Grade vs. Giants: C+
Comment: Robert Griffin III and Co. scored 23 points – almost seven below their season average entering the game.
The reason? Themselves.
Four turnovers – one interception and three fumbles – not only signaled a season high, it also proved as costly as the secondary’s busted coverage on Victor Cruz late in the fourth quarter.
It was also uncharacteristic for the normally sure-handed Redskins’ offense: The unit arrived in the Meadowlands averaging less than one turnover per contest.
Alfred Morris’ third quarter fumble was his first of the season, but it put a damper on an otherwise outstanding afternoon for the rookie. Meantime, Griffin’s two turnovers (interception and fumble) marked a career-high for the star rookie.
“There are no excuses for that,” Griffin said afterward.
It was only fitting that the Redskins’ last chance to pull off the upset ended with Santana Moss getting stripped by Chase Blackburn near midfield. It was Moss’ first fumble since 2010.
Despite the carelessness with the rock, there was a lot to like about the offense’s performance. The 480 total yards were the most the team had gained since 2007 – and the unit did it without Pierre Garçon, who missed a second straight game with a foot injury, and Fred Davis, who was lost for the season in the first quarter because of a ruptured Achilles’ tendon.
Morris ran for a career-high 120 yards, Griffin (108.9 passer rating) outdueled two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning (78.9 rating), tight end Logan Paulsen grabbed a career high four passes for 76 yards and the offensive line did a decent job protecting Griffin from the Giants’ fearsome front four.
But the drive-killing turnovers – all of which occurred in the second half – proved too much to overcome.