After the Redskins signed QB Andre Woodson from the Giants, there was speculation that this was done purely to gain insight into the Giants audibles and offensive plays, but after watching yesterday’s game, it’s clear that was of no help to the Redskins.
The Redskins defence did their job at the beginning of the game by keeping the Giants out of the end zone. The Giants’ first possession was kept to a field goal, and their second possession going for 4th and goal is stopped. The Redskins’ offense, however, started out well with RB Clinton Portis running for 34 yards on his first carry, but then crumbled. I would like to put the blame on QB Jason Campbell as most would, but when you look at the comparison stats to the Giants, this was clearly not the case. In the first half, Jason Campbell threw an interception and had the ball stripped from him. With only seconds left in the first half at 4th and goal, the Redskins were down 17-0. The field goal team came out, ball was snapped and it appeared that K Shaun Suisham kicked the ball, but what actually happened was P Hunter Smith kept them ball, faked a snap to Suisham and ran the ball in for a TD. 17-7 Giants.
The next scoring attempt by the Redskins in the second half was an interception by CB DeAngelo Hall (which was tipped by S LaRon Landry) who ran the ball to the 11 yard line, but the Skins had to settle for a field goal. 17-10 Giants.
The Redskins D again hold the Giants twice more and the Giants complete 2 field goals increasing their lead to 23-10. This is when the offense finally shows some light. Passes are completed, 1st downs are made and with only a minute and a half remaining in the game, QB Jason Campbell throws to TE Chris Cooley in the end zone for a TD. 23-17 Giants. The Skins attempt an onside kick, which was a good one, but was caught by the Giants.
The following are the game stats. Jason Campbell actually had a higher completion percentage than Eli Manning, RB Clinton Portis averaged more yardage than Brandon Jacobs and WR Antwaan Randle El caught for more yards. So what happened? The Redskins end zone curse and the turnovers. If you can’t get the ball into the end zone, all the yards in the world will not help win games.
A. Randle El
The Redskins take on the St Louis Rams on Sunday, September 20th at 1PM, which will be attended and covered by yours truly. This will be my second Redskins home game and look forward to every single minute of it.
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.