Rapid Reaction: Giants 16, Redskins 7

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- I spent most of the fourth quarter watching the game with Drew Rosenhaus in the media lounge because I'm planning to write a column about his client, Plaxico Burress. After missing all of training camp and the preseason, Burress signed a new deal Thursday and then went out and torched the Redskins' secondary.

In my mind, he's the headliner from the Giants' 16-7 victory over the Redskins. I thought the return of Jason Taylor might provide the Redskins with a spark, but I don't recall seeing him do much of anything. In reality, the Giants should've taken at least a 20-0 lead in the first half. The Redskins used Rock Cartwright's 50-yard kick return late in the second half to show their first signs of life, but overall, it was an unmitigated disaster for Jim Zorn's new offense.

The Giants just sort of flopped around in the second half, but it didn't matter. I'm sure Tom Coughlin will be upset that several drives stalled in Redskins' territory, but overall, the Giants dominated in every aspect of the game. On this night, there did not appear to be a huge dropoff because of the losses of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. Defensive end Justin Tuck struck early and defensive tackles Fred Robbins and Jay Alford consistently knocked Redskins linemen off the ball.

All in all, it was exactly what the Giants needed. The only negative about last season's Super Bowl team was its performance at home (3-5). The Giants took care of business on a night of celebration. Maybe we shouldn't write them off so quickly.

Or maybe the Redskins are really this bad.