Robert Griffin III
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.
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“This is not real complicated. I don’t know what happened in the second half. We certainly didn’t come out and play,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Robert Griffin III threw for one touchdown
and had a fumble turn into another score, and the Washington
Redskins pulled within one game of the NFC East lead with a 17-16
win over the New York Giants on Monday night.
Lessons learned in Week 7 will take on even greater significance now as the Giants will try to put a stop to RGIII.
While Robert Griffin III is quickly becoming the NFL’s most exciting quarterback, there’s none better than Eli Manning with the game on the line.