1:00 PM Redskins at Giants
win over Washington 24-3
wins in a row. We have to keep this going! Am I a fool for being overly excited
that my team now has a 2-2 record? Well ask anyone at MetLife Stadium how they
feel. A loss today to the Redskins would have seemed more in line with what we
fans have come to expect, and had experienced last year when the Giants went 5-11.
On the other hand, the reward for that, is that they were able to grab Daniel
Jones in the draft.
That wouldn't have felt so good today if the Giants had
lost with Jones playing poorly, leaving us with the feeling that his game last
week, where he had two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, was just
a fluke. Jones didn't do that this week. He threw for one touchdown and two interceptions
in this game, and while he didn't run for a touchdown, his agility really showed
up on one play that I won't soon forget.
In the third quarter Jones escaped
from a collapsing pocket in a fashion that reminded me of Eli Manning's great
escape in the Super Bowl game where he threw a long pass to David Tyree who made
the 'helmet catch'. Jones didn't do that, but he broke free and ran 16 yards turning
a 3rd-and-13 play into a first down. The Giants were already up 24-3, and that
play put them at the Redskins 25-yard line.
Unfortunately this drive ended
at the Washington 2-yard line when running back Jonathan Hilliman fumbled the
ball away. Like everyone else, I was wishing that Wayne Gallman had been carrying
the ball instead. Then we all had to rethink that, as Gallman fumbled the ball
away a few drives later. Thanks to two follow up interceptions by the Giants defense,
the score didn't change, and there wasn't enough time left in the game for Washington
to do much.
Rookie Dwayne Haskins was seeing his first action of the season
after replacing quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter, and the defense
intercepted him for the third time on his last drive. The Giants needed only one
first down to run the clock, and after they did that the fans got to enjoy a home
game win. That happened only twice all last year. I hope it continues next week
when the Minnesota Vikings show up."
Giants defense came up big in this game. Aside from intercepting Case Keenum on
Washington's first drive of the game, by the end of the half, they had held Washington
to just four first downs, with three of them coming only after Dwayne Haskins
took over in the second quarter. Keenum was largely ineffective, completing 6
of 11 passes for 37 yards, and throwing one interception.
Haskins came in
after Daniel Jones had thrown his second interception, and the Redskins were at
the Giants 37 yard line. His presence inspired Adrian Peterson, who took the ball
and ran for 9 yards. Up till then, Peterson had been held to 9 yards on three
carries. Haskins scramble for 14 yards gave his team a first-and-goal at the Giants
1-yard line. The Giants defense held on three plays, and already down 14-0, Jay
Gruden opted for the easy field goal. The Giants came back with one of their own
to end the half leading 17-3.
As for the Giants on offense, it all wasn't great.
In the first half, Jones had thrown back to back interceptions. In the second
half, both running backs fumbled the ball away. They were lucky that the Redskins
were trying out Haskins, because each time the defense followed up with an interception
on the following drive. Wayne Gallman's fumble gave the Redskins the ball in scoring
position at the Giants 37-yard line.
Earlier Jonathan Hilliman had fumbled
at the Washington 2-yard line, and Jabrill Peppers intercepted Haskins pass, and
ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown. Thanks to sloppy play by the offense, those
were the only points scored by the Giants in the whole second half.
and as expected, Jones is still in learning mode. In his first game he fumbled
twice, took a number of hits, and was sacked five times. In this game he avoided
sacks, but threw two interceptions. These mistakes are drive killers, and don't
put points on the board. The Minnesota Vikings are up next, followed by the Patriots.
Their defenses rank in the top five, limiting teams from scoring."
| First Quarter
Wayne Gallman 6 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
8 plays, 32 yards, 5:15
| Second Quarter
Wayne Gallman 1 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 94 yards,
- FIELD GOAL
Dustin Hopkins 21 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 34 yards, 4:21
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 63 yards, 2:14
| Third Quarter |
Jabrill Peppers 32 Yd Interception Return (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
2 plays, 20 yards, 0:36
| Fourth Quarter
Giants have scored on all their opening drives this season: 3 touchdowns, and
1 field goal.
Giants held an opponent
to three points for the first time since 2012.
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