NYG Report: Week 3 vs. Washington Recap
Week 3 had my G-Men up against that Washington team that uses a racial slur in their name.
The game started off about as crazy as you'd think a NFC East division rivalry would. Quenton Dunbar muffs a punt that our Giants recover, and eventually score a touchdown on the ensuing drive. From there the game goes back and forth, sloppy at times, entertaining at others.
Our defense stood tall holding the Re...Uh, that Washington team to field goals early in the game while we put up 3 touchdowns. Once we got 'comfortable' we gave up a Desean Jackson touchdown that was seemingly well defended, but you know how he plays against us. We went into the half leading by 5 points, and any true Giants fan knows that a lead for us might as well be a deficit by double the amount with our closing ability.
Our defense ended up short handed late in the game with injuries to DRC and, rookie, Eli Apple. That proved to be just one aspect of why we blew a late lead and ultimately the game. The fact that we allowed Kirk Cousins to gain confidence as the game grew instead of see ghosts speaks to how we continuously take our foot off the gas in games that we should win easily. "Next man up" is the saying, so the secondary had no excuses. Couple that with a D Line that could've definitely lent a hand with creating more pressure and you have your result.
Eli Manning, early on, looked as if he was ready to go for 423 yards with 4 touchdowns to match. A few bad throws and missed reads later...we're under a minute to play in regulation with the ball and a chance to comeback, and then it happens. Eli, fresh off of a brilliant throw to Cruz on 3rd and 14, forces a pass to SHANE VEREEN and throws a game clinching interception for the bad guys.
Sure, you can blame penalties on offense in the red zone, or special teams, but we still had a great chance to win late. I love Eli Manning and it's that same love that allows me to be honest about when he fails; he failed that day. It was an ugly loss, but one we can build on and gain momentum from nonetheless.
Game ball: If I absolutely HAVE to give one, Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ becomes the fastest receiver in NFL history to reach 200 receptions, in just 30 games. He finished with 7 receptions for 121 yards, but still has yet to taste end zone Gatorade. That'll change soon, no doubt in my mind. He won the battle with Norman that the media hyped up, but we lost the war; which was most important to us. We'll see them again this season.
The Vikings are next for us on Monday Night Football; my Giants like to embarrass me during prime time games, but maybe this year they'll actually care about my feelings and show up. Holla.
NYG: Record 2-1, let's get number 3.