Eli Manning made an intelligent play when, after noticing open TE Kevin Boss running across the field, he stopped running with the ball and threw it to Boss for a 27-yard gain that moved the chains and ate clock in the fourth quarter. Throwing across his body, a pressured Manning made a weak throw into double coverage that resulted in a turnover late in the third quarter. CB DeAngelo Hall intercepted a pass intended for WR Steve Smith and returned it 18 yards, to the Giants' 11. The Redskins drew within a touchdown (17-10) four plays later on K Shane Suisham's 27-yard FG. Bottom Line: Manning was efficient, other than the interception.
Brandon Jacobs failed to gain a yard on third-and-one and fourth-and-one from Washington's 3 on the last play of the first quarter and the first play of the second quarter. The Giants turned the ball over on downs. Ahmad Bradshaw was their leading rusher (60 yards), averaged 5.0 yards per carry and recorded four first downs in their first game without Derrick Ward. Bottom Line: They need to improve in short-yardage situations.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Well-covered WR Steve Smith was off his feet on a third-and-five play from the Giants' 29, but still reached back to catch an errant Manning pass that resulted in a 26-yard gain that kept a Giants drive alive in the fourth quarter. After catching a short pass on a third-and-seven play from Washington's 30, WR Mario Manningham broke attempted tackles by CBs Fred Smoot and DeAngelo Hall and DE Andre Carter, and scored a touchdown along the Giants' sideline that gave them a 10-0 lead with 10:22 to go in the second quarter. Bottom Line: Smith, Manningham and Boss were very effective.
RT Kareem McKenzie got beaten badly on a third-and-six play from the Redskins' 29 in the second quarter. DE Andre Carter ran right around McKenzie and jarred the ball loose from Manning. DT Lorenzo Alexander recovered the fumble at Washington's 37. Pulling C Shaun O'Hara pancaked SS Chris Horton to blow open a huge hole through the right side that Ahmad Bradshaw used to rush for 22 yards on a second-and-12 play from the Giants' 39 late in the first quarter. Bottom Line: The holes weren't huge, but Manning was touched just once.
LT Chris Samuels was trying to push him away from unsuspecting QB Jason Campbell, but RDE Osi Umenyiora used his left arm to reach out and strip Campbell. An alert Umenyiora then picked up the bouncing ball and ran 37 yards for a touchdown that put the Giants ahead, 17-0, with 2:29 to go in the second quarter. LDE Justin Tuck dropped RB Clinton Portis for a 6-yard loss late in the third quarter and sacked Campbell for a 2-yard loss two plays later, forcing a punt. Bottom Line: They put plenty of pressure on Campbell.
WLB Chase Blackburn missed a leg tackle on RB Clinton Portis around the line of scrimmage, which allowed Portis a chance to run for 34 yards early in the first quarter. Bottom Line: They didn't make many mistakes.
FS Michael Johnson dropped RB Ladell Betts for a two-yard loss and forced a punt on a critical third-and-eight play from Washington's 33 in the third quarter. CB Corey Webster's aggression, timing and perfect footwork allowed him to step in front of WR Santana Moss for an interception at Washington's sideline. That turnover halted a promising Washington drive at the Giants' 25, with 8:19 to play in the second quarter. Bottom Line: Webster shut down Moss (two catches, six yards).
RB Danny Ware (17 yards) and WR Domenik Hixon (16 yards) failed on the Giants' two legitimate kickoff returns. WR Sinorice Moss, FS Michael Johnson and SLB Danny Clark were fooled badly by the Redskins' faked field goal just before halftime. Their late responses enabled holder Hunter Smith to run untouched to the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown that cut the Giants' lead to 17-7. Bottom Line: K Lawrence Tynes and P Jeff Feagles were solid, but these units have had better days.
Predictably, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride's call to run right at DT Albert Haynesworth on a fourth-and-one play from Washington's 3 on the first play of the second quarter was not a good idea. Haynesworth helped drop Brandon Jacobs for no gain. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan picked up in his debut where Steve Spagnuolo left off. Bottom Line: They won an NFC East game at home.
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