EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Here are five things we learned during the Redskins’ 29-27 win over the Giants.
1. This is a scrappy bunch. They fell behind, lost players to injuries, and made enough mistakes to lose a couple of games. But they managed to hang in there and all of a sudden with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter they were in the lead. And instead of finding a way to lose when they took a third-quarter lead like they did last week against the Cowboys they found a way to win.
2. Quinton Dunbar needs to play more. Dunbar had not taken a defensive snap in the first two games before injuries forced him into this one. He became the first Redskins player to both catch and intercept a pass in the same game since Champ Bailey did it in 2006. He caught a Tress Way pass for 31 yards on a fake punt that set up a Redskins field goal. Later on he made a spectacular one handed interception at the goal line to keep the Giants from scoring at least a field goal, maybe a touchdown. The converted wide receiver showed his ball skills on both plays.
3. And they need to find more snaps for Su’a Cravens as well. He sealed the win with a—I hate to repeat the adjective I used for Dunbar but there is no other way to put it—spectacular, diving interception to seal the game for the Redskins. He makes plays.
4. Eatting time with the run game. The Redskins have a running game they can use in crunch time. After Josh Brown kicked a field goal with 7:59 to play to put the Giants on top 27-26, Matt Jones carried seven times for 36 yards to let the Redskins put it under the 2:00 warning before Dustin Hopkins booted what proved to be the game-winning field goal.
5. Hopkins is a heck of a kicker. If you are going to have issues getting the ball into the end zone you might as well have a reliable kicker. They called on him five times today to get three points on the board and there was never a doubt about any of them. I mean, you’d like to give him an easy game here and there but he’s getting it done.