NFL.com picks Giants' top 5 plays vs. Washington
The Giants will look to pick up their first win of the season on Thursday when they travel to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Football Team.
Big Blue is currently on a five-game winning streak against the division opponent. In fact, their success over Washington goes back even further, as the Giants have emerged victorious in 12 of the last 16 meetings between the two clubs. Overall, the Giants hold the series lead over Washington, 105-69-4.
NFL.com chose the top 5 all-time Giants plays against Washington ahead of the Week 2 matchup, which can be found in the video below.
Here are the top 5 plays:
5. Jim Burt 39-yard fumble return TD, Week 1 of 1988 season
With the Giants holding a 20-13 lead over Washington in the fourth quarter of the 1988 season opener, Giants LB Pepper Johnson sacked QB Doug Williams, forcing a fumble which DT Jim Burt picked up and ran back 39 yards for a touchdown. The Giants would go on to win the game, 27-20.
4. Tiki Barber 50-yard TD run, Week 17 of 2006 season
In what ended up being the final game of his NFL career, RB Tiki Barber busted out a 50-yard run for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter of this Week 17 matchup to give the Giants a 34-21 lead. Barber finished the game with a franchise record 234 rushing yards on 23 carries, good for an 10.2 average, and three touchdowns. The Giants won this contest, 34-28.
3. Everson Walls 28-yard INT return TD, Week 8 of 1990 season
The Giants entered this Week 8 game with a perfect 6-0 record. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Giants were up 14-10 when Washington QB Stan Humphries threw an interception to Everson Walls, who ran it back 28 yards for a touchdown. The Giants would finish this game with three interceptions, two by Walls, and three sacks in the 21-10 win.
2. Victor Cruz game-winning 77-yard TD catch, Week 7 of 2012 season
Looking to improve their record to 5-2, the Giants were down 23-20 late in the fourth quarter in this Week 7 matchup when QB Eli Manning connected with WR Victor Cruz for a 77-yard touchdown. The score gave the Giants a four-point lead with just over a minute remaining, a lead in which they would hold for the victory.
1. 'Giant' goal line stand, Week 3 of 2007 season
In this Week 3 matchup between the NFC East rivals, Washington got the ball all the way down to the Giants' one-yard line with under a minute to go trailing by seven. After spiking the ball to stop the clock on first down, Washington had three attempts to punch it into the end zone to tie the game. After forcing an incomplete pass on second down, the Giants stuffed Washington RB Ladell Betts on two consecutive plays to seal the victory.
Logan Ryan makes PFF's Week 1 Team of the Week
Safety Logan Ryan put up a dominant performance in the season-opening loss against the Denver Broncos.
Ryan led the game with 10 tackles (eight solo) while picking up one tackle for loss and one quarterback hit. The 30-year-old also made a remarkable play to strip the ball out of Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam's hands deep in Giants' territory and recover the ball himself.
The veteran was named to Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week after earning an elite 90.4 overall grade, the highest among all safeties in Week 1. His overall grade was aided by an 85.9 coverage grade and 81.8 pass rush grade.
Ryan finished the week as the league's seventh-highest graded defender and highest-graded defensive back.
Saquon Barkley readies body for 2nd game in 5 days
Saquon Barkley participated in less than half of the Giants' offensive plays Sunday, but that doesn't mean he's easing his way into a more prominent role a year after tearing his right ACL.
After just three days off, Barkley and the Giants will return to the field Thursday night against the Washington Football Team.
"I don't think the schedule is ideal for coming back off a major knee injury to have two games back-to-back, but that's what it is," Barkley said today. "That's what's in front of me and that's the challenge I have to face. To the question of my workload and how much can I handle, it's easier for me to stay up here and say, 'I don't know, just listen to the coaches.' When you're in the game and your adrenaline's going and you start getting a rhythm and you start feeling yourself again, that can go from less reps or more reps, I don't know, to be honest. I'm not in that decision, I don't make that decision, I'm just playing my role by showing up on Thursday and the plays that I do get, try to help my team to the best of my capability."
How will he know if he's ready play a second game in five days?
"When I'm out there, I feel like the warming up and all that stuff would definitely indicate it," Barkley said. "Because in here, you're not really running full speed just with the nature of the short week. Just keep the communication with doctors and the trainers and listen to them. Definitely when I'm able to start moving around a little bit more, see how my body feels and see how my body reacts."
Barkley continues to scrape off the rust after his long hiatus. He had surgery last Oct. 30, practiced on a limited basis for the first time on Aug. 9 and did not play in any of the Giants' three preseason games.
In the season-opening 27-13 loss to Denver, Barkley was on the field for 29 of 61 offensive snaps. He had 10 rushing attempts for 26 yards and gained one yard on his only reception.
📸 Through the Years: Giants vs. Washington
Check out the gallery below to view rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team ahead of their Week 2 matchup on Thursday Night Football.
View rare photos of the all-time series between the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team.