Misdirection: The Redskins haven’t run a single play to try to make the Giants pay for being aggressive. Maybe something has to work for you to base the misdirection off of and nothing has worked for the Redskins all day. Regardless, at some point when the game is still somewhat in doubt it might have helped.
Triple play: Three drops today for Robert Royal, the last of which apparently cost the Redskins a touchdown. Feel free to hold on to one, Robert. It pretty well sums up the Redskins’ day.
Way off: I’ve certainly been wrong in my predictions before and I’m sure that I will be again. But rarely have I been so wrong, my call being a 31-14 Redskins win. I did expect the Giants offense to move the ball some and I even said that Tiki Barber might pop a long one or two. Of course, I didn’t expect both of them to be in the first quarter before the Redskins had so much as a first down. Eli Manning played pretty well, but he wasn’t the reason the Giants won so convincingly.
The unit that I wrongly gave no credit to was the Giants defense. The Washington offense could get nothing going at all. When the game was anywhere near in doubt, the Redskins did not take a snap past their own 42 and they mustered just 10 yards rushing. That’s being owned.
Make no mistake about it, this was a case of good defense, not necessarily bad offense. I don’t think that Pierce or Hasselbeck tipped them off or anything, this was just a case of the Washington offense being physically beaten on the line and in the defensive backfield. When Brunell did have time to throw, which wasn’t often, he had nobody to throw to. I severely underestimated that unit.
Did I miss on the Mara factor? Perhaps, but it’s hard to believe that an owner’s death is worth 36 points.
Regroup: The good thing is that the Skins are still just a game out of first place near the midway point of the season. We’ve seen that there is not necessarily any positive carryover from week to week. Perhaps there won’t be any negative carryover from this game to next Sunday night.
History? I’m sure that someone will come up with this for sure, but I would have to doubt that any NFL team has ever scored 50 points in one game only to be shut out the next.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 5, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 6; Panthers @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 19
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (possible concussion/stinger)
Postgame injury report
Redskins vs. Cardinals by the numbers
—Kirk Cousins passed for 271 yards. While compiling those yards he moved up six spots in the team’s record book for single season passing yardage. He passed four different quarterbacks in the process and passed Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann twice.
—Cousins also moved past Jason Campbell for sixth on the team’s career passing yards list.
—DeSean Jackson caught a 59-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was his 35th career reception of 50 yards or longer. Since he entered the league in 2008 no NFL player has more.
—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Carson Palmer in the second quarter, giving him 10 for the season. He now has his second career season with double-digit sacks; he had 13.5 in 2014.
—Trent Murphy recorded a third-quarter sack of Palmer; he now has eight sacks this season. He had a total of six in his first two NFL seasons.
—Dustin Hopkins kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the second-longest of his career. He hit a 54-yarder in Atlanta last season.
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GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.
Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.
Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.
In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.
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