Snap Judgments: Redskins Starting Su'a?

Is this the end of Beavis and Butthead?

Here's a look at who played lots, some, and just a little in the Washington Redskins' 42-24 thumping of the Green Bay Packers.

* After setting a career high in Week 10 with 37 plays, linebacker Su'a Cravens surpassed that mark by playing a whopping 60 snaps. Cravens also matched a career high with five tackles. The second-round pick's uptick in playing time came at the expense of presumed starting inside linebacker Mason Foster who was on the field for only 7 snaps. Cravens made an impact rushing the quarterback coming through with a hurry and pass defensed. With Washington facing another mobile quarterback in Dak Prescott on Thursday, Cravens could continue to see starters playing time on Thanksgiving.

* For the third week in a row, Robert Kelley started at running back. It looks like that could be the case for a while given the praise he has received from Kirk Cousins last week and Jay Gruden late Sunday night. Kelley has gained 321 yards on 67 carries, 4.8 yards per rush, over his three starts. The undrafted runner played 41 snaps (60 percent) of the offensive snaps against Green Bay. This is the third week in a row Kelley has had 41 or more plays and in comparison, Matt Jones has not played in more than 41 snaps in his seven starts earlier in the year. Until Kelley has a major miscue, it is likely that Jones will continue to ride the bench.

* Kirk Cousins had his full complement of weapons around him and it showed. Jordan Reed (59 snaps), Pierre Garcon (52), DeSean Jackson (49), and Jamison Crowder (41) all played at least 60 percent of the Packers game. The four-some combined for 348 yards on 18 receptions and three touchdowns against an injury riddled Green Bay secondary. For the first time all year, Vernon Davis (37 snaps) did not record a reception, while 6-foot-3 Maurice Harris (12) saw more playing time than Ryan Grant (8).

* For the second week in a row, Kendall Fuller did not have his best game. Stefon Diggs and Randall Cobb have combined for 16 catches for 248 yards, mostly on Fuller, but the Redskins coaching staff is not shying away from playing the rookie. Fuller played all but three defensive snaps, 93 percent of the game, which was more than Bashaud Breeland and only one play less than All-Pro Josh Norman. Fuller will have an important matchup with the Cowboys' Cole Beasley on Thursday and it seems like Washington would like to see him work through this rough patch in his young career.

* While Donte Whitner holds down one starting safety position, the other still seems up for grabs. Against Green Bay, Duke Ihenacho was given 52 plays to prove himself, while Will Blackmon was only on the field for 24 snaps. The designations between strong and free safety seems to go out the window with the Redskins has Whitner and Ihenacho are both designated as strong with Blackmon the lone free variety.

* Although Washington only averaged 2.15 defensive linemen on the field on any given play, they had a more uniform distribution among their five-man rotation. In the past, Chris Baker and Evander Hood would eat up the overwhelming majority of playing time in the trenches, but that was not the case against the Packers. Baker (40), Hood (37), Ricky Jean Francois (33), Cullen Jenkins (21), and Anthony Lanier (15) all saw playing time ranging from 21 to 57 percent of the game.

* Previous snap judgments:

Offense (68 snaps)

Shawn Lauvao 68

Brandon Scherff 68

Spencer Long 68

Morgan Moses 68

Kirk Cousins 68

Ty Nsekhe 66

Jordan Reed 59

Pierre Garçon 52

DeSean Jackson 49

Jamison Crowder 41

Robert Kelley 41

Vernon Davis 37

Chris Thompson 25

Derek Carrier 13

Maurice Harris 12

Ryan Grant 8

Mack Brown 2

Vinston Painter 2

Houston Bates 1

Defense (70 snaps)

Will Compton 67

Josh Norman 66

Kendall Fuller 65

Donte Whitner Sr. 65

Su'a Cravens 60

Bashaud Breeland 60

Ryan Kerrigan 53

Duke Ihenacho 52

Preston Smith 42

Trent Murphy 41

Chris Baker 40

Ziggy Hood 37

Ricky Jean Francois 33

Will Blackmon 24

Cullen Jenkins 21

Anthony Lanier 15

Quinton Dunbar 8

Mason Foster 7

Greg Toler 4

Terence Garvin 3

Martrell Spaight 3

Special Teams:

Houston Bates 24

Deshazor Everett 19

Terence Garvin 18

Martrell Spaight 18

Quinton Dunbar 15

Mason Foster 13

Dustin Hopkins 13

Su’a Cravens 13

Duke Ihenacho 13

Bashaud Breeland 12

Anthony Lanier 12

Mack Brown 11

Kendall Fuller 11

Trent Murphy 9

Will Compton 9

Tress Way 8

Rick Lovato 8

Derek Carrier 8

Maurice Harris 7

Ryan Kerrigan 5

Ziggy Hood 5

Ricky Jean Francois 5

Cullen Jenkins 5

Preston Smith 5

John Sullivan 5

Shawn Lauvao 5

Brandon Scherff 5

Chris Thompson 5

Spencer Long 5

Ty Nsekhe 5

Vinston Painter 5

Jamison Crowder 4

Josh Norman 4

Ryan Grant 4

Greg Toler 3

Pierre Garçon 1

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