LDE Demetric Evans knocked down Eli Manning’s errant throw toward RB Reuben Droughns with 5:22 left in the game. The incompletion on a fourth-and-five play from Washington’s 20 essentially ended any shot the Giants, down 22-10, had at a comeback. Manning completed only six-of-21 passes in the first half, but his receivers dropped six of those attempts. Bottom Line: A swirling wind and his receivers didn’t help his cause.
Only one of RB Brandon Jacobs’ 14 first-half touches accounted for first downs, but he moved the chains on seven of 14 touches in the second half. Manning’s throw was high and away from him, but a wide-open Jacobs should’ve caught a screen pass that probably would’ve resulted in a first down on a third-and-seven play from Washington’s 46 late in the first quarter. Bottom Line: Jacobs (five drops) found a new way to not hold on to the ball.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
With the Giants down 22-10 late in the third quarter, usually reliable WR Amani Toomer dropped Manning’s deep pass at Washington’s 45, despite that he was wide open and could’ve recorded at least a 35-yard reception. WR Sinorice Moss moved backward after making an eight-yard reception on a third-and-nine play from the Giants’ 5, which cost the Giants a first down with 5:32 left in the second quarter. After adjusting to an underthrown pass, falling WR Plaxico Burress dropped a Manning pass that would’ve moved the Giants from Washington’s 45 to the Redskins’ 10 on their first drive of the game. Bottom Line: They dropped entirely too many passes.
RDE Andre Carter used his speed to turn LT David Diehl around and slid inside the pocket, where he stripped Manning from behind to create a turnover with 6:58 to go in the first quarter. DT Anthony Montgomery recovered Manning’s fumble at the Giants’ 45. Diehl yielded a 14-yard sack to Carter on a third-and-six play from Washington’s 38 early in the third quarter, too. Bottom Line: Diehl has had back-to-back shaky games.
RDE Osi Umenyiora hurried QB Todd Collins into an incompletion on third-and-six from the Giants’ 48 with 2:46 to go in the third quarter. DT Justin Tuck’s two-yard sack of Collins, on a third-and-goal play from the Giants’ 8, forced the Redskins to settle for a 28-yard FG on the last play of the first half. Bottom Line: They pressured Collins adequately.
WLB Kawika Mitchell missed a tackle on RB Ladell Betts just inside the Giants’ 10, and Betts barreled into the end zone for a 14-yard score and a 13-0 Redskins’ lead with 3:07 left before halftime. SLB Reggie Torber’s late attempt at coverage enabled TE Todd Yoder to race down a seam and record a 30-yard reception that moved the Redskins to the Giants’ 14 early in the second quarter. The Redskins went ahead 6-0 on a 31-yard FG four plays later. Bottom Line: Their three starters combined for only nine tackles.
Nickel back Kevin Dockery leaped and knocked down Collins’ throw to TE Chris Cooley in the end zone, a third-down denial that made Washington settle for a 31-yard FG and a 6-0 lead with 10:12 to play in the first half. Diving LCB Aaron Ross got his left arm up at the last second to break up a well thrown Collins pass to Cooley near the Giants’ 5. The third-down play forced Washington to settle for a 49-yard FG that gave the Redskins a 3-0 lead with 2:23 left in the first quarter. WR Santana Moss fell, but RCB Sam Madison dropped a certain interception at the Giants’ 35 on a third-down play with 6:08 left in the first quarter. Bottom Line: They dropped too many potential interceptions.
KR Ahmad Bradshaw gave the Giants good field position on three of his four returns, a 27-yarder to their 38, a 37-yarder to Washington’s 49 and a 27-yarder to their 28. Lawrence Tynes’ kick was wide left on a 38-yard field goal try that would’ve cut the Redskins’ lead to 22-13 early in the fourth quarter, but he kicked into a whipping wind. Bottom Line: The conditions were tough on Tynes and P Jeff Feagles.
How many passes did Jacobs need to drop before offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride stopped calling his number out of the backfield? An idiotic taunting infraction by SS LaRon Landry masked it, but Gilbride made a peculiar call, a deep pass to a double-covered Burress, on a third-and-one play from Washington’s 48 late in the first half. Bottom Line: They didn’t play like they want to make this easy.