Someday, perhaps in the middle of the 2005 season, there will be a day when dominating a beat-up New York Giants team will not be such a big deal.
- A two-to-one time of possession edge? Ho-hum, routine stuff.
- Two touchdown drives of over 90 yards? Nice, but it happens so often, we lost track.
- Over 30 points scored? Yeah, sorry we couldn’t put on a better show for the fans.
- No dropped passes? Well, duh, that’s what we’re paid to do.
- Ramsey with a QB rating of 139? Gosh, I hope that doesn’t pull his number for the season down too much.
- Almost a buck fifty from the running back? Again, sorry CP was a bit off this week, we’ll try to get him up to his usual production next week.
But for now, for this year, there is good reason to enjoy this one. As the Redskins were being interviewed after the game, there were grins on their faces that just couldn’t be wiped off.
And while the Giants are not a very good team right now, let’s dispose of this nonsense that that fact takes anything away from the win. In 2004, as has been the case for much of the past 12 years, the Redskins have lost a lot of games to teams like the Giants. In fact, of their eight losses, two have come against the cream of the NFL crop in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, two against second-tier teams in Green Bay and Baltimore, and four have been against thoroughly mediocre teams in Cleveland, Dallas, Cincinnati, and the Giants in their earlier meeting. The most they could score against any of those dogs was 18. They let the offenses of each of those teams move the ball on them, something they have all had trouble doing against the rest of the NFL.
But not Sunday. They went out and whipped the Giants like a rented whipping boy.
Don’t ever make the mistake of underestimating the importance of beating up on the Little Sister of the Poor. Most playoff teams get through the year beating just one or two teams with winning records. They fatten up the win total by easily winning the easily winnable games. If the Redskins are to be successful in the future, it’s something they’ll have to get done.
The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.
They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.
Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.
The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.
Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.
Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.
Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus.
TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.
DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.
LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.
G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.
T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.
CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.
RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.
Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)
Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.