Wayne Gallman, Jabrill Peppers
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Several players shined in the New York Giants dominating 24-3 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Jason Leach

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—The New York Giants picked up their first home win of the season in dominating fashion when they defeated the Washington Redskins, 24-3, to improve to 2-2 on the season.

The defense, which has come over heavy scrutiny during the first three weeks of the season, completely shut down the Redskins offense and sacked Redskins quarterbacks three times. They also picked off four Skins passes.

As the case is with all wins, this was a total team effort, but a few players stood out amongst the rest and deserve game balls.

Wayne Gallman

With Saquon Barkley out four-to-eight weeks with a high ankle sprain, Wayne Gallman made his first start of the season and had the best game of his three-year career.

Gallman gained 63 yards and tallied one score on 18 carries. He also proved he can be a valuable contributor to the passing game as he tallied six receptions for 55 yards and scored the first points of the day in the first quarter on a six-yard touchdown reception from Daniel Jones.

Jabrill Peppers

Much was made this week about the player Jabrill Peppers is replacing. Strong safety Landon Collins made his long-awaited return to MetLife Stadium where he spent his first four seasons with Big Blue.

Peppers showed on Sunday that he was the best strong safety on the field. He finished with six tackles, two pass defense and his 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter put the game out of reach.

After the game, Peppers and Collins got into a heated exchange, but both players deflected questions regarding the exchange, acting as though nothing major happened.

Ryan Connelly

Ryan Connelly was the only player on Sunday who registered a sack and interception. He also had five tackles and three of those came via the solo variety.

But Connelly left the game in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury while trying to tackle Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins. It was a non-contact injury and those tend to be the worst. Connelly will have an MRI tomorrow, but the fear is a torn ACL.

The entire offensive line

The offensive line was outstanding on Sunday as they did not allow a sack and helped pave the way for the Giants to gain 164 yards on the ground on 37 carries. The additions of right guard Kevin Zeitler and right tackle Mike Remmers have paid huge dividends so far this season.

The Giants will look to make it three wins in a row next Sunday when they take on the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.