Sunday, November 30, 2008
Halftime observations: Giants-Redskins
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
- As we predicted, the absence of Plaxico Burress hasn't affected the Giants' offense. Eli Manning was 16-of-22 for 240 yards in the first half, with a touchdown and an interception. He completed passes to six different players, which has made up for the fact that the Redskins aren't allowing any running room for Brandon Jacobs. By the way, that's the best first half of Manning's career. The Redskins aren't generating enough consistent pressure to bother Manning.
- Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell had his moments in the first half, going 9-of-15 for 105 yards. But he's going to need a little more help from his receivers. James Thrash dropped a nice throw over the middle, halting a drive in the second quarter.
- Nice to see some production out of second-round pick Devin Thomas on the 29-yard reverse for a touchdown. It didn't look like Thomas got enough depth on the initial exchange, but he had plenty of room down the right sideline. Campbell threw a nice block downfield and Santana Moss did a superb job of one-on-one blocking.
- You had to know London Fletcher was going to play through the pain of a foot injury. He had seven tackles in the first half, and he's done a tremendous job of not allowing Jacobs to find a seam.
- Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall followed up a ridiculous personal foul with an excellent interception. He closed nicely on a slant to Domenik Hixon to make the pick. Hixon wasn't expecting the pass to arrive that quickly and Hall reached up and made the grab. It changed the momentum in the first half.
- That looked like a bogus call when Giants cornerback Corey Webster was flagged for illegal hands to the face before he intercepted Campbell. The call kept the Redskins' only scoring drive alive.
- Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield doesn't get nearly enough attention. He's quietly putting together a Pro Bowl season, and that continued with four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the first half.
- Don't underestimate how deflating that missed field goal was at the end of the first half. Trimming the Giants' lead to 13-10 would've been a huge lift for the Redskins. Shaun Suisham is now 21-of-29 for the season. I think he'll feel even more heat after today's game.