Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

3-and-out: Redskins-Giants post game quick hits

October 28, 2018 - 7:12 pm

106.7 The Fan Redskins beat reporter Craig Hoffman was in the press box at the Meadowlands as the Washington Redskins took on the New York Giants in Week 8 of the season. He combined his observations with post-game interviews to write his top-three takeaways from this week in football:

The Redskins beat the Giants in an ugly game at MetLife Stadium using what has become a tried and true formula. Immediate reaction following post-game.

  1. The Redskins run defense is fantastic. It starts up front with Daron Payne, Jon Allen and Matt Ioannidis. They consistently get penetration, move the line of scrimmage and eat blockers. That leads to Mason Foster, who was sensational Sunday, and Zach Brown running free. Both are sure tacklers and displayed that again in holding Saquon Barkley to just 38 yards on 13 carries. The secondary is very good in run support as well. Jay Gruden is fond of saying “it takes all eleven” and the Redskins eleven has held premiere back after premiere back to under 50 yards rushing.
  2. The pass rush took advantage of a horrendous Giants offensive line and the worst possible quarterback to stand behind it. The pocket literally collapsed on Eli Manning time after time as Matt Ioannidis notched a career-high 2.5 sacks to go with Ryan Kerrigan’s 1.5, Allen’s one and Payne’s one. Josh Harvey-Clemons also notched a sack in the win. When a pass rush gets home, the coverage only has to be so good for so long and it was good enough. There were gaps, but part of that was Odell Beckham (8 catches, 136 yards) being the most gifted receiver in football. When Manning didn’t fold, he arm punted. That resulted in DJ Swearinger’s second interception. His first was as impressive as it gets. He faked Manning out, reading a “dusty” concept which involves two slants behind a clearing route by an inside receiver, in this case, the tight end. Swearinger faked man on the tight end before jumping the first slant right as Manning threw.
  3. The offense was balanced, even if one side was more effective in the end than the other. Gruden did a terrific job of getting Jordan Reed involved early. He also broke his tendency of running on first down with a number of early throws. Josh Doctson was involved again, making tough catch after tough catch. There were some deep opportunities missed thanks to missed reads or missed protection. The tape is going to be frustrating for the unit to watch, but it’s a lot easier to funnel that as “potential for growth” following a win.

Oh, and Adrian Peterson ran for 149 yards on 26 carries including the game-sealing 64-yarder to put the game essentially out of reach. I don’t know where the Redskins would be without Peterson, and I don’t want to think about it. He is not made from the same thing as the rest of us. His persistence, speed and power are literally going to send him to the Hall of Fame. It’s also saving the Redskins bacon.

Quote of the day: “This game is easy for me.” –D.J. Swearinger, following his two-interception performance. Swearinger said that the game became easy this year as he’s finally experienced career continuity. He’s in the second year of the same system for the first time. Previously? He’s had five different head coaches and played in five different defenses? The results in year two of this one not only have him en route as of now to the Pro Bowl, they might make him an All-Pro.

Stat of the day: Adrian Peterson’s 64-yard run is longer than any rushing total the Redskins have given up all year. The highest opposing total was Colts running back Jordan Wilkins with 61.


Follow Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman and 106.7 The Fan