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Need to know: The Giants jumped out to a 21-7 lead midway through the second quarter thanks to three Eli Manning touchdown passes to TE Larry Donnell. With under two minutes left in the second quarter, Trumaine McBride forced a fumble and the Giants recovered, thwarting a Redskins drive deep in Giants territory. The Giants capitalized shortly after, capping a quick drive with a 28-yard field goal that gave them a 24-7 lead as time expired in the half.
With the Giants holding onto a 24-14 lead in the third quarter, Quintin Demps picked off Kirk Cousins to set up another Giants touchdown and a 31-14 lead.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Eli Manning rushed in for a touchdown as the Giants extended their lead to 38-14. Later in the fourth, a 1-yard touchdown run by Andre Williams gave the Giants a 45-14 lead and capped off the scoring.
Eli Manning was stellar, going 28-for-39 for 300 yards. He threw 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Giants forced six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumble recoveries).
What's next: The Giants host the Falcons on Sunday, October 5 at 1 p.m.
romp /rämp,rômp/ verb play roughly and energetically; noun a spell of rough, energetic play.
That's what we saw from the Giants tonight in Washington: a romp. They did very little wrong against a battered and beleaguered Redskins team in a game that was theirs from the opening whistle.
The major takeaway from tonight is simple: the Giants won a division game on the road and looked scary-good in the process.
Before I lump praise on the Giants' offense, let me say I was a doubter. After rifling through this wafer-thin Washington defense, I'm not completely sold, but let's say if I were a shopper I'd have my credit card out ready to complete the purchase.
Eli Manning has once again made a dunce out of his detractors (present company included), looking very much the master of his domain. He accounted for five TDs, four through the air and one on the ground. His rushing TD is the first since 2011 and you could have driven an 18-wheeler through that hole.
OC Ben McAdoo told us in training camp his philosophy was to attack defenses. Up until now, we haven't seen that much, but I think after tonight we're beginning to get the picture. His plan was executed with extreme prejudice and it was eye-opening. (And they haven't even unleashed their No. 1 draft pick yet....)
The Giants suddenly are back to the days of mismatches. 6'6" TE Larry Donnell had three TD grabs and the Redskins had few answers for 6'3" WR Rueben Randle (8 rec, 89 yards) who looked fluid for the first time in this offense.
The offensive line, which was touted all summer as the worst in the history of NFL, is winning their battles and getting the job done. I won't call them dominant, but the effort is definitely paying off for this lunchpail unit.
I won't lie, I felt a little nervous about the Giants' pass coverage coming into this game, but the secondary came through with a strong showing. They knocked TE Niles Paul out of the game and forced TE Logan Paulsen to fumble in the red zone. Four different players recorded INTs and the top three Washington wideouts were held to just four receptions combined.
Key numbers….The Giants had six takeaways and just one give (the ridiculous end zone "INT" that Rueben Randle coughed up that should have been called a TD)…Giants were 6-8 in the red zone and 5-6 in goal to go efficiency…
Washington was just 1-8 on third downs while the Giants went 11-16….New York had 81 yards on INT returns….the Giants won the TOP by a whopping 37:11 to 22:43...need we go on...?