Redskins 20 - 10 Giants
Greetings brothers and sister, boys and girls, and kids of all ages. Welcome to tonight's NFL primetime game featuring the Washington Redskins hosting the New York Giants - Thanksgiving Style.
My name is JimmiJo and together with Spaceman Spiff will be bringing you the action from behind the curtain.
I heard on the radio coming to the stadium tonight is the first time the Redskins have hosted a Thanksgiving night game.
Let me go on record and say how good I feel about this game. Does anyone have a sickness bag?
This game scares me as much as any this year. The New York Giants would love nothing more than to compound the Washington Redskins' woes on national television.
I was asked at dinner tonight what the problem is with this team.
"Injuries," I said.
You don't want to use players getting hurt as an excuse for a team's record, but I don't know how you don't in this case. Washington has 15-players on injured reserve. Think about that for a moment; that's a third of the active roster gone.
And there are the names. You can't tell me this wouldn't be substantially better with guys like Jonathan Allen, Spencer Long, Mason Foster, Will Compton, Shawn Lauvao, and Chris Thompson.
Yet the offense has posted season highs in scoring two weeks running. Unfortunately the defense has been unable to keep a lid on opponents.
The Giants come in with nothing but pride to play for. But there are surely players on the New York roster who will be free agents who will want to make the case to be on someone's roster.
In other words, don't be looking for the Giants to roll over and play dead.
Talk amongst yourselves. Act accordingly.
The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
o No. 50 LB Martrell Spaight
o No. 67 DL Caraun Reid
o No. 71 T Trent Williams
o No. 73 C Chase Roullier
o No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
o No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
The Giants declared the following players as inactive:
o No. 5 QB Davis Webb
o No. 24 CB Eli Apple
o No. 46 LB Calvin Munson
o No. 67 T Justin Pugh
o No. 76 DL D.J. Fluker
o No. 87 WR Sterling Shepard
o No. 93 LB B.J. Goodson
Had a wonderful turkey dinner (my second). Someone wake me at kickoff?
We are about 20-minutes out. By all accounts, this game should be very poorly attended. But it is still a regular season game against a division opponent.
Won't be long now...
Following along in-game on Twitter @Skinscast
3 - 3
Let’s be clear; the Washington Redskins did not play lights-out, high-level football tonight. They were ineffective, sloppy, made mental errors, committed penalties, and downright stunk at times.
But the New York Giants were worse. In fact; they were horrible. They are horrible. They have well-earned their 2-9 record.
Despite the above, there some things to like about the Redskins in this game. None more than the final score, as Washington defeated New York; 20-10 at FedEx Field.
A glance at the team stats will show a subpar effort from the Redskins:
- 4-15 on 3rd down (27%)
- 2-4 in the red zone for 50%
- 8 penalties for 55-yards
- Interception that resulted in TD for opponent
- 0-1 4th down efficiency
The Giants were worse by degrees:
- 2-14 on 3rd down (14%)
- 0-1 red zone for 0%
- 6 penalties for 79-yards
- Giants never sniffed goal-to-go
The other stats show why Washington was the easy victor:
First Downs: Giants 7 – 17 Redskins
Total Net Yards: Giants 170 – 323 Redskins
Net Yards Rushing: Giants 84 – 122 Redskins
Net Yards Passing: Giants 86 – 201 Redskins
Time of Possession: Giants 25:23 – 34:37 Redskins
Given the above stats, one can argue this win belongs to the defense. They snuffed most every effort New York gave.
Eli Manning finished the night 13-of-27 for 113-yards, no touchdowns and an interception and a QB-rating of 44.2. He was sacked 4-times and hit 7. The Giants leading rusher was Wayne Gallman, who finished with 37-yards on 9-carries. Tavarres King logged 36-yards on 4 catches to lead Giants receivers.
Conversely, the Redskins offence was much more effective.
Kirk Cousins finished the game 19-of-31 for 242-yards, 2-touchdowns and an interception (pick-6) with a QB-rating of 93.8
“That touchdown throw to [Jamison] Crowder for the touchdown was one of the best he’s thrown all year,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, who praised Cousins’ play in general on the night.
Samaje Perine logged 100-yards rushing on 24-carries, his second 100-yard outing in as many weeks. He also added 30-yards on four catches to finish second among the receivers.
Crowder was easily offensive MVP for the Redskins, posting 7-catches for 141-yards and a touchdown. His 38-yard grab in the 2nd half acted to spark an otherwise anemic offense up to that point.
Josh Doctson showed another step forward, bringing in the 4th-quarter touchdown on a deep out with 3:34 remaining.
Washington needed this game to remain in any conversation that includes playoffs. As we said above, the Redskins were not world-beaters tonight.
But they played well-enough to win to keep their hopes alive.
At 5-6, Washington is once again considered in the hunt for the playoffs. They share this record with next week’s opponents; the Dallas Cowboys, who hold a tiebreak over the Redskins thanks to a win at FedEx Field week 8.
A win for Washington next week may have people starting to believe.
And that’s the thing: despite the heartbreaking losses, the sweep at the hands of Philadelphia, the Redskins still have a darn good chance at a postseason run.
If they win.
Everything hinges on victory for Washington.
They have a full week to prepare for at Dallas one week from tonight on Thursday Night Football. On the other side of next week’s game are match-ups verses the LA Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, and Denver Broncos before facing this Giants team again in New York.
Bottom-line, they have to win. And they have to do so with the same banged-up team they have tonight.
But we have gotten ahead of ourselves. Let’s take 24 and enjoy the win.
See you next home game…