Monday Night Football hosted perhaps it’s worst game of the season last evening. In a matchup of two bitter NFC East Rivals, the game looked like a Pro team taking on a high school team. This may even be an understatement of the disparity in the level of these two teams. I am not sure if the Redskins forgot how to play the game. Either way, they looked like a team running around with their heads cut off. The Giants meanwhile looked like a Super Bowl contender, even though they are a team that is struggling to even make the playoffs.
It was just a horrible evening to be a Redskin fan in general. First of all it was very difficult for fans to even get to the stadium due to heavy snowfall and bitter cold. So the fans struggled, but they eventually got there. Then the Giants just came out and played a near perfect first half dominating the Skins. Jason Campbell, the Redskins QB was hit early and often and even sprained his shoulder. Campbell was sacked a total of 5 times. At the end of the half, the Redskins pulled out a trick play rather than try a field goal. This trick play was unsuccessful and looked like it had been drawn up by a pee wee team. I am still unsure of what the trickery was in this play and how it would ever work against any team in the NFL. The boos from the home fans were very loud following this botched attempt at trickery. At the end of the half, the Giants had 16 first downs to the Redskins 2, and were up 24 to 0.
So the game was all but over. In the second half, the Giants continued to pummel the Skins. And you know things were going bad for Washington with the events that transpired at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Eli Manning got wrapped up by Redskins defenders and flipped the ball to running back Brandon Jacobs. The play was whistled dead and Redskin’s corner Deangelo Hall still gave Brandon a little love tap. Jacobs grabbed Hall by the facemask and there was a little tussle that ensued. Jacobs ended up throwing some punches and Albert Haynesworth of the Skins came over and threw in a couple of haymakers of his own. When the madness all ended, the Redskins were flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness while the Giants received no penalties. Two plays later, Eli Manning hit former Michigan star Mario Manningham for an easy 25 yard TD pass. It was just that kind of night for Washington.
How did Brandon Jacob’s not even get a penalty? He squared up and threw blatant punches. In addition, why do NFL players punch at guys facemasks and helmets? Wouldn’t this hurt their hands more than it would hurt the other guy?
So the final score was 45 to 12. It could have been worse. So Redskins fans got to sit in horrible traffic while trying to leave the stadium following this embarrassment. It was just a woeful night to be in Washington.
So my question for you all is are the Giants really that good? Or are the Redskins that bad? And finally do the Giants sneak into the playoffs?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.