Field position was the main culprit in the Giants’ 17-16 loss to the Redskins. In part, nine penalties led to the defending champs starting at or inside their own 10-yard line on four of eight drives.
“We didn’t quite get the dagger — hey, that big shot where you get the touchdown, you get that 50-yard touchdown,” Eli Manning told Mike Francesa on his weekly spot on WFAN. “We hit some 30- and 40-yard gains, but the same problem because of field position, a lot of them we were backed up. I hit Victor [Cruz] down the sideline in the third quarter for about 50 yards, but we were on our 12-yard line, so you’ve still got a lot of room to go to get points and you’ve got to settle for field goals.”
Despite suffering their third division loss of the season, the Giants still maintain a one-game lead in the NFC East entering the final quarter of the year. The home stretch begins with the Saints coming into MetLife Stadium this Sunday afternoon.
“Obviously it’s not always the situation you want to put yourself in,” Manning said. “You know, that’s football. A lot of teams are in a very similar circumstance. You’re not always going to be able to clinch your division the first week in December like some teams. For a lot of teams it’s a tight race, and it’s all going to come down to how do you play these next four games. We have a one-game lead right now, which is where you want to be in a lot of cases, and it’s going to come down to, hey, can we go win these four games? And it starts this week with the Saints.”
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