The New York Giants remained in the playoff hunt with a come from behind victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football. Robert Griffin III started hot, but cooled off as Justin Tuck rattled the Redskins quarterback with four sacks. Meanwhile Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown, as New York improved to 5-7 on the season.
Washington coach Mike Shanahan already has thrown down the gauntlet in threatening some of his players’ future employment.
Good teams, playoff teams, do not continue to make enough mistakes to lose games. The Giants (4-7) have learned that the hard way this season.
Rueben Randle has caught six touchdown passes in the last six games to take over the team lead. No other Giants receiver has caught a TD in that span.
The offensive line has stabilized. The running game is finally making strides, and Manning and his receivers are using quick, short passes to take what defenses offer instead of forcing plays over the top.
It was the Giants’ most complete game of the season. Coach Tom Coughlin was so pleased with the team’s fourth straight win that he allowed them to have a “victory Monday.”
In an NFC East nobody wants to win, a division where the champion could well be 7-9 when all this is said and done, the Giants are looking pretty good right now.
Heading into this week, Manning is ranked 31st among NFL passers with a 68.5 quarterback rating. The only player lower than him in the NFC is Josh Freeman.
What can’t Brown do for you? Andre Brown led the way with a 115-yard performance in Sunday’s 24-20 win over the Raiders.
A disappointing 2013 season came to a premature end for New York Giants halfback David Wilson yesterday. The second year player from Virginia Tech was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the G-men, who activated running back Andre Brown from the injured list as well. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden sat out practice with a pulled hamstring and looks unlikely to play on Sunday.
Cruz got his red jersey because coach Tom Coughlin wanted to make sure his No. 1 receiver didn’t get hit in practice Thursday and have a setback for Sunday’s game against Oakland.
After spending the last 10 weeks on recallable injured reserve with a second broken leg in less than a year, all Brown cares about is playing against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Considering the Giants’ revolving door at running back, they can’t afford the same type of thing happening at any other position. That brings us to the Victor Cruz situation.
The New York Football Giants had their worst start since 1976, and the team did not get its first win until Week 7 of the regular season. After beating the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, the G-men went down to Philadelphia and defeated the Eagles 15-7 to complete their first half at 2-6. With eight games remaining, including three with division rivals, Dallas and Washington, New York still has eyes on a division title. Here are five players who will need to be productive in order for the Giants to compete.
The New York Giants have gotten off to their worst since 1976, yet at 2-6, the team does still have its sights set on an NFC East title. But in order to have a second half turnaround, some players will have to raise their performance, and others will have to maintain their first half pace.