Redskins Run Over by the Giants 31-7 to Fall to 5-7


It appears more than ever that it’s time for the Redskins to start thinking about 2011, as Sunday at the New Meadowlands they were run over in just about every way, falling to the big bad Giants, 31-7.

Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and Brandon Jacobs added 103 yards and a pair of scores on just eight carries, as the Redskins failed to tackle just about anyone all afternoon. The win for New York puts them at 8-4, and keeps them tied for first in the NFC East with the Eagles, who won on Thursday night.

Eli Manning completed 15-of-25 throws for 161 yards for the hosts, who took advantage of six turnovers and four sacks to beat their division rivals for a fifth straight meeting. Donovan McNabb threw for 296 yards on 26-of-44 with one touchdown and two interceptions for the Redskins (5-7), who have lost two in a row and four of their last five.

“It’s frustrating,” McNabb said about the inability to score because of mistakes. “I thought all game we had opportunities moving the ball, moving the chains, getting ourselves in position but with six turnovers you don’t win too many games.”

New York moved 59 yards on seven plays on the game’s first series to take a 7-0 lead on Jacobs’ eight-yard scoring run up the middle just 3 1/2 minutes in. Jacobs had a 39-yard run earlier in the march to lead the Giants to their first opening drive TD this season.

“That’s a big help, it sets the tempo for the game,” Manning said about how important it is to score on the first drive. “When you get the ball and go down and score a touchdown, it gets the defense fired up and the offense is feeling great, especially the way we ran the ball.”

Following a Washington punt, the Giants put together another seven-play, 59- yard drive that was capped by Bradshaw’s four-yard scoring run over the right side.

After their previous second quarter drive ended with a London Fletcher interception in the end zone, the Giants recovered an Anthony Armstrong fumble — upheld after review — with 4:19 left in the first half.

The hosts cashed in on the turnover, driving 39 yards in five plays to take a 21-0 advantage on Bradshaw’s 10-yard scoring jaunt with 1:55 left before the break.

New York recovered a McNabb fumble halfway through the third quarter and needed only three plays to increase the margin to 28-0 just shy of a minute later.

On first down from the Redskins’ 28, Jacobs shed a tackle inside the 20 and covered the rest of the distance untouched for his second TD of the day.

Washington finally got on the board on the ensuing possession, as McNabb fired a 33-yard strike to a wide open Armstrong in the end zone with 4:35 to go in the quarter.

Former Redskins wide receiver Devin Thomas partially blocked a Hunter Smith punt that led to a 28-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal that increased the margin to 31-7 with nine minutes to go in the game.


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