We wondered all week if we would get to see a duel between two rookie quarterbacks, and that is what we got. Daniel Jones made his second start for the Giants while Dwayne Haskins came in for Case Keenum in the second quarter.
For the first time in the history of Met Life Stadium, a quarterback not wearing number 10 took the first snap for the Giants as Jones made his first home start. The Giants won the opening coin toss, choosing to defer to the second half, as has become their habit. They still managed to steal the first posession of the game when Janoris Jenkins tipped a pass on third and five of the opening series, which rookie linebacker Ryan Connelly came down with.
The Giants took advantage of a sloppy, penalty laden first half from Washington to jump out to an early 14-0 lead. Washington appeared competitive at times but hamstrung themselves with poor play. Meanwhile the Giants took advantage of miscues, penalties, slipping defenders, and blown coverages to take control of the game from the opening kickoff.
The Giants would have miscues of their own in the second quarter, with Daniel Jones being picked off twice by Quinton Dunbar on back-to-back drives. Washington wasn’t able to fully capitalize, realizing just three points from both opportunities.
Use this as your second-half open thread.