If the excess turkey didn’t put you to sleep this Thanksgiving night, the evening showdown between the New York Giants and Washington probably did the trick.
Washington eventually previewed in the snoozer, as quarterback Kirk Cousins found receiver Josh Docston from 14 yards out to cap off a 20-10 victory at FedEx Field to wrap up the NFL’s 2017 Thanksgiving festivities. The loss officially seals the Giants’ fourth losing season over the past five years. It’s also their third loss in their last four meetings with Washington.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 24, 2017
The Giants (2-9) were doomed by anemic offensive performance, as they failed to pick up a first down for the majority of the second half, tallying only seven on the night.
Under pressure all night, quarterback Eli Manning was sacked four times, and put up only 113 yards and 13 completions (on 26 attempts). The longest play of the night went 19 yards on a Manning pass to receiver Roger Lewis before Manning put the Giants in Washington territory with a 27-yard throw to receiver Tavarres King on a garbage time drive in the end of the game. The desperation journey ended with a Manning interception to cornerback Kendall Fuller.
The offensive ineptitude wasted what was admittedly a strong effort from the defense, who sacked Cousins six times.
Of note, defensive end Jason Pierre Paul picked up a pair, while rookie defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson tallied the first sack of his NFL career.
The Giants also tied the game in the third quarter on a 53-yard interception return from cornerback Janoris Jenkins, giving the veteran an interception for the second consecutive week, as well as his second score of the season.
A horrendous Kirk Cousins throw leads to a Janoris Jenkins pick six and Giants fans immediately go back to sweating a top-3 draft pick. pic.twitter.com/Gxzkv5Zg0l
— Rae Shurmur (Ethan) (@EthanGSN) November 24, 2017
However, Cousins and his injury-depleted team (5-6) managed to slightly work their way back into the crowded NFC playoff picture thanks to a strong connection between Cousins and receiver Jamison Crowder, who tallied a career-high 141 yards on seven receptions.
Crowder also put in Washington’s first touchdown of the game, a 15-yard score in the third quarter. They would also cap off the game with kicker Nick Rose’s second field goal of the game to create the two-possession final margin.
The Giants will now get an extended break before their next game, a road showdown against the Oakland Raiders on December 3 (4:25 PM, CBS).