The opener for the Redskins was once again a cruel reminder that the New York Giants seem to simply have the Skins number. They seem to have a better gameplan, play more physical, and make less mistakes. Sunday it was the “same old song” as Four Tops put it, as the Skins were unable to overcome a 17-0 first half deficit eventually falling 23-17.
“I think our guys did what we asked them to do coming out,” Skins coach Jim Zorn said. “I think the positive thing is we played hard all game. We just didn’t have the poise — there was a lot of chipping going on there verbally. We’ll look at the video tomorrow and have a better idea. . . . I think the win was left there on the field.”
And that is the issue for the Skins, there were plenty of chances to get the job done vs the big bad Giants, but again, the win was left on the field. One player who seems to have his major issues with the Giants is that of QB Jason Campbell. Again on Sunday, the Skins O-line had issues keeping Campbell protected, and he committed two first half turnovers.
The second one really hurt, as it ended up as a fumble that Giants Osi Umenyiora returned for a touchdown. Campbell ended the day 19 of 26 passes for 211 yards. He threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley late in the fourth quarter and had one interception and one fumble.
The deficit cost the Skins in the run game, as Clinton Portis only saw the ball 16 times, and ended with 62 yards. The game had the same feel as last year, as the Giants opened the season with a win over the Redskins at home.
The only positive is that the Redskins recovered after that loss to win six of their next 7 games. Of course we know after that how the season ended up. Let’s hope the team can simply learn eventually how much tougher they are going to need to be to top a Super Bowl contending Giants club.