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REDskin Zone: A Giant victory

Josh Norman mostly won the battle and the Redskins completely won the war, and in the process a much-needed first win of the season, 29-27 at the New York Giants in week three.joshnorman2

“We are fighters, fighters to the end. Scrapping. Savagery as they come,” Norman said. “Real gritty, all the way down to the bone and gristle. Fight, fight, fight.”

Much of the talk coming into the game was over Norman’s battle with Odell Beckham Jr., and each had their moments in the individual match-up. Beckham did finish with seven catches for 121 yards, but he failed to reach the end zone while Norman broke up two of Eli Manning’s pass attempts.

The biggest play against Manning came in the closing minutes as the Giants tried to drive for a winning field goal. Rookie Su’a Cravens jumped in front of a Manning pass for a diving interception to seal the victory after Dustin Hopkins’ fifth field goal had put Washington on top just under two minutes from the finish.

“I didn’t think Eli was going to throw,” Cravens said. “He looked at me and I was like, ‘OK, I got him locked up and he still threw it. I was like ‘Alright.’ Just tried to make a play on it.”sua-cravens-interception

Quarterback Kirk Cousins was better than the first two weeks, finishing with 296 passing yards and long scoring throws to DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder.

Again the Redskins failed to get the ball in the end zone enough, but Hopkins was clutch in making all five of his field goal attempts. Every point was critical as the Redskins were able to deal the Giants their first defeat of the season.

“Everyone loves touchdowns. I love touchdowns,” Hopkins said. “When they call on me, I do the best I can to put the team in a position to win, whether they send me out there five times or once, it’s OK.”

 

Injuries

trentwilliamsThis win was all about heart, as the Redskins were battered health-wise on the day, particularly on the offensive line. Left guard Shaun Lauvao was knocked out with an ankle injury, and center Cory Lichtensteiger went out with a bad calf.

Trent Williams, an all-pro at tackle, wound up moving to left guard for the first time in his career, saying afterward he’d never even taken a practice rep at guard, much yet been there in a game. Spencer Long and Ty Nsekhe also filled in admirably in front of Cousins.

On the defensive side, safety DeAngelo Hall went down with a knee injury that’s been determined to be a torn ACL, which will end his season. Cornerback Bashaud Breeland also was injured early and may not play this week.

 

Week 4 – vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2

The winless Browns come to town as the Redskins look to square their record at 2-2.

Cleveland used its third quarterback of the young season last week in rookie Cody Kessler. In fact, he and receiver Terrelle Pryor took snaps, with Pryor playing the Kordell Stewart-like “Slash” role in what ultimately was an overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Ex-Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with an injury in week one, while Josh McCown was hurt in the Browns’ second game.

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