Giants, Saquon Barkley set various all-time marks in victory over Redskins
This guy is an absolute beast.
With the victory, the Giants improved to 100-68-4 against the Redskins all-time, becoming the first franchise in NFL history to record 100 or more wins over another franchise. The 34-0 lead at halftime was the third-largest regular season halftime lead in Giants history. With 197 yards passing, Eli Manning increased his career total to 55,142, becoming only the seventh quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 55,000-yard mark. Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta made his NFL debut when he entered the game in the fourth quarter. Saquon Barkley’s 170 rushing yards was the second-highest total for a rookie in Giants history. Barkley increased his own franchise rookie record for rushing yards (1,124). By going over 1,000 yards on the season, Barkley becomes the Giants’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012. Barkley’s 78-yard touchdown run was the second-longest by a rookie in Giants history. It was also the fifth-longest touchdown run in Giants history. With his touchdown, Barkley now has 13 total on the season, which sets the Giants’ all-time rookie record. Barkley’s nine touchdown runs are second-most by a rookie in franchise history (Bill Paschal, 10). Barkley’s five touchdowns of 50 yards or more are an all-time franchise record for rookies. Additionally, he also has four touchdowns runs of 50 yards or more, which is more than the team has had total in the last 10 seasons. With his four receptions, Barkley increased his season total to 78, which second-most for a rookie in franchise history. Curtis Riley’s pick-6 was the first touchdown of his career. He dedicated the score to the Father of Giants superfan, License Plate Guy, who unfortunately passed away last week.
A few weeks ago, we spent some time tinkering with various playoff simulators to craft three different postseason realities based on what might happen over the remaining weeks of the NFL season. Looking back on that now, some of the strange turns have unfolded: The Steelers lost in Oakland Sunday while Miami stayed alive with a last-second lateral victory over the Patriots at home.
But there wasn’t a seismic shift to the landscape. Right now, the fields (sans seeding, in no particular order) look like this:
AFC: Kansas City, New England, Houston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles (Chargers), Baltimore
NFC: New Orleans, Los Angeles (Rams), Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Minnesota
Over at FiveThirtyEight, there are nine teams who have either made the playoffs or have a 90% chance or better of making the playoffs. The fun part starts with Minnesota in the NFC, and slides down the remainder of the AFC for that elusive final wildcard spot. To illustrate how interesting this thing can still be, here’s a few notes to consider:
• It won’t take much for three teams (Titans, Colts, Dolphins) to upend Baltimore for the sixth spot. Here’s the remaining schedule of all four teams:
Tennessee: @Giants, Redskins, Colts
Baltimore: Buccaneers, @Chargers, Browns
Indianapolis: Cowboys, Giants, @Titans
Miami: @Vikings, Jaguars, @Bills
All of these schedules are riddled with pitfalls (Giants on the road, Buccaneers, Bills on the road at the end of the season).
• The Chiefs, who looked wounded against Baltimore on Sunday, and take on the Chargers in Week 15 in a game that could dictate a roadmap for L.A. to host a home playoff game at their notoriously ill-attended microstadium. After Kansas City, the Chargers have Denver and Baltimore to close the season out.
• The Steelers lost to the Raiders on Sunday and despite enjoying the status that comes with a division lead, they are 7-5-1 heading into a game against the Patriots at home. After that? The Saints on the road, possibly with some high-level NFC seeding to be determined. Pittsburgh could be 7-7-1 heading into their finale against Cincinnati.
That brings us back to Baltimore, who, may not even need the sixth seed at all if this Steelers free fall continues.
While the early-season offensive explosion gave us a few obvious contenders for the Super Bowl, there are still a handful of good coaches, quarterbacks and defensive talent left fighting in the trenches. Could the surprise team of 2018 work their way into the mix?
|Arizona Cardinals||Antoine Bethea|
|Atlanta Falcons||Grady Jarrett|
|Baltimore Ravens||Brandon Carr|
|Buffalo Bills||Lorenzo Alexander|
|Carolina Panthers||Julius Peppers|
|Chicago Bears||Trey Burton|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Carlos Dunlap|
|Cleveland Browns||Christian Kirksey|
|Dallas Cowboys||Dak Prescott|
|Denver Broncos||Von Miller|
|Detroit Lions||Matthew Stafford|
|Green Bay Packers||Kenny Clark|
|Houston Texans||Whitney Mercilus|
|Indianapolis Colts||Jabaal Sheard|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Blake Bortles|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Dustin Colquitt|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Corey Liuget|
|Los Angeles Rams||Andrew Whitworth|
|Miami Dolphins||Kenny Stills|
|Minnesota Vikings||Kyle Rudolph|
|New England Patriots||Devin McCourty|
|New Orleans Saints||Mark Ingram|
|New York Giants||Michael Thomas|
|New York Jets||Kelvin Beachum|
|Oakland Raiders||Marshawn Lynch|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Chris Long|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Cameron Heyward|
|San Francisco 49ers||Robbie Gould|
|Seattle Seahawks||K.J. Wright|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Gerald McCoy|
|Tennessee Titans||Jurrell Casey|
|Washington Redskins||Vernon Davis|