With the New York Giants in turmoil and ravaged by injury, nobody could have predicted that the way the first half played out.
The Giants sprinted out to an early lead with a 75-yard touchdown run by Orleans Darkwa on the second play of the game. They quickly followed that up with a touchdown pass to Hunter Sharp following a Kelvin Sheppard interception.
The offense sputtered after that, but the resulting 12-point lead was still the Giants’ largest of the season. The Giants’ heavily depleted receiving corps, which was further depleted by the loss of Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, dropped at least five passes in the first half.
The Giants’ makeshift offensive line, which lost John Jerry to a concussion in the first quarter, gave Eli Manning surprisingly solid protection — though Adam Bisnowaty, predictably, struggled with Ryan Kerrigan. They generally did a good job of run blocking, and the Giants had 137 yards rushing in the first half.
The defense played well in the first half, with Olivier Vernon and Devon Kennard (playing the 3-technique) notching sacks, while Jason Pierre-Paul generated pressure and batted down a pass. Kelvin Sheppard had the interception mentioned above, but was also frequently a factor in plays. As was Andrew Adams, who was seemingly everywhere in relief of the injured Landon Collins.
Defensive tackle Jay Bromley is questionable to return with an ankle injury after being clipped.
Washington will get the ball to start the second half.