Redskins-Giants Grades: Don’t count out New York just yet

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Redskins-Giants game.

| 1 year ago
(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

Redskins-Giants Grades: Don’t count out New York just yet


Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Washington Redskins-New York Giants game:

New York Giants

– Behind a reshuffled offensive line, it was crucial that Eli Manning (+3.4) got the ball out on rhythm to help keep the Giants’ offense rolling. He did just that, releasing 26 of his 32 passes in 2.5 seconds or less. Connecting on his throws on all levels of the Washington defense, Manning never allowed the rush to get to him, let alone phase him, completing five of his eight passes under pressure while making the most of his 24 un-pressured dropbacks (18/24, 211 yards, two touchdowns, +2.6 passing grade).

– The Giants got solid pass rushing production from a number of defensive tackles, but the lack of production at defensive end, highlighted by the absence of Robert Ayers last night, will surely be a growing concern. Facing Kirk Cousins, their lack of pressure didn’t come back to haunt them, but against better quarterbacks, a combined seven pressures on 102 pass rushes from George Selvie (-2.2), Kerry Wynn (+0.6) and Damontre Moore (-1.7) could prove costly for them.

– The Giants’ pair of former-LSU wide receivers were too hot to handle for the Washington secondary last night as Odell Beckham Jr. (+1.6) and Rueben Randle (+2.1) combined for 195 yards and two scores on seven catches. Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland (-3.5) bore the brunt of their production, with Randle the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on his touchdown. The duo combined for 101 yards and two scores on Eli Manning’s three deep targets last night.

Top performers:

QB Eli Manning (+3.4)

DT Johnathan Hankins (+2.8)

DT Jay Bromley (+2.5)

WR Rueben Randle (+2.1)

LB Devon Kennard (+2.0)

Washington Redskins

– In years past, we’ve become accustomed to seeing “good Kirk Cousins” or “bad Kirk Cousins” game by game. This season, we have seen both the good and the bad—last night (-0.9) was no different. His first interception was a poor decision, and he left multiple scores on the field with under-thrown deep balls, particularly when targeting Jordan Reed (-0.9) early in the game. Some solid short and intermediate passing improved his performance somewhat, but fans will still be wondering how the game might have panned out if Cousins had hit on at least one of his opportunities with Reed earlier in the game.

– Speaking of Jordan Reed (+2.0 receiving), the Redskins’ tight end continues to be the most productive and most important target in the Washington offense. Snagging six catches for the third game in a row, his numbers would have been even better but for Cousins errant deep passing. The only thing letting Reed’s performances down is his inline blocking (-2.2 run-block), and with the injuries they have suffered at the position, they are simply unable to limit his responsibilities there to protect both himself and the Washington ground game.

– The upgrades brought in via free agency have bolstered Washington’s defensive line early in the season, with Terrance Knighton (+1.3) producing his best game of the season so far. However, the star of Washington’s defensive line is arguably Chris Baker (+5.0), whose six stops last night tied Keenan Robinson (+0.1) for the most on the team. Through three games, Baker is Washington’s highest graded defensive lineman, and is the only member of the Washington front seven—aside from Ryan Kerrigan (+0.3)—to boast a positive grade as both a run defender and pass rusher.

Top performers:

DE Chris Baker (+5.0)

RT Morgan Moses (+3.5)

LT Trent Williams (+2.5)

NT Terrance Knighton (+1.3)

ILB Will Compton (+1.1)

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  • crosseyedlemon

    The Jets embarrassed the Colts so we knew that would be motivation enough for the Giants here. New York bragging rights are something the Giants have been use to in recent years but this season it looks like the Jets may finally steal them. Should be fun to watch which NY team comes out on top at seasons end.

  • Matthew Allen

    So, are the Redskins a good team as well, or were the Giants just playing a poor defense? You say don’t count out the Giants, and yes they played a solid game, especially Eli, but those two colossal under-throws by Cousins, and that crucial fumble by Matt Jones on the half yard line that was forced by no one other than himself just dropping the ball, were obviously crucial mistakes and really ended up deciding the game. Without the those embarrassing mistakes, that lets be honest, probably won’t repeated by a single team for the rest of the season, the Redskins win this game, with, in my opinion, relative ease.

    • crashby89

      Yeah problem is Cousins does that a lot. The fumble may be a fluke but the INT’s will likely continue.

    • Nunya Biz

      This is false re: the fumble. The ball was clearly knocked out by the NYG tackler, watch the replay again.

    • Nunya Biz

      This is false re: the fumble. The ball was clearly knocked out by the NYG tackler, watch the replay again.

    • Mike A

      The ball was knocked out by the NY defender. But you are right in that the game may have played out differently had Cousins connected on some of those shots to Reed in the endzone.

    • Nick

      well the giants should’ve won their first 2 games with relative ease as well lol