On WFAN with Joe and Evan today, Antrel Rolle had some pretty ridiculous things to say:
We, as a team, and as an organization, we know that the Washington Redskins is not a better team than us. I mean, we know that hands down. If we played them 100 times, they might win 5. And you know, they won, that day. It never leaves a good taste in your mouth when you lose to an opponent you know you’re better than.
Yeah… um… no. From where I was sitting, Redskins receivers were running wide open the entire day, and Rex Grossman took advantage, torching the secondary (occupied by one Antrel Rolle) for over 300 yards. The Giants couldn’t block anyone, as the Redskins, save for one Brandon Jacobs run of 14 yards, completely shut down the Giants run game. They harassed Eli Manning all afternoon, sacking him 4 times, knocking him down on several other occasions, and forcing an intentional grounding call. The Giants had a FG blocked. The Redskins dominated in all three phases.
It’s not like this was some sort of flukey win. The Skins got contributions from a wide array of players – Fred Davis was outstanding, rookie Chris Neild abused Giants vet David Baas multiple times, Santana Moss made some big plays, the consummate professional London Fletcher looked like a kid in a candy store being around the football all day, Ryan Kerrigan made a monster play, new guys Stephen Bowen and Josh Wilson contributed. Hell, even DeAngelo Hall was sticking his nose in there and making tough tackles. The entire second half was totally one-sided, and the Redskins’ revamped defense looks to be legit.
It’s almost comical for Antrel Rolle to say what he said, by the way, particularly after he was the one that made perhaps the dopiest play of the game for the Giants, when he foolishly speared a defenseless Redskins receiver that was on the ground (although Antrel’s version of that play is a little different).
The Giants are banged up. Actually, that’s an understatement. They’ve been decimated by injuries. But let’s call it what it is: Right now, Sept 13, 2011, the Redskins are a better football team, and it showed in obvious fashion on Sunday.