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5 reasons the Redskins are happy to see Odell Beckham leave the NFC East

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5 reasons the Redskins are happy to see Odell Beckham leave the NFC East

The Giants traded Odell Beckham Tuesday night, and with it, a major talent got moved out of the NFC East. That's good news for the Redskins.

Why? Plenty of reasons, but let's dig in to the five biggest.

1. Beckham has torched Washington. In six career games against the 'Skins, Beckham has 48 catches for 665 yards and five touchdowns, including one of the most memorable TD grabs ever in FedEx Field history.

2. Trading a player on a high dollar contract also brings plenty of salary cap problems. Even though he won't be playing for the Giants anymore, Beckham will count more than $16 million this season against the salary cap. So not only will New York not have the talented wideout on the field, but he will cost them opportunities at signing other players, too. 

3. Right or wrong, Beckham added an absurd amount of drama to the Redskins-Giants rivalry. Jay Gruden's team doesn't need the distraction of a dude like this twice a year. 

4. The Giants got a good haul back for Beckham, but even if they draft the right quarterback, he probably won't help New York win games this year. An extra first-round and third-round pick along with Jabril Peppers will help the G-Men on their road to a rebuild, but will that help more than Beckham? Elite talent is hard to get. It seems like the Giants are embracing a rebuild and the need for a new QB, and as Redskins fans know, finding a franchise passer isn't an easy task. 

5. In the last week, the Giants lost their best offensive player (Beckham) and their two best defensive players (Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins). Beckham and Vernon were moved via trade. Does any of this make sense? Not really. Maybe the Giants have a long-term approach taking shape, but the team still has Eli Manning at QB. It's good for the Redskins when the Giants are bad, and based on the last week, maybe that will continue. 

Bonus reason: The Giants have been one of the most stable franchises in the NFL for a long time. But their Beckham saga always seemed weird. Why sign him last year to a five-year, $90 million contract just to trade him a year later? It doesn't make sense, and hints towards a possible power struggle in the Big Apple. That hasn't been the norm for the Giants, but might be welcomed by 'Skins fans. 


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In a massive move, Giants trade Odell Beckham to Browns

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In a massive move, Giants trade Odell Beckham to Browns

Just when the biggest move of the off-season seemed like it would be the trade of Antonio Brown, the Giants decided to up the ante. 

New York traded wide receiver Odell Beckham to the Cleveland Browns for a package of draft picks and safety Jabrill Peppers.

The Giants just agreed to a new contract with Beckham last off-season, but now his dollars and talent will head to Cleveland. 

For each team this trade signifies a new turn for their franchise. 

The Browns, with Baker Mayfield at quarterback and a lot of young talent, could be a team on the upswing. 

The Giants, with the aging Eli Manning and loads of questions on both sides of the ball, might be informally announcing their plans to rebuild. 

Beckham has absurd talent on the field but has never been drama free off it. There was a weirdly leaked social media video and an odd interview about Eli Manning where Lil Wayne was prominently involved. And that was just in the last year. 

New York looks poised to build around second year RB Saquon Barkley, which might be a sound strategy. 

For a Redskins angle reacting to the move, know that this means Washington will no longer have to face Beckham twice a season. 


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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.