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Week 14 Game Recap: New York Giants 40, Washington Redskins 16


What you need to know

New York Giants

- The Giants offense took advantage of many possessions on Sunday against a hapless Redskins offense that could not hold onto the football. They ran the ball extremely well and Manning was highly efficient throwing it.

- The offensive line has taken a big step up in recent months in terms of run blocking and Barkley has become a force against opposing defenses. The pass protection is still questionable and Manning takes too many sacks occasionally.

- Rather than one player recieving the bulk of the targets in Beckham's absence, Manning spread the ball very evenly and did not let the defense focus on any particular player.

Washington Redskins

The Washington offense has been decimated with injuries. They're now down to a third string quarterback that hasn't even been with the team a month. It will be tough for them to remain competitive as the defense is suffering as well due to prolonged snaps. If Josh Johnson can help revive the run game with some of his mobility and running prowess then maybe they can find life. Otherwise, Washington's playoff hopes could but almost over as they've lost five of their last six games.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 46 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 22 - 197 - 3 TD / 0 INT
Eli Manning was very efficient on Sunday against the Redskins and had a lot of opportunity with the football as the Giants defense kept getting the ball back for the offense. Manning had a few questionable decisions with forced passes and he could have been picked off on a few occasions but generally played at a high level for most of this game. He floated a deep ball perfectly for Corey Coleman along the sideline who couldn't come up with the ball as he dove to the ground. He later came back to Coleman and connected on an over the shoulder pass play deep to set up the Giants in the redzone. Manning tried to hit Sterling Shepard in the back of the endzone on a pass over the middle but it was overthrown. His next trip to the endzone he found Shepard wide open in the corner of the endzone after the reciever got lost in man coverage. Manning struck again shortly after with an excellent pass on the run from a rollout play in the endzone. Manning could have been picked off shortly after but Shepard managed to break up the pass attempt. His final touchdown came on another play action rollout, firing a quick ball with perfect ball placement to Russell Shepard who was wide open. Manning left the game shortly after as the Giants had amassed a big lead.

RB Saquon Barkley, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 170 - 1, Rec: 4 - 27 - 0 (5 targets)
Saquon Barkley was simply amazing to watch again on Sunday as he torched the Redskins with big runs. Barkley had an ususual drop on a short pass out of the backfield but he shook this off and Manning was not put off by the early drop whatsoever. He showed great concentration catching an errant pass along the sideline and managed to stay in bounds. Barkley began to warm up as the game developed and he was stiff arming defenders and slipping through initial tackle attempts. He had an explosive touchdown run off the left side which was aided by some excellent blocking from the entire Giants offense. Barkley took advantage of space on the outside due to key blocks set up and simply outran the entire defense as he went untouched the entire run for the score. He had another big gain on the ground as he cut back across the field, showing elite speed that made defenders look silly as they couldn't catch upto him easily. Barkley was just lethal once he broke in the open field, punishing out of position defenders and then delivering stiff arms and shoulders at the end of the run to get every last yard. He even made a one handed catch out of the backfield late in the game. Barkley was eventually rested for Gallman as the victory was not in doubt in the fourth quarter.

Barkley remains an elite talent/fantasy option that has transformed this offense and has undoubtedly rewarded fantasy owners who drafted him.

WR Sterling Shepard, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 1 (6 targets)
Sterling Shepard contributed very little to this game in terms of catches but at least rewarded fantasy owners by getting into the endzone. Shepard was wide open after he unravelled in the back of the endzone for his easy score. Shepard was targeted in the redzone earlier in the game but the pass was too high and sailed over everyone. He also did an excellent job of breaking up a sure interception on an errant pass targeting him in the endzone but the accuracy was off. Shepard didn't benefit from Beckham's absence as guys like Coleman/Engram/Barkley filled the gap easily.

WR Corey Coleman, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 43 - 0 (2 targets)
Corey Coleman made some nice plays against the Redskins on Sunday and could have had a bigger day. He wasn't targeted much from Manning who managed to spread the ball very evenly amongst his teammates in the absense of Beckham. Coleman was open on a go route in the first quarter and dove for a long ball along the sideline but failed to come up with it despite getting his hands on it. It was ruled he was interfered with previously so that kept the Giants moving. He later caught an over the shoulder grab along the sideline which was a perfect ball from Manning, this helped set the Giants up nicely in the redzone. Coleman had to wait a moment for the ball. He caught another curl route for a first down later in the game but then became relatively invisible. Coleman showed he has the talent to get open deep and could be a bigger factor next year but he has to prove his consistency in these games first before the Giants will trust him more.

WR Russell Shepard, 26 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 1 (4 targets)
Russell Shepard had only one catch, though it was for a touchdown. Manning executed a terrific play action rollout play to find Shepard quickly who was wide open in the endzone. Shepard was targeted a few other times but registered no additional catches. He cannot be relied upon in terms of fantasy as the Giants simply have too many other bigger names to contend with.

TE Evan Engram, 33 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 77 - 0 (5 targets)
Evan Engram looked very fast and athletic on Sunday as he broke many plays down the field and was able to run away from defenders on multiple occasions. His first catch was a simple checkdown from Manning that was short of the first down. Engram then hauled in a pass over the middle and exploded up the defense for many yards before eventually going down. He had another explosive catch&run in the second half, showing he is too fast for many linebackers. Engram has always had top level talent for his position and showed it today. He remains a solid fantasy play most weeks but the entire Giants offense is somewhat up and down, however playing better in the second half of this season.


Washington Redskins

QB Josh Johnson, 29 offensive snaps, Pass: 11 - 16 - 195 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 7 - 45 - 1
Josh Johnson took the field a little more than midway through the third quarter in relief of Mark Sanchez. His production was garbage time the rest of the way, but he still proved to be more effective running the offense. Josh found Jamison Crowder on a drag route that he took in for a touchdown from seventy-eight yards out. He added a rushing touchdown as well. Josh attempted sixteen passes and made the most of his completions as a few of them went for chunk gains. His mobility was a factor keeping plays alive to find open receivers. The offense remained very limited as Josh has barely had time to digest the playbook but it was clear he is the best fit moving forward.

QB Mark Sanchez, 33 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 14 - 38 - 0 TD / 2 INT
Mark Sanchez had an abysmal outing versus the Giants. He managed to accumulate just thirty-eight yards on ten drives and was ultimately benched. He added two interceptions as well and was subbed out for recently signed Josh Johnson. This might have been the last time we see Mark Sanchez at the helm for Washington.

RB Adrian Peterson, 19 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 16 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (1 targets)
Adrian Peterson was a nonfactor in this game as Washington was down by thirty points in the first half. Washington inability to establish the run game due to the large deficit left Adrian without much of a role to remain a contributor. The offense was also a disaster with Mark Sanchez at the helm which didn't do Adrian any favors as well. He received ten carries but was held in check on less that two yards per carry.

RB Chris Thompson, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 23 - 0, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (5 targets)
Chris Thompson had a total of six touches versus the Giants but was held in check. He ended the game with less than forty yards as the offense was in disarray all day. Chris' explosive plays have been really inconsistent as the cohesion along the offensive line has abysmal. His injuries have played a role in some of his ineffectiveness as well.

RB Byron Marshall, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 4 - 0, Rec: 3 - 13 - 0 (3 targets)
Byron Marshall received one carry in this game as the third string running back. He was not a contributor in this game.

WR Josh Doctson, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 84 - 0 (5 targets)
Josh Doctson gathered most of his production with the game out of hand. He had eighty-four yards on five catches. His biggest play came on a fifty yard reception where he was tackled at the goal line. Josh wasn't much of a factor throughout the game but managed to get a few looks in the fourth quarter. The offense was stalled all game so his ability to contribute was limited.

WR Jamison Crowder, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 87 - 1 (7 targets)
Jamison Crowder scored one of the two touchdowns for Washington in this game. Jamison took a drag route seventy-eight yards for the score. He had seven targets in this game and only came down with two. The offense was horrendous all day and the inefficiencies for everyone was on display.

WR Michael Floyd, 31 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Michael Floyd was held to zero catches on two targets. As a bottom tier option in the passing game Michael Floyd will continue to be an inconsistent contributor.

TE Vernon Davis, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Vernon Davis caught all four of his targets for thirty-one yards. The Washington offense didn't allow much productivity as the quarterback play was a disaster. However, Vernon may take on a larger role in the coming weeks depending on the severity of Jordan's foot injury.

TE Jordan Reed, 7 offensive snaps (1 targets)
Jordan Reed did not record a catch versus the Giants and exited this game with a foot injury.