To put it simply: The New York Giants have absolutely owned the Washington Redskins for the last five years. They’ve won nine out of the last ten games (six in a row). It didn’t matter if it was home or away, the Giants just always had the Redskins’ number. Not yesterday. Not this year.
– Rex Grossman was better than good. He was very good, especially when you consider what was expected out of him. He went 21-34 for 305 yards and two touchdowns. He was three or four drops away from 400 yards and three touchdowns. He did have a bad fumble but the defense bailed him out.
– The receivers were open, a lot. Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Armstrong, and Fred Davis had their way with the Giants secondary yesterday, consistently finding holes and soft spots. Armstrong and Gaffney were on the receiving end of two Rex Grossman touchdowns. Fred Davis had, by far, the best game of his career with five catches for 105 yards.
– Ryan Kerrigan started his NFL career off pretty nicely with a deflection/interception/touchdown. Hell of a play.
– Chris Neild, yes that’s right, Chris Neild, the seventh round draft pick out of West Virginia, kicked his NFL career off in a big way as well with two second half sacks.
– Jim Haslett made some great adjustments during half time after getting run and passed on in the first half. From the defensive line to the secondary, they caught the Giants off guard and shut them down the rest of the game.
– Brian Orakpo, despite a quiet day on defense due to a sprained ankle, came up big in the fourth quarter on special teams by blocking a field goal that would cut the lead to four.
– The offensive line allowed four sacks and a ton of quarterback hurries and knockdowns. Second year (4th overall pick) left tackle, Trent Williams, looked quite foolish at times going up against Jason Pierre-Paul. It’s a good thing Justin Tuck and Osi were out or it could have been a lot worse.
– Poor Reed Doughty. I talked him up last week and he goes out and has a game like this one. First he got beat deep by Hakeem Nicks, and then he completely whiffed on a short touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw. He’s a nice reserve player, but the Redskins better hope Laron Landry comes back soon.
– Tim Hightower had a decent game, scoring a touchdown and running consistently enough to keep the defense honest, but his 2.9 yards per carry will have to improve if the Redskins want to succeed this season. Where was Roy Helu? He only got one carry. What about Ryan Torain? Zero carries. I thought the Redskins were supposed to join the rest of the NFL and use some kind of running back by committee? Maybe next week.
– I hope Graham Gano realizes how short his leash is. After a terrible season last year, Shanahan stood by him. He went ten for ten in the 2011 preseason, only to go out and miss his first attempt of the season (39 yards).
Chris Cooley is clearly still banged up. He started the game, grabbing two catches, but it was obvious that his knee was bothering him. Lucky for the Redskins, Fred Davis is more than willing to step in.
– For the first time in a long time, and unfortunately, most likely the only time this year, I don’t think there’s really anything worthy of “The Ugly” list. Except for maybe Eli Manning’s facial expression for pretty much the entire second half.