Snaps- Greg Manusky’s defense was on the field for 73 plays, 77 snaps and 36:57 of the game clock. The play total ranked second this season behind the D’s 74 plays against the Patriots in Week 5. The snap figure was tied for the most this season with that same contest against New England and the matchup with the Giants two weeks prior to that. The time of possession number was a new season high.
Yards- The Eagles dropped 415 yards of total offense on Washington’s defense, which marks the sixth time they’ve allowed 400-plus on the year. Only three teams (Cardinals, Lions and Seahawks) have put up more such games.
Points- It might not feel like it, but the 37 points scored against the Redskins this week was a new season high and the most points they had allowed since the Giants put up 40 on them in Week 14 of last year. Washington’s defense ranks 22nd in points per game (24.8) and 25th points per drive (2.19).
3rd Down- The D disappointed on third down once again, as they let up conversions on 11 of the 14 third downs they faced (68.8%), which represented their worst showing on the money down since the Bears posted a 70% success rate on third down against them on Christmas Eve of 2014 (7-of-10). The 11 conversions the Redskins gave up are their most since 1999 and the third most allowed in recorded franchise history (data goes back to 1991).
Four of the Eagles money-down chain movers came on third-and-long plays. They put up gains of 27, 14, 11 and 56 yards on those conversions.
The Redskins’ 47.98% third-down percentage rate allowed is just two one-hundredths of a percentage point away from being tied for dead last in the NFL.
Red Zone- The Eagles scored touchdowns on four of their five trips inside the 20 (80%). That is the most red-zone TDs Washington has given up all year and their worst conversion rate against when facing more than three possession in the red area. The last time the defense had a red-zone performance on par with this one was in Week 4 of 2018, when the Saints also scored on four of five red-zone drives.
QB Pressure- Washington’s pass rush pressured Carson Wentz on 44.7% of his dropbacks, which was the team’s second-best pressure rate of the season (47.3% vs. New York Jets in Week 11). They sacked Wentz twice and were able to hit him on several other plays.
Takeaways- The Skins forced a whopping three fumbles and watched as Wentz fumbled another ball all on his own, but the team was only able to recover one of those. Nevertheless, this was their fifth consecutive game with a takeaway. They have forced at least one turnover in 12 of their 14 games this year.
Rushing Defense- Miles Sanders, Boston Scott and Wentz gashed the Burgundy and Gold front for 157 rushing yards, 9 first downs and a touchdown on 28 carries (5.60 YPC).
The trio was stopped for no gain twice, but they also produced eight runs of five-plus yards and three of them that went for more than 10 yards.
Rookie PSU product Miles Sanders was particularly effective. He rushed for 122 yards, scored a rushing touchdown and added 50 yards and a second score as a receiver. This marks the third time this season and since Week 8, that an opposing starting runner has gained more than 170 yards from scrimmage and scored at least one TD against the Redskins.
Penalties- It was the Redskins’ defense, and not the offense, that was responsible for the majority of the team’s penalties and penalty yards this week. Manusky’s side of the ball committed four of their seven infractions (3-of-6 accepted) and was responsible for a season-high tying 45 penalty yards (45-of-60).
|Defensive Line (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jonathan Allen *||54||70%|
|Matt Ioannidis *||51||66%|
Matt Ioannidis- With just one tackle to his name, Ioannidis wasn’t exactly what you would call a stat-stuffer in this one. His lone tackle was an assist on a three-yard Philly run.
Traditional stats obviously don’t always tell the whole story, though. The Ion Man went absolutely nuts as a pass rusher, as he racked up a whopping nine hurries and a QB hit to give him a career-high 10 total pressures. That number is two pressures more than the next-highest total posted by any player on the team this season (Ioannidis with 8 pressures in Week 3 vs. Chicago).
Taking this a step further, Kenny Clark is the only other interior defender who has generated 10 or more pressures in a single game in 2019 (10 pressures). Even if you go all the way back to last season, the only other interior players who have accomplished this feat in that span are Fletcher Cox (10 pressures) and Aaron Donald. Donald is the only one in this group who has registered double-digit pressures more than once (four times) or has topped 10 ten of them (11, 11, 12 and 13).
Daron Payne- Like Matty I, Daron Payne only recorded a single tackle (assisted), but made up for it with a productive showing as a pass rusher. The 2018 first-round pick set a new season-high and tied his record with four total pressures. One of his disruptions was initially ruled a sack, but the call was reversed and Payne was awarded with a QB hit instead. It was just his second hit of the year.
He actually scored a hit on the snap before that, as well. However, the referees made a questionable call and charged Payne with a roughing the passer foul on the play, so the hit was wiped out. And as if that wasn’t enough, yet another QB hit for Payne was negated by a penalty in the Washington secondary.
Jonathan Allen- Jon Allen made a career-high seven solo tackles and his nine total takedowns was just one shy of the personal record he set in Week 12 of last season (10 tackles at Dallas). He tied a team-high with three defensive stops and led the club in TFLs, with two of them. He is just 12 total tackles away from becoming the third D-lineman in team history to record 70-plus total tackles in a season (Charles Mann 6 times and Tim Johnson 3 times).
Allen did more than just making a bunch of tackles, though. He hurried Carson Wentz twice and recovered a fumble at the Philly 34-yard line. It was the first recovery of his career.
Tim Settle- The Skins’ backup nose tackle limited a pair of Eagle 1st-and-10 rushes to just two yards with assisted tackles, but missed on a takedown attempt for the first time since Week 1 (at Philadelphia). Settle also failed to generate any pressure for the first time in the last three weeks.
Treyvon Hester- Hester got relatively the same amount of playing time that Settle did (16 snaps to Settle’s 18), but made one more tackle than Settle (3) and had a QB hit, his first of the season.
|Outside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ryan Anderson *||64||83%|
|Montez Sweat *||61||79%|
Montez Sweat- With Ryan Kerrigan on the injured list and out of the picture, Sweat was able to set new career highs in both defensive snaps played (61) and snap percentage (79%).
He was solid, if unspectacular both as a tackler (3 tackles and 3 stops) and a pass rusher (3 hurries), but those are particularly notable stat lines. The numbers of his that really stood out were the 20 receiving yards and the career-high three receptions that he allowed.
You might be wondering how an edge defender could even end up getting tagged with that many receptions allowed; well, it was because Greg Manusky and company dropped him into coverage 11 times. This isn’t the first time Washington edge rushers were sent out in coverage on a handful of snaps this season, either. Sweat, Kerrigan and Anderson have all spent more than 45 snaps in coverage this year.
Montez Sweat dropped into coverage 12 times (19.7% of his snaps) against the Eagles resulting in a 33.7 coverage grade.— Nick Akridge (@PFF_NickAkridge) December 18, 2019
He had 12 coverage snaps in his entire senior season at Mississippi State. I prefer my pass-rushers to rush the passer.
If you think 11 coverage snaps is bad, then consider that our next player was sent out on 17 of them against the Eagles. Yet, even despite that challenge, he still had an absolutely monster game.
Ryan Anderson- Ryan Anderson’s hot streak continued as the once uninspiring and dormant outside backer completely erupted with a stat line of five tackles, two sacks and three forced fumbles.
This makes him the first player in franchise history to force three fumbles in a single game and the first player to do so on any team since former Cowboy David Irving did it in 2016. Terrell Suggs (2011) and Charles Tillman (2009 and 2012) are the only other players who have accomplished this feat in the last decade. Tillman has sole possession of the record for the most FFs in a game, with four of them, so that places Anderson into a tie with 17 others for the second-most fumbles forced in recorded league history.
This was the second week in a row that Anderson notched a strip sack. After recording just two sacks and no forced fumbles in his first 36 career outings, the third-year edge rusher has racked up four sacks and five forced fumbles in his last five games alone. Just from that, Anderson is now tied for the fourth-most forced fumbles in the league.
On the downside, he did have a QB hit taken off his ledger because he was flagged for a rather cheap roughing the passer infraction on the play. Anderson was also responsible for allowing 3 receptions for 28 yards, with the bulk of it coming on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Miles Sanders.
The difference between Anderson’s play this past month and everything before that has been night and day. He blew away his previous career highs in snaps (64 vs. 39 snaps) and snap rate (83% to 53%) this past week, so if that holds up then the opportunity will be there for him to succeed. All he has to do is just play anywhere near this level and he’ll make the slow start to his career an afterthought.
Nate Orchard- Nate Orchard, who generated a team-high six QB pressures in his debut with the team two weeks ago, failed to register any pressures for the second game in a row. He did, however, tie his career highs in solo tackles (4), total tackles (5) and defensive stops (3).
Chris Odom- Odom only played four snaps, but did record a tackle on one of them. These were his only snaps since he had two sacks and a forced fumble against the Panthers in Week 13.
|Inside Linebackers (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jon Bostic *||70||91%|
|Cole Holcomb *||56||73%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||27||35%|
Jon Bostic- This was yet another down game for the Redskins’ MIKE linebacker. Bostic made five tackles, but not a single one of them was of the solo variety. This was the first time he did this since assisting on a pair of takedowns in Week 1 (at Philadelphia) without corralling a tackle of his own. He missed a tackle in the running game, as well.
He played just about as poorly in coverage, if not more so. Bostic did defend a pass for just the second time this year, but led the team in targets (7), receptions (5) and receiving yards (51) allowed.
Bostic was tagged with a season-low tying 39.4 PFF grade, which was the lowest mark among all Redskins who played on 10-plus snaps against the Eagles.
Cole Holcomb- Cole Holcomb, who was only on the field for 33 snaps (55%) against the Packers in Week 14, saw his snap total bounce back up to 56 (73%) in this one.
He recorded six solo tackles for the second straight game and was tied for the team lead in stops, with three of them. He tied for the most missed tackles (2) on the club too, though.
Three Eagles’ receptions were made in Holcomb’s coverage, but he managed to limit the Birds to just three yards between all of those grabs, combined.
Additionally, the rookie inside backer generated a pressure (a hurry) on one of his six blitzes, which brings him up to a total of eight pressures so far this season.
Shaun Dion Hamilton- Hamilton’s snap share dropped from 50% down to 35%, but because of the difference in total defensive snaps that only resulted in a reduction of three snaps (30 to 27).
He finished the game with two tackles (both solo) for the third game in a row and for the fourth time in the last five weeks. SDH gave up a 12-yard gainer to Boston Scott just prior to making one of those takedowns. The 24-year-old Alabama product also made his second QB hit of the year on one of his three blitzes.
Josh Harvey-Clemons- After playing on special teams in all eight of his games this season, JHC was a healthy scratch for the second week in a row.
|Cornerbacks (6 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Fabian Moreau *||72||94%|
|Danny Johnson *||55||71%|
|Jimmy Moreland *||45||58%|
Quinton Dunbar- Dunbar’s balky hamstring sidelined him this past week. It was his third missed game of the year. Dunny, who has recorded a career-high four interceptions and still has the best PFF grade among all cornerbacks (87.6), has had a Pro Bowl quality season, but was not even selected as an alternate.
Fabian Moreau- Moreau made his seventh start of the year and played a career-high 72 defensive snaps before being knocked out of the contest with a hamstring injury late in the fourth quarter.
The third-year corner was targeted four times on the day, but only ended up allowing three receptions, a single first down and 28 yards on those catches. The 28 yards is tied for his best showing in this regard since Week 8. Moreau scored a pass defense on a third-down throw to Zach Ertz, which gives him a career-high tying five PDs on the year.
Three of his five tackles on Sunday were made after receptions he had given up. The Eagles only moved the chains on one of the plays Moreau made a takedown on.
His 71.4 PFF grade ranked first among all Washington defenders in the game.
Jimmy Moreland- Jimmy Moreland started for the fifth time this season and played 58% of the defensive snaps.
The first-year cornerback only made one tackle against the Eagles and whiffed on two of them in the passing game. He surrendered three receptions for 39 yards and a pair of first downs on the four targets thrown his way.
On the bright side, he did register his first career QB hit and made an impressive diving pass defense in the end zone to prevent a touchdown by fellow rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. It was his fourth and final PD of the year.
Unfortunately, Moreland suffered a foot injury that forced him to exit the game early and that got him placed on IR a few days ago. The self-proclaimed “People’s Corner” certainly had his share of issues this season (340 receiving yards allowed and 8 missed tackles), but he also fared pretty adequately for a rookie seventh-round pick.
The JMU product didn’t give up any touchdowns or passes of over 21 yards since doing both things in Week 1 and was the first Washington rookie corner to record 40-plus tackles and four PDs since Bashaud Breeland did so back in 2014.
Danny Johnson- Johnson, who just recently returned from the PUP list, made his 2019 debut, started for just the second time as a pro and easily set new career highs in both defensive snaps (55) and snap percentage (71%).
DJ led all players in the game with nine solo and 10 total tackles, both of which were more than double his previous career highs (4 each). He tied for the team lead in stops (3), as well.
This was the first double-digit tackle game by a Redskins’ cornerback since Bashaud Breeland secured 10 takedowns of his own (also 9 solo tackles) against the Cowboys in Week 2 of the 2016 season. The only other Washington CBs in the last 20 years with this accomplishment on their resumes are DeAngelo Hall, Walt Harris, Josh Wilson and Fred Smoot.
Johnson was responsible for surrendering four receptions for 36 yards and a pair of first downs on six targets against Philadelphia. One of those chain movers was picked up on third down, but Johnson made up for it by recording his second PD of the year on another third down pass.
All things considered; this was quite an impressive showing for the 24-year-old corner in what was his first game played of any kind in over a year (Week 10 of 2018).
Aaron Colvin- Colvin played 13 snaps, did not record a statistic of any kind and was not targeted.
Josh Norman- Injuries to several of the team’s other corners forced the Redskins to play Josh Norman for a handful of defensive snaps this past Sunday. Even though he was only out there for a measly six snaps, things did not go well for the embattled veteran corner. On one of his four coverage snaps and the only target thrown his way, “J-No” gave up the game-winning touchdown to Eagles rookie Greg Ward with just 26 seconds left in the game.
The touchdown was Ward’s first in a regular season game and just his second as a pro regardless of league and game type (1 preseason TD for the Eagles and 0 TDs in the AAF). You have to go all the way back to his sophomore year at Houston in 2014 to find the last time he caught a touchdown pass in a game that counted.
Giving up scores to players that never score is kind of old hat for Norman at this point, though. He already let Jets’ tight end Daniel Brown and Cowboys’ receiver Devin Smith score the second TDs of their careers earlier this season.
This also represented the eighth touchdown allowed by Norman this season, which tied the career high that he set last season and puts him behind only Arizona rookie Byron Murphy for the most receiving touchdowns allowed among all players in 2019.
Josh Norman earned a team and career-worst 29.1 PFF grade for his showing on Sunday. He can’t get out of town soon enough.
Other Cornerbacks- Veteran corners Kayvon Webster and Coty Sensabaugh were signed to the team on Tuesday. Webster (28) and Sensabaugh (31) have both been in the league for seven-plus years and have now both been on at least five different teams’ rosters. Between them, they’ve combined to make 58 starts and record five interceptions.
|Safeties (4 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||77||100%|
|Montae Nicholson *||77||100%|
Landon Collins- Landon Collins put forth a subpar showing for the second consecutive game. The highly paid strong safety did score his second QB hit of the year on a third-down play that ended up going for an incomplete pass and really should’ve counted as a sack for him.
However, he only recorded five tackles on the day (3 solo). This is just the fourth time all year that Collins had failed to top five takedowns. It was also just his second outing of the season and in as many weeks without a TFL or a stop for no gain. Not one of his tackles was made within four yards of the line of scrimmage; all five of them were actually closer to the line to gain. This was Collins’ first game without a single defensive stop since Week 2 of last year (New York at Dallas). And on top of all those tackling issues, he tied a personal 2019-high with two whiffs in the running game.
Collins was just as bad, if not worse in coverage. He gave us four receptions for 45 yards, a team-worst four first downs and a touchdown. All four of the chain movers he allowed came on third down, with Zach Ertz being on the receiving end of three of those passes. Ertz beat Collins for 27 yards on one reception, which was the Eagles’ second-longest play of the afternoon.
He earned a season-low 45.4 PFF grade for the overall performance.
Montae Nicholson- Nicholson didn’t have a banner day either, but did fare better than Collins, at least. He made five tackles (4 solo) and didn’t miss on any takedowns for the first time in three weeks. Nicholson wasn’t targeted for the first time since Week 7 and didn’t give up a catch for the second consecutive week.
Conversely, the Eagles averaged 21.4 yards per play on the snaps he made tackles on and his unnecessary roughness penalty on Zach Ertz after an incompletion gave the Eagles 15 yards on what would end up being their first touchdown drive of the contest.
Troy Apke- Apke got on the field for five defensive snaps, which marks the fourth straight week that he played between four and seven snaps. He didn’t record any traditional stats yet again, but he did register a hurry on Carson Wentz, which represents the first pressure he had ever generated as a pro. The PSU alum allowed a reception for nine yards last week in Green Bay, but had a clean slate in coverage this past month outside of that.
Jeremy Reaves- Jeremy Reaves only got two snaps of action and like Apke he hasn’t notched any stats in several weeks. Reaves has only played 35 snaps on defense so far this season.
Maurice Smith- Smith was promoted to the active roster yesterday. The third-year free safety played for the Dolphins in 2017 and 2018, albeit sparingly (269 total career snaps), and has only recorded two PDs and six total tackles in his career so far.
ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Defensive Players (23 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Landon Collins *||77||100%||Shaun Dion Hamilton||27||35%|
|Montae Nicholson *||77||100%||Nate Orchard||21||27%|
|Fabian Moreau *||72||94%||Tim Settle||19||25%|
|Jon Bostic *||70||91%||Treyvon Hester||16||21%|
|Ryan Anderson *||64||83%||Alvin Colvin||13||17%|
|Montez Sweat *||61||79%||Josh Norman||6||8%|
|Cole Holcomb *||56||73%||Troy Apke||5||6%|
|Danny Johnson *||55||71%||Chris Odom||4||5%|
|Jonathan Allen *||54||70%||Jeremy Reaves||2||3%|
|Daron Payne||52||68%||Quinton Dunbar||Inactive||N/A|
|Matt Ioannidis *||51||66%||Josh Harvey-Clemons||Inactive||N/A|
|Jimmy Moreland *||45||58%|
|Special Teams Players (30 Players)|
|Player||Snaps||Snap %||Player||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Reaves||24||83%||Josh Ferguson||8||28%|
|Troy Apke||23||79%||Jimmy Moreland||8||28%|
|Shaun Dion Hamilton||22||76%||Chris Odom||8||28%|
|Michael Burton||18||62%||Nate Orchard||8||28%|
|Danny Johnson||18||62%||Ryan Anderson||6||21%|
|Wendell Smallwood||18||62%||Alvin Colvin||6||21%|
|Cole Holcomb||16||55%||Treyvon Hester||6||21%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle||15||52%||Tim Settle||6||21%|
|Kelvin Harmon||14||48%||Montez Sweat||6||21%|
|Dustin Hopkins||11||38%||Tony Bergstrom||5||17%|
|Matt Ioannidis||11||38%||Geron Christian||5||17%|
|Hale Hentges||10||34%||Ereck Flowers||5||17%|
|Steven Sims||9||31%||Wes Martin||5||17%|
|Nick Sundberg||9||31%||Morgan Moses||5||17%|
|Tress Way||9||31%||Timon Parris||5||17%|
Snaps- Nate Kaczor’s fifth-ranked special teams unit (by DVOA) was on the field for 29 snaps in this one. Jeremy Reaves set the pace with 24 specials snaps, while Troy Apke played the second-most teams snaps for the fourth time in the last five weeks (23).
Dustin Hopkins- Hopkins hit a game-tying and season-long 53-yard field goal with just over eight minutes left in the game and then connected on a go-ahead boot from 43 yards out about three minutes later. The 53-yarder puts him just one field goal make of 50-plus yards away from tying the franchise record for such makes (Mark Moseley with 14). He made all three of his extra points on Sunday, as well.
Five of Hop’s six kickoffs went for touchbacks with the lone Philly return going for a gain of 29 yards.
Tress Way- Tress Way punted the ball four times for 196 yards (49-yard average). None of those kicks were returned so he also had a net average of 49 yards.
He did boot a touchback for the third time this season and in the last two years, but did his best to make up for it with two punts that pinned the Philly offense at or inside their own five-yard line. His fourth and final punt was fair caught at the 34-yard line.
Way finally got the recognition he deserves by being named to his first Pro Bowl this week. He leads the league in punting average (49.4) and longest punt (79 yards). He also ranks third in net average (43.6) and eighth in punts inside the 20 (26). Frankly, he should’ve made the all-star team last year too, as he pinned the opposition inside their own 20 a league-high 42 times and did not have a single touchback.
Kick Coverage- Chris Odom recorded the only special teams tackle of the day when he shut down a Boston Scott kickoff return at the Philly 29 after a gain of 29 yards. It was the first specials tackle of Odom’s career.
Troy Apke and Danny Johnson downed Tress Way’s inside-the-20 punts at the five and two-yard lines, respectively.
Punt Returns- Steven Sims returned the first Eagles’ punt 11 yards out to the 35-yard line. He then proceeded to fair catch the next boot at the Washington nine. On his final return, he made the ill-advised decision to run backwards in an effort to eventually gain more yards, but that actually ended up costing him to the tune of a three-yard loss.
Believe it or not, but Sims is actually averaging fewer yards per punt return (4.33) than Trey Quinn was (4.88). With just six punt returns under this belt, we’re still talking about a pretty small sample size here, though.
Kickoff Returns- Sims fielded his first kickoff return of the afternoon at the goal line and returned it out to the 18-yard line. He let the next three kicks go for touchbacks.
He turned things up a notch with his final two runbacks. Sims gained 41 yards on the first of them before being taken down at the Washington 45. He added another 30 return yards on his last return, which was shut down at the 31-yard line.
Sims finished the day with 142 all-purpose yards, with 89 of those coming on kickoffs (29.7-yard average, 8 of them from punt returns and 45 as a receiver. The only other Washington rookies to ever put up 80 kickoff return yards and 40 receiving yards in the same game were Ladell Betts (twice in 2002) and Leroy Jackson (1962). Devin Thomas (2009) and James Trash (twice in 2000) were the last Redskins players regardless of experience to rack up 40 receiving yards, 80 kickoff return yards, 140 all-purpose yards and score a receiving TD all in the same contest.
Washington’s rookie return man trails Cordarrelle Patterson by just 25 yards (774 to 799) for the league lead in kickoff return yards. Sims also ranks second in both returns of 20-plus (18) and 40-plus (3) yards.
*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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