Eli Manning was simply spectacular, which is hardly a surprise lately. He threw quickly, accurately and efficiently in leading the Giants to a much-needed blowout. Both Manning and David Carr had to love getting him in a game for victorious mop-up duty, during which Carr completed three of his four passes.
Bottom line: Who's playing better than Eli right now?
Sure hope you started Ahmad Bradshaw in your fantasy league. He was phenomenal in Washington, showing the hard running and slicing ability that we've enjoyed in the past. The Redskins had no answer for Bradshaw, who rolled up 61 yards on only nine carries. He also scored twice. Brandon Jacobs was much less explosive, but very effective in helping to run out the clock.
Bottom line: This was vintage Thunder and Lightning – or Earth and Wind/Fire, for that matter.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
It's usually a great sign when 10 different players catch a pass – and it sure was in this ‘contest.' Steve Smith continued his assault on the Giants WR record books with five more catches and a score. He needs 10 catches in the final two games to reach triple-digits. Mario Manningham bounced back from a rough game against Philly with a nice TD catch, on which he kept his feet in bounds by plenty.
Bottom line: The Giants receivers might well have been playing sandlot football with the frequency with which they were able to get open.
It all starts up front and the Giants O-line more than did its job against a very tough Washington front four. Rookie Will Beatty played very well at right tackle in place of injured Kareem McKenzie. Beatty certainly didn't look nor play like a rookie. While Albert Haynesworth did have a sack and another QB hit, the interior guys basically did a good job of neutralizing him.
Bottom line: The Giants would love to bottle this and release it the next two Sundays.
This was New York's D-line at its best. There was pressure coming from all angles – left, right, up the middle. Fred Robbins burst through for a sack, as did fellow DT Barry Cofield. Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora also dropped Jason Campbell behind the line of scrimmage.
Bottom line: They were as strong against the run as the pass. Great overall game for the DL.
Of all the beautiful defensive plays the Giants turned in during their dismantling of the Redskins, none was prettier than Jonathan Goff storming right through the middle of the Skins line and ferociously dropping Jason Campbell for a six-yard loss. Goff has really showed himself well since taking over in the middle for the injured Antonio Pierce. Bryan Kehl continues to take advantage of his extended playing time.
Bottom line: New York's LBs had all the angles covered in DC.
How big must've Terrell Thomas's eyes been when Jason Campbell handed him a pick-six? Thomas continues to play very well at corner for the Giants, who did a great job without Corey Webster. Kevin Dockery, who started for Webster, and Bruce Johnson stepped in and handled themselves just fine.
Bottom line: After multiple weeks of poor performances the DBs really stepped up big-time in this one.
Jeff Feagles would probably want a second crack at both of his punts, but he'll certainly take the final result. As usual, Chase Blackburn led the way with a couple specialty stops. While Domenik Hixon didn't do much in the return game for New York, more importantly the Giants coverage units didn't allow the always-dangerous Santana Moss to hurt them in the punt-return game.
Bottom line: Not their best overall effort, but it was more than enough in this lopsided affair.
A showing like this will clearly buy both coordinators and the head man a week of negative publicity. The men in charge have to hope a showing like this leads to another classic late-season run. Most importantly, Bill Sheridan had his defense ready to play in a big game. They delivered.
Bottom line: No more worries about which Giants team would show up in Washington. The good Giants got the job done – convincingly.
X's and O's: Giants 45, Redskins 12
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