Grade vs. Giants: B
Comment: First-year player Kai Forbath has made folks quickly forget about the Redskins’ early season kicking struggles.
Forbath connected on field goals from 20, 43 and 45 yards. Add to that his 50-yarder against the Vikings and the 25-year-old is a perfect 4 for 4 in his young NFL career.
Forbath seems to have quickly discovered the chemistry and timing with his holder and snapper that eluded Billy Cundiff during his brief tenure in Washington.
On kickoffs Sunday, Forbath put five of six in the end zone but only two resulted in touchbacks. The Giants returned four of Forbath’s kicks for a total of 106 yards (26.5 yards per return). Thirty-two of those yards came on the opening kickoff after an offsides infraction on Chris Wilson forced the Redskins to re-kick.
A major concern entering the game was the health of punter Sav Rocca, who had injured his right knee while jogging on Thursday. It never became a factor because the Redskins went for it on fourth down three times (and converted each of them), leaving Rocca with just one opportunity to punt – a unimpressive 33-yarder in the third quarter. Good coverage, however, forced Rueben Randall to call for a fair catch.
The big story line on special teams has been Forbath’s accuracy. He may not produce touchbacks as often as Cundiff, but as long as he puts the ball between the uprights, he’s a big-time upgrade at an often undervalued position.
Something to monitor: Long snapper Nick Sundberg (broken arm) has been cleared to resume practice and will do so Wednesday. He cannot, however, suit up for a game until Week 11 per NFL rules.