Stock Report: Washington ends season with hollow win originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Football Team won their final game of the season though it ranks on the Mount Rushmore of hollow victories.
The win did nothing for Washington's playoff chances as the team got eliminated last week. Basically, nobody showed up to the Meadowlands for the game, and the Giants decided not to even attempt a competent offense.
There's not a ton to take from the 22-7 Washington win, but some of Washington's brightest stars shined in the season finale.
- Learning to fly - Antonio Gibson took over this game in the second half, and in the process went over 1,000 yards for the season. Gibson ran for 146 yards in the game with one touchdowns. Outside of fumbling issues that plagued his 2021 season, Gibson showed tremendous growth this year. Remember he's still just two seasons removed from playing wide receiver in college.
- Best they've got - Despite a season that saw three different quarterbacks start games for Washington, wide receiver Terry McLaurin notched his second-straight 1,000-yard season. He finished Sunday's game with four catches for 93 yards and provided Washington with plenty of offensive spark early in the game. Washington hasn't had a receiver go for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 20+ years. Terry is the real deal and a contract extension needs to be a top priority for Washington this offseason.
- Found one - Washington had a tiring season with four different place kickers but Joey Slye looks like the real deal. He again made all of his field goals and is now 12 for 12 as a member of the Burgundy and Gold. On a team with plenty of questions for next season, kicker is answered. It's Slye.
- Punters are people too - Both global superstar Tress Way and Giants punter Riley Dixon seemed to be on the field constantly in this limited offensive game. Both punted well, and could seriously need a massage or some treatment on their legs tomorrow.
- Better than the opposition - The Giants offense was so awful - led by QB Jake Fromm - that on some level the Washington defense deserves credit. With four minutes remaining in the game New York had gained only 130 yards and averaged 2.6 yards-per-play. Plus Washington's defense generated a touchdown on a Bobby McCain pick-6.
- Clown show revealed - Giants coach Joe Judge revealed himself to be a clown taking shots at the Washington organization prior to the game. The truth is Washington has plenty of warts and embarrassing situations on and off the field, but Judge now has a 10-23 record in two seasons as head coach in New York. Good luck sitting down, Joe, that seat will either be pulled from under you or ridiculously hot.
- Aerial football - For fans of downfield passing and big chunk plays, this game wasn't it. Washington QB Taylor Heinicke finished with 120 pass yards while Fromm was god awful, completing just 15 passes for 103 yards. This game was really ugly, and it started in the pass game.
- Closing with a bang - One of the final plays of this game was a punt - of course - and it was a beauty from Way. Only Troy Apke knocked it into the end zone.