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Ranking the Redskins' ugliest losses to the Giants since 2000

Ranking the Redskins' ugliest losses to the Giants since 2000

The Redskins' Week 14 game vs. the Giants is not one for the history books. The Redskins entered the game hanging on to faint hopes of the playoffs. By halftime, they trailed New York 34-0. 

The first half saw Mark Sanchez throw a pick-six, Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley rip off a 78-yard touchdown run, and two more passing touchdowns and two field goals, just for good measure.

The Redskins "rallied back" in the second half with Josh Johnson replacing Mark Sanchez, trimming the lead to a respectable 40-16 final score.

If you think this isn't the first time the Redskins have laid an egg vs. the Giants, you're right.

Here's a look at some of the Redskins' worst performances and toughest losses vs. the Giants since 2000.

2016 Season, Week 17 (1/1/17): 19-10 L
The Redskins needed a Week 17 win to have a shot at the playoffs. Instead, Kirk Cousins threw 2 interceptions and the team got minimal offensive output. Rob Kelley led the way with 33 yards rushing on 12 carries.

2014 Season, Week 4 (9/25/14): 45-14 L
In the Redskins' first primetime game with Jay Gruden as head coach, the team allowed undrafted TE Larry Donnell to catch three TD passes in the first half alone. Eli Manning finished with 5 TD passes in the 31-point shellacking.

2012 Season, Week 7 (10/21/12): 27-23 L
Santana Moss hauled in a 30-yard pass from Robert Griffin III to give the Redskins a 23-20 lead with two minutes remaining. Then Eli Manning found Victor Cruz for a 77-yard TD catch that gave the Giants a come-from-behind win.

2008 Season, Week 15 (12/21/08): 45-12 L
The Giants led 24-0 at the half and tacked on 21 second-half points. Jason Campbell finished 15-of-28 for 192 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs before making way to Todd Collins. 

2006 Season, Week 17 (12/30/06): 34-28 L
Tiki Barber lit up the Redskins for 234 yards rushing on 23 carries and three touchdowns, including a 50-yard and a 55-yard score. 

2005 Season, Week 8 (10/30/05): 36-0 L
Mark Brunell finished 11-of-28 for 65 yards and one interception as the Redskins amassed just 125 yards of total offense in the 36-0 loss. Tiki Barber led the Giants with 206 yards rushing, including a 59-yard run. 

2001 Season, Week 4 (10/7/01): 23-9 L
The Redskins finished with 181 yards of total offense and failed to score a touchdown. The Giants didn't do much better, with Dan Campbell collecting the only offensive TD of the game, a 1-yard pass from Kerry Collins. Jason Sehorn sealed the deal with a 34-yard interception return touchdown with three minutes remaining. 

2000 Season, Week 14 (12/3/00): 9-7 L
The Redskins finished with 29 yards on the ground and we're nearly blanked in a touchdown-less loss if not for a five-yard touchdown pass from Jeff George to Irving Fryar. The Redskins entered the game 7-6 with an outside shot at the playoffs. the team would go on to finish 8-8 and missed the playoffs. 


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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to


Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."


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Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available

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Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available

Redskins' defensive lineman Daron Payne will be sporting a new number in his second season, reverting back to No. 94 after playing his rookie season in the Burgundy and Gold at No. 95.

Payne, who had preferred No. 94 through his days in high school as well as while down in Tuscaloosa as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, didn't have the option to choose it after being selected 13th by the Redskins in the 1st Round of the 2018 NFL Draft, as the number was already claimed by then-Redskin Preston Smith, who had chosen it three years earlier.

With Smith off to Green Bay, Payne pounced on the opportunity to shift back to the jersey number that he'd gone with for so long before coming to the nation's capital. 

Payne performed admirably in his inaugural season with Washington, recording 35 solo tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble, while suiting up in all 16 games and receiving praise for his outstanding play from the Pro Football Writers Association as one of the premier up-and-coming interior linemen in the NFL.