The Giants beat the Redskins on Sunday night to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Here’s how we graded them…
Jim Mancari, ContributorIt wasn’t a particularly great offensive performance, but it also wasn’t that bad either. Basically, it came down to the Giants playing very well offensively for two quarters (the second and fourth) and pretty bad for two quarters (the first and third).
Big Blue got off to a miserable start with two straight three-and-outs in the first quarter, but rebounded to put up two touchdowns in the second quarter to tie the game going into the half. Two punts and an Eli Manning interception made for a poor third quarter, but again the team responded with a good fourth to seal the win.
The running game wasn’t as a good as it had been the past few weeks, but Manning made up for it, finishing 22-of-28 for 235 yards and a touchdown and an interception. Not bad, considering he was constantly under duress after a lackluster offensive line performance. Victor Cruz had a huge second half, and it was nice to see Brandon Myers actually contribute in the passing game, catching five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Is there room for improvement? Absolutely, but overall the G-Men actually put together a few good offensive drives.
Tom Uddo, ContributorA slow start, but the Giants defense came up big when it mattered most. After allowing a touchdown on the first drive of the game, the Giants would give up one more touchdown before half, and would hold the Skins’ to just 96 second-half yards and keep them from reaching the endzone again.
Justin Tuck put on a show, finishing the game with four sacks, with two big ones coming on third down. Jon Beason had another strong game with 17 tackles, and the Giants run defense wasn’t terrible, holding Alfred Morris, who is known for eating up yards, to just 26 yards on 11 carries. RGIII would account for a majority of the Redskins ground game, running the ball 12 times for 88 yards.
After a gut-wrenching mistake by the referees in not allowing Washington a first down even after they moved the chains, Will Hill’s strip of Pierre Garcon on Washington’s final drive, with a chance to tie the game, sealed the victory for Big Blue.
With JPP, Corey Webster and Trumaine McBride out with injuries, the Giants did a good job dealing with the run and pass combo of RGIII and containing the explosiveness of Morris.
Special Teams: B
John Fennelly, Lead WriterOverall, a bland performance by both teams. The Giants punted six times for a net of 42 yards. Washington PR Santana Moss called for two fair catches and returned the other four for an average of 8.8 per. Two punts were inside the 20 and the long was 62.
Rueben Randle returned three punts for an average of 7.3 yards per.
On kickoffs, Michael Cox averaged 17.3 yards over four returns with a long of 21. Josh Brown kicked off five times: two went for touchbacks and the other three were returned for an average of 17.7.
Brown had six points: 3 PAT and a 39-yard FG. He has yet to attempt a FG over 50 yards this season.