Sunday, October 21, 2012
Halftime thoughts: Tied up, Fred Davis hurt
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- An extremely entertaining first half of NFL football has ended with the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants tied 13-13 here at MetLife Stadium, and the story of the game so far may be the Giants' inability to stop the Redskins' ground game. Rookie running back Alfred Morris has 94 yards on 13 carries already, quarterback Robert Griffin III has added 42 yards on three carries, and the Redskins as a team have 146.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, this is the Redskins' 13th straight game with at least 100 rushing yards as a team. The second-longest current streak heading into this week was two games. It's clear that the Redskins want to control the clock as much as possible, and their 17-play, 93-yard first-quarter drive took 9:11 off the clock. But the Giants were able to hold them to a field goal, which was a big victory for Big Blue.
The Giants' surprising issue on offense so far is uncharacteristic inaccuracy from quarterback Eli Manning, who had Victor Cruz for an easy touchdown in the second quarter but threw behind him and forced the Giants to settle for a 27-yard field goal. Manning picked things up in the final minutes of the first half, as is his wont, and finished the first half 17-for-26 for 186 yards. But the Giants' run game, so strong the past two weeks, has been unable to find much daylight against the Redskins' front, and this starts to look like a game in which Manning may have to carry New York.
The biggest loss for Washington in the game so far is that of tight end Fred Davis. Multiple reports say Davis has torn his left Achilles tendon -- an injury that would keep him out for the rest of the season. Already without top wide receiver Pierre Garcon, the Redskins' passing game would suffer for the absence of a big downfield weapon like Davis. Expect them to keep running the ball, in this game and beyond.