- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2008

Burgundy jerseys and towels joined the gimmicks from the Washington Redskins‘ previous two home games in producing the same result Sunday - an offensively challenged loss to a superior team.

Against Pittsburgh, the Redskins lost wearing all-burgundy uniforms. Two weeks ago, they lost to Dallas after engulfing the stadium with white towels.

After Sunday’s 24-7 loss to the New York Giants, there’s no other way to color it: The Redskins may have to consider throwing in the towel as far as their playoff hopes are concerned.

Q: The margin of defeat was 16 points. Are the Giants that much better than the Redskins at this point?

A: The disparity is closer to three touchdowns. New York is on a roll right now, and the impressive part about the Giants’ offense was, even without Plaxico Burress, they threw it 22 times in the first half against only 15 rushes. If their offense can be that diverse - and their defense is already lights-out - the Giants are headed to Tampa, Fla., for their second straight Super Bowl.

Q: The Redskins are a dismal 3-4 at home this season, including three consecutive defeats. How embarrassing is that?

A: It’s pathetic. The Redskins are the opposite of most teams - they thrive on the road. Granted, the last three home defeats have been to Pittsburgh, Dallas and the Giants, but it’s still unacceptable. Maybe The Danny should tarp some sections of the upper deck to make the stadium cozier and keep out opposing fans.

Q: Jim Zorn pointed to the first quarter as the tone-setter. Is he right?

A: The Redskins were bad in the first quarter (trailed 10-0, outgained 130-47), but the ship appeared somewhat on-course when Devin Thomas scored on a 29-yard reverse to make it 13-7 at halftime. But the third quarter was a train wreck for the Redskins; the offense gained only 51 yards.

Q: Shaun Suisham missed another field goal, which would have made it 13-10 Giants at halftime. Was it a bad snap or hold or just a miss?

A: The 42-yarder was certainly long enough, but it missed wide right. Special teams coach Danny Smith said the snap was fine. Suisham looks like a guy whose leg is tired. Regardless, don’t count on the Redskins bringing in any kickers this week - there simply aren’t a lot available.

Q: Two of the better offensive plays came on trickery. That can’t be a good sign, right?

A: It’s an awful sign. With the running game dormant and Jason Campbell unable to find anything downfield, Zorn had to dial up a reverse to Thomas and an Antwaan Randle El pass to Chris Cooley (17-yard gain) to get anything going offensively. The Giants are good defensively, but the Redskins still have decent weapons; they should score more often they have. The Redskins haven’t had three offensive touchdowns in a game since Week 3.

Q: The Giants seemed to do whatever they wanted against the Redskins’ defense. Fair statement?

A: Absolutely. The Redskins allowed a season-high 404 yards and gave up several third-and-long conversions in the first half. Greg Blache called for several blitzes from his linebackers, but Eli Manning was sacked only twice on nearly 40 dropbacks. Maybe rushing three and flooding the middle of the field with defenders is Blache’s next option - force the quarterback to survey the field and throw into coverage.

Q: Bottom-line time. Do the Redskins make the playoffs?

A: No, because they don’t control their own fate. At 7-5, they’re behind Carolina (9-3), Dallas (8-4) and Atlanta (8-4). Sunday’s game in Baltimore will be a tall task, and the offense simply isn’t doing enough to generate confidence.

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