Following the Washington Redskins’ 20-10 victory over the New York Giants, 106.7 The Fan’s beat reporter Craig Hoffman caught three need-to-know notes:
The Redskins won. The game is over. Everyone is happy about both of those things.
1. The Giants stink.
2. The Redskins defense bounced back in a major way. Also, see #1. After allowing 535 yards to the Saints, they only gave up 170 to the Giants. They gave up one field goal with the only other Giants points coming on a pick-six. So, the Redskins offense gave up more points than the Redskins defense. That’s a neat trick.
The Redskins offense helped the Redskins defense, too. The extended enough drives thanks to monster plays by Jamison Crowder. More importantly, they ran the ball. Jay Gruden called 27 runs to Kirk Cousins 40 dropbacks (31 passes, three scrambles and six sacks). Balance doesn’t mean 50/50, it means not being predictable. Gruden found the right balance of unpredictable and effective. Perine had his second straight 100-yard game. He’s the first Redskins back to do that since Alfred Morris in 2013.
3. This is the rare game where process didn’t matter. All the Redskins had to do was survive. It didn’t matter how. All that mattered was that they won and came out as (un)healthy as they came in.
Now they have a week to prepare for a Cowboys team that isn’t very good without Ezekiel Elliot. The Redskins will also have Trent Williams, who did not play Thursday, on 10 days rest. It’s also very possible they get Jordan Reed back. They will also practice, something they did not do before this game. They are far from a power position, but they are not dead. They believe. Belief is powerful. Buckle up for what could be a fun December.
Quote of the day: When asked about his offense, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said: “It wasn’t very good.” Thanks, coach.
Stat of the day: After a mini-midseason lull, Ryan Kerrigan is back playing as well as he ever has. He recorded his 8th and 9th sacks Thursday night, putting him in elite company. He’s just the fifth player since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to record at least 7.5 sacks in his first seven seasons. The other players on the list are Reggie White, Derrick Thomas, DeMarcus Ware, and Jarred Allen. Every single player on that list is already in or will be in the Hall of Fame. Talk about some good Thanksgiving company.
Oh, and goodness gracious, the Giants stink.
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