Super Mario and the Giants Earn First Victory of the Season

Louis GiangarraCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants eludes a tackle attempt from Fred Smoot #27 of the Washington Redskins enroute to a touchdown on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

                Another season begins; another victory for the New York Giants over the Washington Redskins.  While this one wasn’t pretty, the result was the same as it has been many times over the past four years. 

                The Giants’ defense looked as good as advertised.  Led by an emotional Osi Umenyiora in his first meaningful game since Super Bowl XLII, the group put together a dominating effort.  The team combined for three sacks, four QB hits, one touchdown, and one spectacular interception by Corey Webster.  It was all too much for Jason Campbell and the Redskin offense to handle.

                Chase Blackburn, Bruce Johnson, and Justin Tuck all deserve individual recognition as well.  Tuck was in the backfield for most of the day totaling one and a half sacks plus two tackles for loss. Blackburn led the team with eight tackles (six solo) spot starting for the suspended Michael Boley.  With Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery both out with injuries, Johnson was immediately tossed into the fire in the first game of his career and showed he belonged.   

                With the exception of one rather large mental error, Eli Manning put to rest at least some concerns about how the offense will perform without a “No. 1” receiver on the roster.  Manning was accurate all day, completing 20 of 29 passes, and found a consistently open Steve Smith most of the afternoon.  With the Redskins keying on stopping the Giants formidable running game, Manning and the much maligned group of wide receivers more than picked up the slack.

                Helping to ease the minds of Giants fans across the country, Kevin Boss and Mario Manningham joined Smith in making some key plays in the passing game.  Boss had a diving catch across the middle of the field to go with a long catch and run later in the game.  Manningham caught three of the four passes tossed his direction and showed some incredible moves down the sideline as he made three Redskins miss on his way to the end zone.

                There is always room for improvement, one area the team needs to focus on is red zone offense, but it’s always good to get a victory against a divisional rival.  Next week the team heads down to Texas for a chance to do it again.  If the Giants play as well as they did against the Redskins, another victory could be in store.