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Skins Stats & Snaps: Lions @ Redskins (Offense)

A look at the stats and snap counts for every offensive player on the Redskins in the team’s Week 12 matchup with the Detroit Lions

Detroit Lions v Washington Redskins Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

#Winning- This was the Redskins’ first win at home since Week 7 of last season (20-17 vs. Dallas). That game took place on 10/21/2018, 399 days before the one against the Lions this past week. This was also the team’s first victory over another NFC squad since they beat the Buccaneers 16-3 in Week 10 of 2018.

Snaps & Possession- The Washington Redskins’ offense was on the field for 57 plays, 60 snaps and 26:30 of the game clock.

You would think that the Redskins might’ve held the ball more than the Lions, considering they won the game and all, but just as it was against the Dolphins, this was not the case. Not only is Washington the only team that hasn’t won the time of possession battle once all season, they are the lone club that hasn’t done it at least three times.

Yards- The O’Connell and Callahan offensive attack was only able to muster 230 yards of offense and a 4.0 yards-per-play average. Those were the second-worst and worst such figures posted against the Lions this season. Washington’s 13 first downs was tied for the fewest number of chain movers allowed by Detroit in 2019.

Points- The Redskins scored 19 points, which represented their highest output since Week 2 (21), but none of those scores came on offensive touchdowns. This was the team’s fifth game without an offensive score this season and their fourth in the last five games. No other team has more than three such contests on the year (Saints and Jets with 3 each).

Washington is one more game without an offensive touchdown away from setting the franchise record for these games in a season (currently tied with the 1961 season) and from moving into a tie for the third most scoreless showings on offense among all teams since 1940.

Giveaways- The Skins’ offense gave the ball away twice against the Lions, once with a fumble and once with an interception. The team has fumbled at least once in seven consecutive games and has turned the ball over in four of their last five contests. This was the fifth multi-giveaway game of the year for Washington.

3rd & 4th Down- Both of the Redskins’ turnovers and two of the three sacks against them came on third down. That was a big part of the reason they were only able to move the chains on 4-of-14 money-down plays (28.6%). It also didn’t help that they averaged 7.8 yards to go and were dealing with third-and-long situations on nine of their third-down tries.

The Redskins didn’t go for it on fourth down once for the fifth time this year.

Red Zone- Dwayne Haskins and company couldn’t find the end zone on either of the team’s two trips to the red zone (0-for-2). In fact, they actually lost more yardage than they gained (-1 yard) on their five plays in the red area.

This is the seventh time Washington has failed to score a single touchdown inside the red zone this season, which is already tied for their most such games in the last 20 years (2001).

Rankings- Perhaps you somehow still aren’t aware of just how bad this offense is. Well, then you should probably consider that the Redskins rank dead last in yards (2,787), first downs (171), touchdowns (14), points (144), plays run (589), average time of possession (26:34), third-down conversion percentage (26.4%), red-zone conversion percentage (31.8%) and offensive DVOA (-29.3%).

I mean, that is literally almost every major offensive category. Dead last, and by a fairly decent margin in some cases.


Quarterbacks (3 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Dwayne Haskins * 59 98%
Case Keenum 1 2%
Colt McCoy Inactive N/A

Dwayne Haskins (Traditional Stats)- Dwayne Haskins completed 13 of his 29 passes for 156 yards, 9 first downs, no touchdowns and an interception. His 44.8% completion percentage and 5.38 YPA for the game were both career lows. This was the third time that the rookie signal caller posted a passer rating below 50.0 (47.5). He was also unable to avoid the Detroit pass rush on several occasions and took 3 sacks for 12 yards, one of which caused a fumble that he lost.

Much of Haskins’ passing production came on the Redskins’ final two non-kneel down possessions of the contest, the game-tying and game-winning drives. Before that stretch, he went 7-for-20 for 88 yards and an interception, but made up for it by completing 6-of-9 attempts for 68 yards on the last two series, both of which ended with field goals for the Burgundy and Gold.

He moved the chains with an 11-yard scramble on the final drive, as well. That combined with a season-long 18-yard run that came on 3rd-and-10 earlier in the game and a kneel down at the end of the first half gave Haskins a career-high 28 rushing yards.

Dwayne Haskins (Advanced Stats)- To say that Haskins had problems with accuracy in this game would be an understatement. Not only did he have a season-low completion rate, he also posted new season worsts in adjusted completion percentage (50%) and number of bad/poor throws (9).

The OSU product put up the fifth-lowest DYAR total (-116) and the third-lowest total QBR (15.5) among all qualified signal callers in Week 12.

Dwayne Haskins (Season)- Yes, Haskins got his first win and the majority of his action in 2019 is still yet to come, but at least so far, he has been horrible.

Of the 38 players with 100 or more pass attempts this season, Haskins ranks 37th or second-worst ahead of only Josh Rosen in the following metrics: completion percentage (54.6%), touchdown percentage (5.56%), passer rating (55.9), passing yards per game (130.8) and adjusted net yards per attempt (2.42). The Skins’ first-round pick ranks dead last in interception percentage (5.56%) and QBR (19.3).

What’s perhaps even more troubling is that the player who ranks just ahead of Haskins in many of these categories has often posted a number that is 20 to 30% higher than what Haskins has.


Wide Receivers (6 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Terry McLaurin * 59 98%
Kelvin Harmon * 38 63%
Steven Sims 24 40%
Trey Quinn 22 37%
Paul Richardson 15 25%
Cam Sims Inactive N/A

Terry McLaurin- The Redskins clearly made a point of trying to get the ball to their top offensive weapon, Terry McLaurin. Scary Terry played on all but one snap and easily set new career highs in both targets (12) and air yards (210). He hauled in 5 receptions on six catchable passes and racked up a team high 72 yards and 2 first downs; he dropped the only catchable pass he was unable to corral. He should’ve added a 10-yarder to his ledger, but Haskins overthrew him on the play.

All five of F1’s grabs came on scoring drives, including a 26-yarder in the second quarter that was tied for the Redskins’ longest play from scrimmage.

McLaurin leads all NFL rookies in receptions (40), receiving yards (638), receiving first downs (32) and receiving touchdowns (5). He is on pace to finish the season with 60 receptions, 957 yards, 8 touchdowns and 48 first downs, all of which would be franchise records by a true first-year player (first year out of college).

Paul Richardson- Richardson, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, did not start and only played 15 snaps before aggravating that same injury. He caught a 6-yard pass on a 1st-and-20 play and nearly hauled in an acrobatic 19-yard touchdown that was ultimately defended and fell incomplete. P-Rich has failed to gain more than 16 receiving yards in seven of his last eleven games.

Kelvin Harmon- The sixth-round pick started and played 25-plus snaps (38) for the third straight week. He tied the career high he set last week with 6 targets, catching three of them for 43 yards and 2 first downs. His 125 air yards was more than double the personal high that he set last week (58).

Most of Harmon’s production was picked up on a 26-yard chain-mover, which was tied for the Redskins’ longest play from scrimmage. Unfortunately for Washington, Haskins threw a pick when targeting Harmon three plays later; the rookie wideout did make the tackle on the play, though.

Trey Quinn- Quinn was in for just 22 snaps and a 37% snap rate; those were easily his lowest playing-time figures since his first career game (Week 1 of 2018 at Arizona). He was unable to haul in his lone target on the day. The only other time Quinn has been targeted fewer than three times was also his first game.

Steven Sims- Steven Sims finally out-snapped Quinn (24 to 22). He led the team in slot snaps, as well (18). The UDFA out of Kansas was targeted twice, with the first of those throws being overthrown in the end zone and the second of them being batted down at the line. Sims took a handoff and looked to throw on a trick play, but he couldn’t find any open receivers and threw the ball away.

Cam Sims- Richardson’s return pushed Sims out of the lineup this week and onto the inactive list.


Tight Ends (2 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Jeremy Sprinkle 51 85%
Hale Hentges 15 25%

Jeremy Sprinkle- This was probably one of Sprinkle’s worst games this season. His 51 snaps and 81% snap share on Sunday were the second-highest marks of his career behind only the 51 snaps and 92% PT clip he had against the Dolphins in Week 6.

He caught one of his 2 targets, but only gained 4 yards on the play. Sprinkle ranks 40th among all tight ends in both receptions (17) and receiving yards (160 yards) this season.

The third-year pro was also called for a drive-stalling false start infraction this past Sunday, his sixth penalty of the year.

Hale Hentges- Hentges played just 15 snaps, his second-lowest total of the season, and was not targeted for the fourth time in his six games this year.

Vernon Davis- Vernon Davis was placed on IR because of a concussion that he suffered back in Week 4. He will end up missing 12 games this year, which is double the career-high six contests he sat out for as a rookie in 2006 and just two shy of the 14 career games he had missed coming into this season.

VD has suffered multiple concussions in his career, is not under contract for next season and will turn 36 in just over two months. The veteran tight end should and probably will strongly consider hanging ‘em up in the offseason.


Running Backs (5 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Derrius Guice 26 43%
Adrian Peterson * 20 33%
Wendell Smallwood 16 27%
Michael Burton * 2 3%
Chris Thompson Inactive N/A

Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson was in for 20 snaps and toted the rock on ten of them for 27 yards and a pair of first downs. AP’s 2.70 rushing average was somehow just his fourth-worst clip of the year. Peterson only gained five yards or more on three of his carries, while failing to gain more than 3 yards or move the chains on six of them.

The one saving grace for All Day was that he caught a 22-yarder on his lone target. That reception represented both the Redskins’ third-longest offensive gain of the day and Peterson’s longest catch of the season (tied).

Derrius Guice- The second-year back out of LSU led the running back corps in snaps for the first time in his career and out-snapped Peterson for the second consecutive week (20 to 17 > 26 to 20).

Like AP, Guice ran it ten times against the Lions. He gained 32 yards and moved the chains once on those rushes and picked up 6 yards with a reception on one of the two targets thrown his way.

Wendell Smallwood- Smallwood played 16 snaps and did not get a touch in the running game for the second consecutive week. He caught the only pass thrown his way, a 3-yarder on a 2nd-and-4 play.

Michael Burton- The veteran fullback was only on the field for 2 offensive snaps in this game, his lowest total in a contest he played in since Week 13 of last season (1 snap with Chicago Bears at New York Giants). However, one of those snaps happened to be on the team’s first offensive play, which gave Burton his first start of the year.

Chris Thompson- CT’s bum toe kept him out a fifth straight game. He gained 50 or more yards in four of the five weeks he played at least a quarter of the snaps in. Amazingly, there are still only a dozen running backs with more receiving yards than him this season (276).

Redskins Rushing- The Redskins gained 86 and picked up 5 first downs on their 24 rushes on Sunday. Their YPC average would be 4.0 instead of 3.6 if we were to exclude their two kneel downs for a loss of a yard.

The Burgundy and Gold did fail to gain any yardage on three of their rushes (kneel downs not included), but also rushed for 11 or more yards three times and gained five-plus on ten of their runs.


Offensive Line (9 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ereck Flowers * 60 100%
Morgan Moses * 60 100%
Chase Roullier * 60 100%
Brandon Scherff * 60 100%
Donald Penn 44 73%
Geron Christian * 16 27%
Tony Bergstrom * 12 20%
Wes Martin ST Only 0%
Ross Pierschbacher Inactive N/A

Donald Penn- Penn did not start at left tackle for the first time this season because of a unspecified “disciplinary issue.” He did, however, play on 73% of the snaps and only gave up a single pressure (a hurry).

Even the limited playing time couldn’t stop Penn from committing a penalty, though. His holding foul stalled a drive and negated a 14-yard run by Derrius Guice. His 9 total penalties on the year are tied for the most on the team.

Geron Christian- Geron Christian started in place Penn at left tackle, which represented the second overall start of his career and his first at the position. He played 16 snaps and gave up a single pressure (a hurry) over the course of his 9 pass-blocking plays.

Ereck Flowers- The former tackle played on every snap and only surrendered a single hurry in pass protection. Flowers has given up two or fewer pressures and no hits or sacks in all but three of his games this season. He earned a career-high 81.1 PFF grade for his performance on Sunday.

Chase Roullier- The third-year pivot did not allow a single pressure or commit any penalties for fifth time this year, which is two more such games than the other four starters on the line have combined for all season.

Brandon Scherff- Scherff did allow a pair of hurries and commit yet another penalty (false start), but he also didn’t surrender any hits or sacks for the eighth time in his nine games this year. If he hadn’t committed a team-high 9 total penalties in 2019 then everyone would be talking about how Scherff was having another Pro Bowl season.

Morgan Moses- The University of Virginia product did give up a sack-fumble and a team-high 3 hurries, but didn’t commit a penalty for just the second time since Week 7 and posted his best PFF run-blocking rating since 2017 (90.6). He finished the game with a team-best 84.2 overall grade.

Tony Bergstrom- Tony Bergstrom made his fourth start of the year and played a dozen snaps as an extra O-lineman.

Other Offensive Linemen- For the second time this season and in as many weeks, Wes Martin worked exclusively on special teams and Ross Pierschbacher was inactive.


All Offensive Players (25 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap % Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ereck Flowers * 60 100% Geron Christian * 16 27%
Morgan Moses * 60 100% Wendell Smallwood 16 27%
Chase Roullier * 60 100% Hale Hentges 15 25%
Brandon Scherff * 60 100% Paul Richardson 15 25%
Dwayne Haskins * 59 98% Tony Bergstrom * 12 20%
Terry McLaurin * 59 98% Michael Burton * 2 3%
Jeremy Sprinkle 51 85% Case Keenum 1 2%
Donald Penn 44 73% Wes Martin ST Only 0%
Kelvin Harmon * 38 63% Colt McCoy Inactive N/A
Derrius Guice 26 43% Ross Pierschbacher Inactive N/A
Steven Sims 24 40% Cam Sims Inactive N/A
Trey Quinn 22 37% Chris Thompson Inactive N/A
Adrian Peterson * 20 33%

*All statistics are courtesy of Air Yards, ESPN, Football Outsiders, NBC Sports,, NFL Gamebooks, Pro Football Focus, Pro Football Reference,, Sports Info Solutions and The Washington Post*


Which of these seasons was the worst for the Redskins offensively?

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  • 11%
    1994 (Turner, Shuler)
    (12 votes)
  • 4%
    2001 (Schottenheimer, Banks)
    (5 votes)
  • 8%
    2002 (Spurrier, Ramsey)
    (9 votes)
  • 1%
    2004 (Gibbs, Ramsey)
    (2 votes)
  • 5%
    2009 (Zorn, Campbell)
    (6 votes)
  • 3%
    2011 (Shanahan, Grossman)
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    2013 (Shanahan, Griffin)
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    2018 (Gruden, Smith)
    (3 votes)
  • 59%
    2019 (Callahan/Gruden, Haskins)
    (64 votes)
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