ook, there’s a lot of things that frustrate me about being a Redskins fan: the constant search for a new head coach every four years (it’s like Dan Snyder’s own personal Olympics of hiring ineptitude), the never-ending carousel at quarterback, the comings and goings of high-priced free agents, and the idiot Cowboys fans who live in DC and just won’t shut up even though they probably wouldn’t know the difference between Tony Romo and Tony Kornheiser if either were walking down the street, among many others.
But even with all that, this one really gets under my skin: since Tom Coughlin has been the head coach of the New York Giants, he’s 11-3 against the Redskins. No team in the NFC East has consistently beaten the Redskins over the past half- decade or so, the way the Giants have. There are few things in life that I hate more than the Cowboys (cold weather, overcooked hamburgers, and people who purchase gigantic SUV’s but have no idea how to drive them are the only things that come to mind off the top of my head), but the way the Redskins consistently get b*tch-slapped by the Giants has got to be right up there.
After a tough first season for Mike Shanahan, there’s a sense of hope in the air. The Redskins looked pretty sharp in the preseason (especially the starters), and seem to be catching the Giants at the most opportune time possible. If they’re going end the six-game losing streak against the Giants, here are five keys to making it happen:
1. Don’t Unnecessarily Hand the Giants the Football
In other, more simpler words: don’t turn over the football. Over the last five times the Redskins have played the Giants, the Redskins turnover ratio is -11. Think about that: on average, they hand over the ball to the Giants at least twice a game, without forcing any turnovers of their own. It shouldn’t come as any surprise, then, that the Redskins are 0-5 vs. the Giants over that span.
Regardless of the excitement built over the preseason, or the pile of injuries the Giants have accumulated on defense (more on that in a bit), the Redskins simply don’t have the offensive firepower to where they can dig themselves out of a hole made by their own mistakes. If they hold onto the football, and maybe force a turnover or two from the Giants (more on that in a bit also), that’s going to give them their best chance to win this game.
2. Get Off To A Fast Start
Take a look at the halftime score of the last five times the Redskins have played the Giants:
Giants 10, Redskins 7
Giants 21, Redskins 0
Giants 24, Redskins 0
Giants 13, Redskins 7
Giants 16, Redskins 7
The Giants have outscored the Redskins by a grand total of 104-28 – and that’s only by halftime! And to make matters worse: three of those four touchdowns the Redskins scored came with less than 30 seconds to go in the first half, and one of them was by their punter on a trick play.
Given that, do you really wonder why the Redskins are 0-5 over that span? In many cases, they’re already down by a score or two and having to alter their gameplan before most of the fans in the stadium are finished with their first beer.
The Giants come into the game, punch the Redskins square in the mouth, demoralize them, and force the Redskins to play catch-up for the remainder of the game, something they’ve never been good at anyway.
View the final three of the five keys to a Washington win revealed at Redskins Gab