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GameBlog–Fourth Quarter

Oct 30, 2005, 5:17 PM EST

Fourth Quarter

Misdirection: The Redskins haven’t run a single play to try to make the Giants pay for being aggressive. Maybe something has to work for you to base the misdirection off of and nothing has worked for the Redskins all day. Regardless, at some point when the game is still somewhat in doubt it might have helped.

Triple play: Three drops today for Robert Royal, the last of which apparently cost the Redskins a touchdown. Feel free to hold on to one, Robert. It pretty well sums up the Redskins’ day.

Way off: I’ve certainly been wrong in my predictions before and I’m sure that I will be again. But rarely have I been so wrong, my call being a 31-14 Redskins win. I did expect the Giants offense to move the ball some and I even said that Tiki Barber might pop a long one or two. Of course, I didn’t expect both of them to be in the first quarter before the Redskins had so much as a first down. Eli Manning played pretty well, but he wasn’t the reason the Giants won so convincingly.

The unit that I wrongly gave no credit to was the Giants defense. The Washington offense could get nothing going at all. When the game was anywhere near in doubt, the Redskins did not take a snap past their own 42 and they mustered just 10 yards rushing. That’s being owned.

Make no mistake about it, this was a case of good defense, not necessarily bad offense. I don’t think that Pierce or Hasselbeck tipped them off or anything, this was just a case of the Washington offense being physically beaten on the line and in the defensive backfield. When Brunell did have time to throw, which wasn’t often, he had nobody to throw to. I severely underestimated that unit.

Did I miss on the Mara factor? Perhaps, but it’s hard to believe that an owner’s death is worth 36 points.

Regroup: The good thing is that the Skins are still just a game out of first place near the midway point of the season. We’ve seen that there is not necessarily any positive carryover from week to week. Perhaps there won’t be any negative carryover from this game to next Sunday night.

History? I’m sure that someone will come up with this for sure, but I would have to doubt that any NFL team has ever scored 50 points in one game only to be shut out the next.

  1. Muccman - Oct 30, 2005 at 9:57 PM

    That was disgusting. Halfway through the game I found myself wondering where the 2004 redskins had come from, but then as the game went on I realized that the team out on the field playing the giants was much worse than the 2004 redskins. I don’t see how we’ll get anywhere this year with a performance like that under our belt. What disturbs me the most is that even though our offense hasn’t always shown up in some games, we could always rely on our defense. I’ve sure lost a faith in that unit today though. Wow.

  2. Rich Tandler - Oct 30, 2005 at 10:22 PM

    You are right about one thing, muccman. The ’04 Skins never looked this bad. Certainly a new low for Gibbs II.

    Not that they’ll necessarily beat the Eagles (I certainly won’t be predicting a big win), but they’ll recover. They’re pros, they’ll learn from it, put it behind them and move on. And although Philly did rally to get back into it today, their bottom line is that they have a four-touchdown loss to recover from.

  3. Joe - Oct 31, 2005 at 11:25 AM

    I have to think that Brunnel isn’t right. You never saw him drop back, plant his foot and fire like he did in previous weeks. He looked like the 2004 version of Mark Brunnel: tentative, weak and injured. I wonder if that calf is a bigger deal than we’re being told.

    That said, Mark wasn’t the one fumbling the ball and missing tackles so it ain’t all his fault either.

    If there’s a silver lining, it’s that this only counts as one loss. We don’t have to wait to see where the BCS computers rank us on Monday. Hopefully, they’ll eat their humble pie and then move on.

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