The New York Giants took advantage of turnovers for a 12 point 1st quarter lead against Washington on Thursday Night.  The teams went toe to toe for the next two quarters, but New York pulled away to lead by as many as 19 before a late Redskins comeback fell short and the Giants got a big win, 32-21.

New York’s Rashad Jennings blocked a punt on Washington’s first series of the game for a safety.  In the Redskins next drive, quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an interception leading to a Giants touchdown run by Andre Williams. The Giants added a 35 yard field goal by Josh Brown for their 12-0 1st quarter lead.

After two Washington field goals, the score was 15-6 at halftime.  During the 2nd and 3rd quarters,  the Redskins righted the ship somewhat, and we got some good hard hitting football.  The teams matched field goals, 2 apiece during this middle portion of the game to put the score at 18-6 at the end of 3.

The Redskins blew their chance near the end of the 3rd though, with an interception thrown by Cousins.  New York went on to the game clinching TD drive. The Giants cashed in on a 30 yard touchdown strike to Odell Beckham Jr. from Eli Manning early in the 4th quarter to push the lead to 25-6.

On the way there Willimas trucked a defener on a run, and TE Larry Donnell performed a somersault rather than stay on his feet at the end of a reception.   The ‘Skins were also called for illegal contact on Beckham, aided by some James Harden/NBA style acting by the Giants receiver.

Washington won garbage time, but couldn’t get close enough.  They fall to 1-2, and face the Eagles at home on Oct 4th.

The Giants meanwhile got that big win to avoid going 0-3.  At 1-2, the play the Bills in Buffalo, also on the 4th.


Luke Straub

Spark Sports NFL Analyst