The Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-30, on Sunday at FedEx Field. Here’s how the 64 offensive and 63 defensive snaps were divided up:
Kirk Cousins – 64 snaps (played 100 percent on offense)
Colt McCoy – DNP
Cousins needed a bounce-back game, and he delivered one of the best performances in his career. He posted a 124.7 passer rating, the highest of any of his starts. He went 33 of 40 for 317 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Cousins had a season-high 7.93 yards per completion and tied the franchise record for 33 completions. He also rushed for his second career rushing touchdown. This was a performance Cousins, and the Redskins, needed before the bye week.
Matt Jones – 45 snaps (70 percent)
Alfred Morris – 10 snaps (16 percent)
Darrel Young – 10 snaps (16 percent)
Morris received the start but played just 10 snaps. With Chris Thompson ruled out with a back injury, Jones played most of the game and served as the third-down back. The Redskins still couldn’t establish the run after falling behind 24-0 in the first half. Jones finished with nine carries for 29 yards. Morris had six touches for five yards.
Pierre Garcon – 55 snaps (86 percent)
Jamison Crowder – 52 snaps (81 percent)
Ryan Grant – 39 snaps (61 percent)
Andre Roberts – 30 snaps (47 percent)
Rashad Ross – one snaps (two percent)
Garcon and Crowder continued to receive the most snaps and targets at the position. Garcon had five catches on six targets for 55 yards, while Crowder caught all five of his targets for 48 yards. Grant made his first career touchdown catch and finished with a season-high 54 receiving yards. Roberts’s snaps have increased over the past two weeks, and he continued to receive a good amount of targets from Cousins. He had three catches on six targets for 49 yards.
Jordan Reed – 38 snaps (59 percent)
Derek Carrier – 36 snaps (56 percent)
Anthony McCoy – DNP (two snaps on special teams)
Reed proved his worth once again, when he’s healthy. He’s the top receiving target on this team and dramatically changes the complexity of this offense with his ability to line up just about anywhere on the field. The Redskins were able to use more two tight-end formations in his return, and he took advantage of mismatches as an outside receiver as well. He finished with 11 receptions on 13 targets for 72 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 24 seconds left.
Spencer Long – 64 snaps (100 percent)
Josh LeRibeus – 64 snaps (100 percent)
Brandon Scherff – 64 snaps (100 percent)
Morgan Moses – 64 snaps (100 percent)
Trent Williams – 63 snaps (98 percent)
Ty Nsekhe – one snap (two percent)
Tom Compton – one snap (two percent)
Arie Kouandjio – DNP (five snaps on special teams)
Cousins was sacked once, resulting in a fumble recovered for a touchdown by the Bucs in the first half. He was hit seven times in the game in a shaky performance by the offensive line. It improved as the game progressed, with the Redskins establishing a cleaner pocket for Cousins to operate in during the second half. The run game remained an issue throughout the game, however. Washington had just 50 rushing yards and has struggled to establish itself on the ground for the third straight week.
Chris Baker – 45 snaps (71 percent)
Terrance Knighton – 41 snaps (65 percent)
Jason Hatcher – 39 snaps (62 percent)
Ricky Jean Francois – 22 snaps (35 percent)
Kedric Golston – 14 snaps (22 percent)
Stephen Paea – eight snaps (13 percent)
Baker led the unit with six tackles and recorded his first career fumble recovery to seal the victory. He continued to receive the majority of the reps at left defensive end over Paea, who returned from a back injury. Paea didn’t play much, but he did split the Redskins’ only sack in the game with nose tackle Terrance Knighton. The defense allowed 190 rushing yards, an average of 6.3 yards per carry, but it somehow held Tampa Bay to just six points in the second half.
Keenan Robinson – 46 snaps (73 percent)
Will Compton – 40 snaps (63 percent)
Perry Riley Jr. – 39 snaps (62 percent)
Mason Foster – two snaps (three percent)
Trent Murphy – 58 snaps (92 percent)
Preston Smith – 37 snaps (59 percent)
Ryan Kerrigan – 18 snaps (29 percent)
Jackson Jeffcoat – 13 snaps (21 percent)
The biggest concern after the game was the status of Kerrigan’s fractured right hand. He played just 18 snaps and didn’t return. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Kerrigan will see a specialist on Monday. Riley also dealt with a lower leg muscle injury in the second half. Both injuries allowed for increased roles for Compton and Smith, who each finished with four tackles.
Will Blackmon – 63 snaps (100 percent)
Bashaud Breeland – 58 snaps (92 percent)
Kyshoen Jarrett – 22 snaps (35 percent)
Quinton Dunbar – four snaps (six percent)
Deshazor Everett – DNP (18 snaps on special teams)
Blackmon was the only defensive player to receive every snap in the game. The cornerbacks had the tough task of stopping Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, who had eight catches for 164 yards and a touchdown. Washington allowed rookie quarterback Jameis Winston to throw for 297 yards, but the biggest play of the game came from the secondary on a run play. Breeland chased down running back Doug Martin on a 49-yard gain that saved a potential game-sealing touchdown run. The Bucs settled for a field goal on the drive, and the Redskins took the lead on the ensuing possession. Breeland finished with 13 tackles.
Dashon Goldson – 59 snaps (94 percent)
Trenton Robinson – 60 snaps (95 percent)
Jeron Johnson – five snaps (eight percent)
Goldson led the defense with 14 tackles, while Robinson was third with nine tackles. Robinson had a key special-teams play in the third quarter recovering an onside kick that changed the momentum of the game. The defense overall allowed 479 total yards, however.
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