This time, Giants hold lead, top Redskins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brave words after difficult defeats don't come close to soothing a losing team's spirits. Only wins can turn that trick.
The New York Giants didn't let Washington steal a victory late, finishing off a 32-21 decision Thursday night on Odell Beckham Jr.'s 30-yard touchdown catch and Rueben Randle's 41-yarder.
The Giants fell apart in the fourth quarter of losses to Dallas and Atlanta. This time, New York (1-2) dominated most of the action against the injury-plagued Redskins (1-2), who lost veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a right leg injury that looked serious.
"It's definitely important to get a win," said running back Rashad Jennings, whose blocked punt got things started for New York. "I'm reluctant to use the word confidence, but it puts assurance on everything we know we're capable of accomplishing. There's a lot of stuff we still need to clean up, obviously. But it feels good to get a win."
The Giants scored in nearly every way possible, beginning with Jennings blocking Tress Way's punt for a safety on Washington's opening series.
"Ever since I was a rookie, I've always had a knack for blocking punts," Jennings said. "I can't give you all my secrets, but you just anticipate. It just worked."
Andre Williams scored on a 1-yard run, Josh Brown kicked three field goals, and Beckham toasted Bashaud Breeland to settle matters. Randle had a 41-yard TD catch in the closing minutes, after which Washington's Rashad Ross returned the kickoff 101 yards for the final score.
New York also led at halftime and through three quarters of its losses to the Cowboys and Falcons.
"Players need the reinforcement that comes with closing out the game with a win," coach Tom Coughlin said.
Prince Amukamara and Uani Unga had interceptions of Kirk Cousins, who struggled once more against New York. Last season, he threw four picks in a loss to New York.
Washington, which has lost five straight to the Giants, got field goals of 44 and 37 yards from Dustin Hopkins, but any thoughts of a comeback ended when Matt Jones fumbled on his way into the end zone with 9 ½ minutes remaining. A late 4-yard TD pass to Chris Thompson and 2-point conversion brought the deficit to 11, then Randle made his scoring catch.