Dec 15, 2014, 6:19 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 15, five days before the Washington Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles.
Three and out—Unacceptable football
1. It was hard to see the Redskins winning this game going in but they had a chance for a long time. I don’t know if they would have had a better chance if Colt McCoy had gone the distance at quarterback. He was on a roll on that first drive and perhaps he would have kept it going. In reality, though, that isn’t the way things are going for the 2014 Redskins. They play well in spurts, usually short spurts, and then it’s back to having the game dictated to them.
2. Robert Griffin III wasn’t bad in relief. But the reality is that the Redskins scored just 10 points in over three quarters of play with him under center. That won’t win you many games. But he wasn’t as bad as he was against the Bucs and 49ers so his performance was considered a positive. In the words of Pierre Garcon, this is where we’ve come?
3. With the loss, Washington is now two games behind the Giants for third place in the NFC East with two to play. The Giants have now swept the Redskins so Washington has clinched last place in the division. That will be the sixth time in the last seven years that they have finished in the NFC East basement. A year ago when Bruce Allen announced that Mike Shanahan was being fired he said that such performance was “unacceptable”. Wonder what he has to say about it now.
Out: I didn’t like the very unaggressive play calling at the end of the game. Yes, the Redskins were trailing by 11 in the last two minutes so they were in miracle territory. But miracle finishes happen all the time in the NFL and Jay Gruden kept Griffin in the pocket, not his strength at this point. There were no screen passes called to combat the Giants’ pass rush against a shuffled Washington offensive line. If Gruden was going to do that he might as well call four kneel downs, there would have been less of a chance of someone getting hurt. And after Odell Beckham Jr. committed his only gaffe of the game by fumbling a late punt, they didn’t go for a touchdown from Giants territory. It had the look of a team that has given up.
—Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden news conference 3:00
—Days until: Eagles @ Redskins 5; Cowboys @ Redskins 13; 2015 NFL Draft 137
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