Any doubts about the efficiency of the New York Giants offense were finally put to rest in a convincing 45-14 victory over the Redskins in Landover, Maryland on Thursday. The Giants rolled up 441 yards of offense on the Redskins, with Eli Manning proving to be the star of the show, zinging the football all over the ball park for 300 yards and five total touchdowns.
The Giants set the tone early. A sack and fumble of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins set the Giants up at the Washington 32, and it didn't take long for Eli Manning to do his thing. After a couple quick completions, Manning hit tight end Larry Donnell from five yards out to give New York a 7-0 lead.
After a Redskins three and out, Manning hit a streaking Victor Cruz for 36 yards down the sideline to the Washington 39. After a couple of Rashad Jennings carries, Manning hit Donnell for eight more to the Redskins 14, before connecting with Donnell two plays later for a six yard touchdown to make it 14-0, Big Blue.
Manning was incredible in the first half. He completed 16-of-18 passes and three scores before the two minute warning in the second quarter.
After Washington got a touchdown to cut the Giants lead in half, Manning engineered a 12-play 67 yard drive for another score. The big play coming on a 27 yard go-route to Ruben Randel to the Washington 28 yard line. Six plays later Manning found Donnell again from six yards out in the corner of the end zone to make it 21-7.
For Donnell he went from unknown quantity to fantasy football option in one night.
As for the Giants defense they destroyed the confidence of Kirk Cousins. While the stats say he was sacked only twice, he was under duress for the entire ball game. In the fourth quarter the Giants got to Cousins as he threw four second half interceptions, three of them coming in the third quarter.
Cousins threw a pick to Prince Amukamara, who brought the ball all the back to the Redskins 28. The Giants couldn't take advantage as Brandon Meriweather jarred a touchdown catch out of the hands of Ruben Randall for a Redskins pick. The Giants made for that gaff quickly when Quentin Demps picked off Cousins.
Manning then found Dan Fells from two yards out to push the Giants ahead 31-14.
Manning capped off his night with a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 38-14.
So who is still panicking that the Giants are doomed? Who is still wondering whether Eli Manning still has it? Nobody? No hands? Figured.
The Giants (2-2) are right in the thick of the NFC East, their season is very much alive. If the Giants continue to play this way they are going to be a very, very big threat in the NFL this season.