Penalties and Red Zone Failures Cost New York Giants Win on Monday Night

By Jeff Shull
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The New York Giants moved the ball extremely well between the 20s against the Washington Redskins, but penalties and failures in the red zone prevented a win. Once again, the offense failed to do their jobs and the defense is left wondering when they are going to get a consistent effort from their teammates.

The Giants got into Redskins territory at will, but just when you thought they were going to do what they did all last week against the Green Bay Packers, penalties killed every drive.

The Giants settled for field goal attempts four times out of five trips inside the Redskins’ 30-yard line. That is unacceptable and it has been a problem all season long for the Giants. There is no excuse for the Giants only giving up 17 points and losing this game. This is the second time this season (Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles) the offense completely blew the game.

If you told me the Giants would hold the Redskins to 17 on the road I would have told you the Giants win 98 times out of 100. The Redskins have one of the worst pass defenses in the league, and the Giants’ main weapon is their pass offense.

But you cannot expect the Giants to score when holding, false starts, delay of games, and intentional grounding penalties kill just about every single drive. It was a miracle the Giants scored a touchdown the one time they did; they overcame three penalties that drive.

All that said, maybe the worst thing to happen in this game was the 3rd and 20 screen pass to Ahmad Bradshaw with just under four minutes to play. The Giants have completed the most passing plays of 20 yards or more in the entire league. How do you justify not giving Eli Manning an opportunity to go win you the game? He completed THREE 20-yard passes to Martellus Bennett in this game alone.

It was a despicable showing by the offense. They went 9-15 on third down and Bradshaw had over 100 yards, but when it counted the most they faltered in the biggest way.

If the Giants play this way down the stretch, they’ll be lucky to win one game.

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