Fowler that would’ve gained at least 32 yards. We shouldn’t give Norman too much credit here, because this would have been an interception and not just another PD if he hadn’t dropped the ball. A pick there would’ve prevented the Giants’ eventual field goal at the end of the drive.
His biggest issue in this one was penalties. Norman negated a 1-yard TFL at the Redskins’ 2 by lining up offsides and was flagged for a face mask infraction at the 3-yard line on another drive. The Giants scored touchdowns two and three snaps after those respective penalties.
Overall, Norman bounced back and played fairly well. We should give him some credit for that, but not too much considering A) this was the outlier performance of the year for him and B) his primary cover in the game was Bennie Fowler. Let’s see how Norman fares when he has to face off against Josh Gordon, Devante Parker, Stefon Diggs and John Brown over the course of the next month.
Quinton Dunbar- Quinton Dunbar returned from the knee injury that had sidelined him for the past two weeks and had the best game of his career. Dunny was targeted three times in the game, but did not allow a single reception; it was actually him who was busy catching passes from Daniel Jones.
He intercepted a Jones pass at the Washington 41-yard line and returned it 6 yards. Then, just six snaps later in the contest, Dunbar proceeded to pick the rookie signal caller off again on his very next pass attempt. This was the first multi-interception game of Dunbar’s career and it makes him just one of two Redskins to have accomplished the feat since the start of the 2017 season (D.J. Swearinger X3).
The former wide receiver nearly added a non-INT pass defense to his stat line when he broke up a throw to Cody Latimer in the end zone. The only reason the PD didn’t count, and perhaps that Dunbar didn’t come down with his third pick of the game, was that Latimer held him and committed offensive pass interference on the play.
Dunny also recorded 3 solo tackles, with two of those coming before the New York ball carrier in question could reach the sticks.
His career-best 94.1 PFF grade for the game ranked first among all defenders and second among all NFL players in Week 4 behind only Philip Rivers (95.7).
Fabian Moreau- Moreau was quite literally doing the opposite of what Dunbar was, as he arguably put forth what was his worst performance in the NFL.
He got lit up to the tune of 6 receptions, 84 yards and 4 first downs, all of which were team highs. Now here’s a quick breakdown of the first-down grabs he gave up: a 5-yarder on 4th-and-2, 13-yarder on 2nd-and-8, a 21-yarder on 3rd-and-11 and a 23-yarder on 1st-and-10. The last of those two were the Giants’ fourth and second-longest plays of the game, respectively.
We haven’t even gotten to the fact that he was responsible for giving up a pair of first downs with holding penalties. His first hold came on a third down and negated a sack, while the second one was committed just in front of the Washington goal line at the end of the first half.
Moreau did notch 6 tackles (4 solo), half of which were made after the catches he allowed, but he also matched the team high and set a new career high by missing 2 tackles.
Again, in stark contrast to Dunbar, Moreau was tagged with a putrid 29.2 PFF grade, which was the sixth-lowest grade among all players who played at least 20 snaps from scrimmage in Week 4.
Jimmy Moreland- All three of the team’s starting corners finally being healthy meant that Moreland was going to see a significant drop in his playing time. He was on the field with the defense for just 15 snaps against the G-Men, which was 32 snaps lower than his previous low this year (47 vs Chicago).
The People’s Corner had also given up at least three catches and made three tackles in each of his previous outings. However, on Sunday, he didn’t allow a single reception for the first time in his career and finished the game with just a single tackle (assisted).
Other Cornerbacks- Simeon Thomas was limited to a special-teams-only role for the second straight week. Aaron Colvin, who turned 28 yesterday, was put on the inactive list for the first time this year.
|Safeties (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||78||100%|
|Montae Nicholson *||78||100%|
|Troy Apke||ST Only||0%|
Landon Collins- Landon Collins’ much-hyped revenge game was a complete dud. He did finish the contest with 9 tackles, but seven of them were of the assisted variety, which was a new career high for him. He whiffed on a tackle for the seventh consecutive game (3 from last season), as well. The missed tackle ended up allowing the Giants to gain roughly 10 more yards on the play.
Generally speaking, Collins was fine as a tackler, though; his real problem was in coverage. A team-high 8 targets were thrown into his coverage over the course of his 34 snaps. On those plays, he allowed a team-worst 6 receptions for 52 yards and 3 first downs. All of these figures were 2019 highs for the highly paid safety.
What’s worse is that much of his struggles in coverage came on third down. He surrendered 3 receptions for 44 yards and a pair of chain movers on money-down snaps alone. And on top of that, he was also flagged for holding on one third down (declined).
He earned a 50.1 PFF grade for the performance, which was the second-lowest mark on the defense and his lowest of the season.
Now here’s the part where I tell you how Collins still hasn’t made any big plays yet. He still hasn’t recorded a single pass defense or pressure so far this year. Through the first four games of each of his previous seasons he has averaged 2.75 PDs and 2.25 pressures. Again, for the first time in his career, he has not recorded a single pass defense or pressure in Weeks 1-4 of the season.
Montae Nicholson- Nicholson was not targeted and did not allow a reception for the first time this season. However, he did get penalized for holding on a goal-line passing play, which set the Giants up to punch it in for six on the subsequent play.
He recorded 5 solo and 6 total tackles, but all of them were made at least 12 yards away from the line of scrimmage.
Nicholson’s best moment of the day was when he recovered the fumble Tim Settle forced late in the third quarter. He had neither forced or recovered a fumble as pro prior to this game. The former fourth-rounder had who had only scored a single takeaway in his first two seasons combined has now forced a turnover in two of the last three weeks.
Deshazor Everett- Everett’s defensive snap share was practically cut in half for the second straight week (18.8% > 9.5% > 5.1%). He still found a way to record a season-high 2 tackles (both solo) despite playing on just 4 snaps, though.
In fact, Everett was the one who recorded the takedown on both of the running plays he was in for. He put a stop to a Wayne Gallman run after a gain of 21 yards and then proceeded to shut down a Gallman short-yardage carry for no gain three plays later on 3rd-and-1. Shaze was not targeted on either of his coverage snaps in the contest.
Troy Apke- This was the sixth career game for last season’s fourth-round pick. He has still yet to play on defense.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Defensive Players (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||78||100%||Ryan Anderson||29||37%|
|Montae Nicholson *||78||100%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||26||33%|
|Josh Norman *||75||96%||Noah Spence||19||24%|
|Jon Bostic *||72||92%||Treyvon Hester||17||22%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||65||83%||Jimmy Moreland||15||19%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||59||76%||Deshazor Everett||4||5%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||54||69%||Troy Apke||ST Only||0%|
|Montez Sweat *||54||69%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||ST Only||0%|
|Fabian Moreau||48||62%||Simeon Thomas||ST Only||0%|
|Jonathan Allen *||44||56%||Tanner Vallejo||ST Only||0%|
|Daron Payne *||44||56%||Alvin Colvin||Inactive||N/A|
|Cole Holcomb *||43||55%||Cassanova McKinzy||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams Players (30 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Troy Apke||19||95%||Tim Settle||5||25%|
|Deshazor Everett||19||95%||Steven Sims||4||20%|
|Ryan Anderson||15||75%||Montez Sweat||4||20%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||15||75%||Dustin Hopkins||3||15%|
|Wendell Smallwood||15||75%||Daron Payne||3||15%|
|Tanner Vallejo||15||75%||Trey Quinn||3||15%|
|Cole Holcomb||14||70%||Robert Davis||2||10%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||14||70%||Montae Nicholson||2||10%|
|Simeon Thomas||13||65%||Noah Spence||2||10%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||11||55%||Geron Christian||1||5%|
|Kelvin Harmon||9||45%||Ereck Flowers||1||5%|
|Jimmy Moreland||7||35%||Treyvon Hester||1||5%|
|Nick Sundberg||7||35%||Wes Martin||1||5%|
|Tress Way||7||35%||Morgan Moses||1||5%|
|Matt Ioannidis||5||25%||Ross Pierschbacher||1||5%|
Snaps- Nate Kaczor’s special teams unit was on the field for a season-low 20 snaps in Sunday’s game. Deshazor Everett and Troy Apke once again got the most playing time for this group (19 snaps each).
Dustin Hopkins- Hopkins’ snap total continued to drop (10 > 7 > 5 >3), as the offense’s struggles to score and to move the ball into field goal range have only intensified each passing week. He nailed his only kick, a field goal from 21 yards out and booted touchbacks on both of his kickoffs.
Tress Way- Tress Way was his usual dominant self in this one. He booted the ball away six times for 319 yards. The Giants muffed two of their four returns and gained a total of just 8 yards on those plays, which gave Way 311 net yards. His 53.2-yard average and 51.8-yard net average were the sixth and third-highest single-game marks of his entire career.
One of his punts went for a whopping 66 yards, which was the second-longest punt of his seven-year career and his longest since Week 4 of the 2014 season (77 yards vs Giants). Only four punters have made longer kicks so far this season.
As if that all wasn’t enough, Way did not punt a touchback for the 22nd straight contest and pinned the New York offense inside their own 20 on three occasions (at the 6, 17 and 14-yard lines).
His 82.7 PFF grade ranked first among all punters this week. His year-long mark of 91.2 paces the position by a wide margin, as he is a full eight points better than second-ranked punter Brett Kern (83.2). Way still leads the league in average and net average, as well. It’s tough when the best player on your team is a punter, but such is life.
Kick Coverage- There were no kickoff returns by the Giants, so we’ll only be discussing New York punt returns in this space.
G-Men returner T.J. Jones muffed his first two returns and was touched down by Robert Davis and Simeon Thomas on them at the 6 and 17-yard lines, respectively. Jabrill Peppers called for a fair catch at the 14 on the next punt by Way, while the fourth one sailed out of bounds at the Giants’ 40 after gaining just 40 yards (say it ain’t so, Tress). Jeremy Sprinkle tackled Jones at the 26 after a 4-yard gainer on the subsequent punt.
Deshazor Everett brought down Jones at the 35-yard line after another 4-yarder on the final return of the day. Everett has recorded twice as many specials tackles this year (4) as the player on the team with the second-most of them (2 by fellow backup safety Troy Apke). It’s good that Everett did a few nice things in the game in order to make up for his major mistake, but we’ll get to that shortly.
Punt Returns- Trey Quinn fielded his only return of the day at the Washington 7-yard line and gained 6 yards on the play before being tackled at the 13. His 6 return yards in the contest represented the lowest total of his career.
The other two New York punts went out of bounds at the 15 and 5-yard lines. Jimmy Moreland was flagged for holding on the latter of those two punts, and the ball was moved back to the Washington 3 as a result.
As you’ve probably deduced by now, the Redskins’ offense was pinned inside of their own 20-yard line after all three Giants’ punts.
Kickoff Returns- The first two kickoffs to Washington went for touchbacks. Steven Sims fielded the third kick at the goal line and returned it out to the 19-yard line. He topped out at a speed of 20.54 mph on the play, which gave him the sixth-fastest speed among all ball carriers for the second week in a row.
His next return was the real story here, though. The rookie UDFA caught the ball at the 2-yard line and returned it 81 yards all the way to the New York 17. Unfortunately for Sims and the Skins, Deshazor Everett, of all people, committed a holding penalty at the Washington 20-yard line that brought the ball all the way back to the 10 and negated all but 18 of the return yards. Had it not been called back, Sims’ 81-yarder would’ve been the team’s longest kickoff return since 2015.
*All statistics are courtesy of ESPN, Football Outsiders, 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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