EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The Redskins had a strong week of practice ahead of their season finale against the Giants.
Unfortunately, the hard work did not show, as the Redskins laid an egg in the season finale against the Giants for the second straight season.
Here are my observations from the Redskins 18-10 loss to the Giants.
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—The Redskins got off to an awful start. First, Orleans Darkwa took advantage of a nickel defensive alignment and popped through the middle for 75 yards and a touchdown. Then on the Redskins third play from scrimmage, Kelvin Shepard picked off Kirk Cousins’ pass and returned it into the red zone at the 19. Two plays later it was 12-0. The only good thing was that the Giants failed to convert either point after.
—Preston Smith now has two more interceptions this year than does Josh Norman. Smith got his second of the season off of Eli Manning, setting the Redskins up in the red zone. Two plays later it was Cousins running the read option to perfection, keeping the ball and scooting 12 yards for the touchdown. The PAT made it 12-7 midway through the first quarter.
—The Redskins defense is playing as poorly as it has all year considering the opposition. They got zero pop from the takeaway and quick score. The Giants, playing without any starting-caliber linemen or receivers, rolled down to a first and goal at the six. The D did hold there but a field goal pushed New York’s lead up to 15-7.
—The Redskins squandered good field position after a punt that gave them possession on their own 42. They converted a third down for the first time today but they soon were in first and 30 due to a clipping penalty on Tyler Catalina, in at left tackle for an injured Ty Nsekhe, and a delay of game flag. They have 103 net yards of offense midway through the second quarter.
Waaay too much time for Eli through with that patchwork offensive line.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 31, 2017
—That tweet came after a Manning incompletion where he had all day to survey the field and nearly got it to RB Wayne Gallman down the sideline. The Giants picked up the first down later on a penalty and then converted another third down on a pass but Manning was under pressure and threw incomplete on another third down.
Ryan Kerrigans sack gives him 12 on the season. The second highest total of his career. Playing in a week 17 game despite injury. Need more guys like him. #Redskins— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 31, 2017
—For one of the few times all year, the Redskins got some points on the board near the end of the second quarter. It took Jamison Crowder following his blocks for a 29-yard punt return to the New York 31 with four seconds left. Dustin Hopkins came into the game immediately and snuck a 49-yard field goal just inside the left upright. That make it a one-score game at 15-10 at the half.
— Cousins with a strange interception. He went down field for Grant. The receiver jumped for the ball but it was only about a foot off the ground. The defender scooped it up for the pick. There was no damage as the Giants went three and out. If the Redskins manage to win this it will certainly be an ugly one.
If this is Kirk's last game w the Redskins, it's ugly pic.twitter.com/NQ2hLRJV5a— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 31, 2017
How bad are the #Redskins special teams? The Giants’ punt returner went to his knees to field a decent punt and still got a 17-yard return.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 31, 2017
—The Redskins had 66 yards of offense in the third quarter. They had the ball four times and got into New York territory just once.
another near pick by #Redskins...that one nearly by Norman. Breeland has near pick as do Fuller, Everett, and Vigil.— Kevin Sheehan (@kevins980) December 31, 2017
—That was a good chance for Norman deep in New York territory. He holds at no interceptions on the season.
—Cousins’ third interception of the game seals this one up. The Redskins will not have that third non-losing season in a row.
They wanted to make sure the fans have zero positivity this offseason. But one bad game doesn’t erase the strides they’ve made over the past three seasons. No matter how small those strides are.— Trey Gregory (@Trey_Gregory) December 31, 2017
They look like a college football team in a meaningless bowl game. And coached like one. Nothing professional about this team today. #HTTR— Kristopher Beck (@kriswbeck) December 31, 2017