Happy holidays, from Eli Manning, to the Redskins’ defensive backs.
That say it’s better to give than receive, and Manning gave three different Redskins takeaways. When three-quarters of the starting secondary has an interception in the game, it usually bodes well for the team as a whole. The Redskins offense capitalized with 10 points off of those turnovers.
For the fifth-consecutive week, the Redskins went over 300 yards of total offense, including 121 yards on the ground. Although this is the first week in four chances that Helu didn’t crack the century mark, it was the fourth consecutive start for the rookie, and the fourth consecutive week that the team had over 100 yards.
Helu is also proving that he can be a workhorse in the backfield, carrying the ball 20-plus times for the fourth consecutive week, the first time that a Redskins back has done that since Week 5-8 of the 2008 season (via @granthpaulsen). Since he’s been the starter, the team has shown a renewed commitment to the run, something that we haven’t seen since Tim Hightower’s success early in the season.
Altogether, there were more than 78,000 Giants faithful here at kickoff, with a very sparse sprinkling of Redskins fans. The trickle of fans into the parking lot started at the beginning of the fourth quarter and turned into a flood with seven minutes to go. In the waning moments of the fourth quarter, there were fewer than 10,000 fans remaining, most of them frozen to their seats or jumping around in jubilation.
This game was a opportunity for a Giants’ statement game, a chance to avenge a Week 1 loss and keep pace with the Cowboys for the division crown. Instead, it was the Redskins that made the statement, putting an exclamation point on the Week 1 victory. After a dismal middle of their season, the Redskins have clearly embraced the role of road warrior and spoiler down the stretch.
After the Week 1 victory, Giants safety Antrel Rolle stated that the Giants would beat the Redskins “95 times out of 100.” Earlier this week, he reiterated his theory, upping his ante to 99 times out of 100.
Good thing he covered himself and didn’t guarantee 100 out of 100, because then he would have been wrong. By giving the Redskins a 1 percent chance of victory, he saved himself from looking foolish on gameday.
There are a number of reasons why the Redskins lost six-straight earlier this season–some which are more obvious, and some which we will never know. But this team has had a different mentality over the last five weeks, finally rolling on all cylinders with the roster that they have available.
There have been growing pains and disappointments, but this is a team with talent and a team with heart. Showing up today and battling for the win was well-deserved and a job well-done.
That’s all from East Rutherford, as the Redskins come away with the win: Washington 23, New York Giants, 10.
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