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Experts react to Giants' 40-16 win over Washington

Here is a look at what people are saying following the Giants' 40-16 road victory against the Redskins in Week 14:

**Nick Shook,**: "Saquon Barkley has all but wrapped up the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. The running back dominated the Redskins on runs of all lengths, running over defenders for extra yards, and hitting one cut and sprinting past defenders for a long touchdown. His 78-yard touchdown run was an impressive display of speed, as Barkley erased Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's pursuit angle simply by running past him. Barkley is the main reason the Giants have won five games."

**Albert Breer, MMQB**: "Giants coach Pat Shurmur deserves a ton of credit for the fight his team has shown. Remember, there are a lot of players who endured last year's grease fire, and the fact that they'd gone through that, then started this year 1-7, and thenrallied is damn impressive. As such, they're now winners of four of five, with the lone loss having come by a field goal at Philly. And by the way, Saquon Barkley's pretty good. On an afternoon after which Eli Manning conceded that the offense is beginning to run through the running back, Barkley exploded for a career-high 170 yards on 14 carries, his fourth straight game getting into triple-digits on the ground. For the season, he has 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns at a 5.4-yard per carry clip, with 78 catches on top of that, for another 629 yards and four touchdowns. Between Barkley and Mayfield, Offensive Rookie of the Year is going to be a tough call."

**Josh Alper, NBC Sports**: "Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes before halftime and added a third in the third quarter to help the Giants to their fourth win in the last five games. Those wins have all come with backups starting at quarterback for the opposing team, so it will be interesting to see how the Giants weigh their recent upturn when deciding about their plans at quarterback this offseason."

**Jordan Raanan, ESPN**: "It was Barkley's fourth touchdown run of 50 or more yards. The Giants had had three such runs over the previous 10 seasons. That's how special this rookie has been. Even when he did make a mistake, dropping a pass in the first quarter, Barkley went to offensive line on the bench and took the blame. He promised to atone for the mistake."

**Tom Rock, Newsday**: "Pat Shurmur got play-tackled by one of his own players. Sterling Shepard gave the coach the wrasslin' treatment after he caught his touchdown pass in the second quarter, an illustration of how much the Giants like and appreciate Shurmur. He has them believing and feeling good about themselves, something that seemed impossible to imagine at 1-7. The Giants had to make a sight adjustment when Beckham couldn't make the trip and wound up with their most prolific offensive game since 2015. Additionally, the defense had to replace a Pro Bowler in Landon Collins and had two safeties come up with key interceptions."

**Patricia Traina, Forbes**: "Defensively the Giants have started to see some progress as well. After recording just 10.0 sacks in their first eight games, the Giants have 14.0 sacks in their last five games. And after having logged three interceptions in the first half of the season, the Giants have nine since returning from the bye week."

**Pat Leonard, NY Daily News**: "Sterling Shepard had only two catches for 17 yards, but that stat line didn't reflect his major impact on Sunday's game. Shepard caught a 3-yard touchdown pass and also made several impressive and difference-making blocks. One was a big stick of Washington safety D.J. Swearinger to spring Saquon Barkley for his 78-yard touchdown run. And another was Shepard's diving layout of Washington corner Josh Norman downfield on Barkley's 52-yard run." hands out game balls in the win over Washington