- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 22, 2009

UP-DOWNS

BRUCE ALLEN [UP]

New GM gets none of the blame for Monday night’s travesty and only can improve things. Can’t he?

JASON CAMPBELL [DOWN]

So much for impressing the new guy

JIM ZORN [DOWN]

So much for proving ‘em wrong

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Eli Manning

The occasionally inconsistent Giants quarterback shredded the Redskins’ defense, going 19-for-26 for 268 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Score: New York 24, Washington 0

Quarter: Second, :02 remaining

Situation: Redskins’ ball, fourth-and 4 on the New York 20

The play: It had nothing to do with the outcome, but a bizarre fake field goal attempt - during which most of the team shifted to the left sideline, backup tight end Todd Yoder snapped the ball and punter Hunter Smith threw a pass up for grabs that was intercepted - neatly summed up the Redskins’ ineptitude, not just in the game but for the entire season.

UP NEXT

Dallas Cowboys (9-5) at Washington Redskins (4-10)

When: Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

Where: FedEx Field

TV/radio: Chs. 4, 11, ESPN 980

Outlook: After a month of playing competitively, the Redskins came apart Monday night in a blowout loss to the Giants, a game in which the offense and defense were equally terrible. Dallas needs a victory to clinch a playoff berth and would seem to be too much for the Redskins, except that Washington usually plays the Cowboys closely. Dallas, which squeaked out a 7-6 win in the teams’ first meeting, stunned the previously unbeaten New Orleans Saints on Saturday as quarterback Tony Romo riddled the Saints for 312 yards, the running game netted 145 more and the defense put constant pressure on quarterback Drew Brees.

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