The loss felt akin to death by 1,000 cuts. The actual number of mistakes seemingly matched that total in the Washington Redskins' 32-21 defeat at the New York Giants Thursday night. The Redskins fell to 1-2 while the Giants matched them with their first victory of the season.
What happened: The Giants blocked a punt for a safety less than three minutes into the game, led 12-0 after the first quarter and forced the Redskins into catch up mode from there. Washington compounded the normal in-game issues with inopportune penalties and ill-timed turnovers, including Matt Jones fumbling the ball through the end zone inches before crossing the goal line. Kirk Cousins' inconsistency hurt the cause, though most will focus on the two interceptions rather than the underthrown or slightly off target tosses. Odell Beckham caught one of two touchdown passes from Eli Manning as the Giants led 25-6 and 32-14 in the fourth quarter.
By the numbers: Cousins finished 30 of 49 for 316 yards with one touchdown pass and two interceptions. Manning didn't wow, but he didn't blunder either en route to throwing for 279 yards with 41 coming on a fluke touchdown pass to Rueben Randle (7-116-1) in the fourth quarter.
Not ready for primetime: Yikes
Not under pressure: The offense will receive most of the criticism, but the defensive rarely came up with a big play. Washington didn't record a sack or put much pressure on Manning, who had time to find Randle and Beckham (7-79). The defense also didn' register a turnover and has only one on the season.
What to fear: Cornerback DeAngelo Hall suffered a toe injury during the third quarter and was carted off the field. Left guard Shawn Lauvao left in the first half with an ankle injury and did not return. Depth isn't ample at either spot, particulary on the offensive line. Right tackle Morgan Moses (elbow strain) and guard Josh LeRibeus (calf strain), who replaced Lauvao until exiting, and defensive lineman Kedric Golston (hand fracture) also suffered injuries. Golston actually returned.
Running to change: Jones surprisingly received the first carry and finished with 11 compared to six for Alfred Morris. Neither ran for much with Jones' 38 doubling his RB partner. The rookie did fumble the ball for a second straight game. Perhaps the Redskins are truly showing that Jones is the main RB, but putting the ball on the groun will end such plans.
Lethal Weapons?: The Redskins have been looking for playmakers with DeSean Jackson sidelined. Three emerged against the Giants. Rashad Ross returned New York's final kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown, the second-longest in team history. The speedster also caught his first career pass and finished with two reception for 27 yards. Running back Chris Thompson caught a four-yard touchdown plus a two-point conversion and finished with a team-high eight receptions for 57 yrds. That doesn't even count a 33-yard grab on the opening possession that was wiped out by yet another Jordan Reed penalty. Jamison (6-45) showed his shiftiness as a receiver and returner. Meanwhile Andre Roberts caught a key third down pass, but also had yet another drop.
Up next: For the Redskins, they host the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 4