New York Giants: 3 takeaways from 24-3 Week 4 win over Redskins

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The Giants played defense

Coming into this game the Giants were near the bottom of the league in points allowed. Through the first three contests, the defense yielded 94 points. Thankfully there is a Miami Dolphins to make coordinator James Betcher’s crew appear somewhat less than awful. Sunday they didn’t need to be compared to a pig to look good. They took care of business giving up only a field goal on a short field after the offense turned the ball over.

All of a sudden the New York Giants did things they hadn’t done up to that point. The front seven, despite playing without Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis, then losing Connelly in the second half to a knee injury, was formidable. Gone were the easily broken arm tackles, replaced by good hits. They got pressure on Washington’s signal-callers to the tune of three sacks and eight quarterback hits.

The secondary covered well man-on-man (Skins deep threat Terry McLaurin missed the game, but you play against the 11 guys on the field). Janoris Jenkins, who a week earlier was embarrassed by Tampa wide receiver Mike Evans, played like a man on a mission. He stuck to his man like a wet gym sock. Safeties Peppers and Antoine Bethea provided support against both the run and pass. Even rookie corner DeAndre Baker looked good in coverage.

In the end, the New York Giants allowed only 176 yards against. Additionally, they picked off four balls, that was more turnovers than the previous games combined.