October 19, 2019

Washington Redskins Game 4 Review: Turnovers kill in blowout loss to Giants

The Washington Redskins were dominated in every phase of play on national television Thursday night, convincingly falling to the division-rival New York Giants 45-14.

Kirk Cousins, who looked so good last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, looked that bad against New York, completing 19 of 33 for 257 yards, a staggering four interceptions — including three in a span of five attempts — and a fumble.

Third-string tight end Logan Paulsen, subbing for Niles Paul after Paul left the game with concussion symptoms after a violent collision, also fumbled, setting up a Giants’ score.

Giants tight end Larry Donnell caught three short touchdown passes from Eli Manning, who went 28 of 39 for 300 yards and four touchdowns. Manning also ran for a score.

After forcing the Giants to punt on their first series, then getting pinned on their own 2-yard line, the Redskins picked up a couple of first downs and seemed to have something going. But Mathias Kiwanuka sacked Cousins and stripped him, setting the G-Men up at the Redskins 32.

Six plays later the rout was on, as Manning found Donnell in the corner of the end zone for a 5-yard soring toss.

The Giants made it 14-0 just 39 seconds into the second quarter, as Manning hooked up with Donnell again, this time from six yards out, after a 6-play, 75 yard drive highlighted by Manning’s 39-yard completion to Victor Cruz (6 catches, 108 yards).

To make matters worse, Clifton Geathers committed an unsportsmanlike penalty on the extra point, allowing the Giants to kick off from the 50 — and the expected resulting touchback.

But the Redskins halved the lead, going 80 yards in 10 plays, ending with Cousins’ 18-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts.

But the defense was no match for Manning and company, as the Giants simply walked back down the field and Donnell hauled in his third TD catch of the night, this one from the 6.

Paul was injured on the next drive. After gathering a 28-yard reception (confirmed on review), Qunitin Demps collided with the tight end helmet-to-helmet, apparently knocking Paul out and forcing him to be helped from the field after several minutes of attention by the Redskins medical staff.

Two plays later, Cousins tossed to Paulsen for five yards, but the primarily blocking end fumbled, the Giants recovered on their own 18, and went the length of the field to score again, this time on a Jeff Brown 29-yard field goal, to lead 24-7 at intermission.

The Redskins started the second half on a high note, taking the opening possession of the third quarter all the way to the end zone. cutting the deficit to 10 on Alfred Morris’ 20-yard touchdown rumble.

It all went downhill from there.

The next two Washington possessions ended in Cousins interceptions, the second of which turned into Manning’s 2-yard touchdown toss to backup tight end Daniel Fells.

After a punt, the following possession again ended with a pick, and the Giants went 22 yards for another score, Manning’s 1-yard scramble for a TD to make it 38-14.

New York tacked on one more touchdown early in the fourth quarter, as yet another interception was transformed into Giants points as Andre Williams pounded it in from the 1.

REDSKINS NOTES:

  • Washington was outgained 449-329, including 154-86 on the ground.
  • The Redskins were penalized 11 times for 88 yards.
  • Morris had 63 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
  • Roy Helu was the leading receiver with five catches for 78 yards. Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson combined for three catches for 37 yards.
  • Adding injury to insult, LT Trent Williams left the game with a knee sprain and is expected to have an MRI Friday morning.
  • Brian Orakpo had one tackle and no sacks. Keenan Robinson was the only Redskins to be credited with a sack.
About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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