NFL fans across the country have come to expect very little from the NFC East. Some have even given the division the nickname “NFC Least”, and after last nights game, it’s becoming more clear as to why that is. Last night’s tilt had everything, from penalties to fast paced scoring, to missed opportunities, and there was a lot of it all. It seemed like sloppy football from both sides, so let’s break it down one section at a time.
Fans may not have expected 59 points between these two teams, and if they did, probably not in the fashion this game produced. Washington escaped with the win 30-29 last night, on a game winning field goal. Touchdowns for the Giants came off a Daniel Jones run and a Darius Slayton touchdown catch. Five field goals came off the foot of Gano, as he was lights out, putting up 22 fantasy points if you had him on your roster (Sadly I did not). Washington had touchdown catches from superstar Terry McLaurin as well as college wideout turned tight end Ricky Deals-Jones. J.D. McKissic also added a score on the ground. Pair that with 3 field goals from Dustin Hopkins and you have yourself a nail biter.
The Giants had the chance to pull away with this game several times, but they just couldn’t seem to pull it together. The Giants left a total of 11 points on the board. Here’s a breakdown:
- A Daniel Jones touchdown run called back due to a holding call. Settled for a field goal – 4pts missed
- Dropped touchdown pass late in the game by Darius Slayton. Settled for a field goal – 4pts missed
- Giants drive into field goal range on their 2nd drive off a Barkley 41 yard run, then take a 5 yard penalty and 6 yard sack to knock them out of field goal range for Gano.
The Washington Football Team seemed to only have one missed opportunity, and it was the interception by James Bradberry late in the fourth quarter that set New York up for a go-ahead field goal, at least temporarily.
With a grand total of twenty penalties, the laundry was being thrown A LOT. Eleven against the Giants resulting in 81 yards, and 9 against the Washington Football Team resulting in 80 yards. Washington committed costly penalties that gave the Giants a first down four times last night, giving them the ability to continue a drive that should’ve ended. The Giants would go on to score a combined 20 points off those drives, but was there any bigger than on the second to last play of the game? An offsides penalty on a missed game winning field goal for Dustin Hopkins gave Washington another chance, and they took advantage of it.
There are two questions you should be asking yourself right now; Why did Washington win and why did the Giants lose? This game seemed like it was poised to be a great battle between a rising young defense vs. an offense led by Saquon Barkley and new wide receiver Kenny Golladay.
With a banged up offensive line for the Giants that saw Nick Gate go down with a gruesome leg injury (prayers to Nick and his family) the Giants couldn’t get Saquon going. Outside of his 41 yard run, he rushed 12 times for 16 yards and 2 catches for 12 yards. Golladay was held to 3 catches for 38 yards, while Sterling Shepard torched the defense for the second straight week putting up 9 receptions for 94 yards. Slayton could’ve been the game changer if not for his dropped touchdown.
Washington’s defense looked alright, but we are talking about what is considered a top front seven going against one of the worst o-lines in the game. 4 sacks and 8 tackles for loss isn’t a bad day, but against this team I expected more from them. They committed penalties; offense looked lackluster outside of Terry McLaurin. If it wasn’t for Dexter Lawrence jumping offsides this team loses that game.
Say what you want about a divisional game, if Washington could’ve cleaned up the penalties and sustained more drives, this would’ve been a one-sided game. Only time will tell if Washington can fix these problems and attempt to do something no NFC East has done since the mid 2000’s, and that’s repeat as Division Champs!
Article by: @ThePassionPitPC
#GetWet Sports Manager