The Redskins defense stepped up their game near the end zone and late in the game to enable RG III to pull out a 17-16 upset of the Giants in a very good game for traders.
Although the Redskins defense yielded 390 yards, they forced the Giants to settle for four field goal attempts (one that was missed) and stopped the Giants offense on three of their last four possessions.
The Giants got on the board first with a field goal This provided a good opportunity to back the Redskins +186.before (or after) the field goal attempt.
The Redskins rewarded their backers with a nice touchdown drive. This enabled an opportunity to use all the green Redskins numbers to back the Giants +138.
New York then drove the ball between the 20’s well, but stalled out and lined up for a field goal
Whenever a good NFL field goal kicker lines up for a field goal inside the 45 yards in good weather, the odds are often pricing in a made field goal. Thus, if one isgoing to back the Redskins, it is best to do so before the attempt.
Using this strategy enabled one to put all their green Giants numbers to back the Redskins +118. This worked well as Tynes missed his attempt.
The Giants were then able to stop the Redskins. With the Giants moving the ball well, it was best to switch all those green numbers back on the Giants –110.
The Giants rewarded the trading in the green strategy with what would surprisingly be their only touchdown in the game.
This also provided another opportunity to put all those green numbers on the Redskins +186
In what was becoming nicely repetitive, the Redskins made this trading in the green strategy work again with a field goal.
This enabled one to move all the green numbers back to the Giants –120.
The strategy continued to roll with the Giants adding a field goal as the first half expired. .
After this score, one should stay with the Giants as they were set to receive the second half kickoff.
Although the Giants could not keep the momentum rolling, it enabled one to once again move all the green numbers on the Redskins +186.
Washington went on a nice drive that looked to be heading for seven points and one more opportunity to keep building up the green numbers with no risk.
Unfortunately, Washington fumbled the ball away inside the 10 yard line.
While the trading in the green strategy can help build up a very nice green number without any red numbers, at some point one must decide a team to ride to the finish or green up. With the game well into the third period, it was getting to the point to make such a decision.
With the Giants –185 inside their own 10 yard line, you normally could stay with Washington. However, they were not forcing three and outs to this point, so it was best to green up, even though this reduced the total level of green numbers.
While it was disappointing to reduce the potential winnings for the game, this action came with relief a couple plays later when Eli Manning hit a long pass that set up a field goal providing the Giants with a six point lead.
RG III then led the Redskins on an impressive TD drive giving them a 17 to 16 point lead.
At his point it was anyone’s game so it was advisable to stand pat in a nice green position where one would win regardless of the outcome.
After both teams traded punts, the Redskins defense stopped Eli Manning for the second straight possession giving the Redskins the ball with 3:51 remaining.
Once again, Washington put together an impressive drive to run out the clock to win and stay in playoff contention.