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Manning shines, Cousins flounders as Giants hammer Redskins 45-14

New York Giants v Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 25: Tight end Larry Donnell #84 of the New York Giants looks up after scoring a second-quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 25, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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Eli Manning tossed four touchdowns and ran for another as the New York Giants cruised to a 45-14 victory over the Washington Redskins on Thursday night.

Manning completed 28 of 39 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns with all four thrown to tight ends.

His counterpart for Washington struggled mightily.

Kirk Cousins was intercepted four times and lost a fumble with three of the picks leading directly to Giants touchdowns. Not only was Cousins intercepted four times, but the throws that were pilfered were incredibly poor decisions as well.

Washington had six turnovers on the night that the Giants converted in 31 points. The Redskins were also just 1 for 8 on third down.

It was the Washington defense that struggled during the first half as they appeared to forget that tight ends are eligible receivers. Larry Donnell scored three touchdowns in the first half on throws from Manning as the Giants built a 24-7 halftime lead. Fumbles by Cousins and tight end Logan Paulsen led to 10 first half points for New York. Manning also hit tight end Daniel Fells for a 2-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Cousins then completely fell apart. His four interceptions came over a span of five possessions for Washington. Only one possession all night lasted longer than six plays for the Redskins. Cousins finished the game 19 of 33 for 257 yards with one touchdown pass to Andre Roberts.

The Giants improve to 2-2 on the year while the Redskins fall to 1-3 with two difficult games against Seattle and Arizona upcoming the next two weeks.