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Giants-Washington Football Team ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ review

Who deserves praise, and who deserves criticism after Giants’ second victory of the season?

NFL: New York Giants at Washington Football Team
Logan Ryan
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The New York Giants on Sunday did what they always seem to do — find a way to defeat the Washington Football Team. Let’s review in our traditional ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ style.

Kudos to ...

Logan Ryan — A “pro’s pro” is how Jabrill Peppers described Ryan. After all he went through during the week with his wife Ashley’s emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy it was Ryan who ended up making the game-sealing interception. Incredibly, that came on a defensive call the Giants had just created on Saturday, and had never practiced. Ryan may not be an All-Pro player, but he was a tremendous addition to the Giants’ roster.

Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris — It’s not exactly time to look for a nickname for Gallman and Morris as a tandem, but the pair were excellent Sunday as the Giants had their best overall day of the season rushing the ball with 166 total yards on the ground.

Gallman carried 14 times for 68 yards and a touchdown. He isn’t a breakaway threat, but continues to do a solid job replacing Saquon Barkley, and now Devonta Freeman. Gallman has carried 51 times for 222 yards, 4.4 yards per carry.

Morris, who spent the first four years of his nine-year NFL career with Washington and gained more than 1,000 yards in three of those seasons, turned back the clock with a vintage performance Sunday. He had 9 carries for 67 yards, including runs of 20, 19 and 11 yards. he averaged 7.4 yards per carry, and ran with authority.

Graham Gano — The veteran placekicker made field goals of 38, 48 and 42 yards. He had made 18 straight and his only miss came from 57 yards.

Leonard Williams — Like his contract and what the Giants gave up to get a year ago or not, it’s time for Giants fans to acknowledge that Williams is a good player who is having a really good season.

Williams bulled his way to his fifth sack of the season on Sunday. and is on pace to easily surpass his career-best seven-sack 2016 season. He also had a pair of quarterback hits. He’s a disruptive player who is becoming a player it will be hard for the Giants to let get away, and playing his way into a big contract.

Jabrill Peppers — Yes, we can argue about the Kyle Allen play. Some of you, I know, think it was dirty. I do not. Peppers had a key interception before the two-minute mark, a fumble recovery on one of the wilder scrambles for a bouncing ball you will ever see and three passes defensed. It was perhaps his most impactful game in two seasons with the Giants. They don’t win it without him.

Austin Mack — Golden who? Mack took advantage of Golden Tate’s absence to catch four passes for 72 yards, including a 50-yard reception that set up Gano’s first field goal.

Blake Martinez — Ten more tackles, an interception and a pair of passes defensed for Martinez. The guy is a really, really good player.

Daniel Jones — Yes, he fumbled twice. Jones, though, protected the ball and made good decisions when he had to while dealing with a Washington pass rush that sack him five times and hit him on nine other occasions on 39 drop backs. For my money, an overall winning performance from the second-year quarterback.

Offensive line — Despite the pressure Jones faced, I thought there was an awful lot of good work done by the offensive line. I thought rookie tackles Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart were both really good in pass protection. I thought the run-blocking was outstanding, as well.

Wet Willies to ...

Isaac Yiadom — The search for a reliable week-in and week-out performer at the cornerback spot opposite James Bradberry goes on. Yiadom was pretty good Monday against the Tampa Bay Bucs. He was pretty bad Sunday against the Football Team.

Kwillies to ...

Evan Engram — What a rollercoaster ride the Giants’ tight end is. On Sunday, a brilliant catch on a 16-yard seam route (what a concept, a fast guy down the middle of the field). ON the negative side, though, two bad drops. One nearly became an interception, the other cost the Giants a scoring opportunity late in the game.