NY GIANTS SLIP BY THE COMMANDERS 14-7

Tyrod Taylor led the charge, finishing with 279 yards passing with two touchdowns. He did not throw an interception for the second week in a row.

Second-half fumbles by Sterling Shepard (on a punt return) and Saquan Barkley inside the ten-yard line made the game closer than it was. Barkley, aside from the uncharacteristic fumble, was good again. He rushed for 77 yards, took a two-yard dump-off from Taylor, and raced 30 yards to the endzone. The highly prized free agent, Darren Waller, picked up his first touchdown in a Giants uniform and the team’s first in three games.

The defense started to become what they thought they would be, holding the Commanders to 76 yards rushing, and they sacked quarterback Sam Howell six times. Washington was 1-15 on third down and punted ten times. Dexter Lawrence picked up his first two sacks of the year, and Kayvon Thibodeaux chipped in with 1.5. The ‘Bank was closed on Sunday” as rookie cornerback Deonte Banks grabbed his first NFL interception. Linebacker Bobby Okereke continued his charge and led the team in tackles again with 11.

Special teams again had problems as Graham Gano, usually automatic, missed a 42-yard field goal, and Shepard called in to return punts for the injured Eric Gray, muffed a punt in the third quarter, giving the Commanders a short field. The positive was Leonard Williams blocking a 27-yard Joey Slye chip shot, the first of his career and the Giant’s first since Kerry Wynn against the Denver Broncos in 1997. Williams also added a sack on defense.

“They played a good complementary game, had a couple of turnovers which hurt us,” coach Brian Daboll said. “Guys were ready to play, the coaching staffs on all three sides did a good job, and we made the plays we needed to make. It was a bit closer than it needed to be, but this is the NFL.”

The Giants improve to 2-5, amazingly only 1.5 games out of a Wildcard spot for the playoffs.