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This week, we cover a strong start for the Washington Redskins, some sour grapes on the Giants' end and look ahead to Maryland's showdown against West Virginia.
Mike Shanahan just gave his weekly press briefing following the Washington Redskins' film session of their 28-14 win over the New York Giants, and was immediately asked about London Fletcher's decree that the Redskins pass on an off day on Monday (i.e. "Victory Monday"). Shanahan told a slightly different tale about it.
"I thought back about me doing it last year, and I thought it was too early," Shanahan said. "I had given it some thought, but I hadn't talked to the players about it. I was going to talk to them after the game, but with the type of emotions involved, I didn't think it was the right time to talk about it. London said that and made it a whole lot easier."
Shanahan said the custom started when he was with the Denver Broncos, and it came after they had a long winning streak. Nevertheless, he did say he was "impressed" with Fletcher declaring the practice would stop.
To listen to Shanahan's full press conference, visit 106.7 The Fan.
Ryan Kerrigan's interception return for a touchdown to give the Washington Redskins the lead against the New York Giants in their Week 1 win was a huge play because it changed the tide of the game. For Redskins fans, though, the play meant something more. For once, Washington capitalized on its chance to get a game-changing turnover.
SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven was especially relieved about that:
There were a lot of games over the past few years that should have gone the Redskins way. For example, the TWO dropped interceptions vs the Colts last season by [Carlos] Rogers. There was the same story in our loss to Pittsburgh in 2008. Regardless, turnovers are momentum turners and for years the Redskins have failed to take what is given to them...until yesterday.
Rogers is the man noted in this piece, but it could easily be anyone else. The bottom line is that the Redskins finally started forcing the turnovers they needed to win.
The tide of the Washington Redskins' 28-14 win over the New York Giants changed on Ryan Kerrigan's tipped interception of Eli Manning. We take you inside the play, from the perspective of Kerrigan and the other players.
LANDOVER, Md. - In front of a packed house on the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Redskins were finally able to do something they hadn’t done since December of 2007:beat the New York Giants. Washington snapped its six game losing streak to New York, defeating them, 28-14, to open the season 1-0.
The game started out in very familiar fashion for the home team, as the Giants scored on their second possession,one that was highlighted by a 68-yard Hakeem Nicks catch over safety Reed Doughty. That set up a two-yard quarterback plunge into the end zone by Eli Manning to give New York the early 7-0 lead. The Redskins then started the game on offense with two three-and-outs, with Rex Grossman looking every bit like the quarterback fans feared he would be. Add in a Graham Gano missed field goal from 39 yards out, and there was a palpable feeling inside a sold-out Fed Ex Field that the team they were cheering for looked awfully similar to last year’s edition.
But then the tide turned. The Redskins began making plays, and they found themselves victorious after showing the type of progress most believed they would in their second year under head coach Mike Shanahan.
“I knew the type of team we had this year,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said after the game. “I’ve been saying that since day one. It’s a new team. It’s only game one. But it’s a new team, new character, and win, lose, or draw – you’re going to see a different attitude out there on this team.”
The rebound started when the offense engineered an 11-play, 66-yard march that ended in running back Tim Hightower’s first touchdown with his new team, tying the game.
The usually erratic Grossman was undoubtedly one of the stars of this game, and his play seem to represent the Redskins’ performance on this day: slow to start against a familiar foe, but finishing strong.
“Things don’t always work out the way you think you wil to start a game,” Grossman said. “But you always have confidence that you’ll eventually get into a rhythm.”
And get into a rhythm he did, as the Redskins’ polarizing quarterback finished the game going 21 of 34 for 305 yards and two touchdown strikes, one to Anthony Armstrong and the other to his former college teammate in Jabar Gaffney.
“He did good,” Gaffney said of his quarterback the game. “He did real good. He got us a big [completion], and he closed the door done there at the end [with the touchdown pass]. That's the kind of leadership you want out of your quarterback”
Gaffney was just one of the team’s offseason additions to contribute to the victory. Three of the four scores by the Redskins were by players who were not on the roster in 2010, including rookie Ryan Kerrigan on the game’s most pivotal play: an interception return for a touchdown to put the team ahead.
On defense, the team showed real progress in their second year under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. The Redskins sacked Eli Manning four times, in addition to Kerrigan’s pick-six.
The result of this game affirmed something the players have believed ever since training camp: things really are different. Despite what the outside world believes, Redskins players believe they truly have something brewing.
“It’s something special,” receiver Anthony Armstrong said. “[It’s] some little buzz going around in here. I don’t know what it is, but it’s something special.”
The Washington Redskins' defense was one of the worst units in football last season. They sure didn't look like it in their 2011 season opener against the New York Giants. The Redskins shut down the Giants in the second half, holding them scoreless over the final 32:48 of the game in a 28-14 Week 1 victory.
Rex Grossman was outstanding at quarterback for the Redskins, throwing for 305 yards and two touchdowns in the win. One of those touchdowns went to Jabar Gaffney late, putting the game away. But the story was Washington's defense. Rookie Ryan Kerrigan made the game's biggest play, intercepting Eli Manning and running it back for a touchdown to give the Redskins the lead for good. Brian Orakpo also made a huge play blocking Lawrence Tynes' field-goal attempt that would have cut the lead to three points.
All in all, an excellent debut for the second year of the Mike Shanahan era.
It looks like the Washington Redskins are on their way to winning their season opener over the New York Giants. That's the case after Rex Grossman found Jabar Gaffney for a four-yard touchdown pass to give the Redskins a 28-14 lead with just 5:04 left in the game.
The Redskins were put in that position thanks to a 22-yard catch and run by Fred Davis on third down that brought the ball inside the 10-yard line. Two plays later, Gaffney snuck inside the cornerback on a slant, and the Redskins took the two-touchdown lead.
Talk about a bunch of momentum swings. In the span of a couple minutes, the Washington Redskins went from being comfortable with their 21-14 lead over the New York Giants to uncomfortable and back again. As we get closer to the midway point of the fourth quarter, the Redskins still have the lead.
Things looked good when the Redskins got the ball on the Giants' 42-yard line, but then bad Rex Grossman returned. The Redskins' quarterback, who had been playing so well, fumbled at midfield, and the Giants picked up the ball and ran it back inside the Redskins' 30-yard line.
But then the Redskins' defense bailed them out. First, Ahmad Bradshaw was stuffed on third and one. Then, Brian Orakpo found a way to block Lawrence Tynes' field-goal attempt. It was a huge sequence, no doubt. The Redskins now have the ball with their seven-point lead.
Welcome to the NFL, Ryan Kerrigan. The Washington Redskins' rookie made an impact in a big way in the game against the New York Giants, breaking a 14-14 tie with an unbelievable defensive play. Kerrigan tipped an Eli Manning pass, then caught the ball in the air and ran it back for a touchdown.
The Redskins had forced a third and 11 and showed blitz. Manning was pressured and try to throw it out in the flat off his back foot. Kerrigan worked off a Kareem McKenzie block, jumped in the air and tipped the pass. He then located the ball and caught it at the Giants' nine-yard line. He eventually was able to run it back all the way for the touchdown.
The Giants in general have not been able to move the ball well early in the second half.
The Washington Redskins and New York Giants traded touchdowns at the end of the second quarter, so the two teams are tied at 14 at halftime. The latest touchdown came from the Redskins when Anthony Armstrong caught a six-yard pass from Rex Grossman inside of two minutes remaining.
The Giants struck first in the second quarter, putting together an 85-yard drive. The drive ended when running back Ahmad Bradshaw smashed it into the end zone from six yards out, temporarily giving the Giants the lead.
The Redskins struck right back, though, with a quick drive in the two-minute drill. Grossman found Jabar Gaffney deep for a 39-yard gain, and then found Armstrong two plays later. Armstrong beat Giants cornerback Aaron Ross on a fade route to catch the touchdown on the left sideline.
Grossman is having a solid half, completing 13 of 21 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.
The Washington Redskins have tied the score of their game against the New York Giants at 7 with an impressive drive that carried over between the first and second quarters. It ended with running back Tim Hightower scoring from two yards out for his first touchdown as a Redskin.
The drive was 11 plays for 66 yards in total, and it featured several big plays. First, Santana Moss caught a pass to pick up a first down on fourth and five from the Giants' 37-yard line. Then, Grossman found Anthony Armstrong for a diving catch that brought the ball down to the two-yard line. Hightower scored on the very next play.
The Redskins have been able to move the ball, even though the Giants have sent a lot of pressure at Grossman. Can they still do that as this pressure continues?
The first quarter of the NFL season opener between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants is in the books, and the Giants still have a 7-0 lead. The Redskins were poised to cut into it after driving into the red zone, but kicker Graham Gano pushed a 39-yard field goal attempt wide.
The Giants got on the board when Eli Manning ran for a two-yard touchdown, on a play set up by a 68-yard pass from Manning to Hakeem Nicks. Washington responded by driving the ball inside the Giants' 20-yard line before a sack ended the momentum. Gano, who was perfect in the preseason, missed the 39-yard field goal wide right.
Grossman has been victimized by drops and heavy pressure from the Giants, but is starting to find a way to move the ball. Tim Hightower has been busy as well.
The New York Giants are on the board first in this NFL week 1 showdown against the Washington Redskins. Eli Manning ran in a touchdown from two yards out, and the Giants lead, 7-0,with 9:53 to go in the first quarter.
The big play of the drive actually came the play before. On third down, Manning was flushed out of the pocket, but found time to deliver a long pass to Hakeem Nicks. The play went for 68 yards, and Nicks was bumped out of bounds at the two-yard line. Safety Reed Doughty bit on the underneath route and Nicks sprinted right past him to get open.
The Redskins have not looked sharp offensively early. Rex Grossman has yet to complete a pass on his four attempts.
The final NFL injury report for the game between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants is out, and tight end Chris Cooley will be in the lineup for Washington. Cooley has missed all of training camp with a knee injury and had been listed as questionable on the injury report throughout the week, but he was spotted running routes on the field and catching passes from quarterback Rex Grossman.
It'll be interesting to see how much Cooley ends up playing after missing all of training camp and being limited in practice. Here are the other Redskins injuries and inactive players. In a mild surprise, Terrence Austin and Niles Paul are active at receiver, with Leonard Hankerson and Donte' Stallworth inactive.
OUT: LaRon Landry.
The Washington Redskins have received a major break in their Week 1 matchup against the New York Giants. Justin Tuck, the star defensive tackle that has dominated the Redskins over the years, has been listed as inactive on the final NFL injury report for the game. Tuck had been suffering from a neck injury and was limited all week in practice.
Tuck's absence means the Giants will really trot out a skeleton crew on defense for the game. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora and cornerback Prince Amukamara are already injured, and cornerback Terrell Thomas and linebacker Jonathan Goff are already out for the season. Tuck's backup, Marvin Austin, is also out for the year. The Redskins should be able to run the ball effectively with Tuck out of the lineup.
Tight end Travis Beckum also won't play for the Giants in this game.
It's finally here. Week 1 of the NFL season can begin in earnest on Sunday, and like most teams, the Washington Redskins will be in action. The second year of the Mike Shanahan era will kick off with a game against the short-handed New York Giants. Here is all you need to know about the contest.
Who: New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins.
Where: FedEx Field.
Time: 4:15 p.m. The parking lots open at 12:15 for tailgating, and gates open at 2:15. There is a special September 11 ceremony for the families of those who died in the attacks on the Pentagon at 3:15.
TV: FOX. CSN Washington's "Redskins Kickoff" show begins at 3.
Radio: ESPN 980.
Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
Injuries: LaRon Landry is out for the Redskins, and Chris Cooley's status is unclear. The Giants will be without Osi Umenyiora, Prince Amukamara and a number of other guys out for the year. Justin Tuck's status is still up in the air.
Odds: According to the latest NFL odds, the Giants are favored by three points.
The injury report for Sunday's NFL week 1 game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins is now out, and key players listed as questionable on both sides include Giants defensive tackle Justin Tuck and Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. We covered Cooley here. Tuck, on the other hand, was able to practice a little bit on Friday, and he said he hopes to play. Via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger:
Tuck not talking at length. Says he's "hopeful" he'll play. So is everybody else in the organization...
In the meantime, here is the injury report from Redskins PR. Keep in mind that the Giants have several players that are on injured reserve who will not play.
Chris Cooley, who has not played in the entire NFL preseason due to a knee injury, remains questionable to play for the Washington Redskins in their week 1 game against the New York Giants. Cooley was limited in practice again on Friday, and coach Mike Shanahan said his status is still up in the air. Via Ryan O'Halloran of CSN Washington:
#Redskins other big injury -- Shanahan said Cooley is questionable and did limited work. Expect all players on report to be 'questionable.'
After previously expressing confidence that he would play in Week 1, Cooley was non-committal today, both at practice and before. During his weekly radio segment with "The Sports Junkies" on 106.7 The Fan, Cooley said that all injury statuses are referred to Shanahan. However, he did joke to the show hosts that they should leave him in their fantasy football lineups if they are his friends.
Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry has finally been ruled out of the team's NFL Week 1 game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Landry would be made inactive during a Friday press conference, via John Keim of the Washington Examiner.
Landry had ruled himself out for the game on Wednesday, but Shanahan had been reluctant to make a final call until now. Landry did not practice all week, so it was pretty unlikely that he would play anyway. Now, we know for sure.
Landry had missed all of training camp with an Achilles injury stemming back to last season. Just as that was healed, he suffered a hamstring injury that continues to bother him.
Reed Doughty is expected to start alongside Oshiomogho Atogwe at safety in Landry's absence.
The Washington Redskins will be hosting the New York Giants on Sunday in what will be the first game of the year for both clubs. As a result, it's probably pretty difficult to asses the odds for either team, but we're still going to give it a shot. Here is what the latest odds are, courtesy of the odds page at SB Nation.
Those odds are from the three providers we carry, Odds Shark, 5Dimes and Bodog, respectively. They all seem to be in agreement about the line and the over/under. They all have the Giants as favorites by just about a field goal, and they all seem to think that this is going to be a pretty low scoring game. They all seem to think that this game will stay in the 30's, and based on the offenses of these two teams and the weather that they might have to play in, I don't blame them.
We talk to SB Nation's preeminent New York Giants expert to preview Sunday's Week 1 showdown between the Giants and the Redskins.
Add another injury to the incredibly long list of ailments plaguing the New York Giants as they head into their Week 1 matchup against the Washington Redskins. Defensive tackle Justin Tuck, the obvious star of the defense, did not practice on Thursday because of a neck injury. There is legitimate concern that he will not play for the Giants on Sunday.
New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is concerned about the lingering pain in his neck and sounded uncertain about his status for Sunday's season-opener against the Washington Redskins.
Tuck is still feeling the effects of a stinger he suffered in a preseason game against the New York Jets on Aug. 29. After going through a limited practice on Wednesday, Tuck did not practice on Thursday.
Tuck said he is not panicking, but admitted the injury was healing slower than expected. If he cannot play, he will join cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Prince Amukamara and Brian Witherspoon, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive end Osi Umenyiora and linebackers Clint Sintim and Jonathan Goff on the sidelines. Thomas, Johnson, Witherspoon, Austin, Sintim and Goff are all out for the season.
The latest Washington Redskins injury report is out for the team's Week 1 game against the New York Giants, and LaRon Landry is once again listed as not participating in practice. The Redskins' safety ruled himself out of the game on Wednesday with a hamstring injury, but coach Mike Shanahan declined to do so, saying there was a chance he might end up playing. On Thursday, Shanahan still wouldn't rule him out, but did say it was "unlikely" he would play.
#Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on SS LaRon Landry (hamstring) playing Sunday: "I've seen guys do it, but it's going to be a long shot."
DID NOT PRACTICE: LaRon Landry (Hamstring)
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
One of the arguments against a shorter preseason is that it would give players less of an opportunity to sustain a potentially serious injury in games that don't really matter in the final standings. No team would be bigger proponents of that, one would think, than the New York Giants. They have been hit extremely hard by the injury bug so far this preseason and will be without some of their regular starters for the game against the Redskins, and much of the season in total.
Four members of the Giants' defensive rotation have already been lost for the year. Linebackers Jonathan Goff and Clint Sintim as well as starting cornerback Terrell Thomas have been lost to ACL surgeries. Defensive lineman Marvin Austin will also miss the season with a torn pectoral muscle. There are also a number of regular starters that do not have injuries that are quite as serious, but will still potentially miss the game against the Redskins.
As a result, the Redskins will see a defense that is full of rookies and players that are virtually unproven. The Redskins have a relatively unproven offensive unit themselves, so it should be an interesting matchup.
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan would not rule safety LaRon Landry out for the Redskins' NFL season opener against the New York Giants, initially saying that he hopes Landry can practice on Thursday. Via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan:
Mike Shanahan: Hopes LaRon Landry can return to practice tomorrow. He didn't rule him out of Sunday's game. #Redskinsless than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet ReplyGrant Paulsen
However, upon being told that Landry himself said he would not play in Week 1, Shanahan backtracked a bit, saying this, via ESPN 980:
"I know exactly what happened. I talked to LaRon. I think LaRon made some statements to you guys. I think you should go by his statements and what he shared with you."
Bottom line: it looks like Landry won't play, but it's not officially official yet.
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry confirmed he will likely miss the Redskins' NFL Week 1 game against the New York Giants because of a hamstring injury. While he did add "as of now" to his proclamation, it would seem like a shock right now that he would actually play.
Here is his quote, via John Keim of the Washington Examiner:
"As of now, yeah it looks like I'm going to miss it," Landry said of the opener.
Landry was asked about a timetable beyond Sunday's game and said he was taking it "a day at a time." He added that the injury was a setback over the weekend that was revealed in an MRI on Monday.
Landry also apologized for a series of tweets in which he seemingly blamed the Redskins' medical staff for the setback, calling them "unprofessional." He deleted one of those tweets, but another remains on his feed.
Washington's first game of the season is against the hated New York Giants. What can we expect from the Redskins?
UPDATE: Landry has now said he will miss the game, according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner.
It appears unlikely that the Washington Redskins will have safety LaRon Landry available to play in Week 1 against the New York Giants. Sources tell Mike Jones of the Washington Post that Landry will be made inactive for the game due to his slowly-healing hamstring.
A person with knowledge of the situation said this weekend that Landry likely will miss the start of the season and possibly more time. Tuesday evening, another person close to the situation confirmed that Landry indeed won’t be back on the field in time for the season opener because of the slowly-healing hamstring.
Landry sent out a since-deleted tweet that indicated he had suffered a setback. He had missed time in training camp with an Achilles injury, but just as that healed, he suffered this hamstring problem. Landry declined to speak to reporters at Redskins Park on Monday and will provide an update on his status on Wednesday.
It appears the answer to the Redskins' quarterback quandary has been solved, for now. According to a report, Rex Grossman will be the Week 1 starter against the Giants.
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