Dwayne Haskins saw his first NFL action in a rough 24-3 loss. It was a showdown of first-round quarterbacks as New York’s Daniel Jones — the No. 6 pick in the 2019 Draft — went 23 of 31 for 225 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, outshining Haskins — the No. 15 pick.
In his debut last week, Jones led the Giants back from a 28-10 halftime deficit in a thrilling 32-31 win. Haskins couldn’t manage the same after entering the game down 14-0, going nine of 17 for 107 yards and three interceptions.
The loss put head coach Jay Gruden’s team in an 0-4 hole. Washington has been outscored by an average of 12 points per game in 2019 and is 1-10 in its last 11 games under Gruden.
Jay Gruden had seen enough after starting quarterback Case Keenum missed wide receiver a wide-open Trey Quinn twice: on the first play of the game and with just over eight minutes to play in the second quarter.
The Redskins managed just 52 yards of offense on 17 plays on their first three drives, which resulted in an interception and three punts. Haskins gave the team a spark after a Quinton Dunbar interception at the Giants’ 37-yard line set up a field goal drive.
Washington was sloppy and undisciplined on defense, showing little fight in the loss. The Redskins have given up a league-high 63 percent of third downs and allowed the Giants to move the chains on third down seven of 11 times.
For most of the afternoon, the Redskins couldn’t move the ball against New York’s 31st-ranked total defense. The Giants gave up just 176 yards and 3.7 yards per play while recording a pick-six.
New York faced heavy scrutiny after taking Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft while passing on Haskins and other highly-rated defensive prospects. Many have drawn comparisons to Jones and Haskins, and it’s likely the two NFC East quarterbacks will be compared for the foreseeable future.
The Redskins seek their first win since Dec. 16 next week against the New England Patriots. New England (4-0) has allowed 13 points of offense in its first four games, boasting the league’s best total defense while Tom Brady leads what’s once again a high-powered offense.