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Giants-Redskins final score: Giants fall, 20-10

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Inept offensive performance leads to latest defeat

NFL: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Janoris Jenkins breaks up a pass in the end zone vs. Washington.
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So much for the idea of starting a winning streak. The New York Giants lost to the Washington Redskins, 20-10, Thursday night in a game that featured an excruciating lack of competent offense.

Washington got the game-winning score when Kirk Cousins passed 14 yards to Josh Doctson with 3:39 to play. The Redskins added a Nick Rose field goal with 1:49 remaining.

The loss guaranteed that the 2-9 Giants will have a losing season.

The Giants defense took advantage of a Washington offensive line missing three starters to sack Cousins six times. Janoris Jenkins returned a tipped pass 53 yards for the Giants only touchdown. It wasn’t enough to overcome a woeful offense.

The Giants, with undrafted rookies Jon Halapio and Chad Wheeler starting on the right side of the offensive line, were inept offensively. The Giants were without three injured starters on the offensive line. Weston Richburg (concussion) is on IR, and D.J. Fluker (toe) and Justin Pugh (back) were out of the lineup.

The Giants gained only 170 yards on 55 plays, 3.1 yards per play. Eli Manning completed only 13-of-27 passes for 113 yards and one interception. He was sacked four times and finished with an awful 44.2 passer rating. Evan Engram had three drops. Engram and Roger Lewis Jr. each finished with three catches.

The Giants have still not scored 30 points in a game during Ben McAdoo’s tenure as head coach, which now covers 28 games. They haven’t scored more than 24 points in a game since a 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 of the 2016 season, a stretch of 17 games.

Injury updates

The Giants lost linebackers Deontae Skinner (hamstring) and Curtis Grant (knee), along with cornerback Done Deayon (forearm, jaw). Per media reports from the locker room, Deayon has a broken right forearm and is in a cast.

Moments that mattered

  • 2016 first-round pick Eli Apple was a healthy scratch for a second straight week. Last week that was expected as Apple spent much of the week at his mom’s bedside as she underwent brain surgery. This week? At first blush, it would seem a message is being sent to Apple, who’s effort and attitude have come into question a couple of times this season. It is possible, though, that with a short week the Giants feel Apple just hasn’t had adequate time to prepare. Apple’s mom, Annie, Apple, appears to be unhappy about her son not playing. (Full story)
  • The Giants had a 16-play, 70-yard second-quarter drive that took 8:29, but were only able to get a 30-yard Aldrick Rosas field goal out of it.
  • The first half ended in a 3-3 tie as Rosas and fellow rookie placekicker Nick Rose traded short field goals.
  • The teams traded third-quarter scores as Kirk Cousins hit Jamison Crowder for a 15-yard Washington touchdown, and Jenkins returns a tipped pass 53 yards for a New York score.

What’s next?

The Giants travel to the West Coast to face the Oakland Raiders next Sunday, Dec. 3. Game time is 4:25 p.m. ET and FOX will have the TV broadcast.