December 24, 2012 in Washington Redskins Post Game Recap
By Staff Writer John Manuel:
My postgame thoughts on Washington Redskins must-win over the Eagles:
1- My first thought after the game was that was too close of a win against a bad Eagles team.
But then I thought about it and a win is a win and that makes six in a row. Now the Redskins have a week to get ready for the Dallas Cowboys and a chance to win the NFC East. I didn't expect the Eagles to lay down especially in Andy Reid's last home game. It wasn't spectacular on either offense or defense like we have seen in recent weeks but it was a win and that is what Washington needed.
2- Robert Griffin's return was solid as expected. By the stats he put up another 100+ QB rating which is what he does every week.
The early one run to the right didn't look like the RG3 we are used to seeing but everyone knows by now that RG3 is a complete quarterback. We love that he can take off and go for 20, 30, 40 or more at a time but he can also stand in the pocket and make all the throws. Griffin moved the ball down the field all game and especially in the first half before Alfred Morris got going. I would expect RG3 to be ready for next Sunday and put on another show.
One coaching call I didn't like. I think that Shanahan or Shanatan according to Rob Riggle, should have gone 4th and 1 late in the game. Morris could have gotten that yard.
3- Everyone knows what Pierre Garcon has brought to this team since his return by now Josh Morgan is making a difference also.
Unlike Garcon, Morgan is not putting up bigger numbers but he is becoming a threat to get into the endzone. A receiving core that looked very shaky after Fred Davis went down has stepped up during the winning streak. Passes are being caught and I would not put the Griffin interception on Morgan.
I love what Leonard Hankerson is adding in the blocking game. Actually I like what a lot of the receivers are doing in the blocking game. And it would be wrong to not mention Santana Moss and what he has done. I have lost track on how many big touchdowns he has pulled in.
4- I wasn't thrilled with what the defense did today.
The return of LeSean McCoy made it a much tougher day for Haslett's crew. Madieu Williams always seems to be a second late, especially in the red zone. We are seeing that way too much and probably why DeAngelo was playing a lot of deep safety today.
Big ups to Ryan Kerrigan today. Kerrigan has been good, but not great all season, which he needs to be with the injuries. Today he was great getting after Foles and hopefully he can do the same versus Dallas. I love the effort by Barry Cofield getting to the outside in stopping screens and quick passes. I wish the last two drives the Redskins went after Foles like they did earlier in the game.
5- Finally, an easy one. IT's freakin' DALLAS WEEK!!!