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Giants 45, Redskins 14: Pro Football Focus grades

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Pro Football Focus grades the Giants' work in their 45-14 victory over Washington.

Prince Amukamara returns an interception
Prince Amukamara returns an interception
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How did the New York Giants grade during Thursday's 45-14 victory over the Washington Redskins. Pretty well, you would have to think. Let's turn to Pro Football Focus to find out for sure.

Offense

Best

Eli Manning +4.4
Weston Richburg +2.8
Will Beatty +2.8
Larry Donnell +2.5
Rueben Randle +2.5
Justin Pugh +2.3

Worst

J.D. Walton -1.0
John Jerry -1.2
Rashad Jennings -1.6

In its game review, PFF said this about Manning:

What has happened to Eli? In the preseason he looked like a guy who couldn't hit the a barn door from ten paces, yesterday he looked like he couldn't miss. He was money on the intermediate throws, going 9-of-12 on those balls that traveled 10-19 yards in the air and looked incredibly composed as the Giants line kept him clean.

The scores show how well the line is playing. Manning's numbers the past two weeks show how good he can be when he is comfortable.

I am a little miffed by Jennings' grade, and if the worst grade for a lineman is -1.2 I can live with that.

Defense

Best

Robert Ayers +2.9
Trumaine McBride +2.2
Prince Amukamara +2.1
Jacquian Williams +1.6
Quintin Demps +1.1

Worst

Mark Herzlich -1.2
Antrel Rolle -1.3
Mike Patterson -1.4
Cullen Jenkins -2.3

Ayers has been outstanding when the Giants have put him on the field. It is nice to see the positive grades for Williams and Demps.

Incidentally, yes the Demps hit on Niles Paul is probably a penalty but I don't know what Demps could have done differently. He went in with the shoulder, Paul lowered his head and the contact really looked unavoidable. There was no targeting or leading with the helmet. Demps will get fined, but it was hardly a cheap shot.