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Redskins Giants Second Quarter

Nov 30, 2008, 3:38 PM EDT

14:50—Again, throwing short of the first down marker on third down. This time it was incomplete but it wouldn’t have mattered as it was a good three yards shy of the line to make. That’s a situation where you might as well go deep since if it’s picked it’s as good as a punt. Better, probably, since Plackemeier has now put two into the end zone from around midfield.

14:02—Look up “picking them apart” in the NFL glossary and you’ll see a picture of Eli vs. the Redskins today. He has all day to throw, still, and he’s zipping the ball on target almost every throw. Sometimes the defenders are nearby, sometimes they’re not because the receivers have worked their way open since Manning has so much time.

12:26—The good news is the Giants can’t run the ball, so they’re having to settle for field goals when things go awry in the passing game.

FG Carney 42
Giants 13, Redskins 0

12:01—It’s time for Zorn to break out a little imagination here. I’m not necessarily talking about a triple reverse or anything, but they have to be more aggressive. If the Giants score again before the Redskins do, it’s over.

8:43—With Betts now in after Portis got slammed down on screen pass, the Skins are on the move to the Giant 29.

Moving into the end zone, in fact.

Thomas 29 run (Suisham kick)
Giants 13, Redskins 7

Excellent fake on the reverse and a great effort by Devin Thomas to get into the end zone. That’s what a little imagination will get for you!

4:10—A huge play by DeAngelo Hall, getting an interception on a third and six play in Redskins territory. The Redskin stay alive.

3:11—And they have even more life after a 20-yard pass to Sellers, featuring a hurdle by #45. Portis is back in, by the way.

2:37—Things were going well until a third-down drop by Thrash—on a ball actually thrown past the first-down marker—and then Plackemeier boots it into the end zone again. Good opportunity lost, but field position was gained.

1:00—The Giants are now finding some running room with Derrick Ward getting most of the yardage. The Skins need to keep them out of the end zone on this drive, which has them with a second and 10 on the Washington 46.

0:26—The Redskins hold on fourth and one, pending a review of the play. I’m not sure how they could change the call, but I didn’t think that the previous review had any merit, either and it was reversed in favor of the Giants.

A great drive to get the Skins into field goal position at the end of the half. We’ll see if it’s in his range.

0:04—No, Suisham was wide right from 42 yards. That is going to prove to be huge. Still, after the way the game started out, I’ll take the halftime score.

End of first half
Giants 13, Redskins 7

  1. allen - Nov 30, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    The Redskins are just not able to do enough things right in any given sequence of downs – offensive, defensive, or special teams. They drop big passes, they have a penalty on the 1st good punt of Placks career with the Skins, they miss a field goal that a kicker has to make in the NFL. They will be lucky to finish the season with a 500 record.

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