Washington Redskins: Good, Bad, and WTF against the New York Giants

When the Washington Redskins approached the season finale in New York, they did so looking to finish .500. This would have been the first time since 199-2001 that the team had a .500 or better record for 3 seasons in a row. Unfortunately, that streak will have to start over as they fell to the New York Giants in a brutal game. Here is the Good, the Bad, and the WTF from the game.

The Good

  1. Jamison Crowder on Special Teams

This was probably his best return game of the season. Crowder was decisive and explosive when fielding punts. In fact, his punt return at the end of the first half gave the Washington Redskins a chance at scoring a FG to close it out.

Unfortunately, there was not much else that was good on this day.

The Bad

  1. Defense

On a day in which the offense had its struggles, the defense needed to step up. This did not happen. They gave up 381 total yards to a Giants offense that had struggled for most of the season. While the defense showed improvement on the season, this day they were not at their best.

  1. Kirk Cousins

In what might have been his last game in a Washington Redskins uniform, Cousins was awful. He struggled in the cold and wind to find his wide receivers all day. Thus finishing the day 20-37 for 158 yards 0 TDs, and 3 INTs. He did account for the only Redskins TD. A 12-yard run off the read-option.

  1. Dustin Hopkins

While he did have a 49-yard kick to end the first half, Hopkins was ineffective the rest of the afternoon. He missed a makeable 47 yarder that could have quite possibly changed the course of the game in the third quarter. Additionally, this may be a position that the Washington Redskins need to discuss this offseason.


  1. Running the ball on 4th and 1

Has Jay Gruden not heard of the QB Sneak? It is much more productive on a short yardage play then giving the running back the ball 5 yards deep. This allows the defense the opportunity to penetrate. Whereas a sneak gives the offense all the advantage. Hence, this needs to be a play that they use more.

So, the Washington Redskins will have some questions to address in the offseason. In fact, the biggest is reaching a long-term deal with their franchise QB. Something that may be unreachable but needs a valiant effort.

How do you feel about the game on Sunday? Leave a comment below.

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