Stud: Taylor Heinicke
Heinicke was an increasingly polarizing topic of conversation amongst fans leading into his first career regular season start. Something tells us he’ll stay that way, but he shouldn’t, because he answered the call in primetime.
For the game, Heinicke finished 34-of-46 (73.9%) for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He did have a bad-looking interception that could’ve iced the game late in the fourth quarter, but that was more of a miscommunication between him and McLaurin than it was a poor decision or inaccurate pass.
More important, the Giants failed to take advantage of the opportunity…and Heinicke would redeem himself just minutes later, executing the two-minute drill with poise to give Hopkins a chance to win in at the death.
Here, however, is Heinicke’s most throw of the night.
That brings us to our final stud.
Stud: Dustin Hopkins
Hopkins came oh so close to being listed as a dud for missing the game-winner, but he, like Heinicke, redeemed himself in a big way.
With this performance, Hopkins all but killed off the idea that Washington should sign someone else to put heat on his job. In the end, the 30-year-old went a perfect 3-for-3, including a gutsy 49-yarder deep into the third quarter after the Giants had just taken a six-point lead on the Slayton touchdown.
That should just about wrap it up, folks. What a night and what a win. Time to rest up, because Buffalo awaits in Week 3.