WAS-NYG grade: Odell Beckham Jr. earns top grade in loss to Redskins

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Redskins' NFC East win over the Giants.

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WAS-NYG grade: Odell Beckham Jr. earns top grade in loss to Redskins

Washington Redskins 29, New York Giants 27

Here are the top-graded players and biggest storylines from Washington’s win in New York.

Washington Redskins

Quarterback grade: Kirk Cousins, 79.0

Kirk Cousins answers critics with deep-ball accuracy

Redskins quarterback Cousins answered his critics (some apparently from within his own locker room) with a strong performance against the Giants. His deep-ball accuracy was on display against New York, as he completed three of five throws longer than 20 yards through the air for 99 yards and a score. With the threat of the long ball well-established, he was extremely efficient on easier underneath throws as well, connecting on 17 of 22 attempts under 10 yards for 177 yards.

Top offensive grades:

QB Kirk Cousins, 79.0

WR Jamison Crowder, 75.7

RG Brandon Scherff, 74.4 

WR Pierre Garcon, 74.0

WR DeSean Jackson, 71.1

Washington uses all its playmakers in big divisional win

Crowder was the highest-graded offensive player outside of Cousins for Washington, despite his grade not even including his 52-yard punt return, on which he forced five missed tackles. The quartet of WRs Crowder, Garçon, Jackson and TE Jordan Reed combined to haul in 18 of 27 targets for 289 yards and two touchdowns, with each player being targeted at least six times and catching at least four balls.

Top defensive grades:

S Will Blackmon, 84.0

OLB Preston Smith, 81.9

ILB Su’a Cravens, 81.1

S David Bruton, 77.7

OLB Trent Murphy, 72.1

Redskins’ defense struggles to rush the passer, tackle

OLB Preston Smith had the most complete game for Washington on defense, as he registered two hurries, batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage, and made four solo tackles, all of them being run stops. He also did not miss any tackles, which was otherwise a huge issue for the Redskins. As a whole, the defense missed 11 tackles. They also struggled to get to Giants QB Eli Manning, as they managed just two sacks and no QB hits in the game.

New York Giants

Quarterback grade: Eli Manning, 52.9

The key to Eli Manning’s struggles versus Washington was on pressure plays. While he was only pressured seven times on 41 dropbacks, on those snaps he was sacked twice and completed just one of five passes for 3 yards. His performance against the blitz wasn’t much better, as he completed six of 12 passes against the blitz for 82 yards. The game-ending interception to Washington rookie Su’a Cravens was the final blitz of the day by the Redskins.

Eli Manning vs. Redskins

Top offensive grades:

WR Odell Beckham Jr., 87.1

LG Justin Pugh, 85.3

RT Bobby Hart, 80.8

LT Ereck Flowers, 75.4

RG John Jerry, 74.4

Beckham Jr. gets the better of Josh Norman

While his performance against Josh Norman last December was marred by a drop on a would-be long TD, and of course the personal foul penalties and subsequent suspension, he otherwise had a strong outing against the Panther, and that did not change on Sunday with Norman in a new uniform. Unlike Week 15 last season, Beckham had no drops today, as he caught seven of his 10 targets for 121 yards, with five of those catches and 88 yards coming against Norman (who earned a 52.3 overall grade in this game).

C Weston Richburg was New York’s lowest-graded offensive player; while his two unsportsmanlike penalties and resulting ejection hurt his grade, more concerning were his struggles on run blocks. While the other four offensive linemen all graded out well overall, in particular on run blocks, Richburg’s 42.5 grade lagged considerably behind.

Top defensive grades:

CB Leon Hall, 85.5

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, 84.5

DT Damon Harrison, 83.6

LB Devon Kennard, 80.0

LB Keenan Robinson, 79.9

Defensive line shuts down Washington’s run game

Considering that the Redskins managed just 89 yards on the ground at 3.1 yards per carry, it’s no surprise to see four members of the Giants’ front-seven at the top of their defensive grades. DT Damon Harrison was the clear top player against the run, as he had five run stops and 10 total tackles. The defensive line was also productive on the pass rush, as Harrison, Pierre-Paul, and DE Olivier Vernon combined to record two sacks, a hit, seven hurries, and two batted passes.

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins

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  • 24AHAD

    I’d be curious to see Josh’s grade prior to the 4th quarter before he let his emotions get out of control. I believe Odell had 2 catches on 5 targets for 44 yards. Article should have mentioned that.

    • mormonrock124

      Taking that he needed safer help all game I wouldn’t think it would be that great.

      • 24AHAD

        Does that factor in really? As long as he was in good position. I didn’t watch the whole game til the 4th quarter so I wouldn’t know.

      • ImperishablePhantasm

        Unless you’re playing a lot of Cover 0, every CB essentially has safety help. On that note, safety help doesn’t automatically mean you’ve got insurance back there. Ask Breeland in week 1.

      • hasson

        bro you’re dumb he plays ZONE defense. I can understand if they play man but really are you that stupid to not even know how zone defense works? Why are you even commenting? Learn how to play football before you try to argue about how good someone is.

  • Brad Barber

    Odell bfoke two tackles against norman also. Norman is overrated.

  • AC2

    Odell is a complete head case.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Which makes you wonder why he wasn’t asked to be Donald Trumps running mate in the coming election.

    • McGeorge

      It’s a shame, because he has talent. Put Larry Fitzgeralds mind in OBJs body.

  • MikeC4

    The game was lost after Olivier Vernon’s roughing the passer penalty. Another key drop and penalty by Odell. He got the highest grade but he and Richburg were the biggest chumps.

    • skc

      Odell had zero drops. Maybe you were watching a different game?

      The game was lost when Eli threw two stupid picks over the middle. Eli also got away with a few bad passes that should have been picked.

      The Giants had lots of penalties so singling out any specific penalty and player as the one that lost the game is silly.

      • KMax

        Funny, you seem to be doing that with Eli. Maybe you just don’t want Odell singled out for acting like a lunatic again.

        • skc

          Funny that Richburg got ejected from the game and no one talks about that. Funny that Norman got an unsportmanlike conduct penalty and no one wants to talk about that. Funny that a few Redskin players were in shouting matches with coaches on the sidelines and no one wants to talk about that.

          All anyone wants to talk about is OBJ ranting on the sideline. As someone who grew up watching 70’s-80’s football as a kid and saw stuff that makes OBJ look like a saint, trust me your 7 year old will be fine.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Victor Cruz is the guy you should be encouraging your son to adopt as a role model. Victor has more class in his pinky finger than Odell could ever hope to acquire.

  • Steve Rudemyer

    2 Things lost this game for the Giants. Eli and penalties. Eli could have had 4 picks, easily in this game. He fumbled also. Extremely careless with the ball. What is Mac going to do about this? Also, penalties were HUGE and that cannot be overstated. The ST penalty created a 50+ yard swing in Field position. 2 formation penalties are horrible and show a lack of detail in coaching. Need to get this straight if they hope to have a chance against 2 very sound teams in GB/Min

    • AC2

      They didn’t lose because of Eli. Christ.

      • Steve Rudemyer

        Yes, they did. He made bad choices late in the game. 2 of the final 3 drives ended in INTs-1 in the RZ. He leads in that category over his career. He can’t do that. The Tye INT was 50/50 fault. Tye looked like he was thinking back-shoulder, which would have been perfect, since the LB was leading and not trailing. The other was completely inexcusable. Our RB was never open, and he forced it in there. OBJ was open for the home run a few times and Eli never saw him.

        • magnusdopus

          I agree. Note Washington’s defensive ratings – all high on LBs, none for CBs. All of Eli’s worst throws were against LBs. He should have just continued to pick apart Washington’s CBs.

      • Eagles all day

        No, they lost because of Eli’s idotic turnovers and the punt play as well as their defense. Eagles owned Giants.

  • BRad40

    Do you happen to have the split of Trent Williams, and what his ranking would be at LT and LG from the game? He’s never played guard in his life. Threw a key block on Crowder’s TD while playing guard.