The Washington Redskins host the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in what should be one of the better MNF games of the seasons.
Its been quite awhile since the Redskins were significantly relevant in the NFL landscape. However, RG3 has certainly changed that.
Finally, the Redskins have an identity and appear to be headed in the right direction.
Washington was last seen as an NFC power back in the 80s and early 90s under the firm hand of head coach Joe Gibbs.
Bill Parcells and the Giants stayed in step with the Redskins throughout the same time period; winning Super Bowls in 1986 and ’90.
The latter Super Bowl season included numerous high points including a Week 6 road win at RFK Stadium in Washington, perennially one of the league’s toughest venues.
New York’s passing offense turned into a big play unit against the Skins as Phil Simms completed 13 of 22 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns.
The Giants attacked the middle of Washington’s pass coverage throughout the day including a 63-yarder to fullback Maurice Carthon.
For perspective, Carthon caught all of 14 passes in 1990.
With offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt calling the shots, those crafty Giants were a thorn in the opposition’s side in 1990.
New York defeated Washington 24-20 and won Super Bowl XXV.
P.S. Mad props to the Redskins for using that deceptive halfback option pass for a score.