Giants coach Tom Coughlin was not very impressed with his team’s effort against the Redskins during his team’s 20-14 loss at FedEx Field on Sunday. One player thinks that it may have been because the team was not very impressed with its opponent.
“I just didn’t think we played well, or we ‘slept-walked,’ whatever the word is,” said Coughlin. “We just didn’t function very well early on.”
The Redskins certainly were the aggressors in the game. They were a bit quicker to the ball and they hit harder. They caught New York off guard by quickly going to the line after getting the ball on a punt. Before the Giants secondary could react, DeSean Jackson had gotten behind the them and he hauled in a 63-yard bomb from Kirk Cousins to give the Redskins a lead they would never relinquish.
The Giants were coming off of their bye week and could have taken command of the NFC East with a win. There was no reason for them to come out and lay an egg.
Well, unless they decided to take their opponents lightly. New York wide receiver Dwayne Harris thinks that they did.
"I think we were ready to play but we probably took this team a little bit for granted because ... I don't know," Harris said. "I don't know everyone else's mindset but we came out slow. I think everyone was ready to play but we came out too slow."
The Giants had beaten the Redskins five times in a row and in six of their last seven meetings so perhaps there were good reasons for them to think they could throw their blue helmets out on the field on Sunday and walk out with a win. Of course, that proved not to be the case.
Perhaps Harris figured out early that the Redskins were not a good team to take for granted. On the Giants’ second possession Eli Manning threw toward Harris on the right sideline. The ball slipped through the hands of cornerback Will Blackmon and the receiver had a bead on the tipped ball. But safety Kyshoen Jarrett drilled Harris in the back, the ball popped up in the air, and on his second opportunity Blackmon got the interception.
Harris was down on the field for a few moments and needed some assistance to get to the sideline.
Harris ended the game with two receptions for 28 yards, returned one kickoff for 19 yards and averaged 3.5 yards on four punt returns. Assuming he is still around in New York next year, Harris is unlikely to take the Redskins lightly again.