Redskins vs. Giants: The ups and downs of the win
The biggest ups and downs from Redskins-Giants
It was an uneven performance from the Redskins on Thanksgiving night, but a win's a win. Here are the biggest ups and downs from their 20-10 victory.
The Redskins were very sluggish on offense their first two series, going three and out both time. They couldn’t pick up a third and one on their first series and a false start and a dropped pass derailed the second.
They look like a team that played four days ago, are missing several starters and didn’t hold an actual practice.
Either that or they got into the turkey early and the tryptophan is kicking in.
Josh Doctson made two errors in two plays to kill a drive. First, he went out of bounds a yard short of a first down on a third and 15 reception.
It appeared he could easily have made the first. Then he dropped a short pass that would have converted the fourth and one.
The second-year receiver started off hot against the Saints; today, not so much.
The Giants got the first points on the board. They got the drive started by converting a third and 15 on a 19-yard pass from Eli Manning to Roger Lewis.
The Giants are just about as depleted on offense as the Redskins are and they shouldn’t be able to get those conversions.
Later on they converted a fourth and one with a two-yard run; the Redskins have been unable to convert any short-yardage situations. Fortunately the drive ended in a field goal and the Giants led 3-0.
The Redskins got good field position on their final possession of the half. It got a lot better when a pass interference flag got them a first down at the 11.
A sack stalled the drive, however, and Nick Rose came in and kicked a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
The Redskins again get good field position to start a drive, getting it at midfield after a 14-yard Crowder punt return.
Then Crowder hauled in a Cousins pass for 33 yards to the seven. A sack and a penalty set them back to third and goal at the 15 but Cousins scrambled and fired to Crowder in the end zone. The offense is showing some signs of life but they need to keep the pressure on the Giants.
The Redskins paid for their offensive woes. Cousins was just trying to flip a third and 18 pass to Byron Marshall, who has been on the roster for about a week.
The pass bounced out of Marshall’s hands and into the arms of cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The man they call Jackrabbit spend down the right sideline for 53 yards and the tying touchdown.
The Redskins can’t get out of their own way.
The Redskins lined up to punt on fourth and one at the New York 40.
But apparently Jay Gruden reconsidered and they called timeout and sent the offense back out.
But the play clock expired while they were lining up and they had to punt. This is known as not having your act together.
The Redskins got bailed out of a sack with a holding call and then Perine ran for 11 yards to the Giants 47. Crowder converted a third and six with a 17-yard reception into the red zone.
Two plays later it was Cousins to Josh Doctson for 14 yards for the score.
The receiver ran a nice out pattern in the end zone and Cousins anticipated perfectly and hit the pass over the left shoulder. The conversion restored the Redskins’ seven-point lead with 3:31 left.
The Giants had to go for it on fourth down in at their own 32.
Manning didn’t have a chance as he was sacked almost immediately by Junior Galette.
The Redskins got the ball back with just over two minutes left in the game.