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Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

LANDOVER, Md. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 45-14 victory over Washington at FedEx Field.

What it means: The Giants just won two games in five days by a combined score of 75-31. The offense is really clicking right now, as we'll discuss in the paragraphs to come. But after not taking the ball away on defense in either of their first two games, the Giants had three against Houston on Sunday and six more, including four interceptions of Kirk Cousins, on Thursday night in Washington. It's helped them control the games.

Stock Watch: Eli Manning, UP. This was Manning's third straight strong game, and his completion percentage is up to 66.9 for the season. He was 28-of-39 for 300 yards and four touchdowns and ran for a fifth. The offense is obviously tailored to minimize Manning's mistakes (see: inside runs on third-and-long inside their own 20), but he's executing very well in terms of tempo, accuracy and timing with his receivers. His pre-snap reads and calls are excellent, his few downfield attempts are low-risk and well-chosen, and he's playing a very efficient game right now.

O-line's stock up, too: There's a case to be made that the quick tempo and short drops are helping the offensive line look better, but I thought the guys on the interior who were struggling the first two weeks -- J.D. Walton and Weston Richburg -- were physically dominant against the Washington defensive front. And left tackle Will Beatty made Brian Orakpo, who tormented him here last season, look silly. The downfield passing game should evolve as the pass protection earns more trust.

Game ball: There's no one it could be but tight end Larry Donnell, who caught three touchdown passes in the first half while the Giants were building a huge lead. Having won the job out of camp as the least objectionable option at tight end, Donnell has run clean routes and shown a remarkable ability to jump and catch the ball -- especially on third down, where Manning appears to trust him completely. Only two of the league's 32 teams have played their fourth game yet, but Donnell is one of only four players in the league with at least four touchdown catches this season.

What's next: The Giants likely will get a few well-deserved days off and return to practice Monday to begin preparing for their Oct. 5 home game against the Atlanta Falcons.