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Redskins vs. Giants scoring summary

Redskins vs. Giants scoring summary

Win and in situation for the Washington Redskins and the team has laid an egg in the first half. 

Literally, because that is their score after the first two quarters. 

Already locked into the No. 5 seed, the Giants are continuing to play with their regualr starters and have taken advantage of a weak Washington front.

This game marks the first time all season that the Redskins have been held scoreless in a half.

Scoring summary:

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Thompson 7 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 6:40

Drive summary: The Giants got good field position at the Redskins punt and moved in for the first score of the game. On third and three at the Redskins 41 Paul Perkins ran for four. On the next play he broke loose for 22 into the red zone at the 15. On third and three from the eight, Eli Manning threw to Sterling Shepard, who made a one-handed grab for a first down at the four. An intentional grounding penalty set up third and goal from the 14 Manning’s pass to Will Tye came up short of the goal line and Robbie Gould came in to boot the field goal.

Giants 3, Redskins 0 2:12

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Second quarter

Jennings 2 run (Gould kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 5:40

Drive summary: The Giants got another scoring drive going with a couple of passes from Manning to Odell Beckham. The first one was for 15 yards, the second on gained 12, converting a third and four. On third and two from the 33, Manning fired over the middle to Sterling Shepard for 14 yards to the 19. Two plays, Manning went to Beckham and the completion and a roughing penalty on Josh Norman set up first and goal at the four. Two plays later Rashad Jennings went up the middle for two yards and the touchdown.

Giants 10, Redskins 0 9:20

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Third quarter               

FG Hopkins 32

Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 2:11

Drive summary: The Redskins finally got on the board. It got started with a Cousins pass to Vernon Davis, who tapped his toes inbounds for a gain on 31 yards to the New York 16. But the drive fizzled and Hopkins came in to kick the field goal.

Giants 10, Redskins 3 0:25

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Fourth quarter

Reed 1 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 5:14

Drive summary: The Redskins got moving to get the game tied up after a nice Cousins pass to Crowder converted a third and six at the Washington 28. Two Rob Kelley runs got another first down at midfield and then passes to Harris and Davis got a first down in the red zone at the 17. A holding penalty pushed them back and on third and 17 Cousins three a quick bubble screen to Garçon. He picked and fought his way through the defense for a first down at the two. After a roughness penalty, Cousins threw a quick pass to Reed for one yard and the touchdowns.

Redskins 10, Giants 10 8:13

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

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As money skyrockets, don't expect Kirk Cousins to give discounts on open market

Kirk Cousins repeatedly said his free agent decision will not be just about money. Be clear, however, that money will be a huge factor in this decision. 

After the Redskins traded with Kansas City to acquire Alex Smith before the Super Bowl, it became obvious Washington will move on from Cousins. Whether that means the quarterback simply walks away in free agency or the organization attempts a highly risky tag-and-trade scenario, regardless, Cousins will throw footballs for another franchise in 2018.

Cousins wants to choose where he will play via free agency, and might even file a grievance if the Redskins do deploy a third franchise tag to control his rights.

Assuming Cousins hits free agency, a new report out of New York suggests the Jets will pay "whatever it takes" to land the passer. That could even include a fully guaranteed contract, and will certainly get close to a $30 million a year price tag. 

A notion exists too that Cousins might take less to go to a winner, and many think that could be the Broncos. Denver won five games in 2017, same as the Jets, though the Broncos have a strong defense and have been getting particularly awful QB play. 

The important thing to remember for curious Redskins fans watching the Cousins saga unfold: Don't expect much, if any, discount. 

The quarterback himself made that clear. 

"There’s other quarterbacks that come after you and it would be almost a selfish move to hurt future quarterbacks who get in a position to have a contract," Cousins said last year on 106.7 the Fan.

The quotes came after the 2016 season but before the Redskins again used a franchise tag with Cousins for the 2017 season. Washington wanted to attempt a long-term deal with Cousins at that point, though the quarterback decided to not negotiate and instead play on the tag.

The point remains that Cousins, and his representatives, believe the quarterback has a duty to other players to maximize his earnings. 

"If you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well. So there’s different reasons. You just do the best you can."

If he hits free agency, Cousins will likely sign the richest contract in NFL history. Those opportunities don't come around often, and the quarterback should take full advantage. 

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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Need to Know: Could Ty Nsekhe be the Redskins' answer at left guard?

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

Monday musings

—One possible solution to the left guard spot is perhaps being overlooked. Ty Nsekhe played there some last year, starting the game in Dallas and playing there until Morgan Moses got injured, forcing him to move to right tackle. Nsekhe is slated to be a restricted free agent but his return is likely. In December I asked Jay Gruden if Nsekhe might move to guard in 2018. “I think Ty is a big man and a very good tackle, but in the offseason when we have more time, maybe we can feature him at some guard when we’ve got all our guys back,” he said. “Feature him some” doesn’t mean that they will make him a starter; perhaps they want him to be the top option to fill in at four of the five OL positions. But it’s something to keep an eye on if they don’t land a left guard solution in free agency or the draft.

—When I posted about Albert Breer’s report that Kirk Cousins would file a grievance if the Redskins put the franchise tag on him in an effort to trade him, I pulled up a copy of the CBA to see the language on which Cousins could base his case. I read through the Article 10, which deals with the franchise tag twice and I saw nothing of it. But Mike Florio found it in Article 4, the one that deals with player contracts. “A Club extending a Required Tender must, for so long as that Tender is extended, have a good faith intention to employ the player receiving the Tender at the Tender compensation level during the upcoming season.” Since the Redskins clearly have no intention of employing Cousins after the Alex Smith trade, this seems to be a fairly simple case. In reality, it never is.

—I tweeted this last week:

However, possible cap casualties from other teams are not included in that group. That won’t turn the pool of players who will become available to sign into a bunch of potential franchise changers. Still, there could be a number of players in whom the Redskins could be interested in like RB DeMarco Murray, WRs Emmanuel Sanders and Torrey Smith, edge rusher Elvis Dumervil, and DL Brandon Mebane. A plus to signing players who have been waived is that they don’t count in the formula that determines compensatory draft picks. The Redskins have never really paid attention to that in the past but with potential high comp picks at stake if they lose both Kirk Cousins and Bashaud Breeland, this could be a good year to start.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 10
—NFL Draft (4/26) 66
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 202

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