Friday, December 23, 2011

Redskins Game Recap vs. Giants 2.0

(Any day Rex Grossman isn't the worst QB is a good day)
"The 'Skins tend to win every four years or so at Giants stadium" Andy Polian of ESPN 980's The Sports Reporters said while talking about last week's game. That's why he picked them to win. Me, I was less confident. The Redskins hadn't swept the Giants since 1999. They, haven't won at Giants stadium since 2007 (remember that crazy Todd Collins wind game?). Obviously that means that the 'Skins have never won in the new Giants/Jets stadium. The opening Rex Grossman flea flicker interception didn't give me any signs of confidence. But then something happened.......

The Giants began to stink it up. It was the Giants that dropped passes, made stupid mistakes and cost themselves points right and left. Meanwhile, the Redskins did enough to take advantage of those mistakes to score and win the game. The Redskins were able to convert 3rd downs and move the ball. It's amazing how bad the Giants can play and how good this team can play at times.

Anyway, the win moved the Redskins back from #4 to #7 in the draft and I know some fans are having a serious meltdown while we speak. That said, man did it feel good beating the Giants and sweeping an NFC East opponent. I don't care what you think about it. This win felt good. Let's do some The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good
Kyle Shanahan- I almost wish Fred Davis and Trent Williams had been suspended earlier in the season because Shanahan has finally decided to open up the playbook and try to do something with what he has. He has two young and pretty decent running backs, so he runs the ball....... This sets up the play action passes and helps with reverses and whatever else the 'Skins are doing. Finally, I'm happy with the game plan.

Jabar Gaffney (6 catches, 85 yards)- A very quiet, but very effective season for Mr. Gaffney.

London Fletcher (12 tackles, 1 FF)- Top free agent priority is to re-sign Fletcher. Is he like a fine wine and gets better with age?

OJ Atogwe, D. Hall and Josh Wilson- 3 INTs. They didn't drop passes, they made plays. That's all I ask.

O-line- Only gave up 1 sack to a Giants defense that usually eats up the offense. They opened up enough holes to grind the ball and set up a few scores. Major kudos to Willie Smith for containing Jason Pierre-Paul, who really kicked the crap out of Trent Williams at times in week 1.

Roy Helu and Evan Royster- Pounded the crap out of the Giants D. It wasn't pretty and they didn't put up great numbers, but they kept the ball away from Eli Manning and the Giants O. Most importantly it kept the Redskins from having to throw the ball (Grossman only threw 24 passes).

Graham Gano- A rare game where he made all of his FGs (3), all of his XPs (2) and didn't kick the ball out of bounds. Worth putting in a good because he didn't screw up I suppose.

Brian Orakpo- Finally, his first career sack on Manning. He needed this.

Darrel Young- 1st career TD and what a run it was.

The Bad
Trent Williams- No excuses for the #4 overall pick in 2010. If Willie Smith can contain Jason Pierre-Paul, then you should be able to do so as well.

-Can't really think of everybody else. Grossman was decent beyond the two INTs.

The Ugly
- I joked to my wife after the Grossman 2 INTs that he met his mandatory quota of 2 TOs a game. Now he can't start throwing well and throw some TDs. I know, this is a joke but I'm starting to wonder if I'm right about this.....

- 3rd down conversions 8/15 (53%). When have the Redskins topped 50% all year?

- 'Skins just outplayed the Giants at every level. What else is there to say?

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