Giants vs. Redskins: Hakeem Nicks in Mid-Season Form; Burns Redskins' Secondary
The Giants began the game with short and intermediate passing routes, coupled with a few runs in between the tackles. And there was a reason for this, as they were setting up the deep, vertical pass.
Midway through the first quarter, they executed it perfectly.
Eli Manning dropped back to pass and Hakeem Nicks did the rest. Nicks ran a vertical route on the outside and burned both Redskins' defensive backs.
The result was a 68-yard reception for Nicks, which setup an Eli Manning bootleg for a touchdown.
This put the Giants ahead, 7-0, giving the visitors the early lead in this marquee match-up. Now it will be up to Washington to respond and put points on the board.
Expect the Redskins to attempt to run the football often to take the football out of Manning's hands. Mike Shanahan lives off a run-heavy offense and expect to see a lot of Hightower and Helu from here on out.
The Giants must keep their feet on the gas pedal and continue to attack the Redskins' secondary. They can later run the football once the Washington defense wears down and gets tired. Redskins are without S LaRon Landry and he is a big run-stopper for them.
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