I am starting to see a trend in Thursday night football games. Last week the Falcons destroyed the Buccaneers 56-14 and last night we saw the Giants put a beat down on the Redskins 45-14. Apparently one team each week is doing a much better job preparing on a short week than their opponent. I sure hope the Vikings @ Packers game is actually competitive next week and breaks this trend.
As I said in the breakdown, it's amazing to watch Eli Manning work when he has time in the pocket. For a second straight week the Giants offensive line protected Eli and for a second straight week Eli torched the opposing secondary. Just like last week Eli was only sacked once and again he completed over 70% of his passes. For the game Eli was 28/39 for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran one in for a touchdown. Disregard his 1 interception because it was a fluke and in my opinion the wrong call.
It seems like the Giants have a new tight end every season and regardless of who it is, Eli has instant chemistry with them. This year Larry Donnell is the man. Donnell dominated the first half of this football game as he caught 3 touchdowns. He finished the night with 7 receptions for 54 yards. Daniel Fells caught the 4th touchdown from Eli, and he now has 3 scores on the year.
Eli was also in sync with both of his wide receivers. Victor Cruz led the Giants with 108 yards on 6 receptions, and Ruben Randle caught 8 passes for 89 yards. They each saw 10 targets.
The Giants run game was also very effective. Rashad Jennings didn't run for 174 yards again but he did run for 55 yards on 13 carries. It was the rookie Andre Williams who led the team in rushing yards. Williams carried the ball 15 times for 66 yards and scored his first career touchdown. Even Peyton Hillis got into the action as he ran for 31 yards.
All around the Giants offense was clicking on all cylinders. Even the defense played out of their minds, forcing 6 turnovers and sacked Kirk Cousins twice.
The Redskins on the other hand were just a total disaster.
I guess after all there will be a quarterback controversy whenever Robert Griffin III is healthy because Kirk Cousins looked awful against the Giants secondary. Last year against the Giants he was just 19-49 with 2 INTs. Things were not any better on Thursday. Cousins was 19/33 for 257 yards with 1 touchdown and 4 INTs.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Prince Amukamara and the Giants secondary did a great job shutting down Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. They held the Redskins playmakers to just 3 catches for 37 yards on 10 targets. Last week the 2 combined for 16 catches, 255 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Eagles.
Niles Paul was off to a quick start with 3 receptions and 60 yards before he left the game with a scary concussion.
Washington should probably look to make Alfred Morris the focus of the offense moving forward. Morris only saw 12 carries but he ran for 63 yards and a touchdown.
In their last 2 games the Redskins have lost 2 division games and have been outscored 82-48.