Moss moves the chains—Santana Moss had six receptions against the Giants and all of them resulted in first downs. Possibly the biggest came in the second quarter when the caught a 10-yard pass from Grossman to convert a fourth and five. The Redskins first touchdown followed a few plays later. There are those who wonder why the Redskins gave him a $5 million per year contract but anyone who watches the team week in and week out knows his value to the team.
Rocca pins them back—Sav Rocca had a nice punting average of 43 yards but that did not tell the whole story of how good a game he had. He put four of his six punts inside the 20. After years of watching Redskins punters boom kicks into the end zone, it’s good to see. Between Rocca’s work and Graham Gano’s strong kickoffs, the Giants started only one of their final 11 drives past their own 20. That one drive was the result of Rex Grossman’s fourth-quarter fumble.
Snapping streaks of six—The Redskins snapped three different six-game losing streaks by beating the Giants yesterday. New York had won six straight in the overall series. The Giants also had won six straight against the Redskins at FedEx Field. The last time the Redskins had a home win against the G-Men was a 35-20 win in December of 2005. New York also had won the last six times the two team met to open the season. Washington started the season 0-1 thanks to the Giants in 1977, 1988, 1988, 1998, 2008, and 2009. Their last season-opening win over the Giants came in 1976.