October 20, 2019

Washington Redskins Week 12 Preview: vs. New York Giants

The Washington Redskins look to grab a share of the NFC East lead Sunday in a key divisional matchup vs. the New York Giants. The Redskins were thoroughly embarrassed in a 44-16 blowout at Carolina, while the Giants are coming off a bye week, Washington’s third opponent this year on two weeks’ rest.

The Giants, at 5-5, have a game lead on the abysmal NFC East, and beat the Redskins quite convincingly earlier this year, 32-21. The Giants have been Washington’s bugaboo the last few seasons, winning five straight meetings, all in pretty convincing fashion. The last game played at FedEx Field between these two teams ended in a 45-17 blowout, helped along by four interceptions thrown by Kirk Cousins. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 3 Preview: at New York Giants

The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants head into their Thursday night showdown in slightly different situations. The Redskins are riding high after a dominating 24-10 performance against the St. Louis Rams, while the Giants already find themselves in a 0-2 hole fighting for relevance in the NFC East. Both are seeking to take advantage of a very vulnerable NFC East division, with Philadelphia struggling at 0-2 and Dallas, at 2-0, missing its two best offensive players in Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

The Redskins came out like a bat out of hell in the first half of the Rams game last week, compiling a 17-0 first half lead led by the powerful running of Matt Jones and Alfred Morris, along with the consistent play of Kirk Cousins. The hometown boys cruised to a 24-10 win. Most Redskins fans agree that it may have been the most complete first half, and perhaps game, they had seen in quite some time. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Game 12 Review: Redskins Eye First Place after 17-16 Win Over Giants

Robert Griffin III completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and broke Cam Newton’s rushing record for rookie quarterbacks in the Washington Redskins’ (6-6) 17-16 win over the New York Giants (7-5) at FedEx Field Sunday night. Ironically enough, however, the Redskins’ standout play of the evening began with a fumble by none other than Griffin himself.

Trailing 3-0 with just over four minutes left in the first quarter, Griffin scrambled down the left side as the ball popped out of his hands, but Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan caught it just in time to take it 13 yards for a touchdown. The fumble return marked Morgan’s first touchdown as a Redskin.

Just four weeks ago, Mike Shanahan stated that the Redskins were playing to see who would be on the team for years to come – as if to declare the season a bust. Now, after beating the New York Giants, the Redskins are staring up at first place in the NFC East from just a game back with a 3-1 record against their division.

More importantly, they looked like a team hungry for the playoffs.

Griffin relied heavily on Pierre Garcon who, despite missing six of the first nine games of the season with a toe injury, played with resilience and helped keep the Redskins within a drive of regaining the lead. By day’s end, Garcon managed a touchdown over eight receptions for 106 yards.

With just under 10 minutes left in the half, Eli Manning led the Giants downfield with the aid of a 30-yard toss to Victor Cruz who tallied 104 yards over five receptions. The 85-yard drive over 13 plays and nearly seven and a half minutes allowed the Giants to take a 10-7 lead, but it wasn’t long before Kai Forbath allowed the Redskins to tie with a 33-yard field goal.

Unfortunately for the Redskins, the play happened in too little time and allowed the Giants to strike again with a fiel goal of their own in just over 40 seconds to send the rivals to their respective locker rooms tied 10-10 at the half.

The Redskins’ defense showed signs of life in the third quarter, holding the Giants to just 31 yards on their first drive. On the Redskins’ next possession, Griffin nearly scrambled to the end zone, but the Giants’ Stevie Brown took advantage of Griffin’s untucked jersey and pulled him down in the red zone.

On the next play, Chase Blackburn forced Alfred Morris to fumble and the Giants recovered the ball as confusion broke out on the field. Giants’ defensive tackle Linval Joseph dove for Will Montgomery’s leg. Montgomery responded by kicking Joseph and Joseph threatened to stomp at Montgomery and the madness resulted in offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties.

On the next drive, Lawrence Tynes and the G-men struck again, this time with a 35-yard field goal to give New York a 16-10 lead.

But, Morris pulled through at the end of the quarter in time to bring the Redskins to the Giants’ 41-yard line to start the fourth. On second and 7 from the Giants’ 22, Griffin tossed to Leonard Hankerson for 14 yards and, in front of a roaring crowd of both Redskins and Giants fans, Griffin found Garcon for an eight-yard touchdown. With Forbath’s extra point, the Redskins took a 17-16 lead.

The Redskins will look to carry the momentum from Sunday’s matchup next week as they take on the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at FedEx.

Washington Redskins Game 7 Review: Injuries, Turnovers Frustrate Redskins in 27-23 Loss to Giants

Despite Robert Griffin III’s fourth-quarter heroics and a stellar performance by Alfred Morris, early injuries and a cluster of ugly turnovers cost the Washington Redskins (3-4) their opportunity to notch a win against the New York Giants (5-2) Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Sunday’s match-up marked the first NFC East Division game for the Burgundy and Gold this year – and boy, was it a wild one.

Griffin held his own against the defending Super Bowl Champions, completing 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He added another 89 yards over nine carries but the Redskins failed to capitalize on his top-notch performance in the second half.

From the very first play, it was clear that Sunday’s match-up would be one marred by injuries. On kickoff coverage, Redskins safety DeJon Gomes suffered a blow to the chest on a hit by Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich. Gomes was evaluated but later returned to the game.

Unfortunately for the Redskins, Gomes’s injury was only the beginning.

After a false start penalty on Giants offensive tackle Sean Locklear forced New York to punt, strong runs by Alfred Morris and a catch-and-carry by Logan Paulsen helped put Washington in the red zone. On second and 2 at the Giants’ second-yard line, tight end Fred Davis went down with an injury to his left Achilles tendon – an injury that could keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season. Entering into Sunday’s match-up against the Giants, Davis represented the Redskins’ number one receiver with 23 catches for 312 yards.

Afterwards, Griffin failed to complete a pass on third and 2, and the Redskins settled for the field goal to take a 3-0 lead.

The Giants answered on their next drive. After Eli Manning found Martellus Bennett for a 31-yard pass, tosses to Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw helped set up a quick pass to Andre Brown to put the Giants up 7-3. On the play, Reed Doughty found himself at the bottom of the touchdown pile and left the field with an apparent injury to his left leg.

But, as was evidenced throughout Sunday’s rollercoaster performance – what the Redskins’ defense giveth, Griffin and company often taketh away.

After Griffin lobbed one to Leonard Hankerson for 23 yards, Morris, Darrel Young, and Griffin himself scrambled to bring the Redskins to the Giants’ 26-yard line.  On a picture-perfect screen pass made possible by grade-A defense from Paulsen, Griffin tossed to Santana Moss for a 26-yard touchdown and the Redskins regained the lead, 10-7.

It would be a game of field goals for the remainder of the second quarter, however, as the Giants’ Lawrence Tynes centered a 27-yarder to tie it 10-10. Just over two minutes later, Kai Forbath responded with a 47-yarder to give the Redskins a 13-10 lead, but with only seconds remaining in the first half, Tynes responded again with a 39-yarder to tie it once more, 13-13.

Heading into the second half, the Redskins looked for a way to slow the Giants’ running game and better their performance on third downs.

The Redskins successfully shut down the Giants defense at the start of the third quarter and, at first and 10 from the Giants’ 28-yard line, Washington looked ready to strike first in the second half. However, as Morris ran the ball another 15 yards, offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus managed a costly leg whip penalty. On the next play, from the Giants’ 41-yard line, Morris fumbled the ball and the Giants’ Michael Boley scooped it up to regain possession.

The Giants brought the ball to the Redskins’ 26-yard line but, Manning threw an uncharacteristically off-balance pass intended for Victor Cruz which was intercepted by Josh Wilson.

In almost the same amount of time in which the Redskins managed a rally opportunity, they practically handed the ball back to the Giants as Griffing poorly timed a pass to a wide-open Paulsen and, instead, threw straight to the Giants’ Brown. This time, the Giants scored on the drive off a short toss to Bradshaw to make it 20-13 Giants.

Then – to put it simply – things got crazy.

Jason Pierre-Paul raced through the Redskins’ offensive line for a huge sack on Griffin which cost the Redskins 12 yards. Mike Shanahan then made the gutsy call to go for it on fourth and 2 from midfield and Griffin passed to Hankerson for nine yards. Another sack – this time by Osi Umenyiora – forced the Redskins to go for it again, on fourth and 1 from the Giants’ 30-yard line, and Griffin carried the ball himself just enough for a first down. However, the Redskins’ seemingly heroic comeback was short-lived as Griffin fumbled the ball, which the Giants picked up at their own 29-yard line.

But, it didn’t end there. Yet again, Eli Manning nearly gift-wrapped an opportunity for the Redskins who were in dire need of a rally with just over seven minutes left to play.

On the very first play following Griffin’s fumble, Manning’s pass intended for Nicks found its way right into the arms of the Redskins’ Rob Jackson. However, Alfred Morris and Niles Paul proved no match for the Giants’ defense on the drive and the Redskins wisely opted for the field goal on fourth and 5 to trim the Giants’ lead to 20-16.

After the Redskins forced the Giants to punt on their next drive,Griffinfound Santana Moss for a 30-yard touchdown pass to stun the Giants and regain the lead, 23-20.

Eli Manning, however, won the battle of the quarterbacks Sunday afternoon by rocketing a 77-yard touchdown pass to Cruz with just over 90 seconds left in the game, to put New York on top 27-23.

At first and 10 from the Redskins’ 32 with the game on the line, Moss managed to fumble the ball, and the Giants’ rookie Jayron Hosley recovered it to cap off a 27-23 win for the G-men.

 

 

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