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Sunday, October 08, 2006

October 8-- Skins manhandled by Giants 19-3

The Redskins only ran 45 plays, the fewest ever for a Joe Gibbs team in their 19-3 loss to the Giants.. Washington only had two drives that went double digit plays.. The Skins were outgained 411-164, Tiki Barber who averaged 140 yards a game last year versus Washington rushed for 123, over 5 yards per carry.. This was mainly accomplished against the right side of the Skins D line, where Andre Carter sets up..
Eli Manning was stellar as well going 23 for 33, 256 yards and a touchdown.. The Skins did not cause a turnover and did not get a sack..

Joe Gibbs said he thought about going for a 4th and 1 late in the 3rd quarter with his team down 16-3 and near the Giants red zone but decided he was better off trying a field goal, which eventually was missed by John Hall.. Hall was not used on the second half kick off, the team said he was feeling sore yesterday and they felt it was better to let Derrick Frost handle the kick off duties and allow Hall to rest for field goals only..
Mark Brunell called that decision “the right call” saying he would not question a coach “who has been in this situation dozens of times.” Jon Jansen said “looking back on it now, we’d like to have it over, but I didn’t think it was the wrong call then.”

The Giants converted 9 of 16 3rd downs, at one point in the second half converted 6 straight and began the second half with an 8 plus minute drive that built the lead to 16-3 when Eli hit Plaxico Burress for a touchdown..
The Giants also had a score taken off the board when Jeremy Shockey was called for offensive pass interference setting what was deemed a pick in the end zone.. On that play where Amani Toomer would have scored from 5 yards out, Mike Rumph and Kenny Wright had a communication issue as to who had which receiver on the right side of the formation discussing it all the way up until the snap..

Brunell ended up with 109 passing yards and was sacked three times after not being sacked for two straight games..

The Giants appeared to be kicking away from returner Rock Cartwright.. Rock came into the game with the second best KO return average in the NFL..

Injuries: DE Phillip Daniels left the game in the first half with what was being called a stinger.. It was called a shoulder injury afterward.. Daniels returned to the game but he said he was dealing with numbness on the initial plays when he came back every time he got contact..
DT Cornelious Griffin suffered a hip injury, LB Marcus Washington also had a hip injury, both played with this and both will be re-evaluated later in the week..

The Redskins are now 2-3, 0 and 3 in the NFC and 0-2 vs. the NFC East.. They don’t play another conference or division game until after their bye week.. They face Tennessee this Sunday in a game Renaldo Wynn called a must have..


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