Washington Snap Count vs. Cowboys: Defense shines, Offense goes ‘heavy’


Washington got a win over Dallas, but there were a lot of moving parts needed to get them there.

Fortunately for the Washington Football Team, their numerous injuries and replacement players getting significant time didn’t cost them because the Dallas Cowboys are a complete and utter mess.

While trying to draw any conclusion from facing a totally inept Dallas defense, Sunday was one of Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner’s better games in the play-calling department. There was a plan to use multiple tight ends, creativity in some run calls, and a win.

On the defensive side of the ball, Jack Del Rio got a huge performance from the defensive line against a terrible Cowboys line, and Cole Holcomb, back from injury, had a monster day.

Here is a look at who played and who didn’t in Washington’s 25-3 win over Dallas:

Offense: 69 total plays
Quarterback and Offensive Line:
Kyle Allen - 69 (100%)
Cornelius Lucas - 69 (100%)
Wes Schweitzer - 69 (100%)
Chase Roullier - 69 (100%)
Brandon Scherff - 69 (100%)
Morgan Moses - 63 (91%)
David Sharpe - 7 (10%)

Kyle Allen in his third start of the season was decent passing the ball (194 yards and a 66.6 QBR) but at no point spectacular. He was perfectly adequate to beat a bad team. In his first start, Cornelius Lucas wasn’t noticeable, which was a good thing. The offensive line manhandled the Cowboys upfront, leading to 208 yards on the ground. And that line did so without starting left tackle Geron Christian (who was inactive) and left guard Saahdiq Charles (who was placed on Injured Reserve). Right tackle Morgan Moses looked nicked up but soldiered on.

Running Backs:
J.D. McKissic - 34 (49%)
Antonio Gibson - 33 (48%)
Peyton Barber - 23 (33%)

Antonio Gibson rushed for a career-high 128 yards on 20 carries. Turner ran a lot of two-back sets and got J.D. McKissic involved with 35 yards on the ground and 16 in the passing game. Peyton Barber got the start (which doesn’t mean much of anything) and carried the ball 10 times for 38 yards. Barber does a lot of tough sledding with limited production.

Wide Receivers:
Cam Sims - 61 (88%)
Terry McLaurin - 58 (84%)
Dontrelle Inman - 20 (29%)
Tony Brown - 4 (6%)
Jeff Badet - 3 (4%)

Terry McLaurin is the leader on the field and off for this unit. Cam Sims, after not featuring nearly at all throughout the season, surprisingly played the most snaps but was only targeted one time by Allen - a 22-yard completion. Without Isaiah Wright (inactive) and Antonio Gandy-Golden (placed on IR with a hamstring injury), the Washington offense was forced to dip into the practice squad to complete this unit, but neither Badet or Brown featured.

Tight Ends:
Logan Thomas - 54 (78%)
Jeremy Sprinkle - 28 (41%)
Temarrick Hemingway - 26 (38%)

It was (evidently) National Tight Ends Day and Logan Thomas made the most of it with 60 yards on four catches with a TD. Washington played a ton of heavy packages and that explains the uptick in snaps for both Jeremy Sprinkle and Temarrick Hemingway, who has bumped Marcus Baugh on the depth chart. However, Thomas remains the only reliable TE in the passing game.

Defense: 56 total plays
Defensive Line:
Daron Payne - 46 (82%)
Chase Young - 46 (82%)
Jon Allen - 41 (73%)
Montez Sweat - 38 (68%)
Tim Settle - 20 (36%)
Ryan Kerrigan - 16 (29%)
Ryan Anderson - 13 (23%)
Devaroe Lawrence - 3 (5%)

Chase Young looks to be demanding a double-team on nearly every play, but managed six tackles. Montez Sweat added two sacks. Ryan Kerrigan (who is the subject of some trade rumors) played sparingly again but still got a sack. Tim Settle added a sack, as well. James Smith-Williams was inactive.

Jon Bostic - 44 (79%)
Cole Holcomb - 38 (68%)
Kevin Pierre-Louis - 38 (68%)
Shaun Dion Hamilton - 1 (2%)

The Cole Holcomb Appreciation Section. He was everywhere: Five tackles, a sack, a pass defense, two QB hits, and an interception. Holcomb also trucked Zeke Elliott on a blitz. Jon Bostic wins bonehead of the week for his late hit on Andy Dalton which got him rightly ejected.

S Deshazor Everett - 56 (100%)
CB Kendall Fuller - 53 (95%)
CB Ronald Darby - 49 (88%)
CB Jimmy Moreland - 45 (80%)
S Kamren Curl - 39 (70%)
S Landon Collins - 17 (30%)
CB Fabian Moreau - 11 (20%)
S Troy Apke - 1 (2%)

The safety partnership of Deshazor Everett and Landon Collins only lasted a few games, as Collins (who had a big sack to get Washington on the board with a safety) is likely gone for the season due to injury. Kamren Curl saw his most significant playing time of the year, but he may not be a long-term solution.