By HOWARD FENDRICHAP Professional Soccer Author
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – In a single significantly embarrassing fourth-quarter sequence that drew boos from the house crowd, Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins went from planning to punt on fourth-and-1 to calling timeout and deciding to go for it, to drawing a delay-of-game penalty and, ultimately, punting anyway.
Which, naturally, elicited extra jeers.
By the top, Cousins was listening to cheers, as a result of he made up for a pick-6 by displaying the persistence to supply a pair of second-half TD passes on slow-developing performs, serving to the Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night time on a colorless subject in a colorless sport between two injury-depleted groups that didn’t look prepared for prime time.
“There have been a number of performs that I’d chalk as much as the truth that they had been sloppy as a result of it was a brief week. We simply did not have the reps that we wanted to,” stated Cousins, who was 19 for 31 for 242 yards. “I am simply glad we discovered a method to win.”
The 2 NFC East rivals mixed for extra punts (9) than factors (six) within the first half, which ended Three-all on a pair of brief subject objectives – from 30 yards by New York’s Aldrick Rosas, and 28 by Washington’s Nick Rose. The massive play on Washington’s lone scoring “drive” of the half? A 37-yard flag for move interference on New York’s Ross Cockrell; your complete possession lined 38 yards.
However Cousins, for whom each sport is seemingly a referendum on whether or not Washington (5-6) ought to signal him to a long-term deal, linked with Jamison Crowder on a 15-yard move within the third quarter that broke a Three-all tie, and with Josh Doctson on a 14-yarder with Three half minutes remaining within the sport.
On the Crowder play, Cousins was flushed out of the pocket and acquired time by shifting to his proper earlier than throwing into the top zone, the place his receiver was “fairly vast open,” in line with the QB. On the one to Doctson, Cousins appeared for one more receiver however ultimately got here again to final yr’s first-round draft choose, saying, “He obtained separation and made an awesome catch.”
In between, cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted Cousins’ move and returned the ball 53 yards to make it 10-all.
That one play concerned extra yardage than Eli Manning and the Giants (2-9) generated in your complete second half.
“Not superb,” coach Ben McAdoo summed up.
They gained 47 yards and one solitary first down over the past two quarters. One possession ended with an interception by Manning, 4 ended with punts, and one other dissolved once they turned the ball over on downs.
“It is no enjoyable shedding. It is no enjoyable not scoring sufficient factors offensively. It will probably put on you out. It will probably check you,” stated Manning, who was 13 for 27 for 113 yards. “It’s important to preserve going to the drafting board and discover methods to play higher.”
This was the primary time the Redskins had hosted a sport on Thanksgiving, they usually and the Giants did not precisely deal with the nationwide TV viewers to a thriller. Extra of a snoozer.
Given the ugliness, maybe it was becoming that it was contested on a terrible-looking subject. A big swath of brown ran down the center, all the way in which from one finish zone to the opposite.
Route-runners stumbled and fell for no obvious purpose. Redskins again Samaje Perine gained Three yards on 5 carries within the first half, though he did end the sport with 24 runs for 100 yards. Some followers on Twitter blamed the shaky footing for Cousins’ poor throw that changed into Jenkins’ rating.
The ineptness was on show all night time, by no means moreso than on what Redskins coach Jay Gruden known as “soccer folly” – that botched fourth-down gong present that he blamed on a participant who was purported to be within the sport however wasn’t as a result of he had taken off a shoe.
Perhaps all the problems had been a results of being so depleted by accidents: Washington has positioned 15 gamers on injured reserve this season, together with its high two working backs, and New York’s whole is 14, together with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Each offensive traces have been explicit areas of concern, and Thursday was no completely different. The Redskins had been lacking three starters, whereas the Giants had been utilizing their eighth beginning mixture of the season.
So possibly it was no shock that there have been 10 sacks, plus penalties for false begins and holding.
Within the sport’s first eight possessions, the membership mixed for seven punts and one turnover on downs, when the Redskins didn’t convert a fourth-and-1 in Giants territory due to Doctson’s dropped move. Certainly, there have been the identical variety of drops as first downs (4) in that stretch.
CROWDER COMES THROUGH
Crowder had a game-high seven catches – no different participant on both crew had greater than three – for 141 yards and his first rating of the season.
Giants: LB Deontae Skinner (hamstring), LB Curtis Grant (proper leg), CB Donte Deayon (forearm and jaw).
Giants: At Oakland on Dec. Three. The Raiders are one other playoff crew a yr in the past that’s beneath .500 at present.
Redskins: A second consecutive Thursday night time sport, this one Nov. 30 on the Dallas Cowboys, a crew that received 33-19 at Washington final month.
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