Early Hole Too Much to Overcome as Giants Beat Redskins 23-17

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Sundays Redskins 23-17 loss to the Giants in the Meadowlands was once again a good measuring stick of what has to be worked on for the Skins to reach the next level. Problem is, there’s quite a bit that went wrong, more so in the first half when the team fell behind 17-0.

Both the offense and defense had their moments of issue with a Giants team that beat team twice last year, and have topped them in six of their last seven meetings. QB Jason Campbell, who has struggled in the past with the Giants, again didn’t have much success.

Campbell had two first half turnovers, and it was the second one that was the killer. Osi Umenyiora took what was ruled a Campbell fumble after a sack and went in for a touchdown from 37 yards to give New York the 17-0 lead. The Skins did come back, and got creative on a field goal attempt with :21 seconds left in the half.

Hunter Smith instead kept the ball, and was able to rush in from eight yards out to make it 17-7 at the half, and give Washington some momentum. The Skins though were not able to follow up on it, as they had two punts in the third quarter, and then the team kicked a field goal to make it 17-10 entering the fourth.

The Giants, who outgained the Skins on the day 351 to 272, were able to put drives together to kick two Lawrence Tynes fourth quarter field goals to make it 23-10. The Skins scored the last TD in the final minute to make it 23-17, but it was not enough, as Steve Smith of the Giants recovered the on-side kick to end the game.

In the end, Washington needs to learn what it takes to beat the Giants. They are never going to make it to the next level until they start beating New York. They have for the past few games allowed New York to get leads, and then they have not been able to recover.

Next week the Skins will look to go to 1-1 when they take on the Rams (0-1) at home.


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One Response to “Early Hole Too Much to Overcome as Giants Beat Redskins 23-17”

  1. Dave Heikkinen says:

    How long will it take the press, bloggers and the fans in general to look at the lack of leadership and skills under pressure in the QB position? How many more mportant plays, inportant games and seasons do we need to endure the continued loyality of the team and the coach to a QB that cannot produce? If today’s game wasn’t another example of a QB that continues to make mistakes, that continues to fold under pressure and continues not not step up to the leadership that an good offense needs, then we are doomed to continued failed plays, games and seasons.
    Haven’t we been patient enough – how many seasons? Isn’t time to start one of our very promising backup QBs?