New York Giants (2-2) tight end Larry Donnell caught seven receptions for three touchdowns from Eli Manning in New York’s win over Washington’s NFL team (1-3) on Sept. 25 at FedEx Field.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) turns out of the pocket during the first half of an NFL Thursday night football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington came off a short week after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 21, and quarterback Kirk Cousins couldn’t find his rhythm against the Giants’ defense. Cousins threw 257 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions—all in the second half—in the loss. Conversely, Manning completed 28-of-39 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns, in addition to one rushing touchdown.
The Giants scored 24 points in the first half alone, as Manning connected with Donnell for three touchdowns, and kicker Josh Brown made a 29-yard field goal. Wide receiver Andre Roberts scored with an 18-yard touchdown reception for Washington in the second quarter.
Washington’s break-out tight end Niles Paul was injured in the second quarter when he was on the receiving end of a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit. Paul laid on his back for an alarming few minutes before eventually walking back to the locker room with assistance from the training staff. He would not return to the game.
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) steps into the end zone for a touchdown as New York Giants strong safety Antrel Rolle (26) pursues during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
After halftime, Washington’s NFL team came out strong with a five-play, 83-yard drive that ended in a touchdown by running back Alfred Morris. However, Cousins and company couldn’t capitalize on the momentum, as the quarterback immediately thereafter threw three interceptions in the third quarter alone.
Manning threw an interception in the end zone when a Washington safety knocked the ball out of wide receiver Rueben Randle’s hands and into the hands of Keenan Robinson. But two plays later, Cousins turned the ball over and Manning connected with Daniel Fells for a touchdown. Cousins—starting his second game of the season for the injured Robert Griffin III—only completed 19 of his 33 attempts. He also fumbled while being sacked early in the game.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz led the Giants with six receptions for 108 yards, while running back Roy Helu Jr. led Washington with five receptions for 78 yards.
Washington’s NFL team next faces a tough defense against reigning Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 6 at FedEx Field.