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A look at the stats and snap counts for every defensive and special teams player on the Redskins in the team’s Week 16 matchup with the New York Giants

New York Giants v Washington Redskins Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Snaps- Greg Manusky’s soon-to-be former defense was on the field for 69 plays, 70 snaps and a season-high 31:57 of the game clock. The Lions are the only team that has had more plays run against them (1,008) than the Redskins have (1,007) and there is literally only a one-play difference between the two.

Yards- The 552 yards gained by the Giants was both a new season-high for the New York offense and Washington’s defense. This was the highest yardage total gained against the Redskins since 2013 and the most yards gained by the Giants since 2012.

The 8.0 yards allowed per play was the G-Men’s best mark since 2013 and the highest average surrendered by the Skins since Week 11 of the 2017 season (at New Orleans).

A major reason for the extremely high average was that the Redskins gave up a season-high six plays of 30-plus yards; their previous 2019 high was four such plays (at Minnesota in Week 8).

Points- The Burgundy and Gold allowed the Giants to put up 41 points against them, which was the highest total allowed by the team since Week 5 of 2018 (43 points at New Orleans).

More than half of those points (21 of them) were scored on the Giants’ first three possessions. New York scored touchdowns on their first three drives and the Redskins did on their first two.

This was the first game in which touchdowns were scored on the initial five possessions since Brett Favre’s Green Bay Packers faced off against Peyton Manning’s Colts in Week 3 of the 2004 season.

Penalties- Four of the Redskins’ six accepted and seven total penalties were committed on the defensive side of the ball. Of their 51 penalty yards, the D was responsible for 40 of them.

Takeaways- The Skins didn’t force a single turnover for the first time since Week 9 (at Buffalo) and for just the third time all season (Week 1 at Philadelphia). The defense did force one fumble, but the Giants made the recovery.

3rd Down- Just like the offense, the Washington D allowed New York to go 8-for-14 on third down (57.1%). It certainly helped New York’s cause to only have to gain an average of 5.43 yards on their money-down plays. It didn’t really seem to matter what the distance was though, as the Giants moved the chains on three of their five third-and-longs and averaged 15.4 yards gained on those plays.

The Redskins still rank dead last in third-down conversions allowed (103) and third-down conversion percentage allowed (48.6%).

Red Zone- The Skins also gave up touchdowns on all three of their red-zone stands. They have allowed the opposition to score TDs on more than of their trips to the red area in nine of 15 games this year. This problem has actually been getting worse in recent weeks, as Washington has given up a dozen tuddies in their last 16 red-zone defenses (75%).

QB Pressure- The defense was only able to generate pressure on 30.4% of the Giants’ dropbacks, which was their worst percentage since Week 9 (26.1% at Buffalo). They also failed to record multiple sacks for the first time since their first meeting with the Giants back in Week 4.

Rookie signal caller Daniel Jones took advantage by passing for 352 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions, which made him the first rookie in NFL history to top 350 yards through the air, toss five scores and not throw a single pick in the process. He just the fifth player in Giants’ history to pass for five TDs (Eli Manning, Y.A. Tittle, Phil Simms and Fran Tarkenton).

Rushing Defense- The Saquon Barkley-led rushing attack ran over, through and around the feckless Washington defense to the tune of 206 yards, 8 first downs and a touchdown. The 206 yards on the ground was the most rush yards allowed by the defense since Week 2 (213 yards vs. Dallas). The Giants’ 7.92 YPC average was the worst rushing clip allowed by a Washington defense since all the way back in Week 5 of the 2010 season (vs. Green Bay).

When I said that Barkley “led” New York’s rushing attack, that was definitely an understatement. He rushed for 189 yards on the day, which was the most yards allowed on the ground by the Redskins since another Giant, Tiki Barber, lit them up for 234 yards in Week 17 of the 2006 season. It was the fifth-most rushing yards the team has ever given up to a single player.

Barkley gained 90 yards through the air too, which gave him 279 yards from scrimmage. Per Pro Football Reference, that is tied for the most yards from scrimmage gained against the Redskins in recorded history (279 yards by Delvin Williams in 1976). This was also the most yards ever gained by a Giant in the history of their franchise.

As if that wasn’t enough, Barkley scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown. This makes him just the second player to gain 279-plus yards and score twice since 2009 (Le’Veon Bell in 2016) and the second one to rush for 150 yards, gain 90 receiving yards and score both on the ground and through the air since 2002 (Steven Jackson in 2006).


DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Defensive Line (5 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Daron Payne 54 77%
Jonathan Allen * 49 70%
Matt Ioannidis * 48 69%
Tim Settle 21 30%
Treyvon Hester 3 4%

Matt Ioannidis- This was definitely a down game for Matt Ioannidis, at least by his standards. King Ioannidis went from either recording a sack or registering double-digit pressures in each of his last four games to producing just two pressures and no sacks in Week 15. At least one of those pressures was his eighth QB hit of the year.

Matty I recorded five tackles on the day, but only one of them was made either within two yards of the line of scrimmage or a behind it (a 2-yard TFL). He was flagged for just the third time this year when he was penalized for unnecessary roughness midway through the second quarter.

Daron Payne- Payne was also somewhat of a disappointment on Sunday; especially as a pass rusher. He was unable to generate a pressure on any of his 32 rushes in the game. The second-year nose tackle missed a team and season-high two tackles, as well.

He did, at least, record four tackles, with all of them being made between one and four yards of the line of scrimmage on 1st-and-10 plays.

Jonathan Allen- Jon Allen played 49 snaps, recorded two tackles and generated three pressures, including a QB hit in overtime. This was a fairly typical type of stat line for Allen this season; pretty good, but far from great.

Allen has made his fair share of tackles (60 so far), but hasn’t recorded a full sack since Week 8 (at Minnesota) and has only topped three pressures in a game once all season (6 pressures at Carolina). He did recover a fumble and defend a pass this season, but they were the first FR and PD of his career.

Allen is definitely an above-average player and he is obviously an important voice in the locker room, but he just hasn’t been as impactful as a pro as most Redskins fans anticipated he would be when he was drafted in 2017.

Tim Settle- Tim Settle’s snap total and percentage increased for the second straight week (14/23% > 19/25% > 21/30%). He rewarded the coaches for giving him that extended run by tying his season highs in solo tackles (2), stops (2) and pressures (2).

Both of Settle’s takedowns were made behind the line of scrimmage. He tackled Saquon Barkley for a loss of a yard on a goal-line run in overtime and sacked Daniel Jones for a 6-yard loss in the second quarter. His other pressure was a QB hit on Jones the play prior to the sack. This was the 22-year-old defensive tackle’s first game with multiple hits plus sacks.

Treyvon Hester- Hester only got three snaps of work on defense for the second time in the last three weeks. This was the eighth time in his 14 games this season that he’s played seven or fewer snaps; Hester has only recorded a traditional stat or pressure of any kind in one of those contests (1 tackle in Week 5 vs. New England) and this was not it.


OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Outside Linebackers (4 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Ryan Anderson * 62 89%
Montez Sweat * 54 77%
Nate Orchard 16 23%
Chris Odom 5 7%

Montez Sweat- The first-round edge rusher registered two pressures this past Sunday, including a QB hit on third down. This was the first time that Sweat had notched a hit or a sack in any of his last three games.

Perhaps, he would’ve fared better as a pass rusher if he had not been asked to drop back in coverage 25 times in that stretch of games, with nine such snaps coming in this contest alone. He was targeted on four of his nine coverage snaps (44.4%) and gave up receptions on all four throws. He allowed a total of 24 yards and one first down between those catches. The target, reception and yardage totals surrendered by Sweat were all new career-worst marks.

Both of his tackles on the day were made immediately following receptions that he allowed, with the most notable of the two being a 2-yard TFL of Saquon Barkley on a third-down play.

The rookie OLB was tagged with a career-low 42.1 PFF grade for this showing.

Ryan Anderson- As expected, Ryan Anderson did cool off a bit, but he still had a fairly productive day from a pass-rushing standpoint. Anderson tied his career high and led the team in pressures (4), while also hitting a new personal record with two QB hits, one of which occurred on a third-down play.

The Alabama product wasn’t especially productive in other areas, though. Anderson’s only tackle in the game was made on a 5-yard rushing play and he drew his seventh flag of the year for an illegal use of hands infraction.

Believe it or not, but Anderson actually was utilized in coverage even more than Sweat was (11 coverage snaps to 9). However, unlike Sweat, he didn’t allow any receptions.

Nate Orchard- Nate Orchard tied his season low with 16 snaps and posted a new low with his 23% snap rate. He didn’t generate any pressures for the third straight game, but did record two tackles, both of which were made in overtime. Orchard also notched a PD for the first time since Week 3 of last season and made a key play on special teams that we’ll touch on later.

Chris Odom- The 25-year-old outside backer from Arkansas State did not record a stat of any kind on his five defensive snaps in this one.


INSIDE LINEBACKERS

Inside Linebackers (4 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Jon Bostic * 66 94%
Shaun Dion Hamilton 25 36%
Cole Holcomb * 24 34%
Josh Harvey-Clemons Inactive N/A

Jon Bostic- The journey off-ball linebacker tallied five tackles (4 solo) to bring him to a career-high 99 takedowns on the year. He tied for a team-best three defensive stops, but only one of them was made within two yards of the line of scrimmage.

Unfortunately for Bostic, his work as a tackler was once again overshadowed by miscues in coverage. He allowed a team-high five receptions for 60 yards and two first downs on five targets and 40 coverage snaps. This was the fifth time in 2019 that Bostic had given up five-plus receptions and/or over 45 receiving yards.

His biggest contribution against the Giants’ passing attack came as a rusher. Bostic hit Daniel Jones on one of his three blitzes. He has now generated a pressure in five consecutive contests and is up to 11 total pressures on the season, both of which are new career highs.

Cole Holcomb- This was easily one of Holcomb’s least productive games as a pro thus far.

For starters, he set season lows in both number of defensive snaps (24) and snap rate (34%). His four total tackles and single defensive stop were his second-lowest and lowest such totals of his career. None of his takedowns were made behind or within two yards of the line of scrimmage. He also gave up three receptions for 23 yards, two first downs and a 9-yard touchdown to Kaden Smith.

Holcomb’s 32.4 PFF grade ranked dead last among all players in this game and was the second-worst rating of his career (29.9 at Buffalo in Week 9).

Shaun Dion Hamilton- Hamilton out-snapped Holcomb for the first time all season (25 to 24 snaps) and outplayed him, as well. SDH recorded the same number of tackles as Holcomb (4 solo) and scored a TFL on a 3rd-and-1 Saquon Barkley rush. He did give up a pair of receptions, but the Giants only gained 15 yards and didn't move the chains on either play.

His biggest mistake was an unnecessary roughness penalty that negated a Tim Settle sack on a drive that ultimately ended with a New York touchdown.

Josh Harvey-Clemons- JHC was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive week. Assuming he does not play in Week 17, his season will end without a single snap on defense and 138 special teams snaps. His previous career lows came as a rookie in 2017, when he played 93 defensive, 206 special teams and 299 total snaps.


CORNERBACKS

Cornerbacks (7 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Aaron Colvin * 70 100%
Coty Sensabaugh * 63 90%
Kayvon Webster 49 70%
Danny Johnson * 17 24%
Josh Norman 0 0%
Quinton Dunbar Inactive N/A
Fabian Moreau Inactive N/A

Quinton Dunbar- Dunbar missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve earlier this week. He was in the midst of a career year, but various lower body injuries wound up limiting him to just 11 games. This isn’t a new problem, either. Dating back to Week 7 of last season, Dunbar will have missed 14 of the team’s last 27 games (51.9%).

He set new career highs in defensive snaps (613), starts (11), interceptions (3) and defensive stops (16). Dunny also had his best performances as a pro in terms of his yards per coverage snap allowed (0.99), passer rating allowed (56.9) and PFF grade (87.6). These figures ranked 26th, sixth and first among all qualifying cornerbacks in the NFL this season.

Quinton Dunbar is clearly the best corner currently on the Redskins’ roster. He has one year left on his contract as he prepares to enter his age-28 season in 2020.

Fabian Moreau- Like Dunbar, Moreau sat out the Week 15 tilt with the Giants because of a balky hamstring and was subsequently placed on IR this week. You could also argue that 2019 was his best season, too. He set or tied personal records with three interceptions, five pass defenses, 13 stops and a 97.0 passer rating against.

He performed significantly better as an outside corner than he did when he was in the slot. His passer rating allowed and yards per coverage snap in the slot were 113.0 and 2.16 compared to 73.1 and 0.83 when lined up elsewhere.

Aaron Colvin- The only Washington corner who played in this game and that was on the roster for the previous game was Aaron Colvin. He started for the first time since Week 1 (Houston at New Orleans) and played all 70 defensive snaps, which nearly doubled his total on the year prior to this week (79).

Despite being thrust into the prominent role as the team’s number one corner, he actually wasn’t half bad. He was targeted four times and surrendered three receptions for 38 yards and a pair of first downs on those plays, but virtually all of that yardage was gained on a 32-yard Golden Tate reception on a third-down play. Colvin somewhat made up for that by breaking up another third-down pass to Tate to earn his first PD of the year.

The veteran DB chipped in with four tackles (all solo), too.

Coty Sensabaugh- Coty Sensabaugh, who was signed less than a week before the game, started for the Redskins in the slot and played 90% of the snaps. He definitely played a lot, but needless to say, that did not translate into a productive outing for the 31-year-old.

Sensabaugh allowed the most targets (7), receptions (5), receiving yards (88) and first downs (5) among all players on the team. He was responsible for Sterling Shepard’s 23-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game, as well.

He finished the game with five tackles (4 solo) and a TFL.

Danny Johnson- Danny Johnson started for the second week in a row, but only played 17 snaps before suffering a hand injury that ultimately landed him on IR this past week. Johnson was targeted twice and gave up an 8-yard reception before exiting; he made his only tackle of the game on that play. He also committed a holding penalty on a New York third-down pass that set the G-Men up with a fresh set of downs on a drive which would ultimately end with a touchdown.

Johnson’s brief 2019 campaign is over after just two games and 72 defensive snaps. In those two contests, he made 11 tackles, defended a pass, was targeted eight times and allowed five receptions for 44 yards and two first downs.

Kayvon Webster- The newly-signed Kayvon Webster replaced Johnson at left cornerback and played 49 snaps in the game. This was his first appearance of the season and just his third game played since 2017.

The seventh-year veteran was targeted five times and gave up three receptions for 70 yards and two first downs. The vast majority of that damage was done on a 51-yard pass to Saquon Barkley, which was the second-longest play of the game. On a more positive note, Webster did defend a pass for the first time since Week 14 of 2017 (Rams vs. Eagles).

He finished the game with four tackles (all solo), but they were all made nine or more yards away from the line of scrimmage.

Josh Norman- Josh Norman didn’t sniff the field in this one, despite the fact that the Redskins started three corners who had combined to start in two games this season prior to this one. The four corners who played for them against the Giants had appeared on defense for the team in three combined games and on just 77 snaps. The Skins literally did everything possible to avoid playing Josh Norman for a single snap on Sunday.

Breon Borders- The team signed the 2017 UDFA out of Duke off the Jaguars’ practice squad on Christmas Eve.

Borders has made one start and played on defense in three games in his career, all of which happened this season with the Jags. He’s allowed a reception on all six passes thrown his way and surrendered 48 yards and 3 first downs between those catches. Borders notched seven tackles, a QB hit and a fumble recovery in those games, as well.


SAFETIES

Safeties (5 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Landon Collins * 70 100%
Montae Nicholson * 63 90%
Troy Apke 11 16%
Jeremy Reaves ST Only 0%
Maurice Smith ST Only 0%

Landon Collins- This was an up-and-down performance from Landon Collins, who did a few nice things, but whose play left something to be desired in several areas.

He recorded just his fourth pass defense of the year when he broke up what would’ve been about a 15-yard pass to Golden Tate early in the second quarter. Collins also stopped a third-down scramble by Daniel Jones short of the sticks and forced a fumble on the tackle (New York).

However, outside of those two plays, Collins’ was fairly subpar. Five of his six tackles were made in the fourth quarter or overtime and none of them stopped the New York offense for a loss or no gain. He had at least one such takedown in each of his first 12 games this season, but has failed to make any tackles on a play where the opposition didn’t gain positive yardage in each of the last three weeks. He whiffed on a tackle attempt for the third game in a row, as well.

Collins fared even worse in coverage against his former team. He only allowed two passes to be completed into his coverage all game, but they were the Giants’ first and last scores of the day. The first of those came on a 23-yarder to Sterling Shepard on the opening drive of the game and the last one was the game-winning 3-yard score by rookie tight end Kaden Smith.

You have to go all the way back to Collins’ first career game (Giants at Cowboys in Week 1 of 2015) to find the last and only other time that he surrendered multiple touchdowns in the same contest (2).

Collins will miss the Week 17 finale against the Cowboys because of a shoulder injury. He was the only Redskin who had not missed a snap on his respective side of the ball all season and actually led all NFL defenders with 1,057 snaps played.

Despite the fact that he will not play in the next game, Collins will likely end up as the team leader in snaps from scrimmage (1,057), total tackles (117), defensive stops (41) and missed tackles (15). He matched or set career marks in forced fumbles (2) and TFLs (9), but failed to intercept a pass, recover a fumble or record multiple sacks for the second year in a row. His 15 missed tackles and four PDs both were tied for the worst season-long totals of his career.

Montae Nicholson- Nicholson didn’t give up a reception on either of the two passes thrown into his direction. Coverage was not his problem in this though, his struggles primarily came as a tackler.

He made five tackles (4 solo), but only one of them was made within five yards of the line of scrimmage and the Giants gained a combined 83 yards on the plays (16.6-yard average). Additionally, Nicholson tied a team high with two missed tackles, with one of those coming on a 67-yard touchdown run by Saquon Barkley.

The Skins’ free safety earned a season-worst 38.2 PFF grade, which was the second-worst mark of his entire career. Nicholson was injured at the end of the game (neck) and placed on IR today, so his season ends on a low note.

The third-year safety set career highs and basically doubled his totals coming into the season in the following statistics (2019 total to 2017 and 2018 combined total): snaps (873 to 785), interceptions (2 to 1), pass defenses (4 to 3), total tackles (62 to 65) and defensive stops (6 to 8). Nicholson will enter 2020 with one year left on his rookie contract.

Kenny Ladler- Kenny Ladler was signed to the active roster in a corresponding move when Nicholson was placed on IR. Ironically, Ladler, who played for the Redskins last year before being released and signed by the Giants, was waived by New York prior to the start of this season before signing with the Redskins again today.

He didn’t get any defensive snaps as a member of the Redskins last season, but did notch six tackles on his 89 special teams tackles.

Troy Apke- Troy Apke got 11 snaps in Sunday’s game, his highest total since Week 9 (62 snaps at Buffalo). His increased PT was mostly the product of Montae Nicholson’s injury. Apke did not record any tackles and was not officially targeted but he did score his second pass defense of the season and his career on Daniel Jones’ Hail Mary at the end of regulation.

Apke earned an 86.4 PFF rating for the game, which was the highest grade on the entire team.

Maurice Smith- Mo Smith made his first appearance of the 2019 season, but played exclusively on special teams.

Jeremy Reaves- Reaves didn’t step foot on the field for a defensive snap for the first time since Week 13 (at Carolina). Like Smith, all of his PT came on the special teams unit.

Injured Reserve Redskins: The DB Edition- The Skins now have a whopping 22 players on their IR list. That group is comprised of seven defensive backs (31.8%) and doesn’t even include Landon Collins, who has already been ruled out for Week 17, and Troy Apke, who is also unlikely to play.


ALL DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

All Defensive Players (25 Players)
Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap % Player (* - starter) Snaps Snap %
Landon Collins * 70 100% Tim Settle 21 30%
Aaron Colvin * 70 100% Danny Johnson * 17 24%
Jon Bostic * 66 94% Nate Orchard 16 23%
Montae Nicholson * 63 90% Troy Apke 11 16%
Coty Sensabaugh * 63 90% Chris Odom 5 7%
Ryan Anderson * 62 89% Treyvon Hester 3 4%
Daron Payne 54 77% Josh Norman 0 0%
Montez Sweat * 54 77% Jeremy Reaves ST Only 0%
Jonathan Allen * 49 70% Maurice Smith ST Only 0%
Kayvon Webster 49 70% Quinton Dunbar Inactive N/A
Matt Ioannidis * 48 69% Josh Harvey-Clemons Inactive N/A
Shaun Dion Hamilton 25 36% Fabian Moreau Inactive N/A
Cole Holcomb * 24 34%

SPECIAL TEAMS

Special Teams Players (31 Players)
Player Snaps Snap % Player Snaps Snap %
Jeremy Reaves 29 85% Steven Sims 11 32%
Troy Apke 28 82% Kayvon Webster 11 32%
Michael Burton 22 65% Nick Sundberg 10 29%
Wendell Smallwood 22 65% Tress Way 10 29%
Shaun Dion Hamilton 18 53% Ryan Anderson 7 21%
Cole Holcomb 18 53% Treyvon Hester 7 21%
Coty Sensabaugh 18 53% Tim Settle 7 21%
Kelvin Harmon 17 50% Montez Sweat 7 21%
Maurice Smith 17 50% Tony Bergstrom 5 15%
Jeremy Sprinkle 16 47% Geron Christian 5 15%
Dustin Hopkins 12 35% Ereck Flowers 5 15%
Matt Ioannidis 12 35% Wes Martin 5 15%
Cam Sims 12 35% Timon Parris 5 15%
Hale Hentges 11 32% Donald Penn 3 9%
Chris Odom 11 32% Morgan Moses 2 6%
Nate Orchard 11 32%

Snaps- Nate Kaczor’s unit was on the field for a season-high 34 snaps against the Giants.

Jeremy Reaves’ 29 specials snaps were enough to give him the team lead in this department for the third week in a row. He was followed by Troy Apke with 28 of them; no other Redskin played more than 22 teams snaps.

Tress Way- Tress Way punted five times for 236 yards (47.2-yard average) and watched as two of those boots were returned for a total of six yards, which gave him 230 net yards (46.0-yard net average). He pinned the Giants’ offense inside their own 20-yard line three times in the game, which brings his total on the year to 29 inside-the-20 punts.

Just a week after he was named to his first Pro Bowl, Way was given a 4-year, $15M contract extension today. He is now under contract all the way through the 2024 season.

Dustin Hopkins- Hopkins hit on all career-high tying five extra points, but did not attempt a single field goal. This was just the second time in his career that he’s attempted five point-afters without a field goal try (vs. Buffalo in Week 15 of the 2015 season).

Four of his seven kickoffs went for touchbacks. The Giants returned the other three kickoffs for a total of 86 yards (28.7-yard average).

Kick Coverage- Believe it or not, but Hopkins himself made a game and career-high two special teams tackles on Giants’ kickoff returns. He made those tackles at the New York 25 and 34-yard lines after gains of 24 and 27 yards.

Troy Apke teamed up with him on the second of those takedowns and stopped a punt return for a loss of a yard at the 27. Apke is now up to a team and career-best 11 specials tackles this season, which is the most teams tackles by a Washington player since Deshazor Everett made 11 of them himself in 2015.

Fellow backup safety Jeremy Reaves finished off a Giants’ punt return at the 17-yard line after a 7-yard runback.

Chris Odom notched a career high with two special tackles, too.

Blocked Punt- One of Odom’s tackles was made following a blocked punt by Nate Orchard. That block set the Washington offense up inside the red zone and opened the door for them to score a touchdown two plays later. This was the first blocked punt by the Redskins since Jeron Johnson blocked one against the Jets in Week 6 of 2015.

Punt Returns- Of the Giants’ punts that were not blocked, one was downed at the Redskins’ 1-yard line, another rolled out of bounds at the Washington 40 and Steven Sims fair caught the other one at the 19-yard line.

This was the Skins’ first game without a punt return since Steven Sims took over return duties in Week 13 and their second such game this season (Week 8 at Minnesota).

Kickoff Returns- Five of New York’s six kickoffs were booted for touchbacks. Sims fielded the only kickoff that he would return at the goal line and ran it out to the 25-yard line.

Sims is just 26 yards behind Cordarrelle Patterson for the NFL lead in kickoff return yards (799 to 825 yards). With the Cowboys’ dynamic offense figuring to score a ton on the Redskins’ injury-riddled defense, Sims should have ample opportunity to surpass Patterson and finish his rookie season with the most kickoff return yards in the league.


*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*

Poll

What was the most surprising storyline for the Redskins’ defense this season?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    The Fall of the Alabama Wall: disappointing turns from Allen and Payne
    (26 votes)
  • 5%
    Ioannidis establishing himself as one of the best interior pass rushers in the NFL
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    The end of Ryan Kerrigan’s iron man streak
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Middling production from first-round pick Montez Sweat
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Ryan Anderson’s late-season eruption
    (3 votes)
  • 8%
    Cole Holcomb’s likely 100-tackle rookie season
    (6 votes)
  • 23%
    The demise of Josh Norman
    (16 votes)
  • 7%
    Quinton Dunbar’s borderline elite year
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Landon Collins being a glorified inside linebacker
    (1 vote)
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