Not all wins are created equally. There are blowout wins, comeback wins, close wins, lucky wins, divisional wins and playoff wins. Some games, and they way in which you win them, sometimes just mean more. For the Giants their 29 to16 thumping of the Eagles had a little bit of everything. It was a statement game for the Giants. They beat a divisional opponent, on the road as an underdog. For the Giants almost everything went right this game. It doesn’t erase it but this week will help the Giants, and their fans, get the taste of Matt Dodge and DeSean Jackson out of their mouths.
What Went Right?
The blueprint is out there. The best way to contain Vick is to knock him out of the game. Vick came into the game with a concussion and left it with a right hand injury (non-throwing hand.) Vick is questionable for next week.
Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks (fun JPP fact: JPP has nine career sacks and four career two sack games) and while the Giants only recorded two other “official hits” on Vick something tells me the NFL game charters got that one wrong. Vick was taking a beating all day.
Time. The Giants offense just needed time to figure out how to play as a unit. This is the strongest indication so far that the Giants offense will be a force to be reckoned with by years end. Eli Manning was 16/23 for 254 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a near perfect (145.7) QB rating.
Kevin Gilbride can get off the hot seat for one week at least. Gilbride called a near perfect and creative game. The Giants for the first time had their screen game working. Bradshaw had five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. Jacobs had two catches for 42 yards, including a long TD on a wheel route. The screen game should be one of the strengths for this Giants team. Everyone besides Kareem McKenzie on the offensive line is a very athletic lineman. Pulling and blocking down field is something you will see the Giants offensive line doing very often. The running game also found it’s rhythm as Ahmad Bradshaw averaged 5.8 yards a carry. Another bright spot for the Giants, Victor Cruz (stepping up for the injured Mario Manningham) caught three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
What Went Wrong?
LeSean McCoy was an absolute monster. Running behind a patchwork offensive line McCoy rushed for 128 yards (on 24 attempts averaging 5.3 per carry) and a touchdown. The Giants plan was to clearly blitz and bring pressure however they were very susceptible to McCoy’s cut back ability and displayed very poor fundamental tackling skills at several points during the game.
The Giants go on the road next week to meet the 1-2 Arizona Cardinals in a game they will be favored to win.
About the Author
Written by Jason Comack
Jason Comack graduated from Oswego State University. You can hear Jason on 88.1 FM (streaming as well on WCWPSports.org) every Monday and Thursday at 6 PM. Jason covers MMA as well as the New York Giants for Pro Sports Blogging. Follow him on Twitter @J_Comack