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Redskins Boast Dominant Defensive Display To Beat The Giants In Week 8 Matchup 


The Washington Redskins are taking on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium for their second consecutive divisional game. Check out a running list of the highlights from the game.

After catching his third pass on as many targets, tight end Jordan Reed became the second-fastest tight end in NFL history to reach 300 receptions, doing so in only 59 games.

After driving down to the Giants' seven-yard line on their second series, the Redskins punched it in with a short pass to Adrian Peterson for the score. The reception was Peterson's first receiving touchdown since 2013.

On second-down during the Giants' next drive, defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis sacked Eli Manning for a five-yard loss.

With the Giants in the red zone, safety D.J. Swearinger Sr. jumped a slant route ran by Giants' wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and picked off Manning for the first turnover of the day.

The Redskins had a promising drive going at the end of the half after the interception by Swearinger Sr., but they weren't able to get points out of it after a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Dustin Hopkins. The Giants then drove down the field for a 37-yard field goal from kicker Nick Rosas. Redskins lead 7-3.

Make it two! Ioannidis picked up his second sack of the game on Eli Manning to end the Giants' hopes of adding on points before halftime. Redskins lead 7-3 at the half.

Coming out of the half, the Redskins' defense picked up right where it left off. On the opening drive in the third quarter, linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons came up with a big sack on third down to force a Giants punt. The sack was the first full one of Harvey-Clemons' career.

With the offense back on the field, Smith and wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. connected for a 25-yard gain. On third down, the pass play allowed the Redskins to continue working their way down the field. At the time, the play was the longest of the game for the offense.

After the Redskins offensive possession stalled, the defense took over and held its ground once again. Here on third down, linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith team up for a sack, forcing the Giants to settle for another punt.

Following the punt, the Washington offense was able to sustain a drive and put themselves in position for a field goal. Kicker Dustin Hopkins would convert, as his 53-yard kick hit off the upright but fell in to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead in the third quarter.

Another drive, another sack for the defense. After nearly getting to quarterback Eli Manning the play before, Kerrigan was able to wrap Manning up on second down for his first full sack of the contest.

2 Spoonz, 2 interceptions. To cap off another strong defensive possession, D.J. Swearinger Sr. hauls in his second pick of the day, setting up the Redskins offense with great field position.

Washington immediately started driving toward the end zone, but a costly fumble by Adrian Peterson gave the ball back to the Giants. However, another big defensive stop on fourth down put the ball back in the hands of the offense, and eventually led to a 39-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins to put the Redskins up 13-3.

As the Giants began their next offensive drive, Daron Payne got in on the sack party. The rookie out of Alabama got to Manning for his first, and the Redskins' sixth, of the game.

Late in the fourth quarter, a Giants field goal made it a 13-6 game. The Redskins offense prepared to take over again with one goal in mind: put the game away. Adrian Peterson did just that, taking a handoff 64 yards to the house to put Washington up 20-6. It was AP's second score of the game, and the run put him over 100 yards.

A late score by the Giants' Evan Engram put New York in striking distance at 20-13, but an onside kick recovery for Washington sealed a Redskins victory.

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