10 of the New York Giants’ first 12 games this season have been decided by seven points or less. Every week has been an adventure. It was about time they played in game where they won by a wide margin.
The Giants led 40-0 after three quarters, led by their superstar rookie running back, Saquon Barkley (14 rushes, 170 yards and touchdown along with four receptions for 27 yards) and didn’t appear to miss wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was inactive with a quad bruise, one bit.
The Giants went on to win, 40-16, after taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter. It was the most points they’ve scored in a game since November 1, 2015 when they lost 52-49 to the Saints down in New Orleans.
Eli Manning (14/22, 197 yards, three touchdown, zero interceptions for a 132.0 QBR) was pulled in favor of rookie Kyle Lauletta at the end of the third quarter, giving the Giants their first look at the player who could possibly be their next franchise quarterback.
Lauletta did not impress, but to be fair, he wasn’t asked to do a whole lot. The rookie went 0-for-5 passing with an interception and was basically relegated to handing off as the clock ticked away in the fourth quarter.
Tight end Evan Engram led all receivers with three catches for 77 yards. Sterling Shepard, Bennie Fowler and Russell Shepard all caught touchdown passes.
The defense played a tight game for the first three quarters before easing up in the final frame. The Giants flustered Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez (6/14 for 38 yards with two interceptions) for most of the game and held future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to 16 yards on 12 carries.
Safety Curtis Riley opened the scoring with a pick six off a pass tipped by linebacker Kareem Martin. Linebacker Alec Ogletree led the team with eight total tackles and had another interception. Michael Thomas, starting for the injured Landon Collins, also had a pick.
Olivier Vernon came alive with 1.5 sacks. Lorenzo Carter, Josh Mauro and rookie safety Sean Chandler all recorded sacks as well. The Giants had six in all.
The victory was the Giants’ fourth in their last five games. They are now 5-8 with three games remaining — next week at home vs Tennessee, Week 16 at Indianapolis and the season finale at home vs the Cowboys.
The win was the 100th over the Redskins in the regular season, making the Giants the first team in NFL history with 100 career regular-season wins against an opponent.