RG3 fumble nets TD; NYG lead Skins 16-10 after 3


RG3 fumble nets TD; NYG lead Skins 16-10 after 3

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Eli Manning's 4-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett and three field goals by Lawrence Tynes helped the New York Giants take a 16-10 lead into the fourth quarter Monday night against the Washington Redskins, whose only TD came when Robert Griffin III's fumble was grabbed on the fly and run into the end zone by receiver Joshua Morgan.

Another fumble by the Redskins - this one by Alfred Morris, midway through the third quarter - was recovered by the Giants and set off a melee, before leading to one of Tynes' kicks.

That was the only scoring in that period, after a flurry of points late in the second quarter.

Manning's TD toss put New York ahead 10-7 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted nearly 7 1/2 minutes and included conversions on third-and-10, second-and-16 and second-and-20.

Washington responded with Kai Forbath's 33-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. But Tynes' second field goal of the game, a 40-yarder as time expired after a 28-yard pass from Manning to Bennett, put New York back in front 13-10 at halftime.

It was part of a strong, if low-scoring, showing for New York's offense against Washington's struggling defense: The reigning Super Bowl champions compiled a big edge in time of possession (28:55 to 16:05) and 379-274 advantage in total yards through three quarters.

With a 7-yard gain on the next-to-last play of that quarter, Griffin reached 707 yards rushing for the season, breaking Cam Newton's NFL record for a rookie quarterback of 706, set last season.

Midway through the third quarter, on third-and-1 from the Washington 39, Griffin took off for only his second run of the game and gained 46 yards before getting dragged down by the shirttail by safety Stevie Brown at the New York 15.

On the next play, Morris fumbled when hit by Chase Blackburn, setting off a scramble to recover the ball near the sideline. With penalty flags flying, Keith Rivers recovered the ball and the Giants took over at their 9.

Meanwhile, in the scrum, Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph yanked at Redskins center Will Montgomery's leg. Montgomery kicked at Linval in response, and Linval stomped at Montgomery. Joseph and a Redskins player were whistled for offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties.

The ensuing Giants possession included Manning's 49-yard pass to Victor Cruz, but New York once again settled for a field-goal attempt. Tynes made a 35-yard kick to put New York ahead 16-10 with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

Tynes missed a 43-yard attempt wide left early in the second quarter.

With the Redskins trailing 3-0 after Tynes' 39-yard kick on the Giants' opening possession, the hosts went ahead by going 80 yards on only four plays - including a wacky one for the score.

On second-and-2 from the New York 28, Heisman Trophy winner Griffin ran to his left - his only rush of the first half - and was being tackled by Brown after what would have been a 12-yard gain. But as Griffin fell with his back to the ground, the football popped out, and went right to Morgan 3 yards farther upfield.

Morgan raced 13 yards and broke through two would-be tacklers at the goal line for the TD with a little under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter. After being reviewed, the original call of a score stood.

It's the second time this season a fumble by the man known as RG3 was picked up and taken into the end zone by a Redskins receiver. Pierre Garcon did it in a victory over Tampa Bay on Sept. 30.

Monday's first quarter also included a 19-yard gain by Redskins running back Alfred Morris, making him only the second Washington rookie to top 1,000 yards rushing. Reggie Brooks did it 1993.

Giants safety Tyler Sash left in the first half with a hamstring injury and eventually was ruled out for the game. Offensive tackle Will Beatty hurt his shoulder in the third quarter and his return was listed as probable.

The Giants entered the game in first place in the division with a 7-4 record and coming off a turnaround 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

The Redskins came in 5-6, but with a two-game winning streak that made them believe their once-disastrous season could eventually result in a playoff berth.

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Trent Williams, who were limited in practice by injuries Friday and Saturday, both started Monday night. The 37-year-old Fletcher extended his consecutive games streak to 236 - every game in his 15-year NFL career.


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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


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We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington


We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”