Everyone knew the Redskins had to play a perfect game in order to beat the Giants. That didn’t happen. The Skins had 6 turnovers in the 31-7 loss. The game may have been over in the 1st quarter much like it was against the Eagles. The Giants scored touchdowns on their first two drives while the Skins offense could not move the ball. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw scorched the weak Skins run defense for a combined 200 yards and 4 touchdowns. Donovan McNabb struggled, throwing for 2 interceptions and losing a fumble. The loss puts the Skins record at 5-7 and may have ended their playoff hopes.
Positives – Not much to say here as this was a one-sided affair. The Skins only ran the ball 16 times, but James Davis and Keiland Williams showed some good burst when they had the opportunity. Davis looked solid with 81 total yards, including a nice 28-yard gain on a screen pass during the Skins lone touchdown drive. Defensively, the only positive was London Fletcher’s endzone interception, the only turnover the Skins have had in the past two games.
Negatives – The Giants possess one of the best rushing attacks in the league and Jacobs, in particular, has always played well against the Skins. Sunday was just more of the same. Albert Haynesworth was inactive for the game (due to arriving late for a team meeting) and left a huge hole in the middle of the defensive line. The Skins poor tackling didn’t help either. Perhaps, they should have put 8 men in the box and dared Eli Manning to throw it on them, but that’s not what Jim Haslett game-planned. Offensively, McNabb had a mediocre performance. Two turnovers stick out in particular: his first interception in which he threw the ball into double coverage in the endzone and his fumble on a scramble when he should’ve slid after gaining the first down. To add insult to injury, Devin Thomas (who was cut by the Skins earlier this season) made some great plays on special teams for the Giants, including a blocked punt. Ouch.