WHAT IT MEANS: No need for any halftime speeches from Justin Tuck. The Giants handled their business from the start and took care of what looked more like the Washington Deadskins with a 31-7 rout. The Redskins came out lifeless. Albert Haynesworth, Carlos Rogers and LaRon Landry were all inactive, and the Giants pounded the Redskins into submission. The Giants have now won two straight games and will need to keep winning to keep up with the Eagles in the NFC East.
LET'S GO STREAKING: The Giants not only won their second straight game but also beat the Redskins for the fifth straight time. The Giants simply own Daniel Snyder's team, having won eight of the past nine meetings. Also, say so long to Donovan McNabb's four-game winning streak over the Giants. Mike Shanahan and McNabb have their work cut out for them.
RUSH, RUSH: Tom Coughlin may be on to something with this Brandon Jacobs starting thing. Jacobs rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries as the starter for the second straight game. And Ahmad Bradshaw still got plenty of work and scored two touchdowns in relief of Jacobs. Bradshaw got 24 carries, and it was unclear whether Jacobs suffered an injury during the game. He was on the sideline midway through the fourth quarter but with his helmet off.
DEFENDING DONOVAN: The Giants have had their share of problems with McNabb throughout the years. McNabb came into the game with a 10-6 career regular-season record against the Giants. But McNabb is finding life tougher in Washington, where the Redskins lack the talent Philadelphia has. The Giants shut down the Redskins' running game, and McNabb couldn't beat the Giants on his own. With a chance to cut the Giants' lead in half early in the fourth, McNabb threw an interception in the end zone to Terrell Thomas. So much for the McNabb hex. The Giants forced six turnovers.
S.O.S.: The Giants played this game without David Diehl, Steve Smith, Shawn Andrews, Hakeem Nicks and Shaun O'Hara. However, Diehl, Smith and Nicks all could be back next week. Diehl worked on a limited basis and may be the best bet to return. Nicks said he will be cleared to run this week and is aiming to return next Sunday. Smith hopes to be more comfortable with his partially torn pectoral muscle and is also aiming for a return Sunday. Andrews' back injury remains a concern, and O'Hara could still be a week or two away.
DOWN WITH JPP: Rookie defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul seems to be only getting better with time. The rookie had his first two sacks last week and added two more this week along with a fumble recovery. Credit general manager Jerry Reese for always craving pass-rushers. This kid could be pretty good when all is said and done.
WHAT'S NEXT: To Favre or not to Favre? The Giants head to Minnesota, and they may be facing Tarvaris Jackson after Brett Favre was injured Sunday. No matter who is at quarterback for the Vikings, the Giants will have their hands full trying to win in Minnesota. Remember, the Vikings still have playmakers in Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin (when healthy) and Sidney Rice.