The NFC East hails to the Washington Redskins as they find themselves in first place of the division after Sunday’s victory against the New York Giants. From start to finish the Redskins took control of the game and looked like a first place team. Improving their record to 5-6, the Washington defense played their part and made a huge impact in the game. New York’s quarterback, Eli Manning, could not get a rhythm throwing two interceptions and being sacked by Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, twice.
On the other side of the ball, the offense came alive in second quarter. Producing several highlight reel worthy plays en route to scoring 17 unanswered points. One play that stood out was the 63-yard touchdown reception between quarterback Kirk Cousins and wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Coming off a critical hamstring injury that sidelined Jackson for much of the early portion of the season, he recorded his second consecutive game with a 50-plus yard touchdown reception. It is safe to say that DeSean Jackson is back in his groove and Washington’s offense now has an added element.
The Giants found themselves struggling to get any momentum throughout the game, not getting on the board until the fourth quarter.
New York was in need of a prayer on 4th-and-16 with midway through the fourth quarter, it was answered in the from of a 40-yard touchdown pass from Manning to wide receiver Rueben Randle. The Giants wideout split the vacant spot in a zone defense between the cornerback and safety, walking into the endzone untouched. Shortly thereafter, Odell Beckham Jr. made one of the best touchdown grabs of the year down the sideline. Manning floated a ball behind Will Blackmon and Beckham had to dive to get a hand on it, as history shows that’s usually all he needs.
The spectacular grab was too little too late as they mustered up 14 points to the Redskins 20 with only 4:57 left in the game. They were unable to stop Washington’s offense with enough time left on the clock. Leaving them with the task of going nearly 80 yards in just 20 seconds. Not nearly enough time to complete a comeback.
As the clock winded down to zero, the Washington Redskins secured first place of the NFC East. Yesterday’s win only makes next week’s matchup with Dallas more important.