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Rock: Grading the Giants


B Once again, the Giants had half the playbook tied behind their back - they used a three-receiver set fewer times than the number of receivers in that formation - and managed to control an opponent. Most of that was due to the running game, which burned the Redskins when they brought safeties into the box. Brandon Jacobs averaged 12.9 yards per carry and Ahmad Bradshaw had 25 carries for 97 yards. Eli Manning was an efficient 15-for-25 for 161 yards and the Giants were rarely in third-and-longs. The offense stumbled a bit in the second half (0-for-7 on third downs) and had a fourth turnover of the season on a goal-to-go situation.


B+The unit had six turnovers, which is the most for the Giants since they had six against the Saints on Sept. 19, 2005. The Giants also had four sacks, two by newly minted playmaker Jason Pierre-Paul. The Redskins managed 338 net yards, but their only big play was a 33-yard TD pass. CB Terrell Thomas had an interception and a forced fumble while playing safety in some schemes.


BD.J. Ware took the opening kickoff 37 yards to help set up the Giants' first touchdown. But the real special teams star was Devin Thomas, the Redskins castoff who made a hard tackle on a first-quarter kickoff, downed a punt at the 5 and blocked a Redskins punt coming out of the end zone. After a great first punt, Matt Dodge was hitting ugly liners to the dangerous Brandon Banks. Lawrence Tynes connected from 28 yards, his 13th straight successful field-goal attempt.


BThe Giants staff gets whoever is able to play ready to play while the team fights through a string of injuries. Perry Fewell mixed things up with Justin Tuck rushing from a standing position, Thomas playing some safety and lots of pressure from different angles. Kevin Gilbride pounded the ball - 36 carries to 25 passes - but with such a big lead, play-calling was no issue.


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