NEW YORK – The New York Giants faced their old division rival Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon. The Redskins came into the game with the worst defense in the entire NFL (ranked 32nd overall) and the G-Men had won four in a row against them. New York entered the game ranked with the No.2 overall defense in the NFL. The G-Men also had the No.3 overall offense in the NFL. This game should have been a stepping stone game to get the Giants through week 13 and focused on some better talent down the road. In other words, they needed to beat a team they were expected to beat. The Giants answered the call and got the victory, beating Washington 31-7.
The Giants played an awesome first half of football and dominated the Redskins on both sides of the ball. The Giants went into the locker room at halftime with a 21-0 lead. The Big Blue rushing attack was particularly impressive in this game and seemed to be the number one offensive option for the majority of the contest. It is possible that the windy conditions in New Meadowlands stadium had something to do with OC Kevin Gilbride’s strategy and the wind even helped Big Blue with pushing a FG attempt by Washington wide left. The team finished the game strong in the second half and continued to do whatever they wanted on the field. This was an extremely fun game to watch and the Giants players had smiles on their faces from the first quarter until the end of the game.
The Giants will play the Vikings next Sunday in Minnesota at 1PM EST. The Vikings have had a poor season by their recent standards but should still be considered a dangerous team filled with star players. Big Blue have four games left and will need to win half of them to make the playoffs in my opinion. It looks like the Giants and Eagles (both 8-4) will be the final two teams battling it out for the NFC East Champions title.
Let’s take a look at some of my notes from this afternoons game.
- QB Eli Manning didn’t do much on this windy day but hand the ball off. He finished with 161 yards 0 TD’s 1 INT.
- RB Ahmad Bradshaw ran hard the whole entire game and finished with 97 yards and 2 TD’s. He also topped 1,000 yards for the year.
- DE Justin Tuck had a very nice game and finished with 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles.
- WR Mario Manningham was mostly non existent the entire game and finished with 36 yards.
- RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game as the starting RB and finished with 103 yards and 2 TD’s.
- DE Jason Pierre-Paul had another solid performance with limited playing time. He finished with 2 sacks again for the second straight week.
- TE Kevin Boss got a few passes thrown his way and finished with 28 yards.
- DT Barry Cofield led all defensive tacklers with 7 and had another solid game for the G-Men.
- DE Osi Umenyiora had a nice game and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.
- WR Derek Hagan had a surprisingly busy day and finished with 65 yards.
- The Giants defense continued their stellar season with an awesome game and finished with 4 sacks, 2 INT’s, 6 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries.
- The Giants offensive line set a franchise record for consecutive games (five) without giving up a sack.
- The Giants special teams even got into the action today with a good game. They blocked a punt and had some good kicks and punts.
- K Lawrence Tynes made his only FG attempt and all 4 of his extra point attempts.
RD – nygreporter.com
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