Redskins Notes: A first for Young

Redskins Notes: A first for Young
December 18, 2011, 10:52 pm
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. Darrel Young attended high school about 49 miles from MetLife Stadium, site of Sundays Redskins-Giants game. And the Amityville, N.Y., native felt right at home in the Redskins 23-10 win, scoring his first NFL rushing touchdown.

Young, who had one carry this year entering the game while playing fullback, had a career-high four carries (for 14 yards), including a six-yard score to blow the game open (17-0).

It was an honor, Young said. I know my family was watching and I wish they were on the sidelines with me. Its a dream come true to play at the Giants and the Giants were my favorite team growing up.

Young had long since secured the football used to score (he had a receiving touchdown against Philadelphia last year).

Young benefited from the Redskins using more two-running back formations for the second straight week. He played a career-high 46 snaps against New England was used often against the Giants the Redskins 40-24 run-pass ratio was the largest pro-running game of the year.

But Young got involved actually carrying the mail, too.

Its a copy cat league and some teams had been successful with it, Young said of the quick hand-offs. We felt like we could capitalize on those situations and it worked out OK today.

Said center Will Montgomery: I dont think they were expecting that. Theyre so used to seeing us go outside and a couple quick hitters surprised them.

Young has become another first- or second-year players on offense who have gotten more involved they accounted for 38 carries against the Giants.

Of Young, coach Mike Shanahan said: Hes very accountable and thats what you love about the guy. Hes smart, hes very prepared and how many linebackers can move to the fullback position and not really miss a beat.

Orakpo Breaks Streak
It took until his 16th game for Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo to get his first sack against NFC East competition. He took Eli Manning down in the fourth quarter.

I was glad to finally get Eli in my third year, Orakpo said. Its crazy how I got all these sacks and none were in the division opponent. Its good to get that monkey off my back.

Orakpos first 25.5 sacks all came outside of the division, something that obviously had been eating at him.

They know who I am and its hard to get the sacks, especially in the division, he said.

D. Thomas Injured
Former Redskins and current Giants receiver Devin Thomas was carted off the field at halftime after injuring his neck while covering a kickoff.

Hes going to go through a series of tests to determine precautionary stuff, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. It sounded as if it was a stinger versus a disc.

Thomas was able to walk around in the locker room during the second half, according to Giants personnel.

No Trap Game
The Giants entered with a chance to remain atop the division, were coming off a come-from-behind win at Dallas and had won eight of the last nine against the Redskins at home.

Dare we suggest trap game?

No, Coughlin said. They had beaten us earlier in the year and theyre a quality team. Theyve played many teams very close and they lost tough ball-games themselves. But that wasnt even a consideration.

Quick Kicks
The game-time temperature of 29 degrees (20 wind chill) was the coldest for the Redskins this year.

When Manning went 0-for-6 in the first quarter, it marked the first time he had gone without a first-quarter completion.

The Redskins entered as 6.5-point underdog.

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