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Fourth Quarter Conclusions: #NYGvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 10:44 pm



The Redskins flipped the script against the Giants, finally putting together a fast start with their first opening-drive touchdown of the season but petering off toward the end of a 24-17 loss at FedExField.

Washington fell to 3-9, ensuring a losing season. The Redskins are 0-4 in NFC East competition. They failed to score a touchdown in the second half.

While the defense looked dominant at times, it simply gave Eli Manning too much time to operate. Washington sacked Manning three times, but succumbed to the quarterback in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half.

Manning had his signature flub, throwing into coverage for a third-quarter pass that would be tipped and intercepted, but the Redskins didn’t make the Giants pay. Instead, Washington lost 3 yards in the red zone and settled for a field goal.

Robert Griffin III looked like a much sharper player than the erratic quarterback who showed up against San Francisco. Griffin III went 24-of-32 for 207 yards and a touchdown. He completed his first 12 passes, matching a career high. The quarterback also ran for 88 yards on the night.

Alfred Morris ran nine times in the first half and logged only two carries in the final 30 minutes of play. He scored Washington’s first touchdown, but wasn’t much of a factor for the rest of the game.

For the second week in a row, an interior pass rusher dominated Washington’s offensive line. Justin Tuck had five tackles and four sacks.

Peyton Hillis played the power back in the absence of Brandon Jacobs, running for 45 yards on six carries. Andre Brown ran for two scores.

The Redskins led by 14 points at in the second quarter but couldn’t finish. Drawing eight penalties for 55 yards certainly didn’t help.

Fourth quarter high: Josh Wilson sacks Eli Manning for 12 yards on the corner blitz.

Fourth quarter low: Will Hill ripping the ball away from Pierre Garcon and ending any chance of a Washington comeback. Read more »

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GIF: Meriweather Grabs Easy Interception

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 1, 2013 – 10:24 pm


(Gabe Hiatt)

(Gabe Hiatt)

In my best Staples commercial voice–that was easy.

Shortly after seeing the pigskin bounce high up into the air (looked like David Amerson might have tipped it up but couldn’t quite tell from my angle) safety Brandon Meriweather gobbled up the free ball and returned it to the 12-yard line.

GIF of Meriweather’s second interception of 2013 below:

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Third Quarter Thoughts: #NYGvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 9:57 pm



The Redskins looked to be dictating the game early on, but the Giants successfully executed the two-minute drill and tied the game at 14 when Eli Manning hit Brandon Myers for a 22-yard touchdown with :35 left on the clock.

New York scored on two of three second quarter possessions.

Washington continued to click on offense, opening the second quarter with a third-down conversion that lead to a 19-yard touchdown catch by tight end Logan Paulsen.

Robert Griffin III matched a career-high by completing his first 12 passes. Only one of the quarterback’s throws hit the ground in the first half, a home-run ball intended for Aldrick Robinson that Griffin III bombed into double coverage.

New York gained momentum when it decided to pound the ball, utilizing bruiser Peyton Hillis to convert a short third down, then handing the ball back to him for a 27-yard gain. Andre Brown answered the Redskins’ scoring drive with a 23-yard touchdown run.

Second quarter high: Robert Griffin III lobs a throw over linebackers to hit Logan Paulsen for a 19-yard touchdown.

Second quarter low: Brandon Myers finishes off the two-minute drill for New York with a game-tying touchdown.

Follow the live blog of the third quarter below. Read more »

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GIF: Giving Logan Paulsen Some Love

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 1, 2013 – 9:13 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

It wasn’t that long ago (seriously) that Logan Paulsen was strictly a blocking tight end. Rarely would you want the ball going his way and if it did–well just hoping it not hit the turf seemed like the best thing to do.

But the undrafted free agent out UCLA just kept working in the offseason, on his blocking, his beard and most importantly his pass-catching skills.

Not seeing some FedExField end zone love since the playoff game in January, quarterback Robert Griffin III said ‘Why not? Let me hit you too, Logan’ on his scorching hot start to the game.

GIF of the touchdown connection–that now has the Redskins up by two scores–below:

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Second Quarter Summary: #NYGvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 9:04 pm



The Redskins are pulling out all the stops for the Giants, successfully converting on fourth down on the opening drive of the game and later executing a reverse for a 9-yard gain.

The offense effectively pressed the pace to open the game, beginning with a 13-yard pass to Alfred Morris.

Robert Griffin III was 5-for-5 for 57 yards on the opening drive of the night and ran for 1 yard on a fourth-down conversion. Morris capped off the drive with a 1-yard dive through the middle of the line.

Reed Doughty set the tone on special teams when he broke through the wedge to complete a slamming stop on the Redskins’ first kickoff of the night. Special teams has been a bright spot in the first quarter. The Redskins have started with good field position and pinned the Giants back deep.

The defense has been stellar.

First quarter high: Alfred Morris plunging into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown.

First quarter low: Not much to choose from. Fred Davis was flagged for a false start.

Follow the second quarter in the live blog below. Read more »

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RGIII, Morris Power Way To Opening TD

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 1, 2013 – 8:45 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Whoever has been whipping out the Voodoo doll during Redskins games, especially on opening drives, can finally go away with the nonsense. For the first time since December 9th last season against the Baltimore Ravens, the Washington Redskins have capped off an opening drive with seven points on the board.

Robert Griffin III came out gunnin’, Alfred Morris did his usual thing and we even got a Fred Davis sighting. Pure awesomeness.

After Griffin III willed his way to a first down on 4th-and-1, the Redskins drove all the way down to the one.

Was there any doubt Morris would score from three feet out?

GIFs of Griffin III’s run and Morris’ touchdown below:

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Papa John’s Redskins Touchdown Special

Posted by Stephen Czarda on December 1, 2013 – 8:40 pm

Alfred Morris, Keith Rivers

It’s Redskins Day at Papa John’s.

A day after every Redskins game, fans can order a large cheese pizza for only $9.99, plus for each touchdown the Redskins score, fans get one free topping.

Papa Johns logoAnd with a Redskins victory, fans get double the toppings.

That one-yard Alfred Morris touchdown run gets you one free topping — hopefully it isn’t the last!

Who’s hungry?

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First Quarter Happenings: #NYGvsWAS

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 8:14 pm



The Redskins need to force the worst out of this guy.

(.gif via International Business Times)

Heading into Sunday, only one man had thrown more interceptions than Eli Manning in 2013, and he was benched in favor of an undrafted rookie with a famous last name. The Jets sat down Geno Smith (18 interceptions prior to Sunday) and trotted out Matt Simms in a loss to the Dolphins. I can’t imagine a scenario in which Tom Coughlin pulls Manning (17 picks) against the Redskins.  Read more »

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Weather: Frosty Forecast At FedExField

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 7:00 pm



New York City is a cold, cold place.

I’m talking literally. I’m not referring to the struggle to make it as a starving artist or denim blogger. The Giants shouldn’t be fazed by it, but cold temperatures will prevail at FedExField tonight.

Check out the full forecast below.

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VOTE: How To Nullify New York

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on December 1, 2013 – 6:36 pm



Winners of four of their last five games, the Giants come to town attempting another late-season surge. The Redskins are reeling with three straight losses.

For the Redskins to win, they’ll need to protect Robert Griffin III, limit big plays in the passing game and keep Alfred Morris going for all four quarters.

Who will break out against the New York? Which unit will be the key to grounding the Giants? Vote below. Read more »

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