Redskins-Giants, best and worst
Best and worst from the Redskins' season-ending 17-14 loss to the Giants.
Best Sporting Event of the Weekend: Well, it wasn't this game. I know at least two non-media members who went pretty much directly from Pittsburgh to FedEx Field -- thanks for the ride, Jenn and Kenny! -- and more power to them. But I couldn't do it. On Saturday night, I went to a sporting event that was thrilling and memorable and touching, the kind of thing you'll flash back to again and again. I just wasn't ready to follow that up with a three-point Redskins home loss. In fact, I only watched the game in bits and pieces, and I didn't feel sorry for what I missed.
Worst Stretch: Since the midway point of the 2008 season, the Redskins have won 12 games and lost 28. That's a winning percentage of .300 over two-and-a-half seasons. From 1987 through 1991 -- five full seasons -- the Redskins lost a total of 27 regular-season games.
Worst Stretch, Part II: Over the last two seasons, the Redskins are 12 games under .500. Over the past 40 years, that's the franchise's fifth-worst back-to-back seasons: 60-61 (19 games below .500), 93-94 (18 games below .500), 94-95 (14 games below .500), 61-62 (13 games below .500).
Worst Stretch, Part III: The AP's Joseph White reports that this is the first time the Redskins have ever finished in last place three years in a row.
Worst Home-Field Advantage: The Redskins finished 2-6 at home. That's their worst home record since going winless at home in 1994.
Worst Place Kicking: Graham Gano ended the season with 11 field-goal misses. He made 69 percent of his kicks, which ranked 38th in the NFL. The 11 missed kicks were the most by a Redskin since Chip Lohmiller missed 12 in 1993.
Worst Quarterbacking: Rex Grossman and Donovan McNabb combined to throw 19 interceptions and lose five fumbles this season. That's a combined 24 quarterback turnovers. Last year, the Redskins only had 18 quarterback turnovers, plus one on a fake field goal pass. In 2008, they had seven. In 2007, they had 21. In 2006, they had 11. So the Jason Campbell Redskins never had as many quarterback turnovers as this outfit.
Worst Defense: The Redskins yielded 6,228 yards this season. That's more than 1,100 yards more than last season, and more than 1,600 yards more than in 2008. It's also the most yards the Redskins have ever allowed in one season.
Worst Heartbreak: The Examiner's John Keim reported that the Redskins tied an NFL record with nine games decided by three points or less. They're the seventh team to reach that mark. The Redskins went 4-5 in those games. They went 1-3 in their final four games, with a total point differential of -4 in that span.
Worst Heartbreak, Part II: The Redskins went 3-2 against teams that qualified for the playoffs, including 2-0 on the road. They went 3-8 against teams that missed the playoffs.
Worst Hard Truth: "You know, their fans were all cheering and what not," Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield said after the game, via SB Nation DC. "That shows you the state of their team, that they were cheering about us failing. That's when you have no success, those are the kind of things that excite you."
Worst Prediction: After the draft, DeAngelo Hall told a crowd of Redskins fans that he expected 11 or 12 wins this season.
"It's based on the talent we feel like we've got," he said then. "It's based on the improvements I feel like we've made. It's based on the scheme. The scheme alone is gonna give us four or five more wins. The games we lost by two, three points, we'll win those games, easy. We'll dominate our division, off of bringing Donovan McNabb in here, a guy who's dominated the division in the past. So that's just an educated guess. That's an educated guess, and I stand behind. I'll stand behind that. I'll fight and claw to try to make that happen."
Worst Marketing Campaign: "The Future Is Now."
Worst Crowd Shot: The TV broadcast had boatloads, especially late, but I'll chose the one you see above. That was taken with about four minutes left in the first quarter, so there really wasn't any sort of excuse. But hey, what can I say? I didn't go, either.
Best Parts of This Season: Brandon Banks. Anthony Armstrong. Beating the Cowboys. McNabb's post-game speech in Philadelphia. DeAngelo Hall's four interception game. The fact that it's over.
Posted by: Aerowaz | January 3, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: kjhealey | January 3, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: ktp70 | January 3, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: salparadise661 | January 3, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: jimbrooks99 | January 3, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: scottsdale | January 3, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dank32 | January 3, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | January 3, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: AlligatorArms | January 3, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: detox04 | January 3, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dbunkr | January 3, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | January 3, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: thediesel | January 3, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dbunkr | January 3, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: arlingtonJAM | January 3, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: champ82 | January 3, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dbunkr | January 3, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: zimbar | January 3, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: rubyx4soho | January 3, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: flynnie321 | January 4, 2011 12:26 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: 1952dad | January 4, 2011 9:30 AM | Report abuse