Yet the reaction to the game a year ago is vastly different to the game last week. Sure, the Giants had their
critics and the buzzards were circling around Tom Coughlin. But the buzzword then and now, as that game is being
revisited, is that the Giants were "competitive". Even though half of their team, the defense, was completely
ineffective, it was OK because they were able to post five touchdowns.
Just like the Giants a year ago, the Redskins were ineffective on one side of the ball but it was the Skins offense
that couldn't get untracked. The Washington defense was respectable throughout.
We know what the reaction to the Redskins' loss has been. I heard a Sirius NFL Radio commentator say that the Skins
would have trouble beating a high school team. Dan Steinberg in the DC Sport Bog did a good job of compiling some of
the more hysterical reactions from both his WaPo compatriots and others.
Such contrasting viewpoints depending on which half of the team pulls a no-show are the norm on all levels of
football. Even though they say that defense wins championships, if you're going to stink up the joint on one side of
the ball, it had better be the defense. If you lose a high-scoring affair, you're in there fighting. If you lose
while giving up just one touchdown you would have trouble beating Duke.
One more related point here. Please don't tell me that the Redskins were "lucky" or "fortunate" that the Giants
didn't score more points, that it "could have been 28-0" , or any other such nonsense. Yes, the Giants drove into
scoring position three more times in the first half after scoring their first and only touchdown. But the Redskins
defense, not bad luck, stopped them and forced them to settle for field goals.
There were no dumb penalties on the Giants. They did not drop any passes. No questionable call or non-call cost New
York a touchdown. There were no occasions where a wide-open receiver or a runner in the open field slipped and fell.
The Redskins simply turned them away.
It's like saying that the Giants were lucky that the Redskins didn't run or pass for a first down on their first
Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the upcoming book The Redskins Chronicle. You can reach Rich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org