Record- With this loss against the New York Giants the Washington Redskins fell to 3-12 on the year. This is just their fourth season with 12-plus losses in the last 25 years (2009, 2013 and 2014). It was also the team’s ninth straight division loss and their 11th defeat in the last 12 home games.
Snaps- Washington’s offense was on the field for 67 plays, 70 snaps and 33:48 of the game clock in Sunday’s game. The play and snap figures were their second-highest such totals of the season behind only their 68 plays and 78 snaps against the Bears in Week 3. The 33:48 time of possession was a new season high by over three minutes (30:37 at Carolina). That had nothing to do with overtime either, as they never possessed the ball in the extra frame.
Yards & First Downs- The Skins gained 361 yards of total offense and picked up 25 first downs in this one. This was their third-most yards gained this season (398 at Philadelphia in Week 1 and 362 at Carolina in Week 13) and tied their highest first down total of the year (25 first downs versus Chicago in Week 3).
This was the team’s first set of back-to-back 300-yard days since they topped 300 in three consecutive contests between Weeks 7 and 9 of last season. The last time they had more first downs was in Week 1 of 2018 (30 first downs at Arizona).
Points- The Burgundy and Gold put 35 points up on the board versus the G-Men. It was their most points since dropping 41 on the Bears in the 2016 Christmas Eve game. They have been held to 10 or fewer points nine times in that span compared to their six showings with 30-plus.
Giveaways- The Redskins didn’t turn the ball over once for the sixth time this season and for just the fourth time in their last 13 contests. This was also their fourth game of 2019 without a fumble and their first one since Week 4 (at New York Giants).
3rd Down- The offense produced a season-best success rate on third down for the second game in a row. After converting on 40% of their money-down plays last week, the Skins’ O jumped all the way up to a 57.1% clip in this game (8-for-14). The last time Washington did this well on third down was exactly a year ago, when they also went 8-for-14 in Week 16 of 2018 at Tennessee. The team has not topped eight conversions and a 57.1% conversion rate since 2016.
Three of their conversions against New York this past week came on third-and-long plays (3-of-6 for 55 yards).
4th Down- Believe it or not, but the Redskins actually went for it on fourth down in this game; it just wasn’t officially counted because it was negated by a penalty. Nevertheless, the Skins forced a DPI on the play to earn a fresh set of downs. This was just the fourth time they had gone for it on fourth down and the first time they converted since Week 4. Every other team in the league has gone for it at least six times in that span and the Redskins are the only ones without an “official” conversion.
Red Zone- Third down wasn’t the only area Washington’s offense had its best performance of the season in. The team scored touchdowns on all five of their trips to the red zone. You have to go all the way back to Week 7 of the 2005 season (52-17 beatdown of the 49ers) to find the last time they converted on five or more red-zone possessions in a single game.
The offense has actually now converted on their last 11 trips inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. They have a 100% success rate in each of the last three games, which marks the first time they had accomplished that feat since Weeks 12-14 of the 2004 campaign.
|Quarterbacks (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Dwayne Haskins *||35||50%|
Dwayne Haskins- Dwayne Haskins was having what was easily his best game until being knocked out for the season with a sprained ankle. He started off especially hot, by completing his first 10 throws for 121 yards, two touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. This was the second week in a row that he set a new record for consecutive completions (6 vs. Philadelphia).
In all, Haskins completed 12-of-15 passes for 133 yards, eight first downs, two touchdowns and no interceptions. His 8.87 YPA average and team-high 84.1 PFF grade were both his second-best marks as a pro. Haskins’ 80% completion rate, 143.2 passer rating and 92.1 QBR were all new career highs. The last Redskins’ player to top any of those numbers was Kirk Cousins, who completed 83.3% of his passes and posted a 150.7 passer rating against the Raiders in Week 3 of the 2017 season and put up a 145.8 passer rating and a 94.3 QBR versus the Packers in Week 11 of 2016.
The 2019 first-round pick did not run the ball for the first time in one of his starts and was sacked twice. The second sack he took occurred on the first play of the third quarter and was the one that he injured his ankle on.
Haskins’ play was clearly on the upswing at the end of the season, as he went 31-for-43 for 394 yards, 18 first downs, four TDs and no interceptions (131.3 passer rating) over the course of his last two games. This upward trend has actually been going on all season. Just check out the chart below to see how Haskins has progressed from game-to-game in terms of QBR and PFF rating.
Case Keenum- Case Keenum, who had not attempted a pass since Week 8 (at Minnesota), came in for the injured Haskins and manned the controls for the Redskins’ offense on the final 50% of their snaps. Keenum completed 16-of-22 passes (72.2%) for 158 yards (7.18 YPA), eight first downs, a touchdown and no interceptions (107.8 passer rating). He had his third-best QBR (70.6) and completion percentage (72.7%), his second-highest passer rating (107.8) and his best PFF grade (77.1) of the season. Keenum was sacked once, but also rushed for a one-yard touchdown on his only carry of the game.
His rushing TD was scored with 29 seconds left in regulation and was the culmination of a 14-play, 99-yard game-tying drive. This was just the Redskins’ second 99-yard touchdown drive on record (data goes back to 1999), with the last occurrence coming in 1999 against the Bears. That possession against Chicago gave the team a 24-0 lead in the second quarter, which is a lot less meaningful than tying the game with under 30 seconds left on the clock. Case Keenum deserves a lot of credit for engineering a drive like this.
The soon-to-be free agent will get another opportunity to showcase himself when he starts for Washington in the upcoming regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
|Wide Receivers (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Terry McLaurin *||61||87%|
Terry McLaurin- McLaurin was at it again on Sunday, as the rookie sensation out of Ohio State was targeted nine times and led the team in both receptions (7) and receiving yards (86). The reception total was a new career high for him.
He hauled in three first downs, with one of them coming on a 34-yard reception on the team’s first touchdown drive. Another of his chain movers was corralled on a critical third-down reception during the final drive of regulation. Unfortunately, it appears that the young wideout suffered a concussion on the latter of those plays, which puts his status for the Week 17 finale and his ability to break a few team records in doubt.
Scary Terry already has the following team records for a rookie: receiving first downs (43), games with four-plus receptions (10), 50-yard receiving games (10), 60-yard receiving games (8) and 100-yard receiving games (3).
However, he is one touchdown and eight receiving yards away from tying and passing the rookie single-season records in those categories, respectively (7 touchdowns and 919 yards currently). McLaurin is also just 81 yards from becoming the only first-year player in franchise history to gain 1,000 receiving yards.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, McLaurin leads the Redskins and ranks either first or second among all qualifying rookies in the following statistics: targets (93, 1st), receptions (58, 1st), receiving yards (919, 2nd), receiving first downs (43, 1st), receiving touchdowns (7, 2nd) and yards per route run (2.05, 2nd). A.J. Brown is the only rookie who is either ahead of (twice) or tied (once) with him in more than one of those metrics.
Steven Sims- Once again, Steven Sims had his best game as a pro. For one, setting new career highs in offensive snap total (53) and snap rate (76%) definitely helped his cause. Sims reached double-digit targets (10) and led the team in that department for the second consecutive contest. His 21 targets in the last two games represented the most number of passing-game looks any player on the team has had in a two-week span all season long.
On those targets, he caught six passes for 64 yards, four first downs and two touchdowns. The first down and TD totals were both team and career highs. This was literally the fourth straight week in which he tied or set new personal records in both receptions and receiving yards. Sims also added nine yards and another first down between his two rushes on the day (team and career-high 5 total first downs).
The rookie’s most impactful play outside of his touchdowns was a career-long 32-yarder on a 3rd-and-9 play that moved the Redskins away from the shadow of their own end zone and jump-started a game-tying drive at the end of regulation. It was the second-longest play of the game by the Redskins and one of a handful of important plays made by Sims on third down. In fact, six of Sims’ 10 targets (60%), 51 of his 64 receiving yards (80%), three of his four first downs (75%) and one of his touchdowns (50%) were racked up on the money down.
Sims wasn’t just clutch on third down, though. On a fourth down with 41 seconds left in the fourth quarter, he drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone that set the offense up to score the game-tying touchdown on the very next play.
Sims has become one of the focal points for the offense over the course of the last month and it shows through his production. He either leads or is tied for a team-high in targets (32), receptions (18), receiving first downs (12) and receiving touchdowns (3) during the month of December.
The first-year UDFA out of Kansas now leads the Redskins in all-purpose yards (1,145) by a margin of 183 and is tied for second on the club in total touchdowns (5).
Kelvin Harmon- Kelvin Harmon had a career day against the Giants, as well. The rookie NC State product tied career highs in snaps (60), targets (6) and receptions (5). His 58 receiving yards and three first downs were both new personal records.
This was his third game of the year with 50-plus yards and multiple chain movers. The only other Washington rookies to put up 50 or more receiving yards in at least three games as rookies in the past 25 years are Stephen Alexander (3), Michael Westbrook (5), Jordan Reed (5), Jamison Crowder (5), Rod Gardner (6), Anthony Armstrong (8) and, of course, Terry McLaurin (10).
Harmon also completed an 11-yard pass off a double reverse that set the Redskins up to score a touchdown two plays later. Harmon never attempted a single pass in college.
Cam Sims- Cam Sims set a new career high with six offensive snaps and caught his first career pass in the regular season, a 15-yarder that set the offense up at the New York 8-yard line and paved the way for a touchdown two plays later. This was the first time Sims had been targeted as a pro.
Darvin Kidsy- Kidsy played on exactly one snap for the second time this season and in the last three weeks. He is now up to 15 career total snaps between this season (2) and last (13).
|Tight Ends (3 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||45||64%|
|Hale Hentges *||28||40%|
Jeremy Sprinkle- Sprinkle played on 64% of the snaps, which was his lowest playing-time percentage since Week 5 (45% vs. New England). The third-year tight end out of Arkansas caught 2-of-3 targets for 14 yards, including a chain-moving 6-yard grab on a 3rd-and-4 play.
Hale Hentges- Hale Hentges had a career day against the G-Men. He caught both of his targets and set career marks in receptions (2), first downs (2) and receiving yards (28). The catch, first down and yardage totals are all at least double his entire career totals coming into the game.
Most of his yards came on a career-long 22-yarder on a third down play; that was the second-biggest gain on the team’s game-tying 99-yard touchdown drive. He picked up his other six yards on what was the first touchdown reception of his career. Six of his 15 receptions in college with the Crimson Tide went for TDs.
The coaches seem to be getting more comfortable playing Hentges, who has gone from averaging 14 snaps per game in November to 25 in December.
Caleb Wilson- The 2019 draft’s Mr. Irrelevant was inactive for the second straight week. Wilson caught 6-of-8 targets for 60 yards, three first downs and a touchdown in the preseason with Arizona.
|Running Backs (5 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Adrian Peterson *||33||47%|
|Wendell Smallwood||ST Only||0%|
Adrian Peterson- Adrian Peterson scored his 110th career rushing touchdown in the game, which moved him past Walter Payton and into sole possession of fourth place all-time. The accomplishment somewhat overshadowed what was actually a fairly poor effort from the legendary running back.
AP took his 15 carries for 36 yards, two first downs and the aforementioned TD. His YPC average of 2.40 was a new season low. He only gained more than five yards on one of his totes, a 17-yarder, but lost ground on three of them. Just four of his 15 carries were considered successful (26.7% success rate). Peterson had a 17-yard reception too and finished the day with two receptions for a total of 19 yards through the air.
At 820 rushing yards on the year, All Day is 180 yards away from hitting the 1,000-yard mark on the ground. It’s a pretty safe bet that he’ll fall short of that total considering he hasn’t even hit 160-plus in a game since 2015.
However, reaching 900 yards and becoming just the fifth player to ever accomplish this feat at the age of 34 or older (John Riggins, John Henry Harrison, Frank Gore and Emmitt Smith) is certainly within reach. He would also become the fifth player to run for 900 yards multiple times when 33 or older (same players).
Chris Thompson- Chris Thompson led the RB corps with 37 snaps (53%), his highest total since Week 3 (40). And after not getting a single carry in either of the last two weeks, he set new 2019-highs in attempts (8), rushing yards (34) and rushing first downs (3). You have to go back to Week 1 of last season (at Arizona) to find the last time he had more yards (65) and first downs (4) on the ground.
Four of his rushes this past Sunday gained five-plus yards and he only failed to gain at least two yards on one of his eight carries (-1).
CT caught all four of his targets, too. He gained 18 yards and picked up a pair of first downs, with one of those being a 14-yarder on 3rd-and-11. He would’ve had 42 receiving yards had a 24-yard catch and run not been negated by a penalty.
Michael Burton- Washington’s fullback saw nine snaps of action on the day, with five of those coming as a run blocker. Burton has not received a carry since the 2017 season and has only been targeted twice since then.
Wendell Smallwood- After only seeing the field with the offense for two snaps in Week 14, Smallwood was relegated to a purely special teams role for the second straight contest.
Josh Ferguson- Ferguson, who got carries on all three of his snaps against the Eagles a week ago (9 yards), was inactive for this one.
Redskins Rushing- As a team, the Redskins ran the ball 26 times for 80 yards, 7 first downs, two touchdowns and a 3.08 average. The first down and TD figures represented the team’s second-best showing of the year in both categories, but the yardage and YPC marks ranked just 10th and 12th out of their 15 games this season.
Of their 26 rushes, 10 or 38.5% were deemed successful. They rushed for three or fewer yards without picking up a first down twice as often as they gained five-plus yards on a run (8 to 16).
|Offensive Line (9 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||70||100%|
|Wes Martin *||70||100%|
|Chase Roullier *||70||100%|
|Donald Penn *||63||90%|
|Morgan Moses *||37||53%|
|Tony Bergstrom *||17||24%|
|Timon Parris||ST Only||0%|
Offensive Line (Team)- The Redskins had almost as many rushing yards after contact (77) as they did total rushing yards (80), which is, perhaps needless to say, not a good look for the O-line. On the flip side, they did move the chains or score a touchdown on all four of their short-yardage runs in the game.
The line didn’t fare well in pass protection, either. Washington’s passers were pressured on 38.1% of their dropbacks, sacked three times and hit on at least seven other dropbacks.
Donald Penn- This was far from a banner day for the oldest player on the Redskins’ active roster. Penn tied personal season highs by allowing a team-high two QB hits and four total pressures. He was flagged for a false start, as well; this was his third such infraction of the year.
Penn earned the second-worst PFF grade among all Washington offensive players (51.5) for his performance in this game.
Ereck Flowers- Ereck Flowers, who was playing against his former team, put forth what was a subpar showing relative to what we’ve seen out of him this season. He surrendered a QB hit for just the second time in a Burgundy and Gold uniform (1-of-2 pressures) and committed a drive-stalling holding penalty that nullified a 24-yard Chris Thompson reception.
Chase Roullier- Roullier only gave up a single pressure, but the pressure was a third-down sack. On top of that, he struggled in the running game with a career-low 39.5 PFF grade in that department. Overall, his 49.2 grade ranked dead last among all offensive players on the team.
Wes Martin- Wes Martin went from having a plus outing against the Eagles last week to a down one this past Sunday. He allowed a QB hit for the first time as a pro and a team and career-high five total pressures. And while Martin was not officially charged with giving up a sack, he did play a role in surrendering two of the Giants’ three sacks.
Morgan Moses- The towering right tackle out of UVA was also responsible for a New York sack, with this particular one ending up forcing Dwayne Haskins out of the game. Moses, himself, was injured two plays later. He missed the final 33 snaps of the contest with a leg injury that may well end up being the reason his streak of consecutive starts gets snapped at 79 games.
Geron Christian- Swing tackle Geron Christian was busy in this one. He tied a season-high with 40 snaps by subbing for Donald Penn at left tackle for seven plays and then taking over for the final 33 snaps of the game for Morgan Moses. He didn’t do especially well with the extended run, though. Christian allowed his first sack and QB hit of the year. His three total pressures were a new season high.
Tony Bergstrom- Bergstrom started for the sixth time this season and played 17 snaps, which was his highest total of the year in a game that he was only utilized as an extra O-lineman in.
He was partially responsible for giving up the sack that Dwayne Haskins was injured on, but was not ultimately charged with a sack for the play. He also posted his worst grades of the year as a run blocker (46.8) and overall (50.8).
Other Offensive Linemen- Rookie pivot Ross Pierschbacher was inactive for the sixth straight game. He has only played 12 special teams snaps across five games this year and has just one more opportunity to play on offense as a rookie. Second-year tackle Timon Parris’ only PT came in the form of five special teams snaps for the second consecutive game.
ALL OFFENSIVE PLAYERS
|All Offensive Players (25 Players)|
|Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %||Player (* - starter)||Snaps||Snap %|
|Ereck Flowers *||70||100%||Adrian Peterson *||33||47%|
|Wes Martin *||70||100%||Hale Hentges *||28||40%|
|Chase Roullier *||70||100%||Tony Bergstrom *||17||24%|
|Donald Penn *||63||90%||Michael Burton||9||13%|
|Terry McLaurin *||61||87%||Cam Sims||6||9%|
|Kelvin Harmon||60||86%||Darvin Kidsy||1||1%|
|Steven Sims||53||76%||Timon Parris||ST Only||0%|
|Jeremy Sprinkle *||45||64%||Wendell Smallwood||ST Only||0%|
|Geron Christian||40||57%||Josh Ferguson||Inactive||N/A|
|Morgan Moses *||37||53%||Colt McCoy||Inactive||N/A|
|Chris Thompson||37||53%||Ross Pierschbacher||Inactive||N/A|
|Dwayne Haskins *||35||50%||Caleb Wilson||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*
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2 (same as Garcon & Jackson)
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4 (3rd most in team history)
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