Observations on Victory Tuesday from Redskins Huge MNF Win
December 4, 2012 in Washington Redskins Post Game Recap
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By Staff Writer John Manuel:
Here are my five observations from the Washington Redskins huge win over division rival New York Giants. What better way to enjoy your Victory Tuesday:
1. RG3 – you heard the chants.
Sorry but he has to be number one again. Actually not sorry, and maybe this is going to sound as a homer, but he is just that special. Robert Griffin III once again showed he is a superstar in the making, if not already one. The kid is never frazzled and even though the numbers were not spectacular, he always looked in control and gives everyone full confidence when he is under center.
If he stays healthy Griffin is they type of player that guarantees at least one championship. Not just in football, but all sports special players like him always at least get one. Dan Marino is probably the only superstar quarterback not to win a championship, so the odds are in Washington's favor. Even though he was killed for years, you knew that LeBron was not going to get shut out also. RG3 is that type of star and I am very confident in what the Redskins have in him.
2. I love how the Redskins ran once again last night.
The league's best running team pounded the Giants all night and especially on the final drive. It is getting to the norm that Alfred Morris will not go down on first contact and is always going to get 2-3 more yards than most backs per run. Morris should at least be in the Rookie of the Year discussion as well, although the play of Griffin, Luck and Martin will overshadow the consistent solid year he has had. The Shanahans know they have a workhorse who is showing no signs of letting up.
Who else knows? Other teams now and the Redskins and RG3 are able to pummel teams with play action out of the read option. The Giants never could stop it from the first drive to the last. I hope that Darrel Young gets a Pro Bowl nod as the fullback. He is the fullback on the #1 rush attack and when he does get the ball positive things happen. I expect he won't because everyone in Wisconsin will vote like 10x for John Kuhn, but Young deserves the honor.
3. Defense Stepped Up.
The much maligned defense had a long first half but when it mattered down the stretch stepped up. Holding the Giants to only 16 points and one touchdown was the difference on Monday night. Everyone felt the frustration of the first half as the defense failed to get off the field 3rd down after 3rd down.
But Haslett's crew adjusted and adjusted well and were able to in the second half. Helped by poor Giants starting points all second half, the defense came up with enough key stops to hold the Giants to just a second half field goal. The yards allowed may not look pretty but I think the defense which has been criticized all season should be given credit today.
4. What a difference Pierre Garcon makes to this team.
I am sure his foot is bothering him but you would never know based on how he has played the past couple weeks. Garcon's ability to catch the ball in open field and go for big gains is something we haven't seen on a consistent basis in years. Santana did some but not as the threat that Garcon is. The Giants could not stop that play action post all night.
I also should give credit to a huge grab by Leonard Hankerson on a bad toss by Griffin. Ball was clearly behind him and Hankerson adjusted to make a huge grab.
And if I needed mention it would just be wrong but the offensive line deserves big credit. Obvious we ran the ball once again but Griffin was given time to throw against the Giants "Nascar" pass rush we heard about all night. Just like Young, Trent Williams deserves the Pro Bowl trip especially going out there hurting last night.
5. Finally maybe the lone bad. Brandon Banks has to go and go now.
Niles Paul can handle kickoffs just fine and I still think Santana Moss should be back on punts. I think the Redskins would be smart to cut Banks and add a kickoff specialist. Forbath cannot get touchbacks and when the NFL is giving you that by moving kickoffs to the 35 you must not allow teams to get returns. I am afraid one of these times the Redskins will get burned. I think that roster spot would be much better utilized in that manner now that Banks isn't even used to scare defenses as well.
As for Forbath, I don't like the kickoffs but once again he comes through on field goals. Not only is Forbath making kicks but they seem to go right down the middle each time.
Now the Baltimore Ravens come down 95 to FedEx on Sunday. I have a lot of friends who are Ravens fans so this should be an interesting one. We will look at that game later in week as we celebrate Victory Tuesday today!