The New York Giants just keep on grinding, earning their fifth victory in six games Sunday by topping the Washington Redskins, 24-17. Here is this week's traditional 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review.
Kudos To ...
Justin Tuck -- Take a bow, Mr. Tuck. In fact, take a career-high four of 'em. Tuck abused the Redskins' offensive line for four sacks during the second half Sunday night. The veteran defensive end came from inside at tackle (where yours truly has long thought he is more effective rushing the passer) and outside to terrorize Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. Tuck played every snap with Jason Pierre-Paul inactive. Tuck has played the run exceptionally well all season, but had recorded only 2.5 sacks entering the game. It really is too bad the 30-year-old defensive captain is washed up as an NFL player.
Eli Manning -- Manning couldn't get through his most efficient game of the season without having one pass sail on him and get intercepted. But, hey, it didn't go for a pick six and only ended up costing the Giants three points -- thanks to an excellent defensive stand. Seriously, though, Manning went 22-of-28 for 235 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His 78.6 percent completion percentage was the highest of Manning's career in games during which he has thrown at least 20 times. He finished with a passer rating of 98.7.
Brandon Myers -- After catching 79 passes with Oakland a season ago Myers has not been as much of a factor in the Giants' passing attack this season as had been anticipated. He came up big Sunday, however, with five catches for 61 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown catch
Jon Beason -- Beason was a beast Sunday night, tying a career-high with 17 tackles, 13 of which were solo tackles. He chased Griffin all over the field and delivered several heavy blows to both RGIII and Redskins' running backs. Washington's Alfred Morris, a powerful inside runner, had only 26 yards on 11 carries and Beason was a huge part of that.
Jayron Hosley -- The second-year man started in place of Trumaine McBride and held up well. He played 67 of 69 defensive snaps. Hosley's two seasons have been injury-plagued, but he covered well and showed that despite being only 5-foot-10, 178 pounds he can be effective on the outside. Now if he can just stay on the field.
Will Hill -- With the Redskins marching toward what seemed like an inevitable game-tying touchdown in the final two minutes the Giants needed a play. Hill provided it, ripping the ball out of the hands of Washington's Pierre Garcon to secure the Giants' fifth victory in six games.
Antrel Rolle -- Rolle was victimized on the final, game-winning drive by Dallas a week ago. Sunday night, he made the Redskins pay. His seven tackles might not stand out, but his nasty attitude and heavy-hitting did. On the play before Hill's steal from Garcon Rolle separated Washington tight end Fred Davis from the ball at the Giants' 20-yard line with a heavy, completely legal, hit.
Damontre Moore -- Moore took advantage of a rolling snap by Washington's Kyle Nelson to partially block a Sav Rocca punt late in the third quarter. That gave the Giants, trailing 17-14, the ball at Washington's 46-yard line and set up their go-ahead touchdown. Moore played 17 snaps on defense as well, but did not get on the stat sheet.
Peyton Hillis -- A forgotten man the past couple of weeks, Hillis replaced the injured Brandon Jacobs and carried six times for 45 yards. He had a 27-yard run to set up the Giants' first touchdown.
Steve Weatherford -- Punted exceptionally well for the second straight week, averaging 47.8 yards (42.0 net) on six punts with a long kick of 62 yards.
Wet Willies To ...
Will Beatty -- The Giants' left tackle continued to make that five-year, $37.5-million contract the Giants gave him during the offseason look like money poorly spent. Washington's Brian Orakpo made Beatty look like a turnstile with two sacks, two tackles for loss and two other hits on Manning. The Giants' quarterback has been sacked 31 times this season and Beatty is responsible for nine of those.
Mathias Kiwanuka -- Like Tuck, Kiwanuka played all 69 defensive snaps with Pierre-Paul sitting out due to his injured shoulder. Unlike Tuck, Kiwanuka was mostly invisible. He had three tackles, just one solo, and one quarterback pressures.
Jeff Triplette -- Giants' fans might want to put the referee in the 'Kudos' category. In reality, though, the ridiculous first-down that wasn't a first-down on the play before Hill's strip of Garcon was an embarrassment to the NFL. Triplette should be ashamed of himself for that screw-up, and it will be interesting to see what the league office has to say about it.