Redskins vs. Giants: Final Report Card, Player Grades for New York
The New York Giants forced four turnovers and wideout Victor Cruz caught a 77-yard touchdown bomb to top Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins Sunday.
Big Blue edges the 'Skins by a 27-23 mark behind 337 passing yards from quarterback Eli Manning. New York improves to 5-2 and stands atop the NFC East for another week.
Check out positional analysis and final report card grades for key Giants.
Eli Manning: B
Manning finished the afternoon 26-for-40 in passing attempts, tossing two critical interceptions on questionable reads in the second half.
Eli overthrew a couple of red-zone passes, and is still struggling to get back on track with wideout Hakeem Nicks. Still Manning went for over 300 yards with a clean pocket, and the go-ahead touchdown strike to Cruz was nothing short of perfect.
Manning continues to work the middle with tight end Martellus Bennett, and he notched his first positive run of the season with a four-yard scamper in the second quarter. It certainly wasn't Eli's strongest effort, but Manning's Sunday got the job done.
Henry Hynoski: A+
Hynoski continues to build on his standout 2012, delivering the lead block for Andre Brown's first quarter touchdown Sunday. He was a yard away from notching his first career TD as well. Hynoski brings a physical element to the backfield that makes this Giants offense all the more dangerous.
Ahmad Bradshaw: A-
The hottest member of the Giants may have put up a lackluster stat line Sunday, but Bradshaw deserves praise here. The 7th-year back muscled his way to the second level on a few occasions, and scored one of New York's three touchdowns. His longest run went for 15 yards.
Andre Brown: B+
It was an encouraging return for Brown, who had been shelved for the past few weeks with a concussion. Brown took 5 carries for just 17 yards, but did provide Big Blue's first score of the afternoon.
Victor Cruz: A+
If Cruz keeps this up, he'll be New York's valedictorian for 2012.
Cruz put out another monster game Sunday, finishing with 7 catches, 131 yards and the game's winning score. His speed and route-running are still on-point, and despite the augmented role of Hakeem Nicks, it was Cruz who saw a game-high 11 targets.
Hakeem Nicks: A-
Nicks kicked things off with a diving 14-yard grab in the game's first play from scrimmage, and made a few other impressive catches en route to a 53-yard day. While he doesn't appear to be at full strength just yet, Nicks was a serviceable No. 2 option Sunday.
Domenik Hixon: B+
Hixon continues to have a knack for the big play, and came away with a 19-yarder in this one. While he finished with just 3 catches, Hixon created mis-matches by lining up on the outside for a few drives.
Martellus Bennett: A-
After a somnolent start to October, Bennett broke out Sunday, recording 5 receptions for nearly 80 yards. He continues to muscle his way to the second level, and made the most of his 7 targets. Manning did overthrow Bennett on the game's first interception.
Bear Pascoe: A-
Pascoe is still a viable run blocker on the outside, although he was held without a catch in this one.
Chris Snee: A+
Snee opened up a few holes Sunday, and his right side looked strong. The Giants' o-line enjoyed another strong effort in this one.
David Baas: A
Baas was shaken up half-way through the action, but hung in and opened up the middle on Bradshaw's touchdown run.
Sean Locklear: A
Locklear kept the right side clean all afternoon, although a 4th-and-inches false start call in the first quarter hurts his grade.
Will Beatty: A
Beatty dominated the edge, although he was called for a holding penalty. On a surprisingly successful o-line, Beatty has really surpassed expectations.
Kevin Boothe: B
Charge Boothe with New York's first sack allowed in a month. The interior running game lacked a step Sunday, but Boothe has still been sound in 2012.
Jason Pierre-Paul: A+
"J.P.P." was the star of the afternoon, coming away with four tackles, a sack and a decisive forced fumble on quarterback Robert Griffin III. Pierre-Paul policed the edge and stayed busy in run defense.
Osi Umenyiora: A
Umenyiora came away with a sack of his own Sunday, and now has 3 on the year. In limited playing time, Osi still made an impact and got off the edge in a hurry.
Justin Tuck: A
Tuck's first sack of the season was certainly well-received by the Giants faithful. The defensive captain poured in 6 tackles and 2 quarterback hits as well.
Linval Joseph: A
Joseph notched three tackles and forced a fumble on rookie running back Alfred Morris in the third quarter. Despite the return of No. 1 tackle Chris Canty, it was Joseph that made the biggest impact on the inside of the D-line.
Chris Canty: B+
In his first reps of 2012, Canty came away with four tackles. He didn't break a pocket or deflect a pass, but it was a strong debut for the veteran DT.
Chase Blackburn: A-
Blackburn was burned on a few Griffin III play-fakes, but lead the team with 11 tackles. He continues to hold down run defense, and spent some time covering tight ends Sunday.
Michael Boley: B
Boley's 10 tackles are impressive, and he and Pierre-Paul flushed Griffin III out of the pocket on a first-quarter third-down. Still, Boley allowed a third-down reception to Fred Davis and was later called for a personal foul. In a zone-heavy game-plan, Boley looked a little lost against back-up TE Logan Paulsen.
Keith Rivers: B
Rivers saw a healthy workload Sunday, and finished with 6 tackles.
Mathias Kiwanuka: B-
Kiwanuka was burned a couple times by Morris, and failed to make a real impact on blitzes. Still, his 4 tackles count for something.
Stevie Brown: A+
It's been a stellar season for the UDFA, who finished Sunday with 6 tackles, a rare interception of Robert Griffin III, and an additional pass deflection. Brown has been all over the field in place of the injured Kenny Phillips.
Antrel Rolle: B+
After a two-interception week 6, Rolle had a quiet Sunday, finishing with just 3 tackles. While he struggled as a center fielder in prior games, Rolle wasn't responsible for much in this one.
Corey Webster: B
Webster's certainly not back to prime form, but he held his own Sunday. Webster finished with 4 tackles, while most of Washington's aerial damage came at the expense of Prince Amukamara.
Prince Amukamara: C+
Amukamara was edged out on a first-quarter "RGIII" scramble, and was beat by Leonard Hankerson to the tune of 6 catches for 70 yards. Still, he broke up a potential Niles Paul touchdown in the first half, saving his grade a bit.
Jayron Hosley: C-
Hosley was burned for Santana Moss' second touchdown, and continues to struggle with defending the long ball.
Lawrence Tynes: A
Nothing more you can ask for here. Tynes was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra points.
Steve Weatherford: A
Weatherford continues to dominate the field position battle, pinning the 'Skins at their own 5 yard-line in the first. He averaged 40 yards on three punts.
David Wilson: B
It was a tame afternoon for Wilson, who maxed out on returns at just 32 yards.
Overall Game Grade: A
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride dialed up a risky long pass late in the fourth, and it sure paid off. The Giants attacked "RGIII" with played-back zones and surprisingly few spies. Coach Tom Coughlin kept his team motivated and focused, and the Giants avoided the trap here.