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Redskins get first win, capitalize on turnovers to edge Giants 29-27

Redskins get first win, capitalize on turnovers to edge Giants 29-27

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— The Redskins went into the Meadowlands and had a back-and-forth slugfest with the Giants. Many of the problems that have plagued them all year were in full display, including an inability to score from the red zone. But they fought and scrapped and took the lead with a 37-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal with 1:51 left.

A diving interception by Su’a Cravens killed a last Giants drive and the Redskins were able to kill the clock and walk out of MetLife Stadium with a 29-27 win.

The Redskins fell behind 14-3 in the first quarter but they battled back to take a 23-21 lead early in the third.

There was what could have been a costly moment at the end of the first half. The Redskins were down at the New York four with six second left in the half. With no timeouts they had one play to try to get into the end zone. But Cousins was sacked and the clock ran out, leaving an easy three and possibly seven points on the table. But, in the end, it didn’t cost the Redskins.

Josh Norman did match up with Odell Beckham for most of the day, as was widely anticipated. Beckham had his moments, catching 7 passes for 121 yards. But Norman’s team left with the win.

Quinton Dunbar became the first Redskin since 200 to have both a reception and an interception on the same game. He caught a 31-yard pass from Tress Way on a fake punt and he made a leaping interception in the end zone to prevent a Giants score.  

 Injury Updates:

CB Bashaud Breeland left the game with a lower leg injury, his return was questionable. He was later downgraded to out with an ankle injury.

C Kory Lichtensteiger left the game in the first quarter after being poked in the eye. He returned the next series.

S DeAngelo Hall left the game in the second quarter with a right knee sprain. He did not return.

WR DeSean Jackson left to game just before halftime to be evaluated for a left knee or ankle injury. He returned to the game in the second half.

G Shawn Lauvao left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.

C Kory Lichtensteiger left the game in the third quarter with a calf injury and did not return.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter            

Vereen 1 run (Brown kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 28 yards, 1:05

Drive summary: The Giants went three and out on their first series but Quinton Dunbar touched the punt and New York recovered at the Washington 28. From there Shane Vereen ran for 15 and then Manning went to Sterling Shepard for 12 yards to the one. Vereen went right up the middle into the end zone from there and the Redskins’ good start turned bad in a hurry.

Giants 7, Redskins 0 12:18          


Hopkins FG 49

Drive: 7 plays, 29 yards, 2:43

Drive summary: The Redskins got good field position after the kickoff went out of bounds. Chris Thompson ran eight yards for one first down and Cousins went to Pierre Garçon for another. But on third and two Cousins misfired for Jordan Reed and Hopkins came on to boom the long field goal through.

Giants 7, Redskins 3 9:35            


Shepard 23 pass from Manning (Brown kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:25

Drive summary: Shane Vereen got the Giants to midfield with a 14-yard run up the middle. They Manning tossed a short pass to running back Bobby Rainey, who scooted for 24 yards to the Washington 23. Two plays later Sterling Shepard got a step on Dashaun Phillips and Manning lofted it over his head and into Sterling’s hands for the touchdown.

Giants 14, Redskins 3 6:10          


FG Hopkins 33

Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards, 5:45

Drive summary: The Redskins got a couple of third-down conversions, one on a pass from Cousins to Reed and another on a pass to Crowder. In between Cousins hit Pierre Garçon over the middle for a gain of 20. But the drive stalled when a pass from Cousins to Crowder was short and Hopkins came in to kick the field goal.  

Giants 10, Redskins 0 0:25          


Second quarter

FG Hopkins 45

Drive: 7 plays, 9 yards, 3:58

Drive summary: The Redskins got good field position on a spectacular 50-yard punt return by Jamison Crowder. They quickly faced a third down but Cousins fired to Garçon for nine yards to convert. But a couple of penalties pushed them back and Hopkins had to come on to boot another field goal.

Giants 14, Redskins 9 8:34          


Darkwa 2 run (Brown kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:22

Drive summary: The Giants got some penalty help on this drive. First they completed a 15-yard pass to Cruz to convert a third and 13. Then they got some help on a borderline illegal contact call flag on third and 2. After Manning completed a pass to Shepard for 18 yards a roughing the pass call was tacked on, moving the ball to the Washington 17. It took Orleans Darkwa two runs from there to get into the end zone.

Giants 21, Redskins 9 4:12          


Jackson 44 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:32

Drive summary: That was fast. First Cousins launched one to Jackson for 31 yards to the Giants 44. On the next play he went for Jackson in the end zone. The receiver made a grab that withstood a replay review and he got the touchdown.

Giants 21, Redskins 16 3:40       


Third quarter

Crowder 55 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 50 yards, 1:17

Drive summary: The Redskins got another quick score. They got the ball at midfield following a punt. A holding call left them with third and 15. Cousins threw a screen to Crowder, who picked his way through the defense, getting help from guard Trent Williams, who took out two defenders. Crowder went down the sideline, cut to the middle and completed the 55-yard touchdown pass.

Redskins 23, Giants 21 9:45       


FG Brown 29

Drive: 9 plays, 64 yards, 3:16

Drive summary: The Giants answered the Redskins touchdown quickly. Manning threw to Cruz on the right sideline and after Greg Toler missed a tackle he scooted for 37 yards to the Washington 38. Then Darkwa scooted for 13, 9 and six yards down to the 10. The drive stalled there and Brown kicked a field goal to put the Giants back on top.

Giants 24, Redskins 23                 


Fourth quarter

FG Hopkins 25

Drive: 15 plays, 68 yards, 6:32

Drive summary: The Giants answered the Redskins touchdown quickly. Manning threw to Cruz on the right sideline and after Greg Toler missed a tackle he scooted for 37 yards to the Washington 38. Then Darkwa scooted for 13, 9 and six yards down to the 10. The drive stalled there and Brown kicked a field goal to put the Giants back on top.

Redskins 26, Giants 23 14:57     


FG Brown 30

Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 3:07

Drive summary: The Giants got going with a couple of passes to Beckham, good for 14 and 12 yards. Then Manning went to Vereen for a gain of 16 down to the 20. But Manning to Beckham was short of the line to gain on third down and the Giants retook the lead with a Brown field goal.

Giants 27, Redskins 26 7:53       


FG Hopkins 37

Drive: 10 plays, 56 yards, 6:02

Drive summary: A roughing the passer penalty gave them a first down at their own 36 and then Matt Jones ran for 6, 3, and 10 yards for a first down in Giants territory. The Jones powered for another first down by getting 12 yards to the 24. On third and three at the 17 Jones was stuffed for a loss and Hopkins came in and gave the Redskins the lead.

Redskins 29, Giants 27, 1:51      

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Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price


Martavis Bryant could make sense for the Redskins, at the right price

A 2017 midseason trade for Martavis Bryant made no sense for the Redskins. A 2018 offseason trade for Martavis Bryant, however, might make sense for the Redskins. 

Bryant is on the trade block, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and will be an intriguing prospect for receiver-needy teams across the NFL. In parts of three seasons with the Steelers, Bryant has 17 touchdowns and a 15.2 yards-per-reception average. 

A big play threat from any place on the field, Bryant would immediately make the Redskins receiving unit more athletic and explosive. 

It's not all good news with Bryant, though.

He was suspended for the entire 2016 season after repeated drug violations and caused some distraction for Pittsburgh during the 2017 season when he asked for a trade via social media. 


Is the talent enough to overcome the off-field distractions? Many would say it is. 

Last year, in just eight starts, Bryant grabbed 50 catches for more than 600 yards and three TDs. In their lone playoff loss to the Jaguars, Bryant caught two passes for 78 yards and a TD. 

Remember, too, the Steelers have an explosive offense, and Bryant is coupled with Antonio Brown on the receiver front along with Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback and Le'Veon Bell at running back. The Pittsburgh offense is loaded. 

Washington's offense is not nearly the prolific unit that the Steelers send out, but Jay Gruden does design a good offense. 

The real question surrounding any talk of trading for Bryant is the cost.

The Redskins are not in a position to send away any more draft picks this offseason after giving up a third-round pick, in addition to Kendall Fuller, to acquire Alex Smith. Bruce Allen and the Redskins front office need to improve their team in plenty of spots, and the team's draft picks are quite valuable. 

Bryant only has one year remaining on his rookie deal, and it's hard to balance that sort of short-term investment with the value of adding a rookie committed to the team for at least four years. Perhaps a late-round pick would make sense, but it would need to be a sixth-rounder. 

This could be one of those rare situations in the NFL where a player for player swap could work, though pulling that type of maneuver requires a lot of moving parts. 

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

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