NFL Week 15: Giants vs. Redskins, Game Notes

December 18, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants played the division rival Redskins today in a big game. The G-Men and fans were looking to avenge the opening day loss to Washington with a sweet revenge victory at MetLife stadium. The Redskins weren’t having it and beat up the G-Men the whole game before winning 23-10. As if the playoff picture needed any further clarity, the Giants will need to win both of their final regular season games if they want to make it back to the playoffs. The G-Men face a very good New York Jets team next weekend on Christmas Eve at 1:00 PM EST. It’s the Game of the Week as far as I’m concerned. This year, the battle for New York will be televised.

The Redskins scored in every quarter of this game and seemed to do whatever they wanted on offense. The Giants QB Eli Manning was intercepted three times and had 0 TD’s. There were some dropped balls in this game that had fans frustrated. The first half was brutal to watch as Washington moved the ball at will and quickly dropped 10 points on the Giants. The Redskins took a 17-3 lead into the locker room at halftime and the Giants were to receive the ball for the start of the third quarter. The Giants offense was anemic and could not make any big plays, they really seemed to be playing in slow motion. The Giants scored a garbage TD late in the 4th quarter but the damage was done. The Giants ran out of time and lost a game they should have won.

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had a frustrating day and finished with 257 yards 0 TD’s and 3 INT’s.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB had a quiet game despite scoring a late TD in the 4th quarter.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks led all WR’s for Big Blue and finished with 73 yards 0 TD’s.

DE Justin Tuck – Justin Tuck got banged up early but continued to play. He was in on some big plays.

LB Michael Boley – Boley was making plays all over the field as usual. He finished 2nd on the team in tackles.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario was second on the team for WR’s and finished with 57 yards.

LB Mathias Kiawnuka – Kiwi was making some hard hits out there and causing havoc.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – You down with JPP? The Beast led all tacklers on defense and also had 1 sack.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz had a quiet day by his recent standards. He finished with 44 yards.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips had a nice game and finished with 1 INT.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon the Bull had a quiet game and finished with 33 yards 0 TD’s.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was balling out there and making big hits. He finished with a couple of big plays his way.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard got banged up and is scheduled for an MRI tomorrow. He finished with 15 yards.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross had a decent game and did his best out there.

DT Chris Canty – Canty was fired up for this game and made a couple of big hits out there.

CB Corey Webster – Webster continues to make plays on the field and he also nabbed 1 INT.

DT Linval Joseph – Linval had a quiet game by his recent standards. He is becoming a force in the NFL.

CB Prince Amukamara – Prince is basically being thrown into the fire. He will learn from this year and get better.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman continues his consistent play and has become a fan favorite.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes missed a FG attempt and made his only other attempt. He also made one extra point.

Giants Offense – The offense seemed sluggish and out of sync today. I was very disappointed with their performance.

Giants Defense – The defense could not stop the Redskins to save their lives today. They must forget about it and focus on the Jets.

Giants Special Teams – Once again, this group will be overhauled in a few weeks. Reese will make the right moves.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Redskins?

RD – nygreporter.com

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12/18/11 Christmas DAC Day 18, Game Day Fact

December 18, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants (7-6 record) play the Redskins at MetLife stadium (Giants stadium) today at 1:00 PM EST. They are about to avenge the opening day loss to Washington. I believe the Giants will win this game out right and very convincingly. My final score prediction is Giants 42 – Redskins 27. The Giants front four on defense will get to the Redskins QB Rex Grossman often. Look for DE Jason Pierre-Paul to have another brilliant game. JPP and Easy Eli are the two ‘sure things’ for the Pro Bowl from Big Blue in my opinion. WR Victor Cruz is making a nice argument for himself too. The G-Men will need all of these guys to step up in order to beat a Redskins team that isn’t so bad really. They had a hot start in the beginning of the year and now find themselves in the middle of the pack (4-9 record) like the rest of the NFC East. Washington lost TE Fred Davis over suspensions and WR Santana Moss is returning from a bad injury. The Redskins defense is middle of the pack and their running game stinks just like the Giants, both are ranked 30th and 31st respectively. I expect the Giants defense to collect 3 sacks minimum.

Big Blue then faces the Jets on Christmas Eve for New York bragging rights. The Jets are going to shut down WR Hakeem Nicks with Revis Island and the running game will struggle. I look for WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard to have a big day along with QB Eli Manning. The Giants passing attack is potent with many contributors. The Jets simply do not have enough Revis islands to cover all of the Giants threats. If it were up to me, I would run a lot of 4 WR sets against the Jets defensive backfield and dare them to blitz. Manning excels at play action passing.

The really important game will come on New Year’s Day when the Giants face the Cowboys in Metlife stadium for the season finale. I believe the Jets will be the toughest game of all three. The Giants should beat the Redskins and have already beaten the Cowboys this year. The Jets defense is a top ranked defense and I am anxious to see how our top rated passing offense does against them. Look for RB Brandon Jacobs to score a goal line TD and RB Ahmad Bradshaw to break off a long run for a TD with a big play. The bulk of the blow out points will come from Manning throwing 3 or 4 TD’s with maybe 1 INT. The Giants control their own destiny.

DAC Fact

Beating the Redskins is one of the keys to making it back to the playoffs for Big Blue. Do you know how many times the Giants have made an appearance in the playoffs? Can you believe 30 times since 1933! The 1970’s are the only decade since the 1930’s, that the G-Men failed to make the post season. In recent years, the Giants have made the playoffs six times from 2000-2010.

Do you think the Giants will beat the Redskins today?

RD – nygreporter.com

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