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The 5th Quarter: Week 14 – Giants

By Mark Solway | December 8th, 2002

It was a tough outing for Washington, as is reflected in this week’s 5th Quarter rankings. It wasn’t a great performance from any facet of the team on Sunday. From Danny Wuerffel being sacked five times, to Champ Bailey fumbling a punt.


Coach Spurrier‘s ‘de-emphasis’ of both the running game and Stephen Davis continued against the Giants. Seven different Redskins had runs, though Washington ran the ball only 20 times. Davis had just 12 carries for 70 yards (5.8 yards per carry), including a nice 33 yards gain in the 3rd quarter.

If management plans on evaluating the young rushing talent on the roster, they didn’t on Sunday. Kenny Watson and Ladell Betts combined for an unremarkable 3 carries and 12 yards.

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Passing? How can you pass with an offensive line playing like that? Getting sacked 6 times during one game can lead to mistakes from the most veteran of QB’s. The gloved-one, Danny Wuerffel, started the game and was 13 of 19 for 159 yards, 1 INT. He was sacked 5 times by defenders that ran right through the holes of the offensive line.

Patrick Ramsey came in after Danny bruised his shoulder (and probably his pride) and threw for 204 yards and 1 TD (12 of 27). Not great numbers from either QB, although Ramsey nearly led the Redskins all the way back. Four of the Redskins’ turnovers were on pass plays.

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Tiki Barber had 96 yards on 20 carries against a Redskins defense that played it’s first game without Dan Wilkinson and Jeremiah Trotter. Keith Mitchell led all defenders with 8 tackles and Bruce Smith had another sack in his quest for Reggie White’s record. Otherwise, the defense’s performance was forgettable.

Once again Jeremy Shockey had a strong game grabbing a team high 89 yards on just 5 catches to lead all Giants receivers. Amani Toomer added 4 catches and 60 yards including a 29 yard touchdown pass against Champ Bailey. Bailey got twisted around and beaten in a manner we’re not accustomed to seeing from the Pro Bowl linebacker.

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Another game of special teams despair. Jose Cortez missed his first FG attempt as a Redskin, a makable 43 yard kick that he pushed wide to the right.

The biggest blunder on special teams came when Champ fumbled a punt in the 3rd quarter after Washington had fought back from 17-0 down to 17-14. Former Redskin Kato Serwanga pounced on the fumble at the Skins 22 and the G-men scored two plays later to go up 24-14.

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Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database. It was originally posted by Mark Solway