New York Giants at Washington Redskins 9/25/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Giants 45, Redskins 14
September 25, 2014
Kicking off the Week 4 NFL festivities on “Thursday Night Football” we had a big NFC East showdown between the Giants and the Redskins. New York’s offense finally clicked in a Week 3 win over the Texans, while Washington was coming off a nail-biting three-point loss to the Eagles. Both teams needed a win to keep pace in the division.
Let’s take a closer look at the key players and statistics in this one so we can get an idea of why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll glance forward to Week 5 to see what’s on the schedule for both teams.
What Happened: Looking at the final score here, you’d expect that the Giants were in control all night--and you’d be right. They started out strong, posting a Larry Donnell 5-yard pass TD from Eli Manning for the team’s first first-quarter score of the season. Donnell was on it again in the second, posting another TD from 6 yards out and a third from 6 yards out again, book ending an Andre Roberts 18-yard TD pass on the other side. A field goal would make it 24-7 heading into the locker room.
In the third, the Redskins showed some life on a 20-yard Alfred Morris run to cut it to a 10-point lead, but that evaporated when Daniel Fells posted a 2-yard TD catch to make it 31-14 at the end of three.
Manning showed some wheels of his own on a 1-yard TD run, and Andre Williams got in on the action later in the quarter to make it 45-14 Giants in a huge blowout win.
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The Stars: All accolades here start and end with Donnell. He had a breakout game and has quickly become Manning’s favorite receiver. He would finish with 54 yards and the three touchdowns. Victor Cruz would add 108 of his own to lead the team, giving Manning easily his best game of the year with 300 yards, five total touchdowns and one pick.
The New York defense also came up big here, forcing six turnovers and putting the offense in a position to score consistently all night.
On the other side, there’s not a lot to get excited about. Morris posted 90 total yards and the score, while Niles Paul had a good game going until he got hurt (60 yards).
The Goats: Cousins was playing from behind all game, but that doesn’t excuse the five total turnovers he accounted for. The Redskins were bad on third downs (1-for-8) and also coughed up 11 penalties on the night (88 yards). That said, Washington simply shot themselves in the proverbial foot with the turnovers. It’s that simple.
Injuries: We’ve got a couple of significant ones here. The Redskins’ LT Trent Williams exited in the second half with a knee strain--he’ll get it tested today. Also, Niles Paul left with a concussion and Jarvis Jenkins came out with bruised ribs.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 5, the Giants will host the incoming Falcons (Sunday, October 5; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
Meanwhile, the Redskins will get another primetime game when they welcome the Seahawks to FedEx Field on “Monday Night Football” (Monday, October 6; 8:30 PM ET on ESPN).
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