Redskins Let One Get Away In RG3′s Broadway Debut

For the second time in less than a month D.C. area sports fan’s had their hearts ripped out with another late game meltdown, unbelievable! First it was the Washington Nationals blowing that Game 5 lead and today it was the Redskins’ turn to get it on the action in their 27-23 loss to the New York Giants.

There’s absolutely no excuse for letting N.Y. Giants WR Victor Cruz get behind the defense for a 77-yard touchdown with less than 90 seconds remaining in the game and your team’s holding a three-point lead. How in the hell does that happen?

The Washington Redskins defense sucks, period! I really hate to say that because I bleed the Burgundy and Gold and this loss hurts, badly.

The Redskins defensive unit can’t get consistent pressure on opposing QB’s, struggle mightily to get 3rd Down stops, and draw some of the most ignorant penalties at critical times. I’m not sold on defensive coordinator Jim Hasslett’s scheme and how he calls a game, but some of the issues fall onto the players as well for not executing their assignments. But it’s Hasslett’s responsibility to get creative and try to fix it.

The defense does a nice job against the run and they’ve done a nice job of creating some turnovers, but the negatives far outweigh the few positive things they do well.

The Redskins hurt themselves all day long with turnovers, mistakes, and penalties, but they fought through it all and were just 90 seconds away from being all alone in first place of the NFC East. That makes this loss feel even worse because we really beat ourselves in this ballgame. The Redskins did more to lose this game than the G-Men did to win it in my opinion.

I give the Giants credit for doing just enough to win because that’s what a championship team full of veterans will do if a team makes the type of mistakes the Redskins did today. The Giants made a few mistakes of their own, but the Redskins were not able to take full advantage of some of the opportunities they were given.

I was impressed with RG3 today because the kid made some big mistakes, but then led the team down the field for the apparent game winning touchdown in crunch time. That’s what a real franchise QB does.

It’s a shame he can’t play on the defensive side of the ball as well, just joking about that. He continues to show us that we’ve finally gotten our long-awaited franchise QB here in D.C. and the future looks bright with him leading this football team in the years to come.

Rookie RB Alfred Morris also had his first career fumble in this game, but had another strong game with 22 carries for 120 yards. This kid’s a workhorse back and another Mike Shanahan late round gem.

The Redskins ran the football on the Giants today like they used to do to us for all of those years with Tiki Barber. They would dominate the Redskins at the point of attack and we couldn’t do much about it even when we knew it was coming.

One thing that stands out to me about this game is that everything the Redskins did to hurt themselves is correctable mistakes. They didn’t get pushed around in the trenches on either side of the ball. The Giants were held to 64 yards rushing on 19 attempts.

That’s part of the reason the Giants were throwing the ball late in the game when they were trying to protect their 20-16 lead late in the 4th Quarter.

Game Notes:

  • Chris Cooley fans will now get their long anticipated reunion with him since Fred Davis is done for the season
  • Redskins won the Time Of Possession battle by over five minutes
  • Turnovers (4) and Penalties (7-for-55 yards) really hurt the Redskins and cost them an early touchdown. They ended up kicking a FG and lost four huge points right there.
  • Redskins played smash mouth football and the Giants couldn’t do anything to stop the running game. (248 yards on 38 attempts, 6.5 avg)
  • Defense allowed Giants to convert 8-of-12 3rd Down attempts (Awful)
  • Redskins 0-for-2 in the Red Zone
  • Redskins had 480 total yards
  • Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (6 catches for 70 yards) looks to be developing chemistry with RG3
  • New kicker Kai Forbath may be the answer to the Redskins kicking issues




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