After a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early November, Josh Norman(Redskins star cornerback) was quoted saying “They just boo everything” regarding the Washington Redskins fans. Sunday’s match up against divisional rival New York Giants was the latest example of why the fans may feel that way. New York handed Washington a 40-16 drubbing at Fed Ex Field.
Both teams desperately needed a win to stay in the playoff hunt, the Washington Redskins who had a comfortable lead at the top of the division before Thanksgiving, are now worried whether or not they will even be contention by the end of the season.
Coming into the game, the Redskins were on a three game losing streak after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football which made them 6-6. The Giants were coming off of a win against the Chicago Bears and still have playoff contention on their mind, even with a 4-8 record. Primarily due to the fact that no one believed in Mark Sanchez, even Vegas believed the struggling Giants without Odell Beckham Jr, were going to beat the Redskins.
Both teams showed the challenges they face on the offensive side of the ball by starting with consecutive three-and-outs.That all changed after Mark Sanchez threw a interception to Curtis Riley that resulted in a touchdown. This was the match that ignited the fire for the New York. The Giants finished the first quarter with a 10-0 lead going into the second quarter.
In Washington’s first possession of second quarter after going three-and-out again, you can visually see Sanchez and the offensive line openly get frustrated with each other. Meanwhile, New York’s young stud Saquon Barkley started the Giants first second quarter possession with a 78 yard touchdown. Giving his team a 17-0 lead. The Redskins continued their struggles and Sanchez threw his second interception of the game with 7:42 left in the half. The Giants would take advantage of the blunder with Eli Manning’s first touchdown of the game to Sterling Shepard. There was case to be made about Shepard pushing off Norman to get separation, still the Giants went up 24-0
The run continued with another big run by Saquon and a Manning touchdown, this time to Bennie Fowler. Prior to that touchdown catch, Fowler just had nine catches on the year. Add on three more points courtesy of a field goal and New York took a dominating 34-0 lead into the half..
Jay Gruden benched Sanchez and put in Josh Johnson after Mark got sacked twice on the opening possession of the second half. Johnson was signed on Wednesday with Colt McCoy getting injured in the loss to the Eagles the week prior.
The Giants scored a touchdown on their first second half possession after Eli connected with Evan Engram from 11 yards out.
Johnson, who hasn’t thrown an NFL pass in seven years, finished his first drive throwing 3-of-4 for 31 yards(which was 7 yards less than what Sanchez threw in the whole first half). There were flashes here and there, but Johnson did force a pass to Josh Doctson that was intercepted. He did account for Washington’s first points of the game with an 8-yard touchdown run, they also converted the two-point conversion.
Josh finished the game throwing 11-of-16 for 195 yards and a touchdown. Also rushing for 45 yards and a rushing touchdown. Mark Sanchez was 6-14 for 38 yards and two interceptions, also getting sacked five times. Jordan Reed went down with a foot injury in the first quarter and the defense has seemingly slowed down dramatically since the beginning of the season. The Redskins play the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars next week.
As for the Giants, Eli Manning went 14-of-22 for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards on 14 carries. The Giants are now on a two game win streak, they take on the Tennessee Titans next week.