Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca
The Giants played one of the worst teams in the league, the Washington Redskins. Along with Miami and Cincinnati, they are at the bottom of the league. This game was over early in the second quarter. It is certainly a feel good game for the Giants and Daniel Jones. They dominated the time of possession 36:09 to 23:51. However, it was a sloppy game and a better opponent could have easily put the Giants away in this one. Both Gallman and Hilliman fumbled. Hilliman fumbled inside the 5 yard line. Jones also threw 2 picks. The Giants were up 14-0 within the first 18 minutes of the game.
Gallman had a respectable day in replacing Barkley. He had 2 touchdowns, one rushing and 1 receiving. However his YPC average of 3.3 is not great. He did combine for 118 yards rushing and receiving. Jones had an average day. He completed 23 of 31 for 225 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. He did not have many deeps throws and the Giants receivers were able to take short passes and turn them into 15-20+ yard plays. I counted 145 yards on 7 such plays. When Jones threw deeper he was picked twice once at 24 yards and again at 23 yards. We will have to see if this is a trend.
The Redskins were just inept at offense just generating 176 total yards. When Keenum threw his first pick they had no patience based on his previous 3 pick performance vs the Bears. They yanked him in favor of Haskins. Haskins only played 14 games at Ohio State and he certainly is not ready for prime time. Haskins said at the draft that he would make the Giants pay for not drafting him. I don’t think so! He made this Giants defense look like the 1986 version. He also made Jenkins, who I have been critical of in the past, look like Revis Island. He had 2 picks and caused a third deflecting a pass that Connolly intercepted. Jenkins will be tested for many weeks to come vs some of the best receivers in the league. Haskins threw 3 more interceptions for a total of 4 for the team cementing the Giants victory.
The Redskins only had 8 first downs and a third down conversion percentage of 18%. Giants’ rookie linebacker Connolly hurt his knee and had to leave the game. This is a big loss given that he has played so well. However, David Mayo, a 2015 Gettleman Carolina draft pick, played well in his absence with 8 tackles, 5 solos and 1 tackle for loss. I have not been happy with Gettleman but I admit this is a good pick up.
So turning to this week and the Minnesota Vikings, the Giants start the Gauntlet portion of their schedule playing the entire NFC North, the Patriots, Cowboys and Eagles twice. That’s 8 games that they will probably lose. Best case is that they win 2 of these.Continue reading