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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
East Rutherford, NJ (Dec 5) – The New York Giants came out on fire and never looked back. They scored on their first two possessions of the game and ended up defeating the Redskins by the score of 31-7. This game was never in doubt; the Giants played well all the way around and were able to keep pace with the Eagles for first place in the NFC East.
The Giants and Eagles are both at 8-4 with one more game left to play before their rematch in two weeks at the Meadowlands. The defense had four sacks, two more by Jason Pierre-Paul. The offense was led by the rushing attack of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs had 103 yards rushing on eight carries and Bradshaw had 97 yards rushing on 25 carries. They each had two touchdowns.
The leading receiver was Derek Hagan who had seven catches for 65 yards. Mario Manningham had two catches for 36 yards, Kevin Boss had two for 28 yards, and Bear Pacoe had two for 21. Lawrence Tynes was 1-1 on field goals, kicking a 28 yarder and converted all four of his extra points.
Eli Manning finished the day 15-25 for 161 yards with one interception. The Giants defense had two interceptions and recovered four fumbles. The defense also got a sack from Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. Barry Cofield had the most tackles with seven; Deon Grant, Terrel Thomas, and Kenny Phillips each had five tackles. Michael Boley and Antrelle Rolle each had four tackles. Pierre-Paul along with his two sacs had three tackles and so did Tuck and Jonathan Goff.
The Giants only had the one interception today, which did not cost them. In the last two games, they have only had one turnover, which has helped them win both games. The Giants sometimes are their own worst enemies and if they limit the turnovers, they have a chance to beat any team.
The Giants will head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings who are struggling and Brett Favre went down with an injury today. They are better than the Vikings and should be able to win that game.
The Philadelphia Eagles will play at the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. If the Giants win, on Sunday, they can sit back, watch that game, and see what happens as then they will battle the Eagles for first place the following week at home.
The Giants and Eagles are both at 8-4 and both would make the playoffs if the season was to end today but the team who does not win the division may miss the playoffs. It is jumbled up in the NFC and a lot can happen so the best thing to do is win your division and get in automatically.
The Giants the last couple of weeks have looked more like the team they were early in the year and they should be getting some of their players back starting next week, which will be very helpful. The Giants played great in the second half last week and today had a dominating game. If the Giants do not turnover, the ball next week in Minnesota they will win that game and have destiny in their own hands as they prepare for the Eagles.