Robert Griffin III
The New York Giants (4-9) hoped to get a mini-win streak started after last week’s demolition of the Tennessee Titans in Nashville last week. This week, the dysfunctional Washington Redskins (3-10) came to town, fresh off a shutout loss to the St. Louis Rams and a full blown quarterback contriversy to boot.
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As bad as the 2013 NFL campaign has gone for the New York Giants, give them credit, the team has not turned on each other or their coach. The Washington Redskins, on the other hand, are a textbook example of dysfunctional. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will get the start for Washington as the Redskins and Giants conclude their seasons at the Meadowlands.
The New York Giants remained in the playoff hunt with a come from behind victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football. Robert Griffin III started hot, but cooled off as Justin Tuck rattled the Redskins quarterback with four sacks. Meanwhile Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown, as New York improved to 5-7 on the season.
The New York Giants collectively bruised their egos last week by losing a critical match-up to Dallas, 24-21, at MetLife Stadium. This week, New York added backup center Jim Cordle to the injury list and will shuffle its offensive line yet again. The Redskins were pummeled by the San Francisco 49ers in prime time, but Washington also has a limited injury list in this battle of also-rans.
On paper before the season, this game had all the makings of knock-down, drag-out affair as two bitter NFC rivals would meet for the first time in 2013. But reality got in the way for both the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, as both teams have stumbled through the NFL season. Rather than playoff position, the only thing at stake is pride as theses teams meet on Sunday night.
When incumbent New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez fell to a preseason injury, many naysayers were convinced that second round draft pick Geno Smith wasn’t ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. Much to their surprise, he goes into Week Two’s game against the New England Patriots with a 1-0 record.
Having an elite signal-caller who can win you the game in crunch time is essential for any NFL franchise.