Dec 14, 2014, 7:26 PM EDT
Five observations on Giants 24, Redskins 13
—No matter how you slice it, the Robert Griffin III non-touchdown run just before the half was a game changer. Instead of being up 17-7 the Redskns’ lead was 10-7. Instead of the Giants kicking off from the 35 to start the second half, they kicked off 30 yards closer, emboldening them to try the onside kick. That set up a field goal and completed the 10-point swing. A struggling team like the Redskins just can’t overcome a swing like that.
—I also was big because it was a flash of the old Griffin, the rookie of the year who would dash around defenders like they were standing still. It’s likely that the vintage 2012 Griffin (and, yes, I realize that words like “old” and “vintage” should not refer to comparisons of the play of a 24-year-old from two years ago) would have dashed into the end zone without having to dive and risk losing control of the ball. And that is the dilemma the team faces.
—There may or may not be a quarterback controversy after today. Colt McCoy only lasted about a dozen snaps before aggravating the neck injury he suffered against the Rams a week ago. It’s hard to see the Redskins going through another week of getting McCoy ready to play and then having him go out again on the first hard hit. We will know more tomorrow after McCoy is examined further and Jay Gruden gets a look at the film.
—Trent Williams went out with a shoulder strain in the fourth quarter and three of the seven sacks that the Redskins gave up came after that. We will know more about his condition tomorrow. But if he can’t go you have to wonder how well a line with Tom Compton at left tackle and Tyler Polumbus at right tackle can protect whoever they line up at quarterback. You also have to wonder how much money the Redskins will be willing to commit to Williams, whose contract is up after the this 2015 season. He has missed a game this year and his play has been hampered by injuries for a good chunk of the season. A good left tackle is worth a lot but the Redskins need to consider the injury issues before committing big money over a long term to Williams.
—The Redskins’ normal defensive game plan is to stop the run and make the other team one dimensional. They succeeded in doing that against the Giants. New York had just 19 yards rushing through three quarters and ended up with 49 on the ground, averaging 2.2 yards per carry. But the one dimension that the Giants were reduced to, Eli Manning throwing to Odell Beckham Jr., was plenty for them to win. Not only did Beckham catch 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns, he also drew 40 yards worth of pass interference penalties on cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
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