Whether the fans like it or not, Joe Judge and the New York Giants won their first game over the Washington Football Team. There were positives and negatives shown in this nailbiting matchup. However, for the Giants, winning starts with beating their rivals.
The Football Team received the ball in the first half, which meant Big Blue would receive in the second half. A couple of short runs and receptions from running backs Antonio Gibson, Peyton Barber, and J.D. McKissic propelled the Washington offense downfield. One big run from McKissic propelled the offense to the Giants’ 32-yard line. On a 3-yard pass play to McKissic, which resulted in a fourth-down, Giants linebacker Blake Martinez got injured. He returned later in the game. The drive officially ended with a 47-yard missed field goal from Dustin Hopkins.
Daniel Jones‘s first pass play of the drive was a 24-yard play-action pass to Evan Engram that lifted the Giants into Washington territory. In the following play, Devonta Freeman rushed for a 14-yard gain. An 8-yard pass to C.J. Board and a 13-yard pass to Dion Lewis marched the Giants even further downfield. Though the Giants ended up in the red zone, the drive ended in a third-down sack of Jones by Ryan Kerrigan. Graham Gano kicked a 33-yard field goal, altering the score to 3-0 Giants.
After a four-yard run from Devonta Freeman and an incomplete pass to C.J. Board, Daniel Jones lobbed a 23-yard deep ball touchdown to teammate wide receiver Darius Slayton. With the extra point, the Giants extended their lead, 10-0.
On the first play of the next drive, Kyle Allen connected with former Giants quarterback and transitioned tight end, Logan Thomas, for a 21-yard gain. Allen then threw a 10-yard pass to his rookie running back Antonio Gibson. the quarter ended with a 6-yard run by J.D. McKissic.
To start the second quarter, Kyle Allen tossed an 8-yard pass to Terry McLaurin, moving the chains. Two plays after the duo connected on an 11-yard pass. The next play, on a play-action fake, Leonard Williams got to Kyle Allen and recorded his third sack of the season. Two plays later, McLaurin caught a 20-yard screen play on 3rd & 24. McLaurin was just shy of the sticks. Dustin Hopkins ended the drive with a 35-yard field goal.
Daniel Jones made the Washington defense bluff on the first play by faking a handoff to Devonta Freeman and instead took it himself for a 49-yard gain. After a blank run by Freeman, Jones then completed a 5-yard pass to Kaden Smith and then a 9-yard pass to Evan Engram. A roughing the passer penalty on Kevin Pierre-Louis advanced the Giants to the Washington six yard-line. Despite the hard efforts, Graham Gano finished the drive with a 33-yard field goal.
The Football Team gained a first down on two plays with two rushes from Antonio Gibson. Logan Ryan showed his speed on a blitz and sacked Kyle Allen for a seven-yard loss. The Giants did stop Washington on third down and nine, however, a five yard running into the kicker penalty prompted Ron Rivera to go for fourth down and four. Allen connected with veteran wideout Dontrelle Inman for a 15-yard pickup and a first down. A couple of plays later, Allen connected with tight end Logan Thomas for a five-yard score. At the end of the half, the score was 13-10, Big Blue on top.
After opening up the half with a one-yard reception by undrafted free agent Austin Mack, Devonta Freeman, and Daniel Jones rushed for 13 yards on the next two carries combined. An unnecessary roughness penalty by Deshazor Everett advanced the Giants to the 39 yard-line. On the next play, C.J. Board got hurt attempting to haul in a pass. Board was put on a stretcher with a neck-stabilizer and was sent to a local hospital much after. After a negative play by Devonta Freeman, Joe Judge elected to take a delay of game penalty and send out Riley Dixon to punt. This turned into a much-criticized move.
The next drive for Washington ended in a 3-and-out as safety Jabrill Peppers got hurt on the second-down run by Antonio Gibson.
With a short pass to Kaden Smith and two Devonta Freeman runs, the Giants attempted to increase their score. Darius Slayton was injured with a foot injury after receiving an 18-yard pass from Jones downfield. He returned later in the game. After a pass interference penalty on Kendall Fuller, Fuller got his revenge by intercepting Daniel Jones on a red-zone interception.
J.D. McKissic rushed for 17 yards on two plays to end the third quarter.
When the fourth quarter resumed, referee Brad Allen called linebacker Kyler Fackrell on an unnecessary roughness penalty, prompting 15 more yards for the Football Team’s offense. Three plays later, on third down, Kyle Allen scrambled out of a heated pocket and rushed for a first down to the Giants’ 38 yard-line. Two plays later, Allen found Inman for an 11-yard connection. Dustin Hopkins kicked a field goal at the end of the drive, tying the game at 13.
The only first down the Giants got the next drive was an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Golden Tate. Riley Dixon ended the drive with a punt once again.
The offense slowly started to click for the Football Team, as Allen completed 3 passes for 26 yards, and Antonio Gibson rushed for three yards. A couple of plays down the road, the New York Giants made an impact play. Kyler Fackrell strip-sacked Kyle Allen as rookie Tae Crowder recovered the fumble and returned it for a 43-yard touchdown. The Giants got back on top, 20-13.
The Football Team took revenge into their own hands as three plays into a new drive, Allen connected with Terry McLaurin for 18 yards. Washington went down to the New York Giants 22 yard-line and scored a 22-yard touchdown, as Allen threw a deep pass to Cam Sims with Logan Ryan in coverage. Sims fooled Ryan on a double-move.
Ron Rivera made the risky decision of attempting a two-point conversion after the touchdown. Allen, under pressure, threw the ball away. The Football Team had another shot as they attempted an onside kick. Logan Ryan recovered the ball and Joe Judge got his first win as the New York Giants’ head coach.
The New York Giants made progressions and regressions on Sunday. Matt Peart looked good in a first impression, starting against Chase Young and the Washington defensive front. Andrew Thomas struggled when switching out with Peart at the left tackle position.
Daniel Jones tossed a costly interception on a momentum-filled Giants red zone drive. The Giants moving forward will need to evaluate whether he is the franchise quarterback.
The offensive line played well, as they only allowed five pressures as an entire group. Golden Tate did not have a reception until the fourth quarter. Darius Slayton was the leading receiver in today’s game with two receptions, 41 receiving yards, and a touchdown.
Even though the front seven was inconsistent at times with pressure, Leonard Williams, Kyler Fackrell, and Logan Ryan sacked Kyle Allen.
The New York Giants (1-5) have a short week as they travel to Philadelphia on Thursday to take on the Eagles. The Washington Football Team (1-5) will travel home to face the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.