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.