It is without question panic time for the Washington Redskins.
Beloved teammate and friend, Sean Taylor, on the first anniversary of his death, had his name inducted into Redskins the Ring of Fame.
However, that proved to provide zero incentive on the game’s outcome, as the 'Skins offense failed to establish an identity that worked and dropped a 23-7 decision to the New York Football Giants.
The 'Skins were outcoached, outplayed, and outmanned for four quarters.
Eli Manning and his Burress-less team marched down the field on the game’s opening drive, capping a seven-play 68-yard drive, with an on-the-money strike to Amani Toomer.
Toomer beat cornerback Fred Smoot, for a 40-yard score, to grab the lead, just three minutes into the contest.
And boy was it gorgeous to witness such offensive efficiency.
Washington showed they were going to go man-to-man, and dare the Giants secondary to throw the rock in the rainy, windy conditions at FedEx Field.
“When a team presses you, they’re kind of disrespecting you as a receiving corps,” Toomer said. “So to get a big play early like that lets them know we’re not afraid of them, we’ll go right after them.”
They had no answers for the Giants air attack and don’t possess the offensive weapons that their NFC East rivals clearly do.
The Redskins (7-5) have lost three of their past four games, all at home, and have scored four touchdowns in those four games.
I smell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for Washington’s playoff hopes, as their offense continues to struggle to find its rhythm.
Zorn chose to use the same retread Portis play up the middle on first down, that is easy to defend.
Defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker Mattias Kiwanuka knew what was coming when Jason went under center.
Their lone offensive success, occurred on a 29-yard double reverse, that started with Campbell, selling the play as a handoff to Ladell Betts, who met rookie wideout Devin Thomas, running to the left of the Giant defense.
Jason threw a key block, to clear out the space, Thomas needed to break the plane of the goal line.
At that point the score was 13-7, and it seemed the 'Skins were ready to make a dent in the Super Bowl aspirations for the G-men.
But that proved to be the last gasp, of a team going down in flames.
Kicker Shaun Suisham had a chance to make the score 13-10, heading into halftime, but he missed a 42-yarder wide right.
He is 21-of 29 on field goal attempts this season.
Manning manhandled the Skins secondary, using crisp slants to WR Domenick Hixon to move the chains.
He finished the game 21 for 34 for 305 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Besides Plaxico Burress (hamstring, gunshot wound) the Giants sat running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and defensive tackle Fred Robbins. (shoulder)
That is the amazing thing about the Giants.
Guys are getting hurt, but it does not hurt their record.
This is a team that lost starting defensive end Osi Umenyiora in their first game of the season, and watched future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan retire in the offseason.
And they still find ways to be successful.
Campbell and Company are shut down without a running game.
They take shots down the field, once every so offensive possession, and if it does not work, then they do not try again.
Execution was a problem, as several wide receivers dropped Jason’s passes.
Penalties were significant as well, as the Redskins were flagged for eight miscues compared to the Giants two.
With the score at 13-7 to start the second half, backup tight end Todd Yoder got caught grabbing the face mask of a Giant punt returner, and cost his team 15 yards.
Shortening the field led to Brandon Jacobs’ one-yard scamper to increase the Giants lead to 20-7.
Jason Campbell is the quarterback of a team going nowhere fast.
He finished the game 23 for 38 for 232 yards with one interception.
Next week the Redskins have another prime time game on their schedule to contend with, and must face the Baltimore Ravens potent run defense.
I will not hold my breath that Jim Zorn will fix what ales his offense in a week’s time.
My best advice is to start by taking each game one at a time.
Be disciplined and work hard.
That is really all the burgundy and gold can do at this point.