Landover, Md. (September 25, 2014)- The Washington Redskins were thoroughly dominated by the NY Giants, 45-14, in a lopsided contest last night at FedEx stadium.
The Redskins sorely missed DeAngelo Hall as Eli Manning picked apart the Redskin’s depleted secondary with 4 touchdown passes. Eli was 28/39 for 300 yards and a passer rating on 117.5. Kirk Cousins matched Eli’s touchdown total with interceptions instead, with all four picks coming in the second half. Kirk was 19/33 for 257 yards, 4 interceptions and a lost fumble. In all, Washington had 6 turnovers.
The momentum of the night really was clearly set on another fumble as the Redskins were threatening to score as the first half wound down. The Redskins got the ball on their own 20 yard line with 2:16 left in the half down 21-7. After two incompletions to start the drive, Cousins connected with Niles Paul on a 28 yard pass to the Giants 41 yard line. Initially ruled an incomplete pass, the call was overturned and then a 15 yard penalty was assessed on the Giants for unnecessary roughness. Then after another short completion the Redskins were on the 23 yard line and threatening to close the gap. Cousins then completed a short pass to Paulsen who fumbled after the completion. The Giants then executed their own “1:00 minute ” drill and added a field goal to take their lead to 24-7.
After that, the Redskins stopped running the ball even though the few times they did run it, they were effective with long scampers by both Alfred Morris and Ray Helu. The combined rushing attack only had 17 attempts for 86 yards, but had a 5.1 yards per carry and one TD. But being down by three scores forced the Redskins to rely on Cousin’s arm tonight and he wasn’t up to the challenge with his four interceptions.
Given the Cousins poor performance, Coach Gruden was asked whether he considered playing quarterback Colt McCoy, “No, no. Sometimes you need to play through some of these ruts. As a quarterback, he’s the guy that is going to have to lead us in these next few weeks. We need him to pull himself out of it, and keep his head up and move forward to the Seattle Seahawks when we get back.”
The Redskins have a much needed break to heal from their injuries and regroup in time for a tough challenge by the Seattle Seahawks (2-1). The Redskins next game is Monday night, October 6, at FedEx Field.