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Film Study: Scouting the Washington Football Team


The Washington Football Team has only played one game since the Giants defeated them, 20-19, on Oct. 18th. I did a full rundown of Washington's roster leading up to that game and you can find it here.

Here's what has changed for Washington after its visit to MetLife Stadium and a bye:

* Washington has only played one game since the loss to the Giants and they dominated the Dallas Cowboys for their biggest win of the year, 25-3, on Oct. 25. In that game, Washington ran for 208 yards, including 128 by Antonio Gibson. Kyle Allen threw for 194 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Terry McLaurin led them with seven catches for 90 yards, while Logan Thomas had four catches for 60 yards. McLaurin leads Washington with 43 catches and 577 yards.

* Washington's defense was dominant against Dallas. The Cowboys managed just 142 yards of total offense. Washington's defensive front controlled the game, with six sacks, eight quarterback hits and three forced fumbles. Dallas averaged just 3.2 yards per carry and Washington had six tackles for losses. Dallas only managed more than two first downs on a drive once.

* Montez Sweat leads Washington with five sacks and 28 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Ryan Kerrigan is second on the team with four sacks. Rookie Chase Young has 2.5 sacks and two quarterback hits.

* Kendall Fuller leads the NFL with four interceptions. According to Pro Football Focus, he has only allowed six catches for 71 yards this season. Kevin Pierre-Louis has emerged as a strong coverage linebacker.

* Washington is dealing with some injuries. Landon Collins tore his Achilles tendon against Dallas and is lost for the season. Seventh-round rookie Kamren Curl picked up a lot of Collins' snaps against Dallas. Wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden is still dealing with the hamstring injury that he suffered against the Giants. Dontrelle Inman, Isaiah Wright and Cam Sims will get the wide receiver snaps across from Terry McLaurin. Cornelius Lucas replaced Geron Christian at left tackle against the Cowboys, with Wes Schweitzer taking over at left guard.

Here are some impactful NFL rankings to keep an eye on for Washington:


4.56 yards per play: 31st

19 points per game: 30th

38% third-down conversion rate: tied for 29th

31.8% third-down conversion > 6 yards: 10th

1st-and-10 rush rate of 45.5%: 26th

16 completions of 20+ yards: 30th

75.9 QB rating on passes 21+ air yards: 24th

81 plays of 10+ yards: tied for 30th

16 runs of 10+ yards: tied for 29th

33% pressure rate allowed: 21st

38 screen pass attempts: 6th


5.1 yards allowed per play: 7th

185.9 passing yards allowed per game: 1st

6.6 yards allowed per pass play: 15th

11.2% sack rate per pass attempt: 2nd

35.3% pressure rate: 9th

21.9% blitz rate: 26th

29.2% plays using quarters (Cover 4 defense): 1st

31.9% plays using Cover 3: 9th

243 negative play yardage: 4th

Third-down conversion rate of 40.4%: 15th

20 20+ yard completions allowed: tied for 7th

20 10+ yard rushes allowed: 10th in NFL

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