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Week 17 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 10, New York Giants 18


What you need to know

Washington Redskins

Washington's season is hard to evaluate based on so many key injuries. Kirk obviously has to be better with accuracy and decision making but he needs Washington to upgrade at the receiver position. Third downs and red zone efficiency will need to improve if they want to be an upper level offense which seems to be within reach. Defensively, Washington needs more pass rushing talent and more depth at the line backer position. Washington showed at times they can compete when healthy but they also need more consistency from the quarterback position.

New York Giants

The Giants ran the ball very well on Sunday against the Redskins and you wouldn't know that they were missing their usual starting tackles. Gallman and Darkwa enjoyed great run blocking all game long and really pushed the pile well. Manning also got decent pass protection and was able to look downfield at times. The Giants were content to run the ball for the most part however and were happy to get out with the win.

A lot of notable starters like Engram/Shepard/Lewis were missing on Sunday as the Giants played backups in a lot of positions. Regardless, the team played well considering these obstacles and it was no doubt beneficial for the Giants coaches to see what the young players could do.

Washington Redskins

QB Kirk Cousins, 57 offensive snaps, Pass: 20 - 37 - 158 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 1 - 12 - 1
Kirk Cousins may have saved his worst performance of the year for the last week of the season. The conditions at MetLife stadium weren't ideal with the wind speeds but Kirk struggled with accuracy and decision making once again. He didn't account for any touchdown passes in this game, but he did score a rushing touchdown. The rushing touchdown came in the first quarter on a read option play from twelve yards out. After scoring that first quarter touchdown the Redskins struggled to score throughout the rest of the game. However, Kirk did lead the team to a field goal opportunity before halftime. The three interceptions were a season high for Kirk and each one showed poor decision making. Kirk's aggression in the passing game and questionable ability to make tough throws under pressure were the biggest reason for his turnovers. There were a couple of impressive throws on the day for Kirk but overall he had a lackluster day throwing the football. This game looked uninspiring to Kirk and the Washington offense. The weather conditions and injuries attributed to Kirk's performance but his decision making throughout this game didn't help as well.

RB Kapri Bibbs, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 47 - 0, Rec: 8 - 53 - 0 (9 targets)
Kapri Bibbs led the team in total touches throughout this game with twenty. He recorded twelve carries and eight receptions but wasn't able to make much impact on the game. Kapri put forth a valiant effort to keep the offense afloat but he was held in check majority of the game. His longest carry went for sixteen yards but he averaged less than four yards a carry for the game. He was the most targeted player on offense as the short passing game became key during the windy conditions in New York. Kapri did his best to fill in for Samaje Perine but the entire offense struggled to get going therefore he wasn't as effective.

RB Samaje Perine, 2 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0
Samaje Perine exited this game in the first quarter with an ankle injury.

WR Jamison Crowder, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (7 targets)
Jamison Crowder wasn't able to get going in this game as he only recorded three catches. It seems he would have been more involved in the short passing game but the Giants took him away as they understood he'd be key considering the conditions. Jamison ended the year on a roll but this game he was held in check and found it difficult to find opportunities.

WR Josh Doctson, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 37 - 0 (10 targets)
Josh Doctson recorded four catches against the Giants defense as he was targeted several more times. Kirk is still struggling to connect with Josh but his size encourages targets. The windy conditions made it almost impossible to take deep shots so Josh's role was minimized in this game. Josh will need to work on his route running to become a more well rounded receiver his ability to make tough catches makes him an intriguing piece to the Washington offense.

WR Ryan Grant, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)
Ryan Grant played a minimal role in this game as he only recorded two catches for twenty-three yards. As a fourth option receiver in the Washington offense it simply doesn't lend to heavy production. However, Ryan's speed and versatility to play outside or in the slot gives them a guy who can fill in periodically throughout the year.

TE Vernon Davis, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 20 - 0 (3 targets)
Vernon Davis had two catches against the Giants and one of them went for nineteen yards. It was an impressive catch but he struggled to be a factor in this game. Vernon has been great with chunk plays on the year but his consistency as a steady target has been questionable. The offense was extremely conservative in this game and that also attributed to his minimized role on the day. Vernon's ability to attack the seams with his speed is valuable but Kirk isn't always able to find him playing behind a battered offensive line.


New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 28 - 132 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - -4 - 0
Eli Manning's possible final game with the Giants was solid but unspectacular. Manning played at a relatively high level himself but had an unusual amount of drops from his receivers. These drops took away points and first downs but Manning continued to play with poise and was accurate from the pocket. The Giants maintained a strong lead for this game so the running game was utilized a lot more. Manning had a nice touchdown pass to Sharpe in first half on a post route, leading the receiver perfectly before the safety could get over. He threw a lot of quick strikes from the pocket when the defense showed soft coverage and got rid of the ball in time for the most part. Manning did throw a terrible interception on a screen route however, trying to float the ball over the defender but instead just throwing it right to him. He should have had a second touchdown to tight end Adams in the back of the endzone but the ball was dropped. He read the defense well but was still sloppy with the ball at times. Manning fumbled the ball in the pocket but was able to recover it. He then threw an underthrown pass short that should have been intercepted. The Giants ended the game on the doorstep of the Redskins goal line, opting to get out rather than try for another score.

RB Orleans Darkwa, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 154 - 1 (1 targets)
Orleans Darkwa had one of his best games ever as a Giant in a surprising performance and he was the big reason the Giants were able to come away with the win. Though most of the yards came on one play, he still remained involved in the ground game throughout and deserves a lot of credit for some tough running. Darkwa took a handoff rightside from the shotgun and exploded down the field, thanks to some great blocking up front while making several Redskin players miss their tackle attempts. He worked the middle of the line of scrimmage well for the rest of the game, hitting the hole hard and weaving his way forward for first downs. His offensive line blocked well for him for the most part and deserve credit also. Darkwa was able to fall forward on many of his dive carries and did a great job at finding the weakspot in the Redskins front seven. He was not a part of the passing game as that is not his strongest point but certainly kept the Giants moving on the ground.

RB Wayne Gallman, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 89 - 0 (2 targets)
Wayne Gallman had an uneven performance on the day, getting nice production on the ground but failing to get involved in the passing game. He weaved his way nicely in between defenders when he hit the hole and always looked to get maximum yards by pushing the pile hard. Gallman knifed through the defense with his speed and quickness to bounce things outside when space presented itself. He had a chance at a big play down the sideline on wheel route but failed to locate the ball and come up with it. Gallman fumbled the ball on a later play but was fortunate enough to come up with it. The Giants offensive line blocked well for Gallman and really helped the young back. Though Gallman was stuffed at times, he had many productive runs that left the Redskins defenders grasping at air. He was able to make the first man miss at times in the hole. Gallman had a terrific run to finish the game and was very unlucky not to score. He took a pitch down to the 1 yard line, weaving between defenders and making men miss with his quickness.

WR Hunter Sharp, 65 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 29 - 1 (6 targets)
Hunter Sharp had a touchdown catch in this game but really didn't play well apart from this. Sharp got open on a post route in the redzone and hauled in a well thrown pass from Manning for the score. He dropped several passes after this point however and really looked off trying to catch the ball. Manning targeted Sharp deep on a fade pattern but he couldn't come up with the ball. He was able to get open at times against the Redskins but his hands and ball location definitely could improve. A non fantasy relevant player, Sharp was mainly used due to the Giants resting so many receivers.

WR Travis Rudolph, 75 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 29 - 0 (4 targets)
Travis Rudolph really didn't get many targets in this game on Sunday but was pushed up the depth chart as the Giants withheld many starters. Rudolph really doesn't belong on fantasy rosters as he has not shown any massive potential in his reps on the field. He had a big catch and run downfield on a slant play outside, getting to the corner before the defender and showing some speed on his break but didn't have another catch throughout the game.

TE Rhett Ellison, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 63 - 0 (6 targets)
Rhett Ellison made solid contribution on Sunday against the Redskins. With all the players out in this game, Ellison had many opportunities to impress the Giants and he delivered a respectable performance. He picked up a nice first down on a seam route early and was on the same page with Manning to answer the blitz. Ellison showed excellent hands, securing balls in traffic on curl routes and going down low for some underthrown passes. He caught every decent pass thrown his direction and was very dependable to pick up first downs. He lacks the raw talent of teammate Engram and therefore isn't likely to produce as a tight end for this team going forward but these respectable plays will be remembered by the Giants coaching staff.