Sep 25, 2014 9:15 PM
Giants lead Redskins 14-0 early in 2nd quarter
The Associated Press
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Eli Manning threw a pair of short touchdown passes to tight end Larry Donnell, and the New York Giants led the Washington Redskins 14-0 early in the second quarter Thursday night.
Manning's 5-yard TD throw to Donnell about 7 1/2 minutes into the game set up by Washington quarterback Kirk Cousin's fumble was the first time the Giants have scored in a first quarter this season.
Two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning is adjusting to new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system. Often operating without a huddle, Manning went 7 for 8 for 82 yards in the first quarter, including a 36-yard completion to Victor Cruz.
Manning connected with Donnell from 6 yards out 46 seconds into the second quarter for the two-touchdown lead. The second-year tight end had one career touchdown catch until Thursday.
After New York punted on the game's opening drive, Washington's first possession ended with a sack-strip on third down by Mathias Kiwanuka. Cullen Jenkins recovered for the Giants at Washington's 24. New York made it 7-0 six plays later.
Washington's other two possessions in the first quarter went three-and-out.
The NFC East rivals both entered the game at 1-2 and hoping not to fall too far behind the unbeaten Philadelphia Eagles in the division so early in the season.
The Giants shifted things around on defense, starting Quintin Demps at safety in place of Stevie Brown, who was pulled from Sunday's victory over Houston after getting beaten on a 44-yard TD pass. And middle linebacker Jon Beason, who has dealt with foot and toe injuries since training camp, was inactive for the second game in a row. Jameel McClain shifted from strongside linebacker to the middle, and third-stringer Mark Herzlich started on the outside.
The Redskins were dealing with a long list of injuries from their loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, including cornerback DeAngelo Hall (ruptured left Achilles tendon) and safety Duke Ihenacho (broken left foot), who are out for the season. Left guard Shawn Lauvao was inactive Thursday with a swollen knee, but linebacker Brian Orakpo (torn ligament in his left middle finger) and defensive end Jason Hatcher (strained hamstring) started.
Rookie fourth-round draft pick Bashaud Breeland started at cornerback in place of Hall.