Hot! Week 7 Recap: Blue Proves Mightier Than Red

Robert Griffin III and his Washington Redskins took the lead with just 1:33 left in the 4th quarter when Griffin connected with WR Santana Moss on a long touchdown pass. But it was Giants QB Eli Manning who struck the final blow of New York’s first meeting with the Redskins impressive rookie quarterback. Manning hit a streaking Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown and the Giants, (5-2), defeated Washington (3-4) at home by a score of 27-23.

At times, though, the Giants seemed as though they were trying to give away the game. The play calling was questionable, highlighted by a strange decision to pass after a Redskins turnover, leading to an atrocious Eli Manning interception. A 3rd-and-1 throw with 3:15 remaining with the Giants up also proved to be a head scratcher. Running the ball to convert the first down and keep the clock running seemed the obvious decision, and even though the mistake hurt the Giants, Eli delivered one of his patented last minute come-from-behind victories.

The Redskins, ranked among the league’s best in points-per-game, entered the game having turned the ball over only five times this season, but the Giants defense forced four turnovers in the second half alone. New York did a adequate job of limiting the amount of big plays as the explosive Washington offense managed only two touchdowns and three field goals.

Despite coming off two of the best games of his career, RB Ahmad Bradshaw had a pedestrian outing (12 carries, 43 yards), but he did display toughness by dragging defenders for extra yardage on some key carries. Both Bradshaw and backup RB Andre Brown converted tough 1-yard touchdown runs to put points on the board in critical moments of the game.

The vaunted pass rush that early season appeared dormant woke up last week and continued to play a role. The Giants trinity of sack specialists Osi Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck each recorded a sack of the elusive RGIII.

With his team down by four and just over 2:00 remaining, Griffin executed an impressive scramble in a 4th-and-10 situation with a 19-yard completion. RGIII closed out the drive with a 30 yard TD pass to WR Santana Moss, but Eli responded immediately by hooking up with Cruz, proving once again that no lead over the Giants is ever safe.

Next week, the Giants will seek to avenge their opening night loss in another NFC East battle in Dallas. The Cowboys (3-3) defeated the Carolina Panthers (1-5) today, 19-14.

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Nicholas Kostopoulos

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