2021 NFL season, Week 2: What we learned from Washington's win over Giants on Thursday night

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 The legs and arms of Anil Jones kept the New York Giants running on Thursday night, while Taylor Heinicke's connection to Terry McLaurin was countered for the Washington football team. As the rivals of the NFC East went back and forth, it was Heinicke who fielded Washington with the game on the line and kicker Dustin Hopkins on the 43-yard field for a 30–29 victory over "Thursday Night Football". Gave a goal

2021 NFL season, Week 2

McLaurin on Bradberry. Washington football team wide receiver Terry McLaurin gave Giants cornerback James Bradberry all kinds of problems on Thursday, and showed yet again why he is one of the best receivers in the game. McLaurin caught 11 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, and although he did hit some zone coverage here and there, much of his loss came against a Giants Pro Bowl cornerback, who was flagged for catching McLaurin in the fourth quarter. . Late in the game, Bradberry jumped in front of a short route for an interception by McLaurin that could easily have made for redemption, but the Giants were only able to capitalize for a field goal, not a touchdown, and eventually got them. The price had to be paid for it. McLaurin is an exceptional route runner, and when the pass security is solid, as was Thursday, he can open against anyone.

Not on Jones. No one in the blue can blame Danielle Jones for this. The Giants QB played turnover-free football on the road, which is unusual to say the least, and made more than enough plays to win it. But three big misunderstandings by teammates thwarted one of Jones' best games as a pro: 1) a drop of a deep TD pass by WR Darius Slayton, 2) a holding call on WR CJ. board that eliminated Jones' TD run, and 3) a bitterly disappointing offside call at the end of the game that gave the Washington football team a second shot on the field goal that won the game. Despite the defeat, Thursday was an encouraging night for Jones - he was well protected, especially in the second half, and delivered a strong performance.

Settling in Barkley. In Return From A Torn ACL Check Another Box For Return Of The Giants To The Return Of The Saxon Barkley. After two weeks, he's still not the focus of the offense, but he was more involved and more explosive in Week 2. Barkley got 15 touches, four more than the Giants did in the opener, and he quickly showed a burst of pace. A 41-yard run that looked like the Barkley of 2018. It remains to be seen whether the Giants' offensive line can spring him steadily, especially with the loss of the now injured Nick Gates, but Barkley is coming along nicely.

Henki comes through. Was Taylor Heinicke as impressive on Thursday as he was in a playoff loss to the Buccaneers in January? Given the defense he was facing and the stakes involved, probably not. But the move in for fourth-year backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick, was looking great to give WFT a strong start in divisional play. Henki added 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards, and crossed a late interception to lead a game-winning FG drive. And just when it looked like he wouldn't hurt the Giants deep enough, he hit the Giants for a crucial two-play, 75-yard TD drive in the second half.

Easy money for Gano. Lost in the loss was a five-for-five attempt by Giants kicker Graham Gano, who foiled attempts at 23, 47, 52, 55 and 35 yards. This gave him 35 consecutive makes, adding to the franchise record. The Giants offense lost the game partly because it couldn't punch in a touchdown on a night when it rolled for 412 yards without a turnover, so it's not great news that Gano was kept so busy. But when tight games are reduced to three points - as they did with Washington getting a chance on Thursday - the Giants have to feel good about Gano's ability to finish the game from long distance.

NFL Research: Daniel Jones' 95 rushing yards was the most total by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

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