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Giants vs. Redskins Recap


Wile E. Coyote never catches the Road Runner, Two and Half Men never makes me laugh, and the Washington Redskins never beat the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.  The latter held true today as the NYG defeated Washington, 31-7, to improve to a record of 8-4 and remain tied with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East.

The Giants offense was able to run all over the Redskins defensive front from the get go as Brandon Jacobs came out on the opening drive and broke a few nice runs on his way to an eight yard score.  Biggie looked fantastic today and may be running better right now than ever in his career.  I was personally really down on Jacobs coming into this season, but he has been spectacular of late.  Biggie has been running with quickness and power that seemed to be lost forever.  To top it all off, he had me looking like David After Dentist when he converted a third and one and I couldn’t help but ask, “Is this real life?”

His backfield partner Ahmad Bradshaw scored on the Giants second drive of the game giving the NYG an early 14-0 lead.  Bradshaw would then add six more on a 10 yard run in the second quarter, followed by a 28 yard TD from Jacobs in the third quarter.  With a 28-0 lead at that point, the game was essentially over.  Donavan McNabb responded with a TD to Anthony Armstrong, but a Tynes field goal in the fourth sealed the victory.

The Giants defense easily handled Washington, causing five turnovers and sacking McNabb four times.  Rookie first round pick Jason Pierre-Paul, coming off a two sack performance last week against Jacksonville, added two more and continued to show marked improvement.  Justin Tuck had a strip sack in addition to another forced fumble, while “Master of the Strip Sack” Osi Umenyiora added, you guessed it, a strip sack.  Cornerbacks Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas shut down the Redskins receivers and both starting corners had interceptions.

The day really belonged to Jacobs, Bradshaw, and the Giants offensive line.  Eli Manning didn’t really need to do much other than hand off.  He threw a terrible interception into triple coverage in the end zone, but he had a lot of nice completions to Derek Hagan who did his best Steve Smith impression today as the possession receiver.  Washington’s main defensive focus was taking Mario Manningham out of the game which they managed to do successfully for the most part.  Super Mario didn’t have a catch until the seven minute mark of the third quarter, but he wasn’t really needed as the offense took what was given in the run game and with Hagan.

Game Notes:

Ahmad Bradshaw went over 1000 yards on the season today, the first time he’s done that in his career…Recently signed NYG WR Devin Thomas had a blocked punt in his first game against his former team.  The former second round pick by Washington played in four games for the Redskins earlier this season…I have decided that Bear Pascoe is the new hipster jersey to own.  To those unfamiliar with the term, a hipster jersey is the jersey of a relatively unknown player that only a real fan would have.  Former hipster jerseys have included Chase Blackburn and Bradshaw back when I bought mine.   

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