With many holes yet to be filled on this 2011 Giants team, they looked brutal on both sides of the ball.
It was 4:15 pm on 9/11 and the Giants knew they had to win for their city, for their fans, and for their record.
But the way the Giants played, it didn't look like this game meant anything to them.
The Giants came into the game leading in season-ending injuries, but they definitely are not leading in wins in the NFC East. The Redskins, and veteran comeback quarterback Rex Grossman gave the Giants beating.
It was only Rex Grossman's 5th start since 2007, but that didn't seem to bother him as he went 21-34 (passer rating 110.5) for 305 yards. 1st cornerback starter, Terrell Thomas was tore his ACL during a pre-season game which sent him off the field for the season. Prince Amukamara and Bruce Johnson, also cornerbacks, weren't able to suit up for the game that was played on 9/11.
"Even if the defense is banged up a little bit, we're better overall than we showed," Rolle said.
Rolle and the Giants secondary looked very bad, but Rex Grossman looked in sync.
"On one hand you have to credit them with making plays when they had to and with taking advantage of our mistakes," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. "But we should have been better than that."
Grossman knows he doesn't have many fans, but that doesn't bother them, he just wants to prove them wrong.
"I've got a lot of haters," he said.
After an easy hook up with Hakeem Nicks in the 1st quarter that set up the first points of the game, Manning didn't look so good.
He went 18-32 for 268 yards and one interception. The Giants couldn't get the running game to work either. As a team the Giants had 20 carries for only 75 yards. But that wasn't the worst, the worst was that the Giants went 1-10 on third down conversions, something coaches always take a bulk out of their practice doing.
Ryan Kernigan was right in the middle of the Redskins revamped defense. The 1st round draft pick had 5 tackles, a quarterback hit, and a 9 yard touchdown that was intercepted at the line of scrimmage after he deflected the pass that was intended to Nicks. That was the turning point in the second half when the score was 14-14.
The Giants couldn't hold possession, and Manning knew it.
"We gotta do our part," he said. "We gotta keep the ball longer, win the time of possession.
Both sides of the ball gotta do their part."
Manning didn't seem happy about the defense playing the way they did, but he didn't play any better.
Late in the third quarter, Lawrence Tynes' kick was blocked, which set up great field position for the Giants.
Rex Grossman however did, and that was because the Giants didn't have as much pressure on him as they would have liked. Without Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora on the outside, the Giants had to settle for Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Toffelson. And let's not forget about middle linebacker Jonathon Goff who, a week ago suffered a season ending injury to his ACL.
The Giants didn't have high expectations this season, but neither did the Redskins. The Redskins like being under the radar, but the Giants know they are expected, at least by their fans, to make the playoffs, even when they're whole defense is injured.
Manning shrugged his shoulders as he walked off the field after a 28-14 defeat that was definitely unexpected.
Other News and Notes
Hakeem Nicks injured his knee, and will be evaluated.
Former Giants' nose tackle, Barry Coefield played on the Redskins this time.
Justin Tuck was not able to play last night do to a neck injury. He should be able to return next week against the Rams Monday night.
Hakeem Nicks (7 receptions, 122 yards)
Jake Ballard (2 catches, 59 yards)
Jason Pierre-Paul (6 tackles, 2 sacks)
Eli Manning (18/32, 268 yards, 1 TD run, 1 Int)
Victor Cruz (0 Receptions, 0 Yards, a few drops)---The Giants continue to look for a reliable option at the slot.
Giants Secondary (allowed 300+ yards)
Giants Special Teams (Allowed field goal to be blocked)