Giants at Redskins: Giant Thanks!

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Nov 23, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) and Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) celebrate with teammates while holding turkey legs while being interviewed by NBC Sports' Michelle Tafoya after their game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Well Redskins fans, we’re back on the winning side of things. Though it wasn’t the best performance across the board, the Redskins found their way to victory and that’s a good thing. It’s the NFL, so wins can’t all be pretty. We’re happy to take a Redskins win whichever way it comes. HAIL to the Redskins!

The Washington Redskins entered this week 12 matchup as the 10-point favorite, which ended up being the margin of victory. Our Washington Redskins in the sloppiest manner possible defeated the NY Giants. Both of these NFC East teams almost completely abandoned the run game from their offenses. Add the subpar running and what do you have?  A 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarter paint drying competition. In spite of all that, we fans couldn’t miss one play. Giant thanks!

Cousins threw for 242 yards on 19 of 31, with 1 interception that lead to a Giants touchdown. Not an ideal day for a QB, but enough to win. Cousins’ lack of confidence in certain receivers shows in his decision making. On the interception, I understand RB Byron Marshall is a new member of the Redskins offense, but Cousins overthrew him. This is a fixable mistake. Time and chemistry will fix this. There were plays Cousins held on to the ball way too long. The run game gave a long missed energy boost to the offense and the defense, who found rest down the stretch.

Rookie Samaje Perine had a career day rushing for 100 yards on 24 carries, in addition to 30 yards of receiving. He’s the first Redskins RB to have back-to-back 100 yard games since Alfred Morris in weeks 12-14 of the 2012 season. Jamison Crowder also showed up to play, finishing with a career high 141 yards. Crowder once again proved his value as a starting WR. There’s so much to love about the way this young man plays the position. He makes small and subtle moves to get open for his QB. He has the ability to see the ball into his hands for the completion. The offensive line didn’t have the best showing, allowing 6 sacks with plenty of hits and hurries on Cousins. It’s not all their fault, but it’s a Mash Unit at this point of the season with all the injuries. To find a way to win, in spite of all the mixing and matching going on with the O-line, giant thanks!

The Redskins defense played inspired football. The Giants offense could only muster 3 points. LB Ryan Kerrigan sacked Eli Manning twice and created at least two holding penalties on whoever the Giants decided to match up against him. It was total domination. Kerrigan wasn’t the only Redskins D-lineman doing the sack dance. LB’s Junior Galette and Anthony Lanier each had 1 sack to bring the total to 4 Redskins sacks for the contest. The secondary for the Washington Redskins smothered the Giants WR’s into frustration. The Giants receivers also had a few costly drops at crucial points, but it was the defensive effort in all four quarters, provided by the Redskins secondary, that stole the show. Redskins CB Kendall Fuller sealed the Redskins victory with his team-leading 4th interception. Since being drafted, Fuller had a rough first season, but he’s grown with each game. You can rely on Fuller to make the most of every opportunity.

This Redskins defense held the Giants to 86 yards passing on 13 of 27 attempts and 84 yards of rushing on 24 attempts. That’s a solid performance. They only allowed the Giants a combined total of 170 yards. That’s playing with confidence. Giants QB Eli Manning didn’t have time to do anything. The Redskins defense played as if they knew the Giants game plan. Hats off to defensive coordinator Greg Manusky for preparing his defense to perform well on a short week. Giant thanks!

Head Coach Jay Gruden didn’t have the best effort in this week 12 NFC East matchup. I’m still confused about the timeout, followed by a delay of game penalty. Coach Gruden found a way in the end to lead his team to a victory. If the Redskins were playing not so less of an opponent, things would have gotten hairy. The Redskins won and at the end of the day that’s why we Redskins fans give them a giant thanks.

Special teams has been solid throughout this 2017 campaign, outside of the missed field goal and extra point kicks. Kickoff and punt coverage has been good. These guys need to be taught how to keep themselves and the ball in the field of play on punts, but that’s a small thing. Nick Rose has come in and given the Redskins and their fans a confidence we haven’t had since the London game last season. Rose has proven that no moment is too big or small, giving the same effort and concentration on long and short-range kicks. This is professionalism at its best. Tress Way has picked up his punting, placing the ball inside the 10-yard line or better. All in all, this was a gutsy performance by the Redskins.  For that, we fans give the team a giant thanks. HAIL to the Redskins!

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