By HOWARD FENDRICHAP Professional Soccer Author
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Regardless of what number of accidents they accumulate, irrespective of how slender their playoff hopes is likely to be, the Washington Redskins at the least have this on their aspect: Every opponent the remainder of the way in which at present owns a dropping report.
Beginning subsequent week with the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys.
With a victory in opposition to one other division foe Thursday night time, 20-10 over the New York Giants, the Redskins (5-6) hope they took a step in the best path after dropping 4 of their previous 5 video games.
“Defensively our mentality was to return out right here and win this recreation. It is like a playoff collection for us. We’re attempting to remain alive, so each recreation is a must-win for us,” cornerback Bashaud Breeland stated. “It is that point of 12 months. Crunch-time soccer. That is when individuals keep in mind you.”
Washington’s protection was coming off consecutive losses by which it allowed greater than 30 factors every time.
However in opposition to the Giants (2-9) – a group coping with as many key accidents because the Redskins – Washington was extra stout. It held Eli Manning and the remainder of New York’s offense to at least one first down and 47 yards within the second half.
So what if the sport was, on the whole, moderately ugly? So what if the rating was Three-all at halftime?
“It is all the time very fairly,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden stated, “if you win.”
Subsequent is one other Thursday recreation, this one at Dallas, which dropped to 5-6 by dropping 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Cowboys have two TDs in three video games with out suspended star working again Ezekiel Elliott, who will sit out one other three video games.
Washington’s schedule after that: Chargers (5-6), Cardinals (Four-6), Broncos (Three-7), Giants.
Here’s what else we realized from Washington’s win in opposition to New York:
With their prime two working backs executed for the season, together with wideout Terrelle Pryor, and No. 1 tight finish Jordan Reed sidelined for the previous month with a hamstring damage, the Redskins are going to wish to rely on third-year receiver Jamison Crowder. He had a game-high seven catches for a career-high 141 yards, together with a 15-yard TD go from Kirk Cousins within the third quarter – the wideout’s first rating this season. It is a part of a development in the best path: After having 19 catches for 149 yards within the season’s first half-dozen video games, he has 27 catches 412 yards previously 4. “Jamison and I’ve had a superb rapport since he confirmed up as a rookie,” Cousins stated.
Constant strain from Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan might assist masks the truth that the group has two inside linebackers on injured reserve and a 3rd (Martrell Spaight) missed Thursday’s recreation with an damage. Kerrigan took benefit of New York’s issues alongside the offensive line to get two sacks and lift his season whole to a team-high 9. It was Kerrigan’s 11th profession recreation with a couple of sack. “He is a large,” teammate Junior Galette stated. “He is been a monster within the league for years.”
THEY MIGHT NOT BE GIANTS
Manning is a two-time Tremendous Bowl MVP, however with out targets reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr. or Brandon Marshall, he is been unable to do a lot recently. Over the previous 5 video games, New York is averaging a paltry 13.Four factors – and there is not a lot cause to imagine that form of manufacturing will enhance any time quickly. “Our margin for error is small with the way in which issues are proper now,” coach Ben McAdoo stated. “We all know that moving into.”
With RBs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson among the many 15 Redskins on IR, it falls to rookie Samaje Perine to make Washington’s floor recreation go. And thus far, so good: He has run for at the least 100 yards in every of the previous two video games. In opposition to the Giants, he put aside a poor first half – Three yards on 5 carries – to complete with 100 yards on 24 carries, plus one other 30 yards on three catches.
Rookie TE Evan Engram has been a uncommon vibrant spot for the Giants, main the group with 44 catches, however they will need him to keep away from the form of issues that contributed to a number of dropped passes Thursday. “A giant concern,” Engram acknowledged. McAdoo stated they mentioned it. “Evan regarded like a rookie enjoying on a brief week tonight,” the coach stated. “He must get that out of his system. He must study from it, and I am assured he’ll study from it and transfer on.”
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