Washington Redskins: Good, Bad, and WTF against the New York Giants
The Washington Redskins completed step one of six to end the season Thursday. They defeated the New York Giants 20-10. However, this game was closer than it should have been. We stated in our weekly keys that the Redskins needed to not play to the level of their competition. They did that, keeping the game close. That is just a minor detail. Here is this week’s Good, Bad, and WTF from the game.
The Washington Redskins have been waiting for a game like this from Crowder. He was the primary receiver for Kirk Cousins on the night. Thus, he finished the night with 7 receptions for 141 yards and 1 TD. Without TE Jordan Reed and RB Chris Thompson, the Redskins will need more play like this from Crowder the rest of the season.
The Redskins defense was outstanding Thursday night. Specifically, on a night in which their offense often struggled and punted the ball away, the defense was on point. Furthermore, Eli Manning was 13-27 for 113 yards, 0 TD, and 1 INT. Additionally, the Giants only ran the ball for a total of 84 yards. The defense of the Washington Redskins held the Giants to a grand total of 170 yards. Overall, it was an outstanding effort from a group that had been down the past couple of weeks.
- Tress Way
On a night in which the Redskins used his leg seven times, Way was at his best. He averaged 40 yards per punt. He flipped the field position multiple times. In addition, if not for a bonehead move by one of his teammates, he may not have had any balls go for a touchback.
- 4th and One Debacle
With 10:14 left in the 4th quarter and the Washington Redskins with momentum, Jay Gruden decides to go for it. However, after changing his mind, he did not have the right personnel on the field costing his team a delay of game penalty and then having to punt.
- The Turf
The playing surface at FedEx Field is putrid. When you QB complains about it, it is time to do something. In fact, the Redskins are under investigation from the NFL regarding the quality of the turf. I know that, since birth, the Washington Redskins have played on grass. However, it is time to switch to field turf. After all, you are a professional organization. Get it right! This not only makes you look good, it also protects your players.
The Washington Redskins did what they needed to do. Above all, this is a six round fight. They won the first round. Round two is next Thursday night at Dallas against the rival Dallas Cowboys. Definitely, a round that, they can win.
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