Who was the Redskins’ unsung hero against the Giants?

December 4, 2012

You don’t need me to tell you that a win in December on “Monday Night Football” against a division rival bringing the Redskins within a game of first place is sweet. I’m assuming you saw it with your own eyes.

Those eyes observed another turnover-free game from Robert Griffin III, who combined with Josh Morgan to log a highlight for the ages. You saw Pierre Garcon catch eight passes for 106 yards and a game-winning touchdown, and Alfred Morris rush 22 times for 124 yards, at 5.6 per carry. Those were your guys who obviously excelled.

But if you watched carefully, who played well, yet less obviously so? Propers are in order for the offensive line, which allowed zero sacks to the vaunted Giants defensive line and paved the way for 207 yards rushing. (That’s the third time this season the Redskins have rushed for 200-plus, the second against the Giants). Any particular linemen stand out?


Cedric Griffin breaks up a pass intended for Hakeem Nicks.

On defense, there was a mic’d up London Fletcher delivering big hits as usual. But who else did you appreciate? Third cornerback Cedric Griffin, above, perhaps? After the Redskins took the lead in the fourth, the defense barely budged. Fletcher, Perry Riley and Madieu Williams — who notably, did not get burned at the end while protecting a lead — led the team in tackles. Rob Jackson had the only sack.

Anyone stand out to you on special teams, or along the lines? Analyst Jon Gruden at one point drooled over fullback Darrel Young, who probably deserves it. But you know it’s a good night when the fullback is getting love.

A lot of Redskins played well Monday night, and that has to be the case to eke out a 17-16 win over the division-leading defending champions. Who impressed you, besides the obvious standouts?

And if Monday night weren’t enough … next up is a clash with those Maryland neighbors, the Ravens.

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Mike Jones · December 4, 2012

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