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Need to Know: Redskins’ home record a good omen

Nov 28, 2015, 5:02 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 28, one day before the Redskins host the New York Giants.

Five numbers to know for Redskins vs. Giants

—The Redskins are 4-1 at home, tied for their second-best record through five home games since 1990. In that time they started 5-0 at home once, in 1991 which was their last Super Bowl season. They have started 4-1 at home five times prior to this year, making the playoffs in three of those seasons (1990, 1992, 2005). Looking ahead, they have made the playoffs all three seasons they have gone 5-1 or better in their first six home games.

—The Redskins are 1-2 since their bye. Since 2008 they have won more than two games after their by just once, in 2012. That includes two seasons, 2011 and 2013, when they had 12 games after the bye.

—After have a few solid third quarters in a row, the Redskins reverted to their early season form right after halftime against the Panthers. They were outscored 10-0 with both of Carolina’s scores coming after Redskins turnovers. For the year they have given up 48 points off of turnovers in the third quarter. By contrast, the Giants have given up just 23 points off of turnovers all year.

—The Giants have led at the two-minute warning on four of their five losses this season. In three of their losses the winning touchdown came with under 10 seconds left to play.

—The most rushing yards a Giants player has gained in a game this season is 63 by Rashad Jennings in Week 6 against the Eagles. The Redskins have allowed five individual running backs to go over 100 yards against them this season.


Today’s schedule: Walkthrough at Redskins Park; no media availability

Days until: Giants @ Redskins 1; Monday night Cowboys @ Redskins 9; Redskins @ Bears 15

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  1. hk2000 - Nov 28, 2015 at 6:01 AM

    Aside from the home record, everything else is pointing to a loss- including things not mentioned here like the mounting injuries ( I still don’t understand how Culliver tore ACL and MCL by jumping up- I mean they do this, what a hundred times a day?)

    • colmac69 - Nov 28, 2015 at 7:31 AM

      Would say he prob landed awkwardly and damage occurred then…..maybe it was same leg he injured couple months ago and wasn’t fully healed up…..think it was other knee he tore up in 2013 with 49ers

      Sometimes in sports a bad inj occurs even though actually event which led to inj looks pretty minor…happens in football quite a bit

      Like other injs they just nd to get on with it….with injs giants have as well we won’t have better opportunity to bt them…

      Dec 3 2012 was last victory vs giants…17-16 at home….we actually bt them twice in 2011 and that was their superbowl yr so we shouldn’t fear them

    • John - Nov 28, 2015 at 7:41 AM

      His other knee was the bad one earlier on this year. Could be having favored it, the other one went.

      Could also be like when Tim Hightower’s knee went out. No contact while running and pop.

    • brucefan1 - Nov 28, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Funny how the same thing can be seen in different ways; you say only their home record give us some hope for a Redskin win, and I say only the Giants recent dominance over the the Skins might make me dread a Redskin loss. But both are ephemeral things that don’t necessarily carry over from game to game, so fans can’t bank on them; we can only hope we get the one we want.

      Both teams have lots of injuries which have been huge story lines for them all season long. The Giant O-line (for one area) has been decimated, as has the Redskins’ D-backfield (although to me Culliver has been a non-factor all season long — even when he played — so I for one won’t really miss him). Neither team should use injuries as an excuse this weekend.

      Otherwise the teams are pretty much even imho. They both have some things that can do well and some things they stink at. Football 101 says that he team that exploits those weakness the best will come out on top.

  2. JOHNNY B - Nov 28, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Even though I think Cousins is better than the last time we played the Giants I think that he is going to have a hard time. The first time we played the Giants their starting cbs and JPP was out now they are back. This might be too much to ask but if Gruden can actually coach this team right this game get the run game going and the defense playing good we might have a chance. If we go in like last week unprepared then our season will be over.

    • John - Nov 28, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Its not a matter of Gruden coaching them up. Its a matter of the players being professional. In other words on defense, don’t just hit the guy, wrap and drop the guy.

      On offense, in the running game, if your assigned to block a certain guy, block him. If your running the ball, use your eyes and put your foot in the ground and be decisive. Run as the play is designed unless its blown up.

      The coaches can draw it up, they can emphasize technique, they can walk the plays through in practice but on game days, the players have to perform.

      The coach can put the blame on himself but if you have the right matchups and players screw up, its on the players. This was the problem at Carolina.

      • brucefan1 - Nov 28, 2015 at 3:42 PM

        Both teams have been wildly inconsistent — both within games (especially the Giants) and from game-to-game (like the the Skins). So it’s just a matter of which team shows up to play with the proper intensity on Sunday — which I think is something a good coaching staff CAN do, in conjunction with their team leaders. Not with a rah-rah speech, but by instilling confidence with good, spirited, effective practice & preparation.

        (And I’m glad you mentioned Carolina, because as I kinda rethinking last weeks beating.I think the Panthers are really proving to be a MUCH better team than many of us (I?) thought they were — perhaps even than THEY thought they were?!)

      • JOHNNY B - Nov 28, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        When I said Gruden coaching right means play calling. The right plays for the right circumstance. Like not always running on first and a bunch of other bad calls. When a team has a great pass rush and not having at least 2 dump off routes. When a team has stopped your run game mix up your passing game with some deep routes. When a team is dominant against your o-line bring in a extra blocker. He has done these things in some games not most.

        • John - Nov 28, 2015 at 6:31 PM

          Go to Hoffman’s blog on where he and Cooley break down the plays. You’ll see where the routes go and what’s supposed to be done and what the players screw up. Carrier on the first 3 runs blocked the wrong guy. Long, Leribus and Scbreff all screwed up together at times. These are all plays where the skins have it right presnap and don’t execute. They know what to do and then?

  3. colorofmyskinz - Nov 28, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Very tough game ahead of us here. We have a chance if our team wants to be winners. It all depends on how bad they want it. Do they want to allow the Snyder-Curse and culture to live on, or do they want to instill a new culture? Tomorrow they decide. They have all the talent in the world to reverse this 15 year trend. It is up to them!

    • hail74 - Nov 28, 2015 at 10:23 AM

      Agreed. Now is the chance to see who belongs and who doesn’t. I want players that are able to block the guy in front of him. Guys that are able to tackle the guy in front of him. If you can’t accomplish those two very basic fundamentals of the game then you just don’t belong. Players shouldn’t need a “coach ’em up” speech going into this game. A ” do your job” speech, yes but if they can’t bring their own energy to this game, that’s on them.

  4. skinsgame - Nov 28, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    In terms of wins, I didn’t expect much this year. What I had hoped to see was a trend in each part of the game that would be indicative of a developing team. And by the end of the year I had hoped that we’d see the team be consistent at whatever those improved facets were.

    To this point, pass blocking is noticbly improved and special teams is improved, generally, due to Hopkins. Pass protection is nothing to rest your hat on as an offensive unit but, it’s a start and should lead to improved QB play. The improved kicking on special teams is a nice surprise and, knock on wood, we’ve not seen the special teams be a liability lately. Again, small but a start. I can’t think of anything on defense that the team is doing better. The tackling is actually getting worse as the season goes, the pass rush is worse, the run defense is worse, etc…

    Injuries have been an issue this year, to be sure, but the defense got the lions share of the attention from the GM and, to now, it’s falling completely flat and actually getting worse as the season goes along. As far as omens go, that could be a downright frightening omen.

    • bangkokben - Nov 28, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      From the four letter:

      For the sixth time this season, the Redskins have been forced to answer questions about losing a key starter after corner Chris Culliver injured his knee in practice Thursday.

      Culliver tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee during practice Thursday and was placed on injured reserve Friday. He joins other starters whose seasons ended prematurely: tight end Niles Paul, linebacker Junior Galette, safety Duke Ihenacho, guard Shawn Lauvao and center Kory Lichtensteiger (though he can return for the playoffs).

      Then there is the tweet that Rich had recently referencing a site that has the Redskins missing the most time from starters this year – just ahead of NYG. So, yeah, the injuries have had an impact. That’s two years in a row that the defense has had significantly been impacted by injuries. That’s also two years in a row that after two games in the season we think that our defense could actually be a strength. Then the injuries come and the chorus for firing the coordinator begins. The scheme sucks, the coach should’ve never been hired, yada, yada, yada. Btw, Festivus doesn’t officially start until Monday – unless the Redskins win and then it will be postponed to until each of the following Mondays based on the same condition.

      • skinsgame - Nov 28, 2015 at 1:17 PM

        I’m not starting a chorus for firing the DC. I’m saying that, the area that received the most attention in the offseason is sorely underperforming and looks to be getting worse and, if we’re looking at harbingers, that’s not a good one. Scot looks to have whiffed on 2 of the 3 DL he brought in and they aren’t injured. Whiffed is a little overstated considering the contractual values but, Ricky Jean and Paea are not performing and Knighton isn’t making a name here either. Culliver getting hurt doesn’t help but, he’d been playing awfully as well of late. I don’t blame the coach, yet. Tackling is an individual player issue. Kerrigan signed the All-Pro contract Scot gave him and disappeared.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Nov 28, 2015 at 4:04 PM

          “Tackling is an individual player issue.”

          Sure it is except when you have more unable to make tackles on a consistent basis than are able to. It’s really is understandable to some degree with new wimpier NFL rules that reduce tackling in practice and even wimpier DCs that stop working on it almost completely in practice. However, the fact is that the Redskins as a team are a poor tacking group. Not ONE guy or a few. It’s at a epidemic in that regard. So that is when you stop suggesting it’s an individual player issue and realize it’s a coaching issue.

          Just like you I haven’t suggested firing anyone since the season started. However, just as you witness once you start to suggest a coaching flaw the whack jobs and their responses come out implying more about the comment there is actually there.

        • bangkokben - Nov 28, 2015 at 4:09 PM

          Skins, I’m not referring to you. There’s Hong Kong and Bernie Sanders and the other jokers who never liked the hiring of Gruden who want change because it’s worked so well in the past – for other teams – irregardless that few players talents transcend systems. Sean Taylor could’ve played either safety in any system. Adam Archulleta could only play one kind in one system. Pierre Garcon’s talents are better utilized in a Shanahan system; Roddy White’s are not. You’d think that Jordan Reed could play tight end for any coach but even if that is true, certain coaches and schemes are going to maximize his talents. Who’s to know if that isn’t this current coach? Jimmy Graham a similar player but perhaps more talented – at least more accomplished – is not being maximized by Darrell Bevel’s system. A coach that certain posters think we should’ve hired irregardless to his SUPER Bowl gaffe. Bottom line: change is going to bring change – not necessarily all good. Just ask RG3.

          As for the D’s additions, most were brought in with SHORT term affordable contracts – hired guns. Of the three linemen you mention, Ricky Jean is the only one who has met or exceeded expectations. He was brought in as a rotational guy; the other two as starters. Pot Roast is a two down player that hasn’t dominated since week 3 or 4 and has steadily become less and less effective. Paea lost his starting job to Baker who has excelled but has played fine in the rotation. Hatcher has his moments but is clearly at the end. Scot will address this in the offseason, for sure.

      • John - Nov 28, 2015 at 2:10 PM

        The coach is doing fine. Injuries are a part of the game. Your gonna have a year like this every so often. Would you prefer to be in Dallas without Bryant and Romo?

        What I don’t get is where all these folks think we should win every game with less talent? Example: They have some good receivers but nobody that the other teams must account for every game. The defend lacks ballhawks and a stud pass rusher. They need about 5 really good players.

        The only reason the team is in the hunt at present is because the rest of the division is underperforming. Were Romo healthy, things would be much different. Had the Giants not blown a couple games early on, this game would not have any meaning.

        Better days are on the horizon. We now have a

        • hk2000 - Nov 28, 2015 at 2:41 PM

          Yeah but we’re having ‘a year like this’ every year! Come on man! The coaches are doing fine? Really? I don’t really need to point out specific examples, we see it all the time: A team or a unit thereof is struggling mightily, and a coaching change is made, all of a sudden, it’s like totally different players. Even in other fields of life we see this: Ever had a teacher who, no matter how hard he tried, you just didn’t get it, then another teacher comes in and everything is explained so clearly? I’ve experienced that myself- Coaching is so underrated, especially be the fans!!

        • bangkokben - Nov 28, 2015 at 4:18 PM

          “Would you prefer to be in Dallas without Bryant and Romo?”

          You mean not have RG3 or Jackson for most of the year? Check. Don’t buy into the Romo hype. With him, they were given the game by both the Giants and Eagles and then beat a struggling Dolphin team. If you’ve built your team with all your eggs around a volatile prima donna receiver and 35-year-old QB with multiple broken collar bones and twice broken backs, you should be prepared for the worse case scenario. Had they both been healthy the team would likely be 5-5 heading to Thanksgiving which is better than where they are now but now where near the BS that is projected.

          True. The Redskins are less talented than most of the teams they’re playing – especially when injured. Had Gallette and Paul been healthy all year, I suspect that they’d be even if not ahead of some teams though.

          As for being in the hunt, you got to (try to) take advantage when the chips fall your way. House money, let it ride!

    • brucefan1 - Nov 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      “In terms of wins, I didn’t expect much this year”

      Neither did I, but now that they are so close to grabbing a playoff spot – with little but a mediocre Giants team standing in their way — I’m raising my expectations a notch (a big notch!).

      Am I setting myself up for a major disappointment? Maybe. But for me it’s better to have hoped for a playoff spot and been disappointment than to have never hoped at all! ;^}

      “defense got the lions share of the attention from the GM”

      Even though the final chapter of this season is yet to be written, there is little doubt that the analyses of Scot’s initial acquisitions will be a very hot topic in the off-season.

  5. bangkokben - Nov 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    So the Giants could easily be 9-1 had they the know how to finish games. Even the first game against the Redskins, they tried as hard as they could to give us that game. Up 25 to 6 in the 4th quarter, the Redskins drive the length of the field only for Matt Jones to fumble through the endzone with 9:47 left. Skins get the ball back and through a series of events have to go for it on 4th and 14 from their own 22. Amukamura gets called on an obvious PI against Garcon. After gaining one yard in three passes, Cousins hits Thompson for 10 on 4th and 9. Skins finish drive with TD and two point conversion 25-14 with 3:40 left. After failing to recover a perfect onside kick attempt the Giants score on 3-10 on a 41-yard pass that Breeland tips. It took eleven seconds. Ross returns the ensuing KO to make it 32-21 (final score) with 3:21 left. After another perfect onside kick attempt the Redskins couldn’t recover, the Giants go three and out, the Redskins get the ball back with 1:43 left , convert another fourth down on defensive pass interference, but end the drive with no time remaining at the NY 14.

    Bottom line; the Giants had the game won but couldn’t put it away. I suspect that their points allowed in the 4th quarter accounts for 50% or more of their total points allowed. Keep this game close and there’s a chance NY will give the game away.

    So the Giants aren’t good at running the ball, which is worse the Giants run game or the Redskins run defense? Does something give here? The leading rusher in game one was Matt Jones with 38 yards.

  6. brucefan1 - Nov 28, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    So right, ben. There’s a lot more to winning these games than meets the eye. They hinge on a few plays … as well as some intangibles.

    Of course, being the team which puts forth the best effort on Sunday is the most important factor in winning this Sunday.

    But I just want to repeat some of those intangible, inexplicable factors that give me hope this week (Just hope, no guarantees!) As I’ve posted before, I really like the fact that the Skins are home underdogs (+3?), and that a loss Sunday pretty much kills THEIR chances, but not the Giants — giving the B&G a bit more to play for (those two are biggies for me). And I also like this new tidbit I came across; since the start of the “bye era” the Giants’ record after their bye is an near-NFL low 8-15 (7-14-1 ATS). I pray that trend continues this weekend.

    Is all that grasping at straws? Sure … but I think this game is a season-maker or -breaker. I really want it! And I definitely think this is a Giants team from which the Redskins can take it.

    • bangkokben - Nov 29, 2015 at 8:18 AM

      I like that bye stat for the Giants – Coughlin, what a joke of coach! ;) How could he keep his job with team continually under performing after the bye? Of course there’s those two Lombardi’s but those were world cup cycles ago. Isn’t this year one of those cycles? Didn’t one year the Giants come off a bye, loose to the Redskins fairly convincingly and then go on a run into the playoffs and beyond? Memory is so muddled these days. At least we will know what the playoff chances of the Redskins will be like today at 4:30. Here’s to a Redskin code red victory and to meaningful games in December.

      • skinsgame - Nov 29, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        Meaningful games in December…. Music to my ears…. Archives

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