Giants vs. Redskins: Giants Running Game, Defense Dominate in 31-7 Win
This will be a short recap because there really isn’t much to say about this dominating performance by the New York Giants, beating the Redskins into submission from the start. The Giants scored touchdowns on their first two possessions, using the combination of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw to land blow after blow.
By halftime the Redskins wanted nothing to do with the Giants running game, or the Giants defense for that matter, and the lead was an insurmountable 21-0 at the break.
Jacobs and Bradshaw combined for exactly 200 yards and four touchdowns, feeding on the depleted Redskins defense who were without Albert Haynesworth and LaRon Landry, their most effective run stoppers.
Eli Manning was not called upon much in the day, but they quietly mixed in the pass—Manning and Derek Hagan developed a nice rapport as Hagan lead all Giants receivers with seven receptions for 65 yards.
The one mistake he had was throwing in to triple coverage on a 1st and goal from inside the 10-yard line resulting in an interception. I place most of the blame on Kevin Gilbride, who should have just stuck with a running game that had over 100 yards already and the 2nd quarter was just getting going.
As dominant as the running game was, the defense actually outperformed it. They forced six turnovers that started with a forced fumble that bailed out Eli’s interception on the drive before. This time Gilbride called running plays when the Giants got in the redzone, and Bradshaw took three defenders with him to give the Giants a 21 point cushion.
Jason Pierre Paul had a career day, ending it with two sacks, two QB hits, a pass deflection, and a fumble recovery. JPP has been coming on strong of late and has his first four sacks of his young career in the last two games.
The main culprit of the Giants failures in the second half of seasons has been the defensive line getting tired.With JPP and Dave Tollefson being so effective, they can afford to give the starters some rest.
The only blemish by the defense was a blown coverage by Kenny Phillips that allowed the Redskins to get a deep 33 yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Anthony Armstrong. Other than that, the Redskins could do nothing offensively.
The Giants needed a win to keep up with the 8-4 Eagles for first place in the division, and a team that was picked to finish no better than 3rd in the division by most people did just that, relying on their staples that have made them such a successful franchise—pass rush and running game.
The Big Blue Wrecking Crew was in full force today, let’s hope they can build off this win and have a successful December—something atypical of a Tom Coughlin team.
Shout out to newcomer Devin Thomas, who had a terrific special teams day with a couple tackles and a blocked punt.
Five different Giants recorded turnovers, with Corey Webster having both an interception and a fumble recovery.
Justin Tuck had yet another sack fumble and Osi Umenyiora got his 8th sack fumble on the year, two away from the record set by Jason Taylor.
Hakeem Nicks remains a long shot to return next week, but he has still not been ruled out. He is expected to be cleared to practice this week and his prognosis depends on how much he can run on that right leg.