The Redskins notched up their fifth win of the season when they defeated the playoff seeking New York Giants, continuing their strong play of the last few games. But at what cost? Now of course we all want to see the Redskins win, especially against a division opponent, but picking up a couple of wins at this stage of the season could have a costly effect on 2012 due to the affect of dropping a few places in the draft order.
The majority of Redskins fans and reporters will expect us to select a quarterback in April’s draft with a luxury of at least four quality QBs being available. Prior to yesterday’s game we were positioned to select sixth but after the win, we (unofficially) are placed seventh. This could have been worse but a number of teams around us also won.
Of the six teams ahead of us, assuming there are no late trades on draft day, popular opinion suggests only the Colts and Browns are likely to be in the market for a QB, suggesting we are likely to get one of the top three. However, another win could see us slip behind a number of 5-9 or 6-8 teams including the Dolphins and Bills, teams that could be after a new face of the franchise.
So to the game. With a couple of early picks it was looking like business as usual for the Redskins but the Giants were surprisingly lack lustre and failed to capitalise on the two turnovers whereas we converted the first two Manning interceptions into 10 points. Last week we had a Moss touchdown disallowed for a penalty, this week the Giants had a score called back so these things go for you one week and against you the next.
After Grossman’s interceptions it appeared that we decided to go to our running game that had served us well over the last three games and it paid off. Although the numbers weren’t spectacular, it was enough to keep the Giants offence off the pitch and we dominated the time of possession, allowing Rex to manage the game. We picked up a lot of two to five yard gains without looking likely to break one and along with some key third down passes, it was enough to keep the Giants defence on the pitch. With our defence managing to come up with some turnovers, sacks and third down stops, any potential momentum shifts were stifled.
It’s good to act as a spoiler to one of our division rivals, but what might have been if we had played with this amount of heart during our five game losing streak coming out of the bye week. We could be competing for a wild card place ourselves, or even the division.
So is the fact that we defeated the Giants, probably costing them a post-season appearance worth the prospect of dropping a few places in the draft? Hell yeah!