Giants report card: Joe Judge’s first win was messy
Grading the Giants following their 20-19 win over Washington on Sunday.
Pretty much one big mess. Daniel Jones (12 of 19, 112 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) did two excellent things: Take off on a 49-yard run to set up a field goal and lob one to Darius Slayton for a TD. Other than that, it was grim. His throw-it-out-of-the-end-zone interception late in the third quarter was amateur hour. Rookie Andrew Thomas — who did not start at left tackle because he was late for a team meeting — completely missed a backside block on Montez Sweat on a 1-yard loss to force a punt. Devonta Freeman (18-61) tried but the run blocking is mostly weak. Receivers getting open is way too difficult for this group. Only 240 total yards? C’mon now.
Thank goodness for Kyle Allen (31 of 42, 280 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). Most any other quarterback would have won this game, and Allen nearly did. Logan Ryan bit on a double-move by Cam Sims for late touchdown that could have spelled doom. Good work by Blake Martinez and Dexter Lawrence to pressure Allen on game-saving two-point conversion stop. Work against the run (3.6 yards per rush) was solid. CB James Bradberry continues to excel. His first-quarter interception set up first Giants TD. DT Leonard Williams on back-to-back plays in the second quarter had a rag-doll sack for a loss of 14 yards and then a tackle for no gain. Getting off the field on third (and fourth) downs continues to be an adventure.
Decision for short kickoffs failed to keep Washington inside the 25-yard line on first two tries. The third short kick worked and pinned Washington at the 13. … Running into the punter penalty on Austin Johnson cost the Giants three points at the end of the first half. … Corey Ballentine got caught watching a bouncing kickoff and only got out to the 16-yard line. Newcomer Madre Harper was a factor on coverage units. Graham Gano hit from 33 and 20 yards as he continues his field-goal proficiency.
Joe Judge, up 10-3 in the second quarter, opted not go to for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. If there were fans in the seats they would have booed. Judge again went conservative punting the ball away early in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-2 on the Washington 38. Hey, he finally got his first win. Benching Thomas for Matt Peart before sending Thomas onto the field in the second quarter was a bold move, considering Thomas is such a high draft pick. Close-to-the-vest play-calling by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Patrick Graham’s decision to promote rookie LB Tae Crowder into a starting role paid huge dividends.
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