Manning's 77-yard strike to Victor Cruz with 73 ticks remaining in the contest lifted the New York Giants to 5-2 on the year and giving them their first intra-division win.
While the heroics speak for themselves, but should the Giants have done better against this Redskins' D?
Big Blue didn't touch the scoreboard in the first or third quarters. Manning threw just one touchdown pass in the game, and he threw two picks against a mediocre secondary. And that running game that looked so potent against San Francisco and Cleveland was held to 64 yards.
Here's the facts.
It felt almost inevitable the Giants would have somewhat of a letdown following such a convincing, emotional win over the 49ers last week. A slow start was expected.
Manning was not sharp, though he still managed 337 yards and completed 26 passes. And when the game was on the line, he found his top target, giving the Giants a win over the Skins after losing both meetings last year.
The running game, however, is a not up to par. Color me Mr. Obvious, but 17 attempts between Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown is not enough.
Oh, and where was David Wilson -- err, Birth Control -- whatever he wants to be called. You don't become a Hall of Famer without touching the football.
Bradshaw was limited in practice this week; once again, his foot issues have popped up. If Tom Coughlin was hesitant about Bradshaw's workload, he should have given more attempts to Brown and Wilson.
Give Washington credit, though. The Skins own a top-10 rush defense, and it showed. Next week in Dallas should offer another test and another opportunity to right the ship. The Cowboys allowed Carolina to rush for 112 yards and 5.3 yards per carry this afternoon.
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