The Giants came out on national television on Thursday night and put a sock in the mouths of all their detractors, outpacing the Washington Redskins from whistle to whistle. They refuse to be fodder for wisecracking talking heads and smarmy late night talk show hosts.
Instead, they put the rest of the league on notice. If you want to beat us, you better bring your 'A' game. The Giants turned the tables on the clock-eating, smashmouth Redskins, surprising the country by coming together after two painful losses rather than unraveling into an irreparable mess.
From the Giants PR dept....
Washington entered the game first in the NFL with 171.5 rushing yards a game and second with an average time possession of 37:49. The Redskins ran for 88 yards and owned the ball for 28:30.
For the second time in three games, the Giants did not commit a turnover. They did not cough up the ball at Dallas on opening night. The Giants have won seven of their last eight games in which they did not have a turnover. The game vs. the Cowboys on Sept. 13 was the only loss.
The offense was not explosive by any means but it got the job done. They only gained 19 first downs and 13 of those were through the air. The stat sheet this morning looks like the Giants democratically distributed the football to keep everyone involved and placated. The fantasy lowdown from Rotoworld:
On the New York side of the ball, Rueben Randle was the top performer coming fresh off a one reception, five yard performance in Week 2. Randle hauled in all seven of his targets on Thursday night, including a late touchdown catch on his way to 116 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. was also productive, catching seven passes for 79 yards and a score on nine targets. The Giants backfield was a mess in this one, with Andre Williams leading the way with a sluggish 14 carries for 29 yards and a score. The game script didn’t set up very well for Shane Vereen, as he failed to catch a single pass after doing serious PPR damage in Week 2 with eight catches. Moving forward, Vereen will likely see the most fantasy value as a game script dependent flex play in PPR leagues with Williams and Rashad Jennings barely worth consideration in standard leagues.
More Notes and Nuggets from the Giants 32-21 win over Washington courtesy of the Giants PR Dept:
The Giants improved to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the NFC East. They return to action on Oct. 4 at Buffalo.
The Giants’ winning streak against Washington is now five games. The two teams will meet again on Nov. 29 in FedEx Field.
The Giants improved to 15-7-3 on Thursdays, including 4-2 under Tom Coughlin.
This was the 165th regular-season victory of Coughlin’s career. He is in 13th place on the all-time list, one win behind Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown.
Including postseason games, Coughlin has 177 victories. That is the 12th-highest total in history, one behind Mike Shanahan.
The Giants won the coin toss and deferred, just as they did last Sunday vs. Atlanta. This was the eighth time since the beginning of the 2012 season the Giants have deferred, and the first time in those eight games that they won.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead when Rashad Jennings blocked Tress Way’s punt and the ball bounced out of the end zone for a safety just 2:13 into the game.
It was the Giants’ first blocked punt since Sept. 21, 2014, when Damontre Moore blocked a punt by Houston’s Shane Lechler. The Giants have blocked a punt in three consecutive seasons, all in MetLife Stadium. On Nov. 10, 2013, Moore blocked a punt by Oakland’s Marquette King that was returned for a touchdown by Cooper Taylor.
The Giants scored on a safety for the first time since Dec. 24, 2011, when defensive lineman Chris Canty sacked Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez in the end zone for two points.
Second-year pro Andre Williams scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard run in the first quarter. Williams also drew one of the loudest cheers of the night when he bowled over safety Trenton Robinson on an 11-yard run in the third quarter.
Williams’ touchdown was set up by an interception by cornerback Prince Amukamara, who intercepted Kirk Cousins on Washington’s second possession and returned it six yards to the 14-yard line. It was Amukamara’s first interception since Oct. 19, 2014 at Dallas, and the seventh of his career. He missed the final eight games of last season with a torn right bicep.
Rookie linebacker Uani ‘Unga picked up his second career interception on a terrific diving catch of a Cousins pass that was tipped by Devon Kennard.
Eli Manning completed 23 of 32 passes for 279 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 119.1, his highest rating since he had a 148.8 at St. Louis on Dec. 21, 2014.
Manning completed his first eight passes, his second-longest streak to start a regular-season game. He completed his first 10 passes in San Francisco on Nov. 13, 2011. Prior to that game, Manning’s previous long streak to start a game was seven completions vs. Seattle on Oct. 5, 2008 and vs. Carolina on Dec. 27, 2009. Manning completed his first nine passes vs. New England in Super Bowl XLVI – a Super Bowl record.
Manning’ fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr (30 yards) and Rueben Randle (41 yards) increased his career total to 263. That broke a tie with Dave Krieg and moved Manning into 12th place on the NFL’s career list. Hall of Famer Joe Montana is 11th with 273.
Randle and Beckham each caught seven passes. Randle’s totaled 116 yards after he entered the game with four catches for 28 yards. The 100-yard game was the fifth of Randle’s career. It was the third-highest total of Randle’s career, surpassed only by his 158 yards vs. Philadelphia last Dec. 28, and 132 yards at St. Louis on Dec. 21.
The touchdown was Randle’s first of the season.
Beckham accounted for 79 yards. His 15-game career totals are 110 receptions for 1,574 yards and 14 touchdowns. The first two figures are NFL records for the first 15 games in a season (the receptions total is a 16-game record, and he needs only 20 yards vs. the Bills to established a 16-game yardage record).
The Giants opened the second half with a 15-play, 50-yard field goal drive. It was the highest number of plays on a Giants possession since they had a 16-play possession last Dec. 7 at Tennessee. That also resulted in a field goal.
Fullback Nikita Whitlock played several snaps at defensive tackle in the fourth quarter, as he did several times in the preseason finale in New England.
Middle linebacker Jon Beason made his 2015 debut after missing the first two games with a knee injury. Beason split time with ‘Unga, who led the Giants with nine tackles (six solo).
Josh Brown kicked field goals of 35, 36 and 48 yards, and has made all nine of his attempts this season.
The Giants’ inactive players were wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion), defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring), tackle Ereck Flowers (ankle), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee), tight end Jerome Cunningham (knee) and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (foot).
Justin Pugh made his first career start at left tackle (and 33rd overall, including 30 at right tackle and two at left guard).
With Pugh playing tackle, John Jerry started for the first time this season, at left guard.
Second-year pro Kerry Wynn made his first career start at left defensive end. Wynn made a big early play when he stuffed running back Matt Jones for no gain on a third-and-one in the first quarter.
Jayron Holsey started at left cornerback for Rodgers-Cromartie, his first start since last Nov. 9 at Seattle, where he opened the game at nickel corner. His most recent start on the outside had been Dec. 1, 2013 at Washington.
Rodgers-Cromartie missed his first game since joining the Giants prior to the 2014 season.
Safety Cooper Taylor was in uniform for the first time this season and contributed on special teams.
Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who was signed on Tuesday, was in uniform but did not play.
Offensive lineman Bobby Hart, the Giants’ seventh-round draft choice this year, made his NFL debut on extra points
For the third consecutive game, defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins joined the season-long captains (Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie and, for the first time, Beason).
The Giants improved to 1-2 in their white pants. They will wear them again on Nov. 15 vs. New England.
Washington’s Rashad Ross scored the game’s final touchdown on a 101-yard kickoff return with 3:08 remaining. It was the first kickoff return touchdown by a Giants opponent since Oct. 7, 2007, when the Jets’ Leon Washington ran one back 98 yards.
The Redskins scored on a two-point conversion following Chris Thompson’s four-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, the first two-point success by a Giants opponent since Sept. 8, 2014, when Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw a pass to Christian Fauria.