Short Plays Strong on Weak Side

All Brandon Short wanted was an opportunity. Once he got it, he proved he knew exactly what to do with it.

"He did very well," LaVar Arrington said. "But that's not a surprise. He's going to take advantage of any opportunity you give him. Brandon's always ready."

Short, on the inactive list the first three weeks of the season, started at WLB in place of the injured Carlos Emmons and provided New York its best game from that spot during the season's opening quarter.

"It's just like riding a bike," said Short, who posted a game-high six solo tackles. "Football's football. I feel like I played well but I definitely can improve."

It didn't take Short long to get going, as he dropped Redskins RB Clinton Portis after only a two-yard gain on the game's first play. He dropped Portis on the very next play after another two-yard run. In the fourth quarter, Short nailed Portis behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of one.

"He played physical," Antonio Pierce said. "He hit Portis a couple times and you could see Portis look up to see who hit him. He brought that physical aspect to the game." And he also brought some noise too.

"We have a pretty quiet defense," Pierce said, "but Brandon was out there woofing and yapping all game. We needed that."

"That's what I bring to the table," Short said. "It feels great not to be in sweats and not being a cheerleader but leading."

Short, who was slowed during the offseason and training camp following offseason knee surgery, said he felt fine physically after the game.

It was a homecoming of sorts for New York's fourth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. After four years with the Giants, Short spent the last two seasons with the Panthers.

"It was amazing running out of that tunnel again," Short said. "I never thought it would happen again."

With a little playing time under his belt, the seven-year veteran is hoping there are more good days ahead.

"A team makes its most improvement between week one and week two," Short said. "I hope it's the same for me."

Arrington, who played with Short at Penn State, had no doubt.

"We certainly haven't seen the best of him," he said. "I've been watching Brandon play since we were both in high school in Pittsburgh. There's no doubt in my mind how good he can play."

Cheap shot artists

Both Brandon Jacobs and Rich Seubert were yelling at members of the Skins while headed to the locker room following the game. Seubert felt the Skins unnecessarily went all-out while the Giants were kneeling down to kill the clock and Jacobs was just continuing a game-long war of words with several of the Skins, most notably Sean Taylor.

"They can't stop me, they had to take their frustrations out someway," Jacobs said.

Pipe down

Tom Coughlin grew agitated when asked if this win would "quiet down" the turmoil that came out of New York's loss in Seattle.

"You know what? There never was anything that had to be quieted down," Coughlin said. "You take one statement and run with it – which you all did, and enjoyed it, for two weeks. There wasn't any problem in the locker room, OK?"

Big O

Coughlin was happy, however, with his veteran receiver and star-in-the-making QB.

Amani Toomer caught four passes for 81 yards.

"The play on the sideline was huge," said Coughlin of Toomer's 21-yard catch to the Washington 5-yard line in the third quarter. "You talk about getting in that situation and being able to read the two-on-one ball, to get the ball outside, it rarely happens in our league. There, it happened. He went up and made a heck of a catch, got knocked out of bounds. That gave us a big first down. He made a big play, and he's done that throughout the entire year."

As for Eli Manning, he finished by completing 23-of-33 passes for 256 yards and a TD.

"He did a good job with that," Coughlin said of Manning's ability to manage the game. "He's done a good job with that consistently all year long. When he's had the protection, he's made plays, and when he hasn't had protection, when people were in his face, he still made some plays."

Inactives: LB Carlos Emmons (pec), WR Sinorice Moss (quad), S James Butler (knee) and RB Derrick Ward (foot) were all unable to go against Washington. The other inactives were rookie OTs Guy Whimper and Na'Shan Goddard and DT Jonas Seawright. Tim Hasselbeck was the third quarterback.

Extra points

The Giants are now 4-14 in games following a bye. They had lost their last five games following a week off…

The Giants are 2-0 in the NFC East for the first time since the 2000 Super Bowl season, when the division had five teams…

Washington's three points and the 164 total yards were the lowest figures allowed by the Giants since the last time the Redskins visited Giants Stadium. On Oct. 30, 2005, Washington gained 125 yards in a 36-0 loss to the Giants…

The Giants did not allow a touchdown for the first time since a 24-6 victory in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 2005…

Amani Toomer caught four passes to raise his career total to 553. He is the first Giant with more than 550 receptions. Tiki Barber had three catches to increase his total to 547…

The Giants had three sacks – one each for Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Fred Robbins – one more than they totaled in the first three games combined.

Strahan, who recorded his first sack of the season, raised his career total to 130.5 to become the ninth player in NFL history with at least 130.0 sacks. He needs two sacks to tie Lawrence Taylor for the Giants' franchise record and to tie Taylor and Leslie O'Neal for seventh on the all-time NFL list. Strahan now has 40.5 sacks in October, his most of any month…

The Giants now lead the regular season series with Washington, 83-60-4. The postseason series is tied, 1-1. The Giants have played the Redskins every year since 1932 and the Giants have faced the Redskins 149 times, making this their most frequently-contested rivalry.

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