Three was the magic number of the day, today for the New York Giants as they were able to generate 3 sacks, 3 interceptions and held the Redskins to just 3 points in total on this fourth game of the 2019 season. Although it did not always have the feel of a great win, the men in blue soundly defeated the Washington Redskins today, 24-3 in front of a home crowd. This was the second consecutive win for rookie Daniel Jones who went a respectable 22 of 31 for 225 yards.
Jones, however proved that he was human today by throwing two interceptions to Washington’s Quentin Dunbar. He also showed Giants fans what he is capable of doing with his feet as he got out of a multiple defender rush with a scamper which was reminiscent of Eli Manning’s escapism that occurred in Superbowl XLII on February 3, 2008. In it nice to see a level of athleticism for Jones which hasn’t been enjoyed in decades by Giants fans. (The last Giants QB with this degree of mobility was Jeff Hostetler in 1991). You know how that story ended with a Superbowl win against the Buffalo Bills.
As for the role players on the Giants offense today, Wayne Gallman filled in unspectacularly well for the injured Saquon Barkley rushing 18 times for 63 yards with two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving. Gallman was also a factor in the passing game making 6 catches for 55 yards. With over 100 yards from scrimmage rushing and receiving, Gallman’s workhorse performance was instrumental in today’s win. Sterling Shepard had another strong day contributing 7 receptions for 76 yards. It is starting to appear that Shepard was worth the big money thrown his way after the offseason Beckum Jr. megatrade. Evan Engram contributed to the tune of 4 receptions for 54 yards.
The long awaited debut of Dwayne Haskins at QB for the Washington Redskins occurred just before the half with Haskins completing two first downs on this drive. With nobody open, Haskins showed some ability to scamper by running it down to the 1 yard line. The Redskins had to settle for a field goal on his first drive. The score at the end of the first half: 14-3, Giants.
That drive was as good as it got for Haskins all day. He completed 9 of 17 passes for 107 yards. The highly touted rookie who many thought would be the Giants selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft looked like a rookie. His entrance undoubtedly spells the end for Case Keenum as the Redskins starting QB.
The star of the day was the New York Giants defense. Any time you hold a team to 3 points in total, your defense usually has something to do with it. The Giants were strong against both the run and the pass today, holding the Redskins to just 176 yards on offense with 121 passing yards and 55 rushing yards. It seemed like the Giants secondary were in the right place for the first time all season. Jabril Peppers had a particularly strong day, most notably for picking off Redskin QB Case Keenum and returning it all the way to the house for a pick-6. Janoris Jenkins also bounced back from a rough day against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with at 2 interception day.
Today’s Giants sack team by committee consisting of Marcus Golden, Oshane Ximines, Tuzar Skipper, and Dexter Lawrence contributed 3 sacks on top of last week’s 4 sacks. Tighter coverage in the Giants secondary and modification in defensive game plan must have contributed to the pressure they were able to generate on the quarterback. Fifth round draft pick Ryan Connelly had another impressive day in the middle of the Giants D with 5 tackles and 1 sack. He did, however leave the game with a knee injury; severity of injury uncertain. The last factor helping the Giants win today was the sloppy performance of the Washington Redskins with multiple penalties occurring throughout the game. It was the type of performance that results in head coaches being fired. Tune in to see what happens in our Nation’s Capital this week.
It is far too early to consider the Giants to be a good team. Many fans would be satisfied with a 2-2 split of the first 4 games. They play a tough Minnesota Vikings team next week and then the New England Patriots at Foxboro. They could easily be 2-4 after their first six games.
In order for the Giants to continue their momentum, the must improve each week on both sides of the ball. This was indeed the case today on Defense. The offense did what it needed to win today as well. One has to ask whether the Giants are any closer to competing with a Dallas team who they lost to in Week 1.
The GMEN will be benefitted by the return of veteran wide receiver Golden Tate next week. Tate should provide a deep threat who is able to complement Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Darius Slayton. As long as Daniel Jones continues to improve, and the Giants defense continues to improve, the Giants may make this a three team race in the NFC East. Stay tuned, keep your seatbelt fastened. This season is just starting to get good !
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