Snaps- Greg Manusky’s defense was out there for a total of 71 plays and 75 snaps. The play count was tied for the second-most faced by the Redskins this season (74 plays in Week 5 vs. New England).
Yards & Points- The Lions gained 364 yards and outgained the Burgundy and Gold by a margin of 134 yards. They also picked up 21 first downs, which gave them eight more chain movers than the Skins had. Despite all that, Washington was able to hold Detroit’s offense to just 16 points, which is tied for the second-fewest points allowed by the team this season.
3rd Down- Jeff Driskel and company were able to move the chains against the Washington D on six of their 15 third-down tries in the game (40%). That’s certainly not anything for the Skins to be particularly proud of, but it was their best showing on third down since Week 6 (21.4% at Miami) and the third-lowest such success rate they’ve allowed all season long.
Detroit did score their only touchdown on third down, but Washington countered with 3 sacks and an interception on the money down. It certainly helped that the Lions lined up an average of 8.3 yards away from the sticks on these plays and had to gain nine or more yards on seven of them.
Nevertheless, the Redskins still rank 32nd in the league with a 48.4% conversion rate allowed on third down.
Red Zone- The Skins gave up a TD on one of the three red-zone stands they faced in the contest. They’ve surrendered a red-area touchdown in all but one of their past 13 games.
Takeaways- The defense forced a pair of fumbles, recovered one of them and intercepted three passes to give them a total of 4 takeaways. This was the team’s second game of the year with 4 forced turnovers and their first 3-interception effort since Week 16 of 2016 (at Chicago). The Redskins surprisingly rank seventh in the NFL with 17 takeaways.
QB Pressure- The 41.9% pressure rate applied by the Washington pass rush was their second-best clip of 2019, behind only the 50% rate they posted last week against the Jets. Of their 18 pressures, a third of them ended up going for sacks. The team’s 6 sacks gave them their highest total since Week 15 of last year (6 sacks at Jacksonville).
In large part due to all that pressure, Detroit was only able to muster a season low 189 yards in the passing game.
Rushing Defense- The Lions quartet of backups in Bo Scarbrough, Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic and Jeff Driskel combined to run the ball 32 times for 175 yards (5.47 YPC) and 8 first downs. This was both the second-most rushing yards gained by the Lions and allowed by the Redskins this season.
The 5.47 YPC average was a new season-best for Detroit and the second-highest clip given up by the Burgundy and Gold in 2019. The Lions also picked 8 first downs, which was another high-water mark for them this year. Exactly half of their carries gained five-plus yards and five of them went for 11 or more yards.
Both Bo Scarbrough (98 yards) and Jeff Driskel (63 yards) set new career highs in rushing yards.
|Defensive Line (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jonathan Allen *||65||87%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||61||81%|
Daron Payne- A sprained ankle caused the 2018 first-round pick to miss the first game of his pro career. In fact, this was Payne’s first absence since at least high school, because he never missed a single game while at Alabama.
Matt Ioannidis- Matt Ioannidis busted out his slump by registering 4 pressures, including a QB hit and his sixth sack of the season. He still leads the team in both pressures (35) and sacks (5.5).
The Ion Man added a stop in the running game for good measure, but also missed his ninth tackle of the year.
Jonathan Allen- The leader of the D-line notched 5 tackles (3 solo) against the Lions, one of which was an 8-yard half sack of Jeff Driskel. The Bama product also scored a hurry (2 pressures) and forced a fumble that would be recovered by another Washington defender.
The FF was surprisingly the first one of his entire pro career. You have to go all the way 2015, his junior season at Alabama, to find the last time he forced a fumble in a real game (at Mississippi State on 11/14/2015).
Tim Settle- Settle returned after missing last week’s game with a hamstring injury. The absence of Daron Payne opened the door for him to play 28 snaps for the defense, his highest total since Week 6 (at Miami).
The second-year nose didn’t do much with the extended run though, as he failed to generate a pressure on any of his 11 pass rushes and recorded just one tackle, a stop on a Bo Scarbrough rush that gained just a yard.
Treyvon Hester- Hester was on the field for 15 snaps, but was completely shut out of the box score. This was the second time this season (seventh career) that’s happened him to when he’s played ten-plus snaps.
Ryan Bee- The rookie UDFA out of Marshall only played 3 snaps in what was his NFL debut, but still found a way to sneak onto the stat sheet with an assisted tackle.
Bee was released by the team earlier today. This move obviously bodes well for Daron Payne’s availability in Week 13.
|Outside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||54||72%|
|Montez Sweat *||49||65%|
Ryan Kerrigan- Ryan Kerrigan’s bounce-back from his slow start to the season continued, as the ninth-year edge rusher generated a team-high 5 pressures. The Heartbreak Kid scored a season-best 2 QB hits and split a sack with Jon Allen. He is now just two sacks away from tying Dexter Manley for the most official sacks in franchise history (89 to 91). RyKerr’s sack accounted for one of his four tackles.
The Lions exploited Kerrigan on one his 3 coverage snaps by throwing his way on what ended up being a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Logan Thomas. It was the only offensive touchdown scored by either team and the first score allowed by Kerrigan since 2013.
Unfortunately, Kerrigan suffered a concussion midway through the fourth quarter. This puts his streak of consecutive starts in serious jeopardy. With Matthew Stafford now sidelined because of a back injury, Philip Rivers (219 consecutive starts), Brandon Carr (187) and Kerrigan (139) are the only players who have not missed a single start since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Montez Sweat- The rookie first-round pick tied the season-low he set last week by recording just one tackle on the day. Unlike last week, this was the first time he failed to make a single takedown in the running game.
Sweat did, however, make up for it with a plus showing in the pass-rushing department. He tied a career high by generating 3 pressures and notched the fourth sack (3.5) and first forced fumble of his career on a third-down play in the fourth quarter. The athletic freak also defended a pass for the second time this season.
Ryan Anderson- Anderson’s playing time was cut down this week (52% > 50% > 39%), but that didn’t stop him from having one of his more productive games of 2019.
He made a career-high 6 solo and total tackles. Anderson also tied personal records with 3 defensive stops and a TFL. Most importantly, he scored a pair of hurries, one of which was a sack of Driskel on Detroit’s second-to-last offensive play of the game. This was just the third sack of Anderson’s three-year career and the first one in his last 18 games.
Carroll Phillips- Phillips, who was signed this past week to replace Noah Spence, played 16 snaps in his debut with the team, which was the second-highest playing-time figure of his career.
Phillips didn’t record any tackles in the game, but was able to generate a pair of pressures and score the first QB hit of his career. The hit came on a play in which Lions QB Jeff Driskel threw an incomplete pass in the red zone.
|Inside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jon Bostic *||64||85%|
|Cole Holcomb *||50||67%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||34||45%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||ST Only||0%|
Jon Bostic- The Redskins’ MIKE backer only recorded 4 tackles (2 solo) on Sunday, which was tied for his second-lowest total of the year, but had a better game than one might think at first glance. Three of his four takedowns were stops and were made behind or within three yards of the line of scrimmage, with one of those somehow being just his third TFL of year.
Where Bostic really made his presence felt was as a pass rusher. He only blitzed five times in the game, but still found a way to tie his career high of 2 QB hits.
And if that wasn’t enough, he didn’t give up a single reception in coverage for the first time all year (1 target).
Cole Holcomb- The rookie inside backer out of UNC had an absolutely monster performance in this one.
Holcomb recorded a game and career-high 13 total tackles (7 solo). That is tied for the second-most takedowns by a first-year player this season (14 by Drue Tranquill) and is the third-most ever by a Washington rookie (LaRon Landry with 15 in 2007 and DeJon Gomes with 14 in 2011).
Top-ten pick Devin Bush is the only rook who has made more tackles this season (79 to 74). Holcomb is on pace to finish the year with 108 total tackles, which would be just one shy of the franchise record for a rookie that was set by Darrell Green in 1983 (109).
On top of all that, he also notched both his first QB hit and sack as a pro en route to a career-best 2 total pressures.
Holcomb didn’t fare quite as well in coverage, as he allowed 3 receptions for 21 yards and 2 first downs, one of which was on third down.
Overall, this was a very strong game for the rookie linebacker, which is why he earned a team and career-high 82.2 PFF grade for his showing this past Sunday.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- A week after tying his career high with 32 snaps, Shaun Dion Hamilton set a new personal record with 34 snaps.
SDH made 6 tackles (3 solo) in the contest, which is tied for the third-most takedowns of his career. One of those tackles was a sack, Hamilton’s first of the year.
He was only thrown at on one of his 12 coverage snaps, but the pass did end up going for 7 yards on a 3rd-and-5 play.
Josh Harvey-Clemons- All of JHC’s work came on special teams. He is approaching a full calendar year without a defensive snap (Week 15 of last season on 12/16/18 at Jacksonville).
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Quinton Dunbar *||75||100%|
|Fabian Moreau *||62||83%|
|Jimmy Moreland *||53||71%|
|Josh Norman||ST Only||0%|
Quinton Dunbar- The league’s highest-graded corner didn’t pitch a shutout in coverage like he did last week, but he did acquit himself quite nicely considering he was facing off against the league’s co-leaders in receiving touchdowns in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones.
Dunny was thrown at five times and gave up a pair of chain-moving catches that combined to gain a team-high 51 yards. The bulk of that yardage came on a 34-yarder to Golladay, which was the longest play from scrimmage in the whole game. The 17-yarder Dunbar allowed to Golladay three drives later was Detroit’s fifth-longest play.
QD totally redeemed himself by recording an interception on a third down with a minute left on the clock. That pick set the Washington offense up with great field position and paved the way for them to make the game-winning field goal. The INT was his fourth of the year and represents both a career and team high. Dunbar is also tied with seven other players for the fourth most interceptions in the league.
The Skins’ CB1 chipped in with 4 tackles (3 solo) against the Lions, as well.
Fabian Moreau- There weren’t many players on the roster who needed a big day more than Fabian Moreau did, and his hopes were realized with what was probably the best game of his career.
The UCLA product was targeted more than any other Redskin (8) and did allow a team-high 5 receptions for 47 yards, but the Lions only picked up one first down between all of those plays. Two of those grabs were made on third down, but Moreau made the tackle before the line to gain was reached on both plays. In all, he recorded 6 tackles in the game, which was tied for the third-most takedowns of his career.
That’s all nice, but what really made Moreau’s outing such an impressive one was his 2 interceptions. He picked off his first ball on a deep pass to Marvin Hall and sealed the game with a second interception that was made with six seconds left on the clock. Prior to this contest, Moreau had only intercepted one other pass in his three-year career (Week 15 of 2018 at Jacksonville). Not only was this his first multi-pick game, it was just his second contest ever with multiple pass defenses (2).
His 78.7 grade for the game was the second-highest PFF rating for him as a pro (82.5 in Week 5 of 2018 at New Orleans).
Jimmy Moreland- The People’s Corner started for the first time since Week 3 (vs. Chicago) and was on the field for 53 defensive snaps, his most since Week 2 (vs. Dallas).
He surrendered catches on four of the five targets thrown into his coverage, but the Lions only gained a total of 30 yards and picked up 2 first downs between them. The longest pass he allowed to be completed was a 17-yarder to J.D. McKissic on a 3rd-and-13 play. Moreland scored his third PD of the season on a throw to Marvin Jones in the third quarter.
He committed a penalty for the whopping ninth time this season when he was flagged for an 8-yard DPI against Jones at midfield. That is a lot of fouls considering he has played fewer than 450 total snaps so far.
Three of Moreland’s 6 tackles were made immediately after receptions that he allowed.
Josh Norman- Josh Norman was benched and relegated to a purely special teams role. Both of his 2 specials snaps came on Detroit field goals. This was the first time that Norman played exclusively on special teams since Week 1 of the 2014 season (with Carolina at Tampa Bay).
Simeon Thomas- Thomas was targeted twice on his 6 total and 5 coverage snaps in the game. He allowed a 12-yard reception on a 3rd-and-6 play that set the Lions up at the Washington 8-yard line.
The 26-year-old corner was unable to crack the stat sheet, and his career-worst 37.8 PFF grade was the worst such marked earned by any player in the game.
Aaron Colvin- It was back to the inactive list for Colvin, who finally played his first defensive snaps with the team last week.
|Safeties (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||75||100%|
|Montae Nicholson *||75||100%|
Landon Collins- Collins finished the day with a game-high 8 solo tackles and 12 total takedowns, which was the second-most tackles made by any player in the contest. The veteran safety also led the club in both stops (4) and TFLs (2).
The Skins’ strong safety ranks second among all defensive backs in total tackles (94), stops (33) and TFLs (7). Budda Baker and Jamal Adams are the only players ahead of him in either category. He leads all DBs in stops for no gain (12) and double-digit tackle games (4, tied). Collins, of course, leads the Redskins in all of those statistics.
He was not targeted once against the Lions on Sunday, which marked the second time he wasn’t thrown at this year and in the last three games.
His season-high 81.1 PFF grade was the third-best rating handed out to any player on the team.
Montae Nicholson- The third-year safety played every snap for the first time since Week 6 (at Miami). Nicholson was targeted twice on his 42 coverage snaps and gave up receptions on both plays. Of the 22 yards he allowed on those plays, 21 of them were gained on a 3rd-and-11 pass to Marvin hall, which was the Lions’ third-longest offensive gain of the day.
Nicholson made 4 tackles (2 solo) in this one and recovered Jon Allen’s forced fumble at the Washington 49-yard line. It was his second recovery of the season and his career. He is tied for the team lead in takeaways with four of them (2 FR and 2 INT).
Montae was also flagged for a cheap unnecessary roughness penalty after the Lions’ scored their only touchdown of the game.
Deshazor Everett- Everett finally returned to the lineup after missing the team’s last five games with an ankle injury. Shaze assisted on a tackle that held a Detroit run to a gain of just a yard on one of his 6 snaps, but also missed a tackle in the running game.
Troy Apke- The second-year free safety didn’t record any stats and wasn’t targeted on any of his 5 defensive snaps.
Jeremy Reaves- The return of Deshazor Everett sent Jeremy Reaves back to the bench (inactive). This was the first time that Reaves didn’t play in any capacity since he was signed to the active roster in Week 6.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Defensive Players (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||75||100%||Tim Settle||28||37%|
|Quinton Dunbar *||75||100%||Carroll Phillips||16||21%|
|Montae Nicholson *||75||100%||Treyvon Hester||15||20%|
|Jonathan Allen *||65||87%||Deshazor Everett||6||8%|
|Jon Bostic *||64||85%||Simeon Thomas||6||8%|
|Fabian Moreau *||62||83%||Troy Apke||5||7%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||61||81%||Ryan Bee||3||4%|
|Ryan Kerrigan *||54||72%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||ST Only||0%|
|Jimmy Moreland *||53||71%||Josh Norman||ST Only||0%|
|Cole Holcomb *||50||67%||Alvin Colvin||Inactive||N/A|
|Montez Sweat *||49||65%||Daron Payne||Inactive||N/A|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||34||45%||Jeremy Reaves||Inactive||N/A|
|Special Teams Players (33 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Simeon Thomas||26||84%||Ryan Anderson||6||19%|
|Troy Apke||25||81%||Treyvon Hester||6||19%|
|Michael Burton||20||65%||Montez Sweat||6||19%|
|Josh Harvey-Clemons||20||65%||Tony Bergstrom||5||16%|
|Wendell Smallwood||20||65%||Geron Christian||5||16%|
|Deshazor Everett||18||58%||Ereck Flowers||5||16%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||16||52%||Wes Martin||5||16%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||15||48%||Fabian Moreau||5||16%|
|Cole Holcomb||15||48%||Morgan Moses||5||16%|
|Kelvin Harmon||14||45%||Brandon Scherff||5||16%|
|Carroll Phillips||14||45%||Tim Settle||5||16%|
|Jimmy Moreland||13||42%||Steven Sims||5||16%|
|Dustin Hopkins||11||35%||Trey Quinn||4||13%|
|Matt Ioannidis||11||35%||Josh Norman||2||6%|
|Nick Sundberg||11||35%||Ryan Bee||1||3%|
|Tress Way||11||35%||Quinton Dunbar||1||3%|
Snaps- Nate Kaczor’s unit was on the field for 31 snaps for the second consecutive week. The only other time the Skins’ special teams has seen more action this season was in Week 5 (33 snaps vs. New England).
Simeon Thomas led the way with a team and career-high 26 specials snaps. Apke was right behind him with 25 snaps. This was just the second time all year that Deshazor Everett or Jeremy Reaves did not lead the club in teams snaps (Hamilton with 17 snaps in Week 8 at Minnesota).
Dustin Hopkins- Dustin Hopkins hit on field goals from 28, 37, 42 and 39 yards out. The 42 and 39-yarders were both made with under two minutes left in the contest and represented the game-tying and go-ahead scores for the Redskins. His four attempts and makes were both season highs. He had not attempted four field goals since Week 2 of last year (3-for-4 vs. Indianapolis) and hadn’t connected on at least four of them since all the way back in Week 10 of 2016 (4-for-4 vs. Minnesota). Hop’s lone extra point on Sunday was good.
Four of his six kickoffs went for touchbacks. The other two were returned for gains of 25 and 18 yards (43 yards total) before they were stopped at the Detroit 24 and 30-yard lines, respectively.
The Skins are allowing the sixth-highest return average on kickoffs this season (25.1 yards). However, they have had the fourth-fewest number of kickoffs returned against them (10). As a result, the team has allowed the fifth-fewest kickoff return yards (251).
Tress Way- Tressler William Way booted the ball away five times for 260 yards (52.0-yard average). Return men Marvin Hall and Danny Amendola returned four punts for a combined 31 yards (7.8-yard average).
Way didn’t kick any touchbacks, of course, but only pinned the Lions inside their own 20 once. His 56-yarder in the third quarter actually ended up setting the Detroit offense up at their own 2-yard line. Every other punt return made it out at least to the 40, though. That was because he had to punt from inside his own 15 on four of his five kicks.
Nick Sundberg- Way was forced to move back an additional five yards on one of those punts, because veteran long snapper Nick Sundberg was flagged for a false start on the snap prior. It was just the eighth total penalty of his 11-year career.
Kick Coverage- Troy Apke and Josh Harvey Clemons teamed up to shut down a 25-yard Ty Johnson kickoff return at the Detroit 24. Apke was also the one who took down Marvin Hall at the Lions’ own 2-yard line on Way’s lone inside-the-20 punt. Apke leads the team with 8 specials tackles this year.
Wendell Smallwood and Deshazor Everett combined to put a stop to an 18-yard kickoff runback at the 30-yard line. Smallwood and Everett made takedowns on punt returns, too.
Former Lion Michael Burton continued his hot streak in kick coverage with a pair of stops on Tress Way punts. Burton has recorded more ST tackles in the past two weeks (5) than all but two players on the team have over the course of the entire season (Apke and Everett).
Punt Returns- The Lions punted four times this past Sunday afternoon. The first of them was downed at the 5-yard line and the second was fair caught by Trey Quinn at the 21.
Quinn returned the last two punts but only gained a single yard between those runbacks. The final return was pushed back an additional 10 yards because of a Carroll Phillips holding foul on the play. Quinn offers little to nothing as a punt returner and should be replaced by our next player immediately.
Kickoff Returns- Steven Sims returned the opening kickoff 33 yards out to the Washington 44. It was, at least for a short time, the second-longest return of his career.
On his very next return, the rookie UDFA out of Kansas muffed the ball at the 5-yard line and recovered it at the 9. He broke a tackle right after he picked the ball up and then proceeded to return it 91 yards to the house for a touchdown.
It was easily the longest return of Sims’ career and it gave him 124 kickoff return yards on the day, his second-best total of the season. He is the first Washington player to gain 120-plus kickoff yards in multiple games of a single season since Brandon Banks did it in 2011 (5 games).
Sims’ touchdown marked both the Redskins’ first non-offensive touchdown of the year and the team’s first score on a kickoff return since Andre Roberts (99 yards) and Rashad Ross (101 yards) both accomplished that feat in 2015. Jamison Crowder’s punt return tuddy in Week 5 of 2016 was the club’s last special teams return score of any kind (vs. Baltimore).
Steven Sims won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance on Sunday. He is the first Redskin to win the award since Tress Way did it in Week 10 of last season (at Tampa Bay).
The only other Washington players to accomplish this feat in the last five years were Jamison Crowder (Week 5 of 2016) and Dustin Hopkins (Week 3 of 2016). Santana Moss (Week 8 of 2008), Antonio Brown (Week 14 of 2005), James Thrash (Week 9 of 2004), Deion Sanders (Week 5 of 2000) and Brian Mitchell (Week 2 of 1994, Week 9 of 1996 and Week 14 of 1998) are the only other Redskins’ return men who have earned this award in its history.
Sims currently leads the entire NFL in kickoff returns (26) and kickoff return yards (666). He is one of just six players who has returned a kickoff for a touchdown this season and is the only rookie in that group.
His success as a kickoff return man is a big reason why the Redskins rank fifth in special teams DVOA this season (2.1%).
*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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