Redskins Thumbs and Thumbs Down, Redskins beat the Giants

The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants  20-13 as the Washington Redskins to improve to 5-2 and keep total command of the NFC East.

Here are our Redskins Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down.

Redskins Thumbs Up

Defensive Line:  RB Saquon Barkley, the next ‘big thing’, managed just 38 yards.  Thats not even it though.  The Redskins defensive front sacked QB Eli Manning SIX times.  The Redskins defensive line is one of the best in the NFL.  They have been proving it each and every week.  This week was no difference.  This week, Alabama studs aside, give credit to Matt Ioannidis who recorded 2.5 sacks on Manning.  Manning was harassed all day by the Washington front.  Credit this win to them.  Seriously.  They deserve it and they created it.

S DJ Swearinger:  Two interceptions.  Leadership.  Two Interceptions.  Leadership. That is what you get from DJ.  He is the heart and inspiration of this defense and deserves recognition for it.  DJ Swearinger finished with four tackles and two picks.  He just puts himself in position for turnovers.  Redskins have not seen this for a long time and he is the best safety on this team since 2007.  Period.

Honorable Mention:  Ummm, AP.  He gained 149 yards and scored 2 TDs.  But, he missed a Thumbs Up because of a fumble in the red zone.  What a game though.  His 64 yard TD dash effectively ended the game.  P Tress Way. Injured.  Screw that.  He came out to do his job.  He averaged 49.2 yards per punt.  Read that again.  LB Mason Foster had 9 tackles and was all over the field.  He is the new Zack Brown.  We are also starting to see a glimpse from WR Josh Doctson, who managed a few big first down receptions.  Doctson caught 5 passes for 49 yards.  K Dustin Hopkins shook off a 42 yard miss and connected on a 53 harder and a 39 harder after the miss.  Nice recovery.

Redskins Thumbs Down

QB Alex Smith.  He has not really looked good since the Green Bay game.  Smith was 20 for 32 for 178 yards with a TD pass.  Smith left points and yards on the field.  Big time.  He is holding this offense back.  He just is.

HC Jay Gruden.  The offensive plat calling is suspect at best.  How about the short passes before the half?  Not even go for a field goal?  Is it really that bad to turn over play calling to Matt Cavanaugh?   Manage the game Gruden, turn over play calling. Is Smith’s development in this offense thwarted by Gruen’s play calling?