Report Card: Giants win over Redskins

October, 22, 2012
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Here are my grades for the Giants' Week 7 win over the Redskins:

B-minus

RUSHING OFFENSE

The Giants only managed a total of 64 yards on 19 carries as Ahmad Bradshaw had only 12 carries for 43 yards. But he and Andre Brown each scored on hard-fought 1-yard touchdowns which earns this B- grade. The Giants probably could've run the ball more.

B

PASSING OFFENSE

For most of the day, Eli Manning struggled. He missed Victor Cruz in the end zone in the first half and threw two picks in the second half.

But with the game on the line, he hit Cruz when it mattered on a 77-yard game-winning touchdown. Cruz finished with seven receptions for 131 yards and the touchdown and Martellus Bennett and Hakeem Nicks each had five catches.

C-minus

RUSHING DEFENSE

The Redskins crushed the Giants on the ground with a total of 248 rushing yards. Alfred Morris ran for 120 yards and Robert Griffin III added 89 yards, including a 24-yard scramble late in the fourth that helped set up a go-ahead touchdown.

The Giants had all sorts of trouble with the Redskins' option attack but they did produce two fumbles on running plays in the second half.

C-plus

PASSING DEFENSE

RG3 passed for 258 yards and he hit Santana Moss twice on touchdowns, including a beautiful 30-yard strike with 1:32 left.

But the Giants picked off Griffin once and came up with a big strip and recovery on Moss to seal the game. The Giants also sacked Griffin three times and hit him five times, which is no easy chore.

B-plus

SPECIAL TEAMS

Lawrence Tynes converted two more field goals and continues a stellar season. David Wilson didn't score in this game but he did average 26.5 yards per kickoff return.

The Giants return game held the dangerous Brandon Banks to one punt return for 12 yards.

B

COACHING

Head Coach Tom Coughlin and Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell prepared the Giants well for Robert Griffin III. The Giants were able to produce four turnovers and collect three sacks. Offensively, the Giants probably should've run the ball more, especially in the fourth quarter when they were up 20-13.

But bottom line, Giants won an NFC East game they absolutely needed and now are riding a three-game winning streak.




Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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