Redskins' playing time vs. Giants

Redskins' playing time vs. Giants
December 7, 2010, 10:57 pm

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 5:55 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer
CSNwashington.com

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Taking a break from the Albert Haynesworth Mania to review the playing time totals and other observations from the Redskins' 31-7 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday:

OFFENSE (66 snaps)RB: James Davis 31, Keiland Williams 32, Mike Sellers 21.

TE: Chris Cooley 63, Logan Paulsen 14, Fred Davis 24.

WR: Anthony Armstrong 53, Brandon Banks 2, Terrance Austin 5, Roydell Williams 25, Santana Moss 60.

Analysis: Season-high playing times for Davis, Paulsen and Austin. The Redskins used a three-tight end formation 17 times, gaining 59 yards on those snaps. An empty backfield was used on six snaps (four incompletions, an 18-yard pass and a sack). - McNabb was under pressure on his first drop back. Four-man rush vs. five-man protection. Osi Umenyiora beat Stephon Heyer quickly to the inside only to run into Kory Lichtensteiger, who was being pushed back by Chris Canty. - The sacks are described below but after watching the game, I would tend to agree with Mike Shanahan's opinion that the pass protection was solid. Donovan McNabb was sacked four times but didn't take any big-time shots. - J. Davis gained 14 yards when Lichtensteiger, Montgomery and F. Davis all got a hat on a Giants linebacker. - Missed chance by McNabb on a third-and-4 from the Giants 24 in the first half. Seven-man protection vs. a four-man rush and Armstrong was wide open in the right flat. McNabb instead threw too high to R. Williams. Gano missed a field goal on the next play. - The first-and-10 play from the Redskins' 5 had disaster written all over it. But the double fake resulted in an 18-yard pass to Armstrong. - Paulsen had his first NFL catch. He motioned left and then right and the play didn't start great he whiffed on an attempted cut block of Justin Tuck but got back to his feet for a 9-yard gain. - Bad play by McNabb on his lost fumble. Instead of running for the first down (third-and-2) he looked down field. From the snap until a Giants defender touched him, it was 7.78 seconds. - J. Davis' 28-yard screen pass gain was possible when Lichtensteiger got out to cut Keith Bulluck. - McNabb had 3.56 seconds (four-man rush vs. six-man protection) to find Armstrong for a 33-yard touchdown.

The Giants' four sacks of McNabb. 1. Third-and-15 from Redskins 37. Jason Pierre-Paul lined up as a stand-up left defensive end and stunted inside with Tuck, who sacrificed himself by drawing a double team. Will Montgomery was engaged with Tuck, which allowed Pierre-Paul to be unblocked. - 2. Third-and-2 from Redskins 41. Four-man rush vs. five-man protection. Pierre-Paul got around Heyer; McNabb was in trouble 2.75 seconds after the snap. - 3. Third-and-7 from Redskins 41. Five-man rush vs. six-man protection. McNabb had no chance - 1.98 seconds - when Umenyiora used a speed rush to get around Heyer. - 4. Third-and-15 from Redskins 17. Four-man rush vs. five-man protection. Tuck stunted outside and slapped down Jammal Brown's hands to get to McNabb in 3.41 seconds.

DEFENSE (63 snaps)DL: Kedric Golston 44, Vonnie Holliday 9, Phillip Daniels 23, Adam Carriker 47, Ma'ake Kemoeatu 44, Anthony Bryant 2, Andre Carter 12.

LB: London Fletcher 63, Rocky McIntosh 61, Brian Orakpo 60, H.B. Blades 2, Chris Wilson 4, Lorenzo Alexander 57.

DB: DeAngelo Hall 63, Kevin Barnes 38, Phillip Buchanon 35, Reed Doughty 63, Kareem Moore 63.

Analysis: Carriker and Kemoeatu saw more playing time because the Giants faced few third downs in the first half. Barnes took over for Buchanon late in the first half. The two swapped roles - Barnes was a starter and Buchanon a nickel back. - Blades replaced a shaken-up McIntosh for his two snaps of work. - The tone was set on the Giants' first play. Moore was unblocked but Brandon Jacobs broke his tackle 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage and McIntosh came up empty at the line. Jacobs gained 39 yards. - On Jacobs' 8-yard touchdown, Orakpo blew contain when he was wiped out by Travis Beckum. - The Redskins did less substitution than at any point of the year. The same 11 were on the field for the first seven-play drive and 10 players played all of the second seven-play drive. - Buchanon wanted nothing to do with Kevin Boss, who bounced off McIntosh and gained 21 yards. Buchanon had a shot to sandwich Boss. - The lack of third-down chances was why Carter (one snap) and Holliday (no snaps) saw limited first-half playing time. - The missed tackling blame should be spread around. In the first half alone, it went Moore, McIntosh, Buchanon, McIntosh, Alexander, Doughty, Doughty, Buchanon and Moore. - Eli Manning wasn't knocked down until the third quarter when Kemoeatu dragged him to the turf instead of actually hitting him. - Jacobs' 28-yard touchdown featured two missed tackles - Barnes at the 25 and Doughty at the 19. - Orakpo drew two more holding penalties.

SPECIAL TEAMSPunt return: Banks, Buchanon, Westbrook, Harris, Doughty, Davis, Blades, Wilson, Riley, R. Williams, Young.

Punt coverage: Smith, Sundberg, Young, Doughty, Westbrook, Moore, Wilson, Harris, Alexander, Blades, Sellers.

Kickoff return: Banks, WestbrookAustin, Riley, Paulsen, Young, Blades, Doughty, Golston, Sellers, Alexander, Wilson.

Kickoff coverage: Gano, Blades, Doughty, R. Williams, Westbrook, Armstrong, Sellers, Harris, Riley, Alexander, Wilson.

Analysis: Gano's two kickoffs - 3.97 seconds66 yards37 return and 4.126515. - Smith's six punts - 3.4737no return, 4.1944fair catch, 3.8733no return, 4.1931out of bounds, 4.82472, no hang time8blocked. - Macho Harris made his Redskins debut by playing exclusively on special teams. - Banks should get used to what the Giants did on kickoffs. Lawrence Tynes pooch-kicked several attempts, sacrificing field position to keep Banks from breaking a long return. Wilson and Sellers each had two returns and the Redskins started drives at their own 38-, 34- and 36-yard lines. - Banks' 19-yard punt return was aided by Byron Westbrook's block on former teammate Devin Thomas. - Hunter Smith had little chance on his blocked punt. Thomas blew by Moore to the inside and got to Smith in 1.32 seconds.

Contact Ryan at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com