Snaps- The Washington Redskins’ offense was on the field for 61 plays and 67 snaps, which were the team’s second-highest totals of the year behind only the 68 plays and 79 snaps they ran against the Bears in Week 3.
They also bucked their trend of ultra-quick games, as this contest clocked in at 3 hours and 16 minutes, which was the team’s longest game of the season.
Yards- The Redskins were only able to muster 225 yards of offense and a 3.69-yards per-play average. Those were the worst figures posted by any team playing the Jets this season by 40 yards and 0.40 yards per play. The average was the second-lowest clip by the Skins all year, just 0.022 yards better than the team’s average against the Giants in Week 3 (3.66).
The Jets are the only team that has gained fewer yards than the Redskins have this year (2,557 to 2,482, 75-yard margin), and those same Jets outgained them by 175 yards in this game.
Points- The Redskins finished the game with 17 points, with 14 of them coming in final 10 minutes and 11 seconds of the game and after the Jets had taken a 34-3 lead. Their 17 points in this game was tied for the fewest points scored against the Jets this season (vs. Buffalo in Week 1).
It also marks the Skins’ eighth straight game with that many or fewer points, which is the longest such active streak in the NFL and puts them one game away from having the longest streak of games with 17 or fewer points in the last decade.
Washington has only scored 125 points this season (12.5 per game), which ranks dead last in the entire league and is the fewest number of points scored by any NFL team through their first ten games of the season since 2012 (120 points by the 2011 Rams).
Touchdowns- After setting a franchise record for the most consecutive quarters without a touchdown (16), which was a streak only eclipsed this century by the Super Bowl winning 2000 Baltimore Ravens, the Redskins finally snapped their touchdown-less streak when they found the end zone with approximately ten minutes left in the game. They added another TD with just over a minute left on the clock.
Nevertheless, like with their total points, the 13 touchdowns scored by the Burgundy and Gold this season still ranks dead last in the entire NFL and is tied for the second-lowest TD total through a team’s first ten games in the last eight years (12 touchdowns by the 2018 Bills).
3rd Down- The Washington offense converted on 6-of-16 third downs this past Sunday. Their 37.5% success rate on the money down was their best such clip since Week 1 (38.5% at Philadelphia). So, on one hand that’s a good result, but on another it’s not, because only the Browns fared worse on third down against the lowly Jets’ defense this season (30.8%).
A quarter of these plays ended with a sack or a fumble and all six conversions were picked up in the second half. The Redskins are now only 1.2 percentage points better on third down than the last-place Jets are (26.2% to 25.4%).
4th Down- For the third time in the team’s last four games, the offense went for it once on fourth down and failed to gain the necessary yards to move the sticks. Those were the club’s only fourth-down tries since Week 4. Only the Packers (2) and Seahawks (1) have gone for it fewer times in that span; the league average number of tries in that stretch was 8.3.
Red Zone- Dwayne Haskins and company were only able to find the paint on one of the Skins’ three trips to the red zone (33.3%), but considering their recent success, or lack thereof, in this department, one touchdown seemed like a miracle. This was their first red-zone TD since Week 3, which was tied for Washington’s longest red-zone drought of the century (6 games in 2001, as well).
Even if you exclude a 15-yard sack on Haskins, the offense only averaged 2.1 yards per play in the red area.
Just like they do on third down, the Redskins’ offense ranks 31st in red zone TD percentage (35%).
Giveaways- The Redskins tied a season high with 3 fumbles and were extremely lucky to be able to recover all of them. They weren’t as fortunate in the interception department, as they threw a pick at their own 14-yard line. The team has turned the ball over at least once in six of their last eight games (1.88 per game in that span).
|Quarterbacks (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Dwayne Haskins *||68||100%|
Dwayne Haskins (Traditional Stats)- In what was his second career start, and his first at home, Dwayne Haskins completed 19 of his 35 passes (54.3%) for 214 yards (6.11 YPA), 9 first downs, 2 touchdowns and an interception (79.9 passer rating). The pick was thrown inside Washington’s own 20-yard line and led to a New York touchdown.
His attempt, completion, yardage, first down and touchdown totals were all season highs. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he put up either the worst or second-worst numbers by a QB playing against the Jets this season in completions, completion percentage (tied for worst), passing yards, passing first downs (worst), yards per attempt and passer rating.
What’s perhaps worse is that 37% of his completions, 55.6% of his passing yards, 62.5% of his first downs and both of his touchdowns were thrown in the fourth quarter, after New York had already taken a 34-3 lead.
Haskins was also credited with both the first and second fumbles of his career and set new career highs in sacks (6) and sack yards (43). Nobody on the team besides Haskins was charged with giving up a sack, because A) he was blitzed by relatively unblocked defenders on four of those plays, and B) he simply held the ball too long on most of them (average of 3.75 seconds from snap to sack).
Sacks have been a serious problem for Haskins. If you take scrambles out of the equation, there are 39 signal callers with 90 or more dropbacks this season. Haskins’ 15.1% sack rate is at least a percentage point and a half worse than any one of those other quarterbacks (Marcus Mariota at 13.6%). He is five whole percentage points worse than the next current starter in this group (Ryan Tannehill at 11.1%).
Haskins’ basic passing numbers do leave a few things out that make his showing look a bit better. He forced a defensive pass interference or scored on two of his three two-point conversion attempts, had a 67-yard completion get nullified by a holding penalty and was the victim of his receivers combining to drop a season-high six passes. On another positive note, he used his legs to pick up a first down on a 3rd-and-4 scramble.
Dwayne Haskins (Advanced Stats)- Pro Football Focus certainly thought the box score failed to do the first-round pick justice in this one, as they gave him a career-best 71.5 grade for the game. Football Outsiders’ DYAR and ESPN’s Total QBR are far less subjective and weren’t as kind to Haskins. He ranked 26th (-172) and 27th (8.8) out of 28 qualifiers in those respective metrics this week; only Ryan Finley and Kyle Allen (both) were worse.
|Wide Receivers (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Kelvin Harmon *||63||93%|
|Terry McLaurin *||62||91%|
|Trey Quinn *||41||60%|
Terry McLaurin- Terry McLaurin hauled in 3-of-4 targets, all which were contested, and posted team highs in both air yards (79) and receiving yards (69). He also tied for the most chain movers on the club, with two of them.
His receptions of 41 and 20 yards were the team’s second and fourth-longest offensive gains of the day. He would’ve added a 67-yarder to his ledger too, if it had not been negated by a holding penalty. That catch would’ve given him a career-high 136 yards.
McLaurin’s 82.6 PFF grade ranked first among all Washington offensive players.
Scary Terry leads all rookies in receiving yards per game (62.9) and receiving first downs (28). He is tied with two others rooks (D.K. Metcalf and Mecole Hardman) for the most receiving touchdowns (5).
Paul Richardson- Richardson was forced to sit out because of a hamstring injury. This was the first missed game of the year for P-Rich, who was absent for seven of the team’s games in 2018. He has spent the end of three of his five previous seasons in the league on injured reserve.
Kelvin Harmon- This was something of a breakout performance for Kelvin Harmon, who started in place of the injured Paul Richardson. Harmon led all backs and receivers in the game with 63 snaps (93%), which is a total that more than doubled his previous career high in snaps (28 snaps in Week 4 at New York Giants).
He led the team in both targets (6) and receptions (5) and his 53 receiving yards ranked second behind fellow rookie Terry McLaurin. His 2 first-down receptions were tied for the most on the team with McLaurin and one other player. All of these aforementioned figures were new personal bests for Harmon, as well.
The NC State product also got the most third-down looks in the passing game, with three of them. He hauled in one of those money-down throws and gained 24 yards on the play. That was both the longest reception of his career and the team’s third-longest offensive play of the day.
On top of all that, the rookie wideout forced a DPI penalty on the Skins’ first two-point-conversion try.
Harmon’s lone noticeable blemish in the game was a false start late in fourth quarter.
Trey Quinn- The Skins’ slot man was thrown at four times, but only ended up with 2 receptions for 9 yards. To make matters worse, one of those two incompletions ended up being picked off at Washington’s own 14-yard line. The lone bright spot for Quinn was that he scored on a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter; it was his first two-pointer as a pro.
I’ve been telling you how bad Quinn has been from an efficiency standpoint for weeks now. This time around, I thought I would change things up by not just telling you his rankings in a bunch of metrics, but by instead comparing him directly with the other efficiency cellar dwellers. Quinn and the four other players in the table below are the worst I could find.
|Player||YPG||YPR||YPT||YPRR||Catch %||QB Rate|
Quinn did not rank first or second among this cohort in any of the categories we looked at and had the lowest average ranking of the group (3.67). He may very well be having a more inefficient season as a receiver than any other regular pass catcher in the league.
Steven Sims- Steven Sims’ 9 snaps and a 13.2% snap share represented his second-highest playing-time figures of the year.
He set a new career high with 4 targets, but was only able to convert those looks into 6 yards. Two of those passes were thrown behind the line of scrimmage, he was the target on the team’s lone fourth-down try and he dropped the fourth and final pass thrown his way; the drop was his first as a pro.
Dwayne Haskins miss-timed a snap and fumbled what was supposed to be a jet sweep to Sims. Luckily for both players, Haskins was able to recover the ball.
Cam Sims- Sims was signed to the active roster the day before the game and set new career highs in offensive (3) and total (15) snaps. This was the third game of his career. He also saw the field in Week 1 of the 2018 campaign (at Arizona) and in Week 5 of this season (vs. New England). He has still yet to be targeted in a regular season contest.
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||50||74%|
Jeremy Sprinkle- Sprinkle played on 50 offensive snaps, which was the second-highest total of his career. The Arkansas product was targeted three times and ended up with 2 receptions for 16 yards, a team and career-high tying 2 first downs and his third touchdown as a pro.
He scored his TD from a yard out on third down and recorded a 15-yard reception on 3rd-and-13, which was the most yards to go the Redskins had on any third or fourth-down conversion all season. The touchdown and the fact that both of his catches were made on third down were a big part of the reason he was able to post a team-best 4.5 expected points added.
Sprink truly would’ve had a career day as a receiver if he had not dropped what would’ve been at the very least a 15-yard gainer. This was just the second dropped pass of the season and of his career.
It should also be noted that all three of Sprinkle’s targets came in the fourth quarter and after the Jets had already established a 34-3 lead.
Hale Hentges- After seeing a season-low 9 snaps against the Bills, the PT for the rookie jumped back up to 20 snaps, which was tied for his season high.
Hentges, like Sprinkle, was targeted three times. However, he only caught one of the passes thrown his way and gained no yards on the play. His two incompletions were the result of a drop and a slightly overthrown pass in the end zone. The Alabama product also had a ball thrown to him on a two-point conversion after the Skins’ second touchdown, but he was unable to haul in that pass, too.
He earned a career-low 37.3 grade from PFF, a mark which ranked second-worst on the team and worst among all offensive players in the game.
Vernon Davis- VD was sidelined a sixth consecutive game with a concussion. In doing so, he tied the career high that he set in his rookie year for most games missed in a single season.
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||17||25%|
Adrian Peterson- This was not just Adrian Peterson’s worst game with Bill Callahan in charge, it was one of his worst showings of the entire season. His cause was definitely not helped by being limited to 17 snaps and a 25% snap rate, which were his second-worst and worst playing-time figures of the year. Of his 17 snaps, nearly half of them came on the team’s initial offensive possessions in the first and second half (8-of-17 or 47.1%).
AP ran the ball nine times and picked up 25 yards (2.78 YPC) and a pair of first downs on those totes. The only time he had fewer rushing attempts and yards this season was in Week 5 against the Patriots (7 rushes for 18 yards). All Day had gained at least 76 rushing yards in all four of his previous games with Callahan at the helm and averaged 95.8 yards in those contests. Peterson only gained more than four yards on two of his carries (gains of 5 and 8 yards) and was held to two yards or less on five runs (55.6%).
He caught both of his targets, which included a 6-yarder on a 1st-and-10 play and a loss of a yard on a 2nd-and-14 (5 total receiving yards). His 30 yards from scrimmage was his worst total yardage output, outside of the Patriots game.
Peterson also failed to stop a Jets’ blitz that ended up resulting in a sack of Dwayne Haskins.
Derrius Guice- The primary reason for the drop in Peterson’s playing time was Derrius Guice’s return to the lineup. He out-snapped AP by a count of 20 to 17.
Last year’s second-round pick took his 7 carries for 24 yards, a first down and a team-best 3.43 yards per carry. He also led the team in rushing averted tackles (4), total averted tackles (5), five-yard rushes (3) and longest rush (9 yards). On the downside, all of his carries that went for fewer than five yards only gained two yards or less.
Guice’s biggest impact was made in the passing game. He did drop one of his two targets, but on the other one he snapped the team’s record-long touchdown drought by taking a screen pass 45 yards to the house in the fourth quarter.
It was Guice’s first TD of any kind since New Year’s Day of 2018 (including preseason), when he caught a pair of touchdowns against Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl, his final collegiate game. I’m old enough to remember when one of the knocks on Guice coming out of college was that he wasn’t a good receiver.
Wendell Smallwood- Believe it or not, but it was actually Wendell Smallwood who led the Washington running back corps in snaps this week (31). In fact, he played 11 more snaps than any other RB on the team.
However, he didn’t run the ball once for the first time since Week 4 (at New York Giants) and for the first time all season in a game he played more than three snaps in. Smallwood did see some action in the passing game though, as he tied the season high he set in Week 9 (at Buffalo) with 3 targets. He only hauled in one of those passes, but the reception was an 11-yarder on a 3rd-and-10 play.
The fourth-year back failed to impress in pass protection, as well. He allowed a hurry for the second week in a row and failed to effectively pick up a blitzing Jamal Adams on one of the sacks taken by Haskins. Smallwood wasn’t officially charged with a sack on the play, but he easily could have been.
Michael Burton- Burton was in for 13 snaps and a 19.1% snap rate, both of which were new season highs for Washington’s fullback. He was targeted for the first time this season, but dropped what would’ve been a 1-yard touchdown on the play.
Chris Thompson- CT missed his fourth consecutive outing due to turf toe. Sadly, he still ranks second on the club in receptions (27), receiving yards (276) and offensive touches (50).
Redskins Rushing- Peterson, Guice and Haskins combined to run the ball 20 times for 54 yards and 4 first downs. The team’s average of 2.70 yards per carry represented their worst showing since Week 1 (2.15 YPC at Philadelphia). This was the first time Washington failed to gain at least 85 yards on the ground and average four yards per carry since Bill Callahan took over as head coach in Week 6.
If you take the team’s two aborted snaps/fumbles out of the equation then their average does jump up to 3 yards. Omitting those two rushes also bumps their success rate up from 45% to 50%.
Outside of the final three minutes of the first half, Callahan and O’Connell dialed up running plays on 10-of-13 first down plays in the first three quarters of the game (76.9%). Calling more than the five play-action passes they did and not running quite as much on first down would probably be advisable, but #EstablishTheRun4Life, so what can you do?
|Offensive Line (9 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||68||100%|
|Morgan Moses *||68||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||68||100%|
|Brandon Scherff *||68||100%|
|Donald Penn *||45||66%|
|Wes Martin||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- The team literally gained almost the exact same number of rushing yards after contact as they did total rushing yards (52 vs. 54 yards), which is not a good look for the O-line at all. The line was, at least, able to pave the way for first down runs on two of the team’s three short-yardage rushes.
Haskins was pressured on 32.6% of his dropbacks, which is not good, but isn’t a horrible showing, either. The problem was that the team gave up a season-high tying 6 sacks. Now the line wasn’t actually credited with allowing any of those sacks, but they certainly at least played some role in all of them.
The line was responsible for four of the team’s five offensive penalties and 20 of the 25 penalty yards coming from that side of the ball. However, as you’ll soon see, most of those infractions were committed by one player.
Donald Penn- There were both good and bad aspects of Penn’s game this past Sunday.
He didn’t commit a penalty for the first time since Week 7, only gave up a single pressure (a hurry) and earned a season-high 81.9 PFF grade, a mark which both represented the second-highest rating on the Redskins’ offense and Penn’s best showing in this department since Week 12 of the 2016 season (86.2).
On the downside, while he was not officially charged with allowing any sacks, it was the man he was blocking who took down Haskins on two of his sacks. Penn was also benched for a good portion of the game, presumably so that the coaches could get a better look at Geron Christian. The 36-year-old vet set season lows in both snaps (45) and snap rate (66%).
Ereck Flowers- The converted tackle played on every snap for the ninth time this year. In fact, Flowers has only missed one snap all season (Week 3 vs. Chicago) and leads the team in offensive snaps (572).
Outside of a QB hit allowed to Quinnen Williams, Flowers was clean in this one. Surprisingly, it was the first hit he had surrendered since Week 16 of 2018 (sacks not included).
Chase Roullier- Chase Roullier didn’t commit a penalty or give up a single pressure for the second consecutive game, but was to blame for numerous low snaps to Haskins. Those bad snaps were likely the primary reason he posted the second-worst PFF grade of his career (46.7).
Brandon Scherff- Scherff did not surrender a pressure of any kind for the fifth time this season and made a key block on Derrius Guice’s 45-yard score.
That’s great, but this was yet another one of his showings that was tarnished by penalties. He was responsible for a game and career-high 3 penalties and 20 penalty yards. His holding foul was particularly costly, as it wiped out a 67-yard Terry McLaurin reception early in the game. In just eight games this season, the walk-year guard has already tied a career high with 8 accepted penalties and has set a new high with 9 total infractions.
Morgan Moses- This wasn’t Morgan Moses’ best day at the office, either. He was only officially tagged with one pressure allowed (a hurry), but Moses played a role in half of the six sacks taken by Haskins. He also committed a drive-stalling false start late in the second quarter. The veteran right tackle has given up a pressure and committed a penalty or given up three-plus pressures in eight of his ten games this season.
Geron Christian- The second-year tackle out of Louisville got some extended run against the Jets, as he played on 22 snaps at left tackle, which was easily the second-highest total of his career. All but one of those snaps came in pass protection. Christian did not surrender a single pressure or commit any penalties. He earned a career-best 73.4 PFF grade for his performance.
Tony Bergstrom- Bergstrom played as a sixth O-lineman on 11 snaps. This was the second game in a row he’s seen double-digit snaps in that role. Eight of his snaps came on running plays. Haskins took a sack on one of the three passes Bergstrom was in for, a sack that the veteran lineman was at least partially responsible for giving up.
Other Offensive Linemen- For the past four games Ross Pierschbacher had only played on special teams and Wes Martin had been inactive. The script was flipped this week, as Martin worked solely on special teams and Pierschbacher did not dress. The pair of rookie late rounders have combined to play on 121 total snaps this season, with 109 of them belonging to Martin.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Offensive Players (26 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||68||100%||Hale Hentges||20||29%|
|Dwayne Haskins *||68||100%||Adrian Peterson *||17||25%|
|Morgan Moses *||68||100%||Michael Burton||13||19%|
|Chase Roullier *||68||100%||Tony Bergstrom||11||16%|
|Brandon Scherff *||68||100%||Steven Sims||9||13%|
|Kelvin Harmon *||63||93%||Cam Sims||3||4%|
|Terry McLaurin *||62||91%||Case Keenum||0||0%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||50||74%||Wes Martin||ST Only||0%|
|Donald Penn *||45||66%||Vernon Davis||Inactive||N/A|
|Trey Quinn *||41||60%||Colt McCoy||Inactive||N/A|
|Wendell Smallwood||31||46%||Ross Pierschbacher||Inactive||N/A|
|Geron Christian||23||34%||Paul Richardson||Inactive||N/A|
|Derrius Guice||20||29%||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*
Which one of the following offensive players would you like to see the Redskins take with their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft?
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Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama (if healthy)
Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Okahoma
Henry Ruggs, WR, Alabama
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