Pilgrim’s Point: Seize the Day

by Jeff Pilgrim @PilgrimsPoint 

For the first time in 300 days, we can say the New York Giants beat their opponent. A sad state of affairs, but this is where we are in this never-ending rebuild.  The Giants beat their division rival from Washington on Sunday by a score of 20-19.  

In a head-scratching move, Washington went for a 2-point conversion after scoring a touchdown in the final minute.  The NYG defense came up with a huge stop which earned them a win.  This was a much-deserved victory for the defense as they’ve been overperforming all season.

The Offense Improves:

When you see 20 total points scored, you’re nothing thinking of a high-octane offense, but there’s improvement to take note of here.- The Giants averaged 5.2 yards per play on offense in this game.  If this was our performance each week, it would be good for 4th in the NFL.- There were no 3-and-outs.  ZERO.  This is huge.  The Giants have been relying on their defense to keep them in games. 

It’s pivotal for the offense to sustain a few drives so they can rest.


We saw a couple RPO’s which we’ve been begging for.  Jones flashed his 20+ mph speed on his long burst up the sideline.  He’s the leading rusher on the team by the way.- Play Action.  Due to the slightly improved run game featuring Freeman, The Giants were able to utilize play-action on 10/21 dropbacks.- Protection.  Jones was only sacked once in this game.  O-line showing improvement and Matt Peart has certainly earned more playing time. 

Except for This:

Zero for Three on touchdowns in the RedZone!!!!  This must get better.  The Giants will need to convert more RZ trips if they are to make any noise this season.

With a win Thursday against the Eagles, the Giants would only be half a game out of first place in the NFC East.  Let’s be grateful the Giants play in the worst division in the NFL. The Eagles will be without Miles Sanders and Zach Ertz.  This is a great opportunity for the G-men to take down the Eagles for the first time in years, For the moment, in this brief week of preparation for another division rival, the Giants are alive

And THAT’s the point.