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Week 3 Review: Washington Shows Resiliency Against New York

New York loses to Washington


Facing deficits of 11 and 12 points early on, and a rash of injuries the Washington Redskins rallied to defeat the New York Giants 29-27 for their first win of the season.

The New York Giants had an opportunity to essentially end Washington’s chance of a second division title in consecutive years. At 3-0, New York would have had a three game lead over Washington. The Giants have dominated Kirk Cousins and the Redskins in years past, however that wasn’t the case Sunday. The Redskins were able to salvage their season, as they left Met Life Stadium with a victory for the first time since 2011.

Keenan Robinson appeared to be right regarding his assessment of his former team earlier in the week. After an Orleans Darkwa two-yard touchdown run, fingers began to point on the Redskins sideline.

Chris Baker and defensive coordinator Joe Barry got into a verbal altercation. Despite the incident, the Redskins were able to overcome the 21-9 deficit, and Keenan Robinson is now eating crow.

On the next drive, Desean Jackson once again made his presence felt at Met Life Stadium. “D-Jax” ripped off catches of 31 and 44 yards. The latter resulted in a touchdown from Kirk Cousins. That cut the Giants lead to 21-16. Veterans Will Blackmon and Greg Toler combined for a forced fumble and recovery the following possession.

The Redskins once again continued their ineffectiveness in the red zone. After a 24-yard completion by Jordan Reed to the NYG  four-yard line, the drive stalled. Cousins once again exhibited poor clock management. Instead of calling a timeout after the completion to Reed, Cousins wasted 18 seconds of game clock. After a spike and incomplete pass, Cousins was sacked by Jason Pierre-Paul as the first half ended.

On the second possession of the third quarter, Jamison Crowder took a screen pass 55 yards on 3rd and 15 to give the Redskins their first lead of the game. That would be the last touchdown of the game as New York and Washington traded field goals after that.

Execution In Every Phase

The Redskins won this game because they played a complete game as a team. Offense, defense, and special teams all made their impact on the outcome.

Offense– Kirk Cousins played his best game of the season as he was 21/35 with 296 yards two touchdowns but more importantly no turnovers. There is a formula for success within the Redskins offense. Jay Gruden just has to be consistent in his play-calling. The consistency payed off as Washington had a 12:5 run/pass ratio in the fourth quarter. Washington ran the ball 30 times on Sunday. The first two games (both losses) the Redskins ran the ball a combined 29 times.

Defense– The Redskins depth in the secondary was tested but Su’a Cravens ensured a passing grade with his interception of Eli ManningJoe Barry deserves some credit for compensating for the loss of two starters in the secondary. Barry was crucified for not making adjustments, but the maligned coordinator may have possibly saved his job.

Special Teams-Dustin Hopkins deserves a game ball for his performance Sunday. For years the Redskins have been plagued by kickers, but Hopkins has been quite the find. He was 5/5 yesterday against New York. Without Hopkins, Washington would be 0-3.

Tress Way and Quinton Dunbar ignited the special teams with their 4th and 12 conversion. Duke Ihenacho also threw two devastating blocks on Crowder’s 52-yard punt return.

Overcoming Adversity

In years past this was a game that Washington would have easily lost. Coach Jay Gruden echoed those same sentiments after the game. “We had many reasons and many a time we could’ve hung our heads and said, ‘Here we go again,’ ” Gruden said. “We know how it feels to be on the other side.”

Both DeAngelo Hall and Bashaud Breeland were lost for the game, with the team confirming Hall tore his ACL. Kory Lichtensteiger and Shawn Lauvao both left the game with injuries. Trent Williams kicked inside to guard with Ty Nsekhe taking his position. Spencer Long took over at center.

In the fourth quarter, both units that were hit hardest by injuries saved the day for Washington. The patchwork offensive line helped account for 52 of the the 82 rushing yards in the fourth quarter. Washington was able to control a New York defensive line that is the strength of the defense.

Su’a Cravens and Quinton Dunbar showed just how deep the Redskins are in the secondary. Cravens definitely earned more playing time with his interception. Dunbar has two career interceptions. Both are at the expense of Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

Norman/Beckham II Delivers

According to ESPN Stats and Info Josh Norman lined up against Odell Beckham Jr. on 30 of Giants‘ 34 plays through halftime. Beckham had 2 catches on 4 targets for 44 yards. Beckham was a bit more effective in the second half as he finished with seven catches for 121 yards. Norman was able to limit Beckham from scoring however. “OBJ” has more touchdowns against the Redskins than any other team.

Giants center Weston Richburg was ejected after his second unsportsmanlike penalty. His second occured after a 24 yard gain by Beckham early in the fourth quarter. The penalty took New York from the Washington five to the 20. Two plays later, Manning was intercepted.

Despite having a good statistical output, Odell Beckham Jr. once again let his emotions get the best of him. He may have won the battle, but Josh Norman and the Washington Redskins won the war.

The Redskins play host to the Cleveland Browns, Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.