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Redskins-Giants II Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following the Redskins 17-16 win over the Giants.

Winners

Robert Griffin III — Not spectacular numbers – 13/21 passing for 163 with 72 rushing yards – but he made the plays when needed, whether on purpose – the Pierre TD pass and the game-winning first down pass – or on accident – the fumble that led to the first touchdown. He’s incredible, there’s not much more to say.

Pierre Garcon — Eight catches for 106 yards, including the aforementioned game-winning touchdown and first down reception on the clinching drive. He was the Skins entire receiving corps last night. It’s nice to have him around.

Kai Forbath — Still perfect.

London Fletcher — GOT HIM GOT HIM GOT HIM GOT HIM (Via KSK):

The defense — They gave up some plays, particularly to tight end Martellus Bennet and a long play to Victor Cruz, but they were the definition of “bend don’t break,” holding the Giants to four field goal attempts and just one touchdown.

The fans — The stadium was as loud as its been in years and you could hear the chants of “RG3” on TV.

Kyle Shanahan — The zone read and option seem to be confusing defenses more each week, instead of vice versa, and he keeps calling up the right plays at the right times (usually). Added bonus: No plays designed for Brandon Banks!

Losers

This guy

Redskins tight ends — Drops from both Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. Get well soon, Fred Davis.

Jon Gruden — HERE’S A GUY who just knows how to make a National Football League football game completely unbearable.

Medium

Alfred Morris — Another big game on the ground with 124 yards to take him over 1,000 for the season and set a new Skins record for rookie rushing yards. But he did have that fumble. (Alright, “medium” might be a little harsh but I needed someone for this category.)

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. ThisGuy

    December 4, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    WINNER: Mike Shanahan. Apparently they (finally) emphasized discipline before this game. Result: only 4 penalties to the Giants’ 9!

    LOSER: Mike Shanahan. Gave up at 3-6. Dude, ever heard of RG3? Yeah, he’s your QB.

  2. Chris Mottram

    December 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    THIS GUY actually thinks Mike Shanahan, with his job and millions of dollars at stake, gave up on the season. lol.

  3. Jules

    December 4, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    I could listen to Fletcher mic’d up all day.

  4. Mr. Potato Head

    December 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Jon Gruden is the worst. Also, why do people still say “New York Football Giants?” There hasn’t been a baseball Giants since my dad was born. Just one more reason to hate that team.

  5. Tony

    December 4, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    HTTR!

  6. drewtabaga

    December 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    I’d absolutely take Gruden over any Fox commentator.

  7. Jeff

    December 4, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I could never listen to anyone mic’d up again and be slightly happier than I actually will be.

  8. ThisGuy

    December 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    The point was only made to emphasize what a goddamned WINNER RG3 is by contrast, and to never doubt him.

  9. deepvalue

    December 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Alfred Morris is my favorite Redskin. Sixth round draft pick who drives a terrible car – when it works – keeps his helmet on and his head together after a tough fumble and then comes back to power the winning drive. Winner.

  10. deepvalue

    December 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Oh, and he’s on my fantasy team. Ftw.

  11. DocJ

    December 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    LOSER: John Mara- Tried to take draft picks and keep us from having the ammo to bring RGIII to D.C. Also was loser enough to make us not hate Dan Snyder quite as much and got beat by a team he robbed of $18 Million in cap room.

  12. Max Wass

    December 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    LOSERS: This blog, for having to choose between supporting the Redskins and Ravens next week in an important game for both.

    Profound sadness :(

  13. Chris Mottram

    December 4, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    This blog does not support the Ravens in any way.

  14. Bullmoose

    December 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I think it’s pretty obvious that this blog supports the Skins (as it should). It’s not a choice at all. The O’s get included in the DC area mix because of their importance to the region prior to (and after) the arrival of the Nats. Not so for the Ravens.

  15. drewtabaga

    December 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I think I’m more bothered by people in the DMV supporting the Ravens than people in the DMV supporting the Cowboys. The mere suggestion that a DMV blog would like the Ravens annoys me.

  16. drewtabaga

    December 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    All Ravens fans were originally Skins fans who turned their backs on a struggling franchise in the mid-90’s. I will always believe this. People only became Ravens fans because it was more convenient. God I hate the Ravens.

  17. Portis Pockets Straight

    December 4, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Winners:
    John Mara — Apparently he was right, ignoring the “un-capped” year was such a strong competitive advantage that despite stealing $36M from the skins, his Giants are 1-3 against the Redskins

    Loser:
    Brandon Banks — This guy simply does not belong on an NFL roster. Niles Paul had one return, a 39 yard kick off return and posted more positive yardage than Banks with 4 attempts!

    Medium:
    Jon Gruden — His explanation of the pistol offense was awesome. Too bad he talked at other times during the show…

  18. Chris Mottram

    December 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Ah yes, Banks is a good addition to the “losers” section. He should be cut any day now …

  19. Illformula

    December 4, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    If nothing else, that 1st round draft pick continues to become less valuable, making the trade look even less crazy.

    Hail!

  20. Sneaky Uncle

    December 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    FroMo should be in the winner category. His fumble was unfortunate; however, he ran like an animal at the end of the game fighting to pick up multiple first downs allowing the clock to keep ticking. You could tell the fumble pissed him off and he responded running angry to close the game…simply possessed.

  21. Max Wass

    December 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    This blog doesn’t support the Ravens? That’s odd, I could’ve sworn I’ve seen a bunch of things on this blog about the Orioles in addition to the Nationals coverage. Hence why I thought it must support the other Baltimore team in addition to the Redskins. I guess I was mistaken.

    In retrospect, I was very foolish. People who support both a Washington team and a Baltimore team in the same sport. Have you ever heard anything more ridiculous? Haha.

  22. Terps77

    December 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Drewtabaga, most Ravens fans were certainly not Redskins fans in the mid 90s. Most Ravens fans hate the Redskins because of The Squire’s ability, or perceived ability, to keep a team out of Baltimore after the Colts left. Hatred of the Redskins is one of the key components fueling Baltimore’s inferiority complex.

    Most Ravens fans werent even Ravens fans until they won a Superbowl.

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