The Washington Redskins have been watching tape of their 27-23 loss and for the most part they like what they see: other than the 77-yard game winner from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz, the Redskins players say they outplayed the Giants almost snap for snap.
Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen was the least diplomatic: "We were supposed to win that game."
Robert Griffin III, who made a lasting impression on the Giants with his play that afternoon, was a bit more tactful, saying "That was a game we should have won." Old friend Barry Cofield said that looking at the tape made him feel good about the Redskins performance, other than that one play of course.
While Bowen's words might perk the back pages, there's not all that much the Redskins are saying that isn't true. We remember writing an odd feeling Monday Morning Hangover the next day, saying the Giants had "barely escaped" the Redskins.
Sure, the final score is all that really matters…but Giants fans need to look no further than the 2007 Week 17 matchup with the New England Patriots to prove a relevant lesson: playing a team tough, even if you don't win, will prove to a young, hungry team that they can play with the best.
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