Something was certainly missing for the New York Giants in their regular season opener.
Inabilities to both convert on third downs and defend Washington’s offense were the downfall in New York’s 28-14 loss to the Redskins yesterday in Landover. The Giants were an abysmal one for ten on third down conversions, and were shut out in the second half to drop to 0-1 to start the season.
Quarterback Eli Manning, looking to erase the stigma of being turnover prone, failed to do so when rookie defender Ryan Kerrigan deflected a ball and returned it for a touchdown to put Washington up for good. Manning had no passing touchdowns (had a two-yard rushing TD) and was also sacked four times to a team ranked second to last in team defense last year. The struggles also were with New York’s running game; Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined to rush for just 73 yards on 19 total carries. Hakeem Nicks was a bright spot, catching 7 passes for 122 yards, including a 68 yard reception. Nicks today was experiencing swelling in his leg, and will have it examined and hopefully play next week.
On the other side, it was the surprising effectivity of Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman who despite some hiccups had himself an outstanding game (21-34, 305 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT). Receiver Fred Davis had 105 yards catching on just five receptions, while Anthony Armstrong, Jabar Gaffney, and running back Tim Hightower converted on touchdowns for the Redskins (1-0).
The Giants will try to bounce back in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams next Monday night. Both teams will be looking to recover from week 1 losses.
Much more than the game itself was the opening ceremonies the NFL had on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. An enormous American flag covered the entire field, and Ne-Yo sang the national anthem after a playing of “Taps” by military personnel simulcast from Arlington National Cemetery in the Washington area. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was the honorary captain for Washington. It put the game in perspective to recognize the real heroic men and women who lost their lives.
About the Author
Written by Chris Ryan
Chris Ryan is a Staten Island, NY native who is a graduate of SUNY-Cortland, majoring in sport management. At Cortland, he was the sports editor of the student-run newspaper The Dragon Chronicle for both his junior and senior year. He interned for the sports producer and sports anchor Bruce Beck at WNBC-4 Sports in New York City for their 6:00 and 11:00 news programs. Also, he interned in the summer of 2010 for the New York Jets as a sports writer for their website during their training camp which was shown on HBO's Hard Knocks program. Assignments included writing feature stories that were included on both newyorkjets.com and the Jets Playbook given out to the fans at the game. Most recently, he was a broadcast assistant with the NBA for the 2010-2011 season. Chris is a Yankees, Giants, Knicks and Rangers fan.