Last week, the Washington Redskins were a team in disarray after being blasted by the Carolina Panthers.
This week, they’re in first place.
The Redskins took control Sunday in the second quarter against the New York Giants, then held off a late rally for a 20-14 home win over their NFC East foe.
The victory pulled Washington into a 5-6 tie atop the division with the Giants, a remarkable turn of events after a 44-16 drubbing by the Panthers last week had many Redskins fans looking toward next season.
Kirk Cousins was sharp again, going 20-29 for 302 yards and a touchdown, a 63-yard bomb to DeSean Jackson in the second quarter. Cousins also scored on a quarterback sneak late in the quarter to give Washington a 17-0 lead at the half.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning was picked off three times, but put a scare into the Redskins with two fourth-quarter TD passes, including a sensational grab by Odell Beckham Jr. that cut a once 20-0 deficit to six with just under five minutes remaining. Washington milked enough of the remaining clock, though, and a final Giants drive came up short.
The Redskins will take on arch nemesis Dallas at home in a prime-time Monday night matchup on Dec. 7.