Stat worth noting: The Giants outgained the Redskins 354 to 209 and they had 21 first downs to 11 for Washington. Also, the Giants converted seven of 14 first downs compared to three of 13 for the Redskins.
It was over when: We could be a smart aleck and say when the Giants scored their first touchdown. But we'll say it was after Fred Smoot intercepted a pass late in the third quarter, giving Washington the ball at the Giants' 36. The best field position of the second half ended in a three-and-out.
Problem No. 1: The run defense. Washington was gashed in the first half, allowing 100 yards rushing – most coming to the outside as 14 of the first 17 runs by Giants backs went at the ends. The ends, Jason Taylor and Andre Carter, did not do a good job and were easily shoved aside. But the linebackers and corners didn't help much either.
Problem No. 2: The passing game. It started on the first play when Jason Campbell was sacked for an eight-yard loss as Stephon Heyer was beaten badly. Campbell couldn't generate any rhythm in the passing game all night. The quick hitters weren't there and the line couldn't protect for the deep balls.
Best Redskins play: There weren't many worth noting. So we'll give a nod to Jason Campbell's 12-yard pass to Santana Moss for a touchdown. Campbell hit Moss in stride, giving him a better chance of reaching the end zone, which he did. Too often, though, Campbell did not hit receivers in the right spots, causing them to reach behind and slow their momentum to catch the ball.
Worst Redskins stat: Chris Cooley caught one pass for seven yards. He's supposed to be a difference maker. But Jim Zorn said on at least two occasions plays designed for him were stopped because of a false start.
Bad debut: For Jim Zorn and Greg Blache. At least the defense got tougher in the second half, but Zorn's offense played with no urgency and had no answers for New York's defense.
Locker room mood: Actually fairly light. Nobody was outright joking around, but the mood was a bit less somber than I would have expected. The players say they can build off the second half, but there was definitely a lighter mood. Is that good or bad? We'll see how they respond to this loss next week. Also, what they must realize is that the Giants felt they could have scored a heck of a lot more points.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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