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LOCATION: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
NEW YORK GIANTS
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FINAL SCORE LINE
|Yards per Pass||8.2|
|Yards per Carry||3|
|Time of Possesion||33:26:00|
TOP PASSER: Kirk Cousins – 21/35, 296 YDS, 2 TD
TOP RUSHER: Matt Jones – 17 ATT, 65 YDS
TOP RECEIVER: DeSean Jackson – 5 REC, 96 YDS, 1 TD
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Chris Baker – 3 TKL, 1 SCK, 1 FF
PLAYER OF THE GAME
PLAYER STATS: 3 TCK, 1 INT, 1 REC, 31 YDS
Good players find a way to fight through adversity and Quinton Dunbar did just that against the Giants on Sunday. Early in the game, a mistake on special teams by Dunbar set up the Giants for an easy first touchdown. On a 4th down punt by the Giants, Dunbar was driven back by Eli Apple and, while falling to the ground, touched the live ball, allowing the Giants to recover it inside the Washington 40 yard line.
Dunbar would get a shot at redemption at the end of the third quarter. Trailing by one, Jay Gruden called a fake punt with Dunbar split out to the left. Punter Tress Way lofted a pretty ball to Dunbar with Trevin Wade draped over him. Dunbar held onto the ball, completing the 31 yard catch and gave the Redskins a new set of downs, keeping their comeback alive.
Dunbar wasn’t done playing hero just yet. With the Redskins up only two, and the Giants driving steadily into the Washington red-zone Dunbar made a beautiful one handed interception, falling backward into the end zone for a touchback.
|Yards per Pass||8.4|
|Yards per Carry||5.7|
|Time of Possesion||26:34:00|
TOP PASSER: Eli Manning – 25/38, 350 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT
TOP RUSHER: Shane Vereen – 11 ATT, 67 YDS, 1 TD
TOP RECEIVER: Odell Beckham Jr. – 7 REC, 121 YDS
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jason Pierre-Paul – 6 TKL, 2 AST, 1 SCK, 1 FF
REDSKINS GROUP RATINGS
RUNNING BACKS: 6/10
When it came down to the Redskins’ final drive, they relied on the weakest point of their offense to get down field, eat up clock, and set up the go-ahead score. While it took three and a half quarters to really get the run game going, they did get it done when they needed it most.
It took nearly the entire first half for Cousins to get comfortable, but when he did, he showed flashes of what we saw from him last year. His deep touchdown strike to Jackson is exactly what this offense has been lacking: being too safe, calling too many short passes.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 9/10
Dustin Hopkins was once again perfect, converting on all five field goal attempts, accounting for more than half of the Redskins’ 29 points. The Redskins also converted on a clutch fake punt. However, they also turned the ball over on a punt return and would’ve had a punt blocked if not for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Sunday was a tale of two halves in the incredibly important divisional matchup between Washington and New York. The game was dominated early by the Giants, but Washington was able to claw their way back and hold off a final attempt by Eli Manning.
Washington came out slow, and New York capitalized quickly, turning a special teams turnover into a touchdown. New York’s defense bent but did not break through most of the first half, allowing only three field goals to preserve a 21-9 lead.
Hopkins’s leg would be enough to keep the Redskins in it. It took until just over four minutes to play in the first half for the offense to really click with a 44-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson.
New York fell apart in the second half as they failed to score another touchdown and were plagued by penalties. The Giants finished with 11 penalties for 128 yards including THREE unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.
Washington managed to sustain drives, eat up clock, and their defense was able to keep New York’s drives to no more than four or five plays for the most part. Jay Gruden also gets points for taking risks, calling a fake punt in the waning moments of the third quarter.
Washington’s ability to capitalize on a majority of their drives was the key to their first win. While there is still much to be desired from this offense, if Hopkins can keep up the incredible work he has, the Redskins will likely be able to tack on enough points to stay competitive throughout the season.
DeAngelo Hall suffered an ACL tear, Redskins confirmed Monday.
Shane Vereen is expected to miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn bicep that may require surgery.
GIANTS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
RUNNING BACKS: 8/10
Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa ran all over the Redskins’ defense, splitting carries and exploding for 120 yards and a touchdown for each of them.
Eli Manning had been looking like the QB we saw last year, avoiding his traditional number of interceptions. But Sunday we saw flashes of his former self, throwing two awful interceptions.
SPECIAL TEAMS: 7/10
Josh Brown was perfect on the day improving to 5/6 on the season. The Giants gave up a 50-yard return to Jamison Crowder, and would’ve got away with a blocked punt if not for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.