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Nothing is unfamiliar here: A blowout loss to the New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins are now on a different path than the one they hoped to be on just two days earlier.
Pick your season, and it seems to aptly describe what happened after most games in the Meadowlands.
This time, the Redskins can't get derailed again. If they are a different team, as we've heard more than a few players and coaches say, then next week vs. the Eagles will be just as big as the one that just ended with a 32-21 loss to the Giants. When you're trying to rebuild a program, you'll have big stumbles. Thursday was a massive one that occurred in prime time.
After a lackluster performance by Kirk Cousins, coach Jay Gruden insisted Thursday night there is no quarterback controversy for the Washington Redskins.
Cousins was 30-of-49 for 316 yards in a 32-21 loss to the New York Giants, but he had two interceptions, including one deep in Washington territory by Prince Amukamara that set up a first-quarter touchdown. Cousins now has nine interceptions in three games against the Giants.
Despite the struggles, Gruden said he never considered playing backup Colt McCoy.
The mistakes weren't limited to Kirk Cousins alone, but that's a good place to start. He is the Washington Redskins quarterback and he did replace the one-time future of the franchise. When that's the case, then the target on the back becomes bigger.
So when Cousins has a game in which he has multiple interceptions -- as he has had a few times over the years -- then it provides proof for some that he can't cut it as a starter. Others will say he's still an evolving quarterback. The Redskins will still say he's more confident and a better quarterback than in the past.
Then I'd add something that should make you and your teammates cringe: That physical reputation you referenced — that simple, ground-and-pound style that made the start of this season so interesting — it seemed like a trick that wasn't fooling the New York Giants on Thursday night. And without superior toughness distorting the game, you looked like one of the worst teams in the NFL.
It's more than frustrating — it is indicative of what the Redskins need to do to not only be competitive in games, but for Cousins to be an effective game manager, and that's play with a lead.
Notes and numbers from Giants 32, Redskins 21
—After rushing for 343 yards in two games, the Redskins couldn't get it going on the ground. They gained just 88 yards on 20 carries, a 4.4 average per carry. But their performance actually was worse than that. Their last carry of the night was a 26-yard draw by Chris Thompson on the last play of the game when the Giants were in a Hail Mary prevent defense. If you take out that run the numbers are 62 yards on 19 carries, a sad 3.3-yard average.
With fellow linebacker Martrell Spaight placed on injured-reserve and usual starter Perry Riley out because of a calf injury, undrafted rookie Terrance Plummer knew he was going to play a big role in Thursday night's game against the Giants. And unfortunately for him and his team, he did — just not the way he would've wanted to.
Two games into the season, the Washington Redskins had reason to think they'd hit on a winning formula based on a hard-nosed running game and stout defense.
But their NFC East opener exposed that notion as wishful thinking Thursday at MetLife Stadium, where a New York Giants team that was missing key starters grounded the Redskins' running game and rattled quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw two interceptions in a 32-21 loss.
Kirk Cousins and all of his supporters, especially Jay Gruden, wanted the narrative to be different this time around. In his return to the national stage, the quarterback hoped to show he had improved his decision-making and patience, prove he could remain cool under pressure and steer his team to victory under tough circumstances.
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