February 25, 2021

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.

Week 13: Survivor Pool Best Bets

This week has been a hellish one at work and as result you’ve seen very little from me for Week 13. I won’t have the usual start/sit portion of my Sunday column either. We’ll focus only on Survivor here and should be back on our regular schedule next week.

And for those in the Washington DC Metro area, perhaps you’ll see my hard work change the way you travel down the road for the next few decades. If it doesn’t kill me first.

Check in with Rotoworld’s rankings as a quick guide for this week. If you have questions, just leave a comment or send me a note on Twitter.


It is Week 13 – If you are still around, congratulations. Most pools haven’t lost a lot of members the last couple of weeks, but you are likely still down to less than 10% of those who started. That is an accomplishment unto itself. However, there are no prizes for participation. The goal is to win.

Where can we go this week to survive and advance?

Bye week: None

Survivor Pool – Week 13 selections

Here is what we have for a top 10 from Office Football Pool and Yahoo! as of early Sunday morning:

Office Football Pool

Yahoo! Survival Football





1 Dallas Cowboys 21.70%


San Francisco 49ers


2 Buffalo Bills 15.60%


Buffalo Bills


3 Baltimore Ravens 11.00%


Dallas Cowboys


4 San Francisco 49ers 10.90%


New England Patriots


5 New England Patriots 7.80%


Chicago Bears


6 New York Jets 7.60%


Baltimore Ravens


7 Denver Broncos 6.60%


Green Bay Packers


8 Green Bay Packers 4.80%




9 Chicago Bears 4.80%


Denver Broncos


10 Detroit Lions 3.90%


New York Jets



Who do you have left at this point? If you have a stud team left that few or no other players have left, then use them this week. No sense in saving them. I’ll try to go as deep as I can in my recommendations to ensure we cover all bases.

Here we go for this week:

  1. Green Bay Packers – I doubt many (if any of you) have the left. The Packers offense is clicking on all cylinders and they face a Vikings team that will likely be one dimensional again without Percy Harvin. The Packers are due to get Greg Jennings back which can only help. I give the Packers an 85% chance of winning.
  2. Baltimore Ravens – Yes, the Ravens barely scraped by the Steelers two weeks ago. Yes, this is a divisional game pitting two hated rivals against each other. I have only two words for you – Charlie Batch. I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but he can’t QB an NFL team. I like the Ravens to take this with a chance of winning at 81%.
  3. San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers are a monster team now with Colin Kaepernick leading the offense. The Rams are a solid defensive team, but will likely be stymied by the 49ers stout defense. I give the 49ers a 75% of winning.
  4. Dallas Cowboys – I hate to count on the Cowboys and Jason Garrett for anything (and I’m a Cowboys fan). The Cowboys look to get DeMarco Murray back and should have most of their offensive weapons healthy (save Miles Austin). The Cowboys defense continues to be decimated by injuries. However, I don’t think the Eagles will be able to take advantage of those injuries with Nick Foles at the helm and who knows what at WR. I give the Cowboys a 74% chance of winning
  5. Detroit Lions – The Lions are 4-7; the Colts are 7-4. However, the Colts are a different team on the road. Andrew Luck is still coming into his own and doesn’t yet have a defense to help him along. I give the Lions a 65% chance of winning.
  6. New York Jets – The Jets are playing a Cardinals team that came east early in the season and knocked a lot of players out by beating the New England Patriots.  The Jets defense is superior to the Patriots and the Cardinals now have Ryan Seacrest (or someone named Ryan) at QB. The Jets have a 65% chance of winning.
  7. Chicago Bears – The Bears defense wins this game for them. The Seahawks are a different team on the road. It looks like Matt Forte will play and Jay Cutler is back under center. I give the Bears a 64% chance of winning.
  8. New England Patriots – Something about this Patriots game worries me so I’ve moved them down significantly. The Dolphins always seem to play them well and the Patriots have a defensive team like the Cowboys, but are at least coached well. I give the Pats a 63% chance of winning.
  9. Denver Broncos – The Broncos looked good last week and should be fine on the road in Tampa. However, it’s never a 100% certainty that the good Knowshon Moreno shows up. I give the Broncos a 61% chance to win.
  10. Buffalo Bills – The Bills defense scares me as the Jags have really turned it on offensively. If this turns into a shootout, I could see the Jags taking it. Also, Greg Jones (the Jags FB) is back which should help even a terrible RB like Rashad Jennings. I give the Bills a 59% chance of winning.

Other teams I like: None

As for the avoid list, I would stay away from the Carolina Panthers on the road against Kansas City.  Even prior to the tragedy in Kansas City yesterday, I didn’t feel the Panthers had a enough to go on the road and win. Now, the game is completely unpredictable and I’d stay away. Everyone’s thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.

Just a reminder, if you ever wanted to see what Vegas thinks each team’s “chances of winning” are, use this handy little converter to transform money lines into win percentages. You can also create a spreadsheet if you’d like (or use this one – scroll to the bottom) to do it for fun at home. This percentage chance to win is another quick way to gauge win expectations for each team each week. You can get a variety of money lines here or here.

Chris Garosi is a contributor for District Sports Page. One of his favorite sports memories is witnessing Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter at Memorial Stadium in 1991. Chris has played fantasy sports since the pre-Internet days and participates in any league for any sport to which he’s invited. He even won an XFL fantasy league. Really. You can follow him on Twitter at @chrisgarosi.

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