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Hopkins Five Field Goals Helps Redskins Earn First Win 29-27 Over Giants

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All the Washington Redskins needed to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start was a couple of fourth-quarter interceptions by backups and five field goals from a guy who had never made that many in a game.

Dustin Hopkins kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:51 to play and the defending NFC East champion Redskins got a much-needed 29-27 win over the penalty- and error-prone New York Giants (2-1) on Sunday.

“We needed to get that first win bad,” said cornerback Greg Toler, who played most of the game after starter Bashaud Breeland hurt an ankle early. “We couldn’t lose the first three, and we hung in there and got some real contributions from everybody. You get everyone stepping up. The coaches treat all of us the same, coaches us up whether first- or second- or third- or fourth-string like we are starters.”

The guys who really stepped up were linebacker Su’a Cravens and cornerback Quinton Dunbar.

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One Response to “Hopkins Five Field Goals Helps Redskins Earn First Win 29-27 Over Giants”

  1. SCOTT mcCLOUGHAN fan says:

    My take:


    Up – pass out of a punt to Dunbar. No way anyone has the sac to call that except GRUDEN. Kudos for desperation when desperation was called for. Outside the box thinking turned the game.

    Down – calling a play with 6 seconds left at half-time. Although I was saying run a play…..a run was what I was thinking. Cousins has the “T” sign in the air as soon as he hands off. TO with a second left, if you don’t score, but a pass…..come on man. Goat-GRUDEN.

    Overall: pretty good. Defensive coaching could be better, as BAKE was no doubt discussing with BARRY on the side-lines.

    On field:

    REDSKINS lucky to win this game.

    The GIANTS defensive line stopped the REDSKINS offense against the run, and pressed COUSINS on passes well enough to generate field goals on the first three series, all in the red-zone.

    That should have been the game.

    The REDSKINS defensive line couldn’t get to MANNING consistantly, and were gashed by the runs for a 5.7 average.


    As I said before the beginning of last season, it will take three years for this tandem of Owner/President/GM/Coaching to repair the damage wrought by the RGIII debacle. We are just beginning the second.

    But if McCLOUGHAN loses focus, and looks for top picks other than on the offensive and defensive lines, the rebirth of championships won’t occur in D.C. within that time-line.

    With the gift of NORMAN in the d-backfield, I think the GM must concentrate on the line play as he did with SCHERFF last year.

    I’m sure the scouting department was disappointed that RYAN KELLY went off the board at 18, but based off the play I’ve seen this season, we should be picking much higher than 21 next season.

    We better get a starting center, tackle, and two defensive tackles @ either picks1 or 2 in the next two drafts as we transition back to the four-man d-line. Cupboard is pretty bare along the defensive line other than BAKE who is a stud.

    MURPH has played better than expected at OLB. Maybe the extra work has helped.

    BTW, WILLIAMS at LG really worked well.

    And LONG may not be RYAN KELLY when it comes to blocking, but he sure snaps the ball out of the shotgun better than LERIB.

    Top LB’s, D-Backs, and receivers in the 2018-19 drafts.

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