1:00 pm - Washington at Giants
lose to the Redskins 29-27.
Eli Manning was 25 of 38 for 350 yards with 1TD
and 2 INTs and lost 1 fumble.
Shane Vereen rushed for 67 yards on 11 carries,
caught 2 passes for 28 yards and lost 1 fumble.
Orleans Darkwa rushed for 53
yards on 10 carries and caught 1 pass for 9 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught
7 passes for 121 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 5 passes for 73 yards and 1
Victor Cruz caught 3 passes for 70 yards.
Bobby Rainey caught 1 pass
for 24 yards.
Will Tye caught 3 passes for 14 yards.
Larry Donnell caught
3 passes for 11 yards.
Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon each had 1 sack.
Harris had 1 fumble recovery.
Brown kicked 29 and 30 yard field goals.
"It was a great day
for a football game, as the weather conditions were nice. As for the game that
was another matter and well, you know how that went. I
can't believe the Giants played such a sloppy game today. There were so many penalties,
and there were opportunities to win this one, including a last minute comeback,
but Eli Manning couldn't pull that off this time. The game started with the Giants
going three and out, but when they punted, one Redskins player touched the live
ball and that allowed the Giants to recover it. Three quick offensive plays from
the Washington 28 yard line and the Giants were up 7-0. To make matters worse
for Washington, their second best cornerback was hurt on one play. Bashaud Breeland
never returned to the game.
It was only three minutes into this game, and much
was going the Giants way. If you're a long time fan, you know what I mean and
the sloppiness started right away. Josh Brown somehow booted his kickoff out of
bounds to give the Redskins the ball at their 40 yard line. The Giants held them
to a field goal on that drive, and then scored another touchdown. They gave up
another field goal so the Giants held a 14-6 lead as the quarter ended.
scored first in the second quarter with a field goal, and the Giants followed
up with a touchdown to give them a nice 21-9 lead, but 'nice' didn't last long.
After the punt, Kirk Cousins hit DeSean Jackson with a 31 yard pass and followed
that with another to him that went for a 44 yard touchdown. On the Giants turn,
Shane Vereen's 25 yard run to the Washington 30 yard line brought us to the two
minute warning. Vereen took a 2 yard loss on the next run, and left tackle Ereck
Flowers drew a 15 yard face mask penalty, so the Giants now faced a 2nd and 27
at about midfield. Vereen caught a pass from Manning and got about 12 yards before
fumbling the ball over to the Redskins.
That took away any chance of building
on the score, and it also gave the Redskins a good shot at closing the gap or
pulling ahead. They blew their shot with six seconds left when Cousins was looking
for one last throw to the endzone before having to settle for a field goal. Jason
Pierre-Paul hit him for a sack fumble and Cousins recovered the ball too late.
I couldn't believe the Redskins messed
up their chances to get some points on the board. So at the end of the half the
Giants were up 21-16.
At the start of the third quarter, the Redskins went
three and out. The Giants went three and out and punted, and the Redskins on their
third play needed 15 yards for a first down. Well, Cousins threw a 55 yard touchdown
pass to put them ahead for the first time in this game 23-21. The Giants were
starting to give up big plays. Manning, on his turn, got down to a first and goal
at the Washington 10 and was sacked, but Orleans Darkwa recovered the ball. After
an incomplete pass to Beckham, that was challenged by Washington as they would
have had the ball, the Giants were lucky enough to get a field goal. Luck didn't
hold up, as the Redskins scored with a field goal to take the lead back 26-24.
the fourth quarter Manning threw the first of his two interceptions. The Giants
did go on to score another field goal, but Washington followed with their own.
It came down to the Giants having less than two minutes to pull this one out,
needing to score at least a field goal. That's when Manning threw that second
interception, and they ended up losing to Washington 27-29. It was a very disappointing
outcome and a troubling reminder of how things went all last year. I really do
hope they can get their act together for the next game against Minnesota."
"If you were expecting Odell Beckham Jr. vs Josh Norman round two, complete
with physical altercations, it didn't happen. The most damage that came Beckham's
way was what he did to himself on the sidelines dealing with a temper tantrum
and a field goal net. What about Norman? Well, it was the rest of Beckham's teammates
who gave him what he wanted most. Norman and his teammates were able to leave
the Meadowlands with Washington's much needed first win of the season. Fumbles
and interceptions and penalties by the Giants were a big contribution to their
Going into this season there were three main things the Giants needed
to accomplish to be successful. They needed to improve the pass rush, establish
a more consistent running game, and get better production at the receiver spot.
In this game they actually hit all those marks and still came away with a loss
for their efforts. That was thanks to their other failings, turning the ball over
three times and committing 11 penalties for 128 yards.
The defense got to Kirk
Cousins for seven quarterback hits and two sacks, but from how we've seen him
play in the past, it seems better to drop more players into coverage. Cousins
tends to hurry at times in picking his target and makes costly mistakes. Cousins
committed no turnovers in this game, and he was able to make some nice long completions
when the Giants failed to cover. Deep threat DeSean Jackson burned the Giants
on two consecutive pass plays for 31 and 44 yards resulting in a touchdown. Jamison
Crowder caught another for a 55 yard touchdown and three other receivers caught
passes of 20 yards or more.
should have had an edge at some point, as the Redskins had lost their second best
cover corner Bashaud Breeland. He and DeAngelo Hall both left in the first half
with leg injuries and they did not return. Later on in the second half Washington's
offensive line lost two starters, Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger. None of
this helped as the Giants had injury problems of their own to deal with, cornerbacks
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple, and running back Shane Vereen.
coaching staff should have had more confidence in Orleans Darkwa. In the second
half, after giving him the ball twice in a row on a 1st and 15 (why?) for six
yards, an incomplete pass to Shepard killed their opening drive. On the next one
Darkwa ran the ball 13 yards for a first down. Manning passed the ball to him
for a gain of 9 yards and on the next play, Darkwa followed that by running six
yards for another first down, giving them goal to go at the Washington 10 yard
For some reason, all the Darkwa-mania ended at that point. Manning didn't
hand off or throw the ball to him for the rest of the game. Manning was sacked
at that 10 yard line, and with thanks to Darkwa for recovering his fumble, all
he could manage was a field goal after three incomplete passes.
passes, plus 17 in a row after that, without even one running play in the whole
fourth quarter, resulted in an interception, a field goal and another interception
to take a 29-27 loss. Overall the Giants
defense had played well in the first two games, but they didn't hold up today,
as Washington hit them for some big plays. That coupled with injures, poor decisions
by some players, and questionable coaching choices, added up to a loss. Next up
is a Monday Night Football game in Minnesota against a very well coached team."
Shane Vereen 1 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)
info: 3 plays, 28 yards, 1:05
Dustin Hopkins 49 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7
plays, 29 yards, 2:43
Sterling Shepard 23 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh
Drive info: 8 plays,
75 yards, 3:25
Dustin Hopkins 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11
plays, 60 yards, 5:45
Dustin Hopkins 45 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7
plays, 9 yards, 3:58
Orleans Darkwa 2 Yd Run (Josh Brown Kick)
info: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:22
DeSean Jackson 44 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin
Drive info: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:32
Third Quarter |
Jamison Crowder 55 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin
Drive info: 3 plays, 50 yards, 1:17
Josh Brown 29 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9
plays, 64 yards, 3:16
Dustin Hopkins 25 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15
plays, 68 yards, 6:32
Josh Brown 30 Yd Field Goal
info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 3:07
Dustin Hopkins 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10
plays, 56 yards, 6:02
committed 11 penalties for 128 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr., the game’s leading receiver, still has no touchdowns on the
Weston Richburg was ejected for two personal fouls, one on Josh Norman.
Josh Norman committed a personal foul when he hit Sterling Shepard.Redskins
missed an easy field goal attempt at the end of the half when the clock ran down.
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