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Joe Judge’s first win was messy

Joe Judge's first win was messy

Grading the Giants following their 20-19 win over Washington on Sunday. 

Offense

Pretty much one big mess. Daniel Jones (12 of 19, 112 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) did two excellent things: Take off on a 49-yard run to set up a field goal and lob one to Darius Slayton for a TD. Other than that, it was grim. His throw-it-out-of-the-end-zone interception late in the third quarter was amateur hour. Rookie Andrew Thomas — who did not start at left tackle because he was late for a team meeting — completely missed a backside block on Montez Sweat on a 1-yard loss to force a punt. Devonta Freeman (18-61) tried but the run blocking is mostly weak. Receivers getting open is way too difficult for this group. Only 240 total yards? C’mon now.

Grade: D

Defense

Thank goodness for Kyle Allen (31 of 42, 280 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT). Most any other quarterback would have won this game, and Allen nearly did. Logan Ryan bit on a double-move by Cam Sims for late touchdown that could have spelled doom. Good work by Blake Martinez and Dexter Lawrence to pressure Allen on game-saving two-point conversion stop. Work against the run (3.6 yards per rush) was solid. CB James Bradberry continues to excel. His first-quarter interception set up first Giants TD. DT Leonard Williams on back-to-back plays in the second quarter had a rag-doll sack for a loss of 14 yards and then a tackle for no gain. Getting off the field on third (and fourth) downs continues to be an adventure.

Grade: C

Joe Judge
Joe JudgeCharles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Special teams

Decision for short kickoffs failed to keep Washington inside the 25-yard line on first two tries. The third short kick worked and pinned Washington at the 13. … Running into the punter penalty on Austin Johnson cost the Giants three points at the end of the first half. … Corey Ballentine got caught watching a bouncing kickoff and only got out to the 16-yard line. Newcomer Madre Harper was a factor on coverage units. Graham Gano hit from 33 and 20 yards as he continues his field-goal proficiency.

Grade: B

Coaching

Joe Judge, up 10-3 in the second quarter, opted not go to for it on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. If there were fans in the seats they would have booed. Judge again went conservative punting the ball away early in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-2 on the Washington 38. Hey, he finally got his first win. Benching Thomas for Matt Peart before sending Thomas onto the field in the second quarter was a bold move, considering Thomas is such a high draft pick. Close-to-the-vest play-calling by offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Patrick Graham’s decision to promote rookie LB Tae Crowder into a starting role paid huge dividends.

Grade: B

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Christine founded Sports Grind Entertainment with an aim to bring relevant and unaltered Sports news to the general public with a specific view point for each story catered by the team. She is a proficient journalist who holds a reputable portfolio with proficiency in content analysis and research.

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