Rapid Reaction: Giants 23, Redskins 7
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
No Plaxico Burress?
Two days after the club's star receiver accidentally shot himself in the leg in a Manhattan nightclub, the Giants came out and dominated the Redskins at FedEx Field.
The Redskins (7-5) did a nice job of bottling up running back Brandon Jacobs in the first half, but quarterback Eli Manning shredded Washington's secondary. He had a career-high 240 passing yards in the first half, completing passes to six different players.
And once again, Domenik Hixon did his best Burress imitation, only without all the drama. Hixon had five catches for 71 yards and Amani Toomer added five for 85 yards. The success of the passing game might make it easier for coach Tom Coughlin to forget about Burress -- at least for the rest of the season.
Burress wasn't going to play anyway Sunday because of a hamstring injury, but now the Giants are thinking about putting him on the "non-football injury reserved list," according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
For a team that has learned how to win without star players in the past, this almost seems par for the course. The Giants took a 13-7 lead at halftime and then tacked on another touchdown midway through the the third quarter.
The Redskins gave an inspired effort on defense, but the offense's lack of a consistent running game robbed them of any chance to win the game. Running back Clinton Portis was held to 22 yards on 11 carries. He limped off the field on a couple different occasions and wasn't able to return in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 20-7, the Redskins decided to go for it on a fourth-and-1 in their own territory. Right tackle Jon Jansen didn't block anyone, and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck came racing in to make the tackle.
The Giants pretty much have the NFC East crown sewn up as they improved to 11-1. In falling to 7-5, the Redskins fell a game behind the Cowboys in the race for a wild-card spot. In fact, Washington only has a half-game lead on the Eagles, who will play the Giants in the Meadowlands next Sunday. The Cowboys will be on the road in Pittsburgh.
The Redskins need to win three of their next four games to have any serious hope of making the playoffs. The Giants will probably have the option of resting their starters in the final two games of the season. That's not really Tom Coughlin's style, though, so we'll have to see how he plays it.
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