1:00 PM Washington at Giants
win over Washington 14-7
was looking forward to the Giants turning things around today at MetLife Stadium.
It wasn't encouraging to see them start off with a 3-and-out with a 1 yard loss.
The defense looked like they were ready to go though. When the Commanders took
over, the Giants put a big sack on quarterback Sam Howell, and his team left the
field going 3-and-out, losing 7 yards in the process.
The Commanders held Saquon
Barkley up for a few early plays, but after a big 33 yard completion from Tyrod
Taylor to Jalin Hyatt, they got a good taste of what Barkley could bring. Barkley
had two consecutive runs of 9 and 12 yards. Then it looked like there was a great
touchdown catch by Hyatt in the end zone, but it was incomplete. Still, I was
looking forward to seeing the Giants score first when Graham Gano came in to kick
a 42-yard field goal, but it went wide right.
It seemed like the same old story
when the defense next got Washington 3-and-out. They were pulling their weight,
but the offense was falling short as they did on their next drive. Washington
was handled again with a third down sack on Howell, and Taylor got Wan'Dale Robinson,
Darius Slayton, and Darren Waller involved on three straight 20 plus yard completions.
With Washington's focus turning towards these receivers, Taylor found room to
run 20 yards for a first down.
Then the offense took a step back to their usual
style of play when a first and goal sack on Taylor put them at the 12-yard line
to close out the first quarter. Barkley's run got them to the five, but a holding
penalty put them back to the 15. Taylor stepped up with a throw to Waller in the
end zone. I never thought I would be so excited to see a touchdown pass, but this
was the first one the Giants have had at MetLife Stadium this year!
only got better from there. There was another drive ending sack on Howell and
an interception. Waller had a 16 yard catch, and Barkley took a short catch for
a 32 yard run into the end zone for a touchdown. There was nine minutes left and
during that time Giants offense stalled with Tayor taking a sack on each of his
next two possessions, and he had no time on the last one. Meanwhile, the defense
came up with two more drive ending sacks on two of three of Howell's next possessions
before the half ended, with the Giants up 14-0.
In the third quarter the Giants
defense continued where they left off, hitting Howell with another sack and 3-and-out,
but Sterling Shepard fumbled the punt return, and Washington had the ball at the
Giants 21-yard line. The defense suddenly found themselves back on the field,
but the newly encouraged Washington offense got past a 4th-and-1 play, and soon
had themselves a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7.
The Washington defense
was also energized and the Giants never gained more than 20 yards on their next
three possessions until their next to last in the game. Even though Taylor was
sacked twice on this drive, he got the team from their own 20-yard line to a 1st-and-goal
at the Washington 10 yard line. That's when Washington's defense came up big forcing
Barkley to fumble. This looked like it could be one of those games that could
shift from a sure almost win to a tie game and a possible loss, especially when
the Giants defense let Howell get his team from his own 8-yard line to a first
down on the Giants 12-yard line.
brian Daboll even took a timeout thinking
he might need to get the ball back with some time, but when a pass from Howell
was incomplete on a 4th-and-5 from the 7 yard line, you knew the Giants would
have their 14-7 win over the Commanders. The Giants never make it easy on themselves
or for the fans even when they win, and this game was one of those. In the end,
it was great to see the Giants score
some points and get their first win of the season at MetLife Stadium."
Giants left Washington guessing until close to game time that Daniel Jones was
not cleared to play. The Giants offense got things going in the first half of
the game scoring two touchdowns, but then, what happened? Tyrod Taylor had his
second start, and in the first half, despite taking 3 sacks, had thrown for 209
yards, with 10 first down passes and 2 touchdowns. On three runs, Taylor contributed
25 yards to the 8 from Matt breida and the 40 from Saquon Barkley for a team total
of 73 rushing yards. The Giants were up 14-0, and could have had 17, but for a
missed 42-yard attempt from Graham Gano.
In the second half though, the Giants
scored no points. Taylor completed only 4 more passes, 2 for first downs, and
added just 70 more passing yards for a total 279. As for the running game, Taylor
added no yardage on 5 runs, while breida lost 4 on his one attempt, and Barkley
had 11 more carries for an additional 37 yards. In addition, Barkley fumbled the
ball over to Washington in the fourth quarter, when the Giants had 1st-and-goal
at their 10-yard line and the score was 14-7. That killed their opportunity to
make it a two score game.
The Giants defense had also played their best in
the first half. During that time Washington had eight possessions, and none of
them lasted more than 4 plays. Quarterback Sam Howell had competed just 5 of his
14 passes, was sacked 5 times, and Washington was held scoreless.
In the second
half, Washington's offense went three-and-out and unexpectedly got the ball back
when Sterling Shepard muffed the punt at the Giants 21-yard line. It's hard to
fault the Giants defense on this one because of the field position, but six plays
later Washington scored a touchdown, and was back in a game that the Giants had
owned from the start. They did clamp down on Washington's next two drives, but
on the third they moved the ball 81 yards, to the 9-yard line, to kick a field
goal on fourth down. Leonard Williams blocked the field goal attempt, and Washington
was still down by 7. The Giants offense had been stagnant, and that looked to
have changed on their next drive until Barkley fumbled the ball.
Then the defense
allowed Washington to have their next best drive of the day. In their 17 plays,
Washington moved the ball from their own 8-yard line and had a third down at the
Giants 7-yard line. Washington needed five yards for a first down. They had just
made six first downs on this drive to get to the point where they could tie the
game. Howell threw two passes incomplete, and with just one minute left, the Giants
had their 14-7 win.
The defense held Washington to just 2 first downs in the
first half, and let them have 12 in the second. Still, they stopped them on their
last attempt, and that was the one that mattered. In the end, they held Washington
to 7 points and came up with 6 sacks, to add to the five they've scored up to
this point. Dexter Lawrence led the team, picking up his first two sacks of the
season. Kayvon Thibodeaux had 1.5, Williams had 1 and Micah McFadden was credited
with half of a shared sack.
It was fitting that it was Darren Waller who caught
a touchdown in the second quarter. The Giants hadn't scored a first-half touchdown
all season. Waller was denied the opportunity last week in the Buffalo Bills game,
when a pass interference penalty was called, and then a second one was overlooked
by the refs. On the day, Waller caught 7 of the 8 passes that came his way for
98 yards, and that one touchdown. Jalin Hyatt showed what he could do too. His
two catches went for for 33 and 42 yards. Darius Slayton and Wan'Dale Robinson
each caught 1 of 2 passes, and each catch was 22 yards. To go along with his 77
rushing yards, Barkley caught 3 of 4 passes for 41 yards, including his 32 yard
What the Giants need to do is put two good halfs of football together
if they expect to win games against teams that are better than the one they faced
today. That's especially so on the offense, which has been taking baby steps in
that direction. Possibly Jones and Andrew Thomas will be back, so the Giants will
have their best starting offense ready to face off with the Jets next Sunday."
| First Quarter
| Second Quarter
Darren Waller 15 Yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Graham Gano Kick)
8 plays, 88 yards, 4:33
Saquon Barkley 32 Yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (Graham Gano Kick)
2 plays, 48 yards, 0:38
| Third Quarter |
brian Robinson Jr. 4 Yd Run (Joey Slye Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 21 yards,
Fourth Quarter |
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