1) The Redskins defense can dominate
Sure, the Giants had a beat-up offensive line that was in worse shape after guard Geoff Schwartz left the game. But the Redskins weren’t playing with a full deck on defense either. Eli Manning barely completed half of his passes and the Redskins picked off three of his throws and sacked him three times. A lot of his bad throws were due to pressure, which mostly came from a four-man rush.
2) It’s time to give Kirk Cousins his due
He’s not a star by any means but he is a quarterback you can win with. The Redskins have had three “must-win” games at FedEx Field. He won the offensive player of the week honors in the first two against the Bucs and Saints and today he threw for 302 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers.
3) Jordan Reed is the MVP of the offense
Well, if it’s not Cousins, anyway. The tight end made eight receptions for 98 yards. The biggest play of the game came in the late going while the Redskins were desperately trying to hold on to the ball to run out the clock. On third and five, Cousins found Reed open in the middle of the field and hit him for 20 yards and a huge first down.
4) Quinton Dunbar is a cornerback
I think we can stop referring to him as a converted receiver now. The Giants were inside the 10 early in the second half with a chance to make a game of it. Manning threw for Ruben Randle in the back of the end zone but Dunbar made a diving interception in the end zone to end the threat.
5) There can be meaningful football in Washington in December
The Redskins take on the Cowboys at FedEx Field on Monday, December 7 and Washington will try to either keep pace with the Giants or take a one-game lead in the division, depending on the outcome of the Sunday Giants-Jets game. After two straight Decembers that were memorable for nothing but off-field drama played out on a national stage it will be good to have the focus between the white lines.