For Redskins coach Jay Gruden, what he called the “code red game” didn’t arrive until week seven last year. This year it makes an earlier entrance in week three. You’ll recall that “code red game” nearly coded out on the operating table as the Redskins found themselves down 24-0 to Tampa Bay, before a superb performance from Kirk Cousins pulled out a 31-30 victory. The win kept the Skins playoff hopes alive and probably saved the jobs of both Gruden and Cousins. Now it looks like they’ll need more magic against the favored Giants in New York this weekend.
We recognize Gruden for putting a name on such a game, but while Joe Gibbs who had his share of teams that coasted to the playoffs, he also had his share of “code red” games. Gruden and predecessor Mike Shanahan each make the following list of “code red” wins, but it’s Gibbs who dominates. Here we go: