The 8:30 game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers on Sunday evening suddenly became meaningless after the Washington Redskins blew their chance at playoffs by losing to the New York Giants 19-10.
The Redskins, with a chance to control their own destiny, came out flat as Kirk Cousins was intercepted twice in the second half. He finished the game 22 of 35 passing with 287 yards, 1 touchdown, and the two costly interceptions. “Tough Times don’t last, tough people do, right?” Cousins said after the loss as he knows he is facing a very uncertain offseason. Washington has had several opportunities to punch their ticket to the playoffs, but failed each one, including a game against the Carolina Panthers a couple weeks ago.
Although the Giants played a very conservative approach in the second half, Eli Manning played the entire game and finished 17 of 27 passing with 180 yards. Coach Ben McAdoo called it “a physical, hard-nosed football game against a hungry team on the road where we ran the ball, we stopped the run, we took care of the ball, and we took the ball away.”
Odell Beckham Jr. was removed from the game in the third quarter by coach McAdoo with 5 catches for 44 yards, but before that, he and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman added another chapter to their always contentious rivalry. Norman shoved Beckham out of bounds in the second quarter and then shoved his face mask into Beckham’s as he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The Redskins face a very uncertain offseason as quarterback Kirk Cousins was playing this season on a franchise tag. Cousins overall had a decent year, but when it came down to playing in clutch games/moments, he failed most of the time. He was unsuccessful in leading his team to a playoff berth and has lost a lot of leverage in terms of contract negotiations. The Redskins front office now sits firmly in the drivers seat and has a huge decision to make of whether or not they want to rely on Cousins again, or put their faith into someone else.