As a fan, I can't remember the last time I was so frustrated with a Redskins loss. The win to take first place was firmly in their grasp, and it just slipped (by the secondary for a long Victor Cruz touchdown).
I could hear the Redskins faithful from all the way here in Michigan screaming as Cruz deflated what had been an amazing comeback drive by Robert Griffin III and the Redskins to take the lead just moments before.
As a writer, I know there's work to do. There were winners, and plenty of losers, in this game. The Redskins aren't in first place, but they proved that they will be around to hang until the end of the season. Here's a look at the good, bad and downright terrible from today's action.
Winner: Kai Forbath
He is the primary winner because he is the only player who had a perfect day at work. After going 3-3 on field goals (two of which were over 40 yards), it seems apparent that the Redskins have found their kicker...for now.
He hasn't missed yet since becoming a Redskin and has put the focus of negative attention on other players. Hopefully he can continue this unexpected success.
Winner: Robert Griffin III
That play in the fourth quarter on 4th-and-10 from deep in Redskins territory on the go-ahead touchdown drive was phenomenal. He danced around defenders and then bought enough time to get Logan Paulsen open for a huge conversion which led to said touchdown.
I couldn't believe it, I've never seen anything like that from a player in a Redskins uniform. I don't really have anything more to say about him. It's only been seven games but this is the best quarterbacking season a Redskins has had in a long, long time.
He made the huge plays with his feet, he made the huge plays with his arm. He is just the whole package. Even the deep incompletion to Leonard Hankerson was pretty.
That touchdown pass to go ahead late to Santana Moss was absolutely beautiful. I don't see any reason why the RG3 train will slow down any time soon.
Loser: The Entire Defense
I'm not entirely sure where to start, here. They couldn't stop the run, and they certainly couldn't stop the pass. It was an absolute debacle.
They probably could have given up more than the 27 that they did, but numbers 21 through 27 were downright embarrassing. How do you let Victor Cruz open that deep when you know that the Giants are going to be looking his way?
It got even worse when London Fletcher left—this defense couldn't stop a Pee-Wee league team right now. It's a shame, too, since the offense has been pretty impressive thus far. Sure, the defense got a big turnover after Robert Griffin III fumbled the ball away in Giants territory, but that one instance isn't enough to say that the defense wasn't terrible.
Winner: Santana Moss
He wasn't targeted a bunch of times, but came up with two big touchdowns, including the go-ahead touchdown which I have mentioned several times already. I mention it because it will haunt my dreams, making me think that it was the game-winning touchdown.
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Loser: Santana Moss
He also had the game-sealing fumble on the final drive near midfield.
Winner: Alfred Morris
Another big game, going for 120 yards on the ground. Mike Shanahan won't be giving up on him anytime soon.
Loser: Alfred Morris
The wheels were churning quite nicely before his fumble took all of the wind out of the Redskins' sails in the third quarter.
Winner: Mike Shanahan's Cojones
Loved the call to go for it on fourth down twice on the same drive—it showed great confidence in Robert Griffin and he came through twice. On the other end, it showed the defense that he had no confidence in it, but who would?
Loser: Playoff Chances
If the Redskins had won, it would have put them in first place. Now they have to play out of a hole and are already 0-1 in the division. Not a good start. It's not over. But it's not a good start.
Winner: Chris Cooley
Now that Fred Davis is out for the year with an Achilles injury, his phone should be ringing here in the next couple of hours.
Loser: Fred Davis