Is there a tougher division in football to figure out then the NFC East? The 4-2 Giants sit atop the standings without ever playing a complete football game all season. Below them are the 3-2 Redskins
who are contemplating a QB change. Rounding out the division are the 2-3 Cowboys and 2-4 Eagles who might have more talent on their teams then half of the NFL.
Of course the good news for the injury ridden Giants is they have a bye week this week and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Chris Snee should be back following the bye as should Brandon Jacobs, Justin Tuck and Prince Amukamara. Maybe the reason the Giants haven’t played a complete game this season is they haven’t had a complete starting lineup all season.
What went right vs Buffalo:
1) Eli Manning
Although Eli didn’t find the end zone through the air he had a stellar game. Going 21/32 for 293 yards and most importantly no interceptions. He spread the ball around nicely finding Jake Ballard
and Mario Manningham five times each. Hakeem Nicks had another big game falling just short of 100 yards.
2) Bradshaw and the O-Line
Bradshaw had his best game of the season crossing the 100 yard mark and scoring 3 touchdowns. What’s more impressive is this came with right guard Chris Snee missing the game. You would like to see Bradshaw improve upon his yards per carry (4.1) but this game was definitely a step in the right direction.
3) Corey Webster
Webster has always been a physical bump and run corner lacking top end make up speed. Luckily for him Ryan Fitzpatrick had trouble throwing a deep ball this game. Fitzpatrick under threw two passes that allowed Webster to make critical interceptions to stop drives.
4) Pass Rush
Jason Pierre-Paul had another sack and now finds him self amongst the league leaders. Not bad for a guy who isn’t an every down player. Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka added sacks as well, the Giants finished with three as a team.
The Giants are 4-2 playing mediocre football and getting some good luck. There is reason to believe they will be significantly better after the bye. It gives Cruz, Manningham, Nicks and Ballard another week to get on the same page with Eli Manning. It gives the offensive line, finally healthy, another week to gel as a unit. It gives Perry Fewell another week to create defensive schemes and fix what isn’t working. Most notably the return of Prince Amukamara and Justin Tuck should noticeably impact the Giants defense. Aaron Ross will slide back into a nickel back role, a role that much better suits him. Meanwhile the Giants have yet to play a game with all their big pass rushers (Osi, JPP, Tuck, Kiwi) at full strength. We’ve yet to see the “Cerberus” defensive line package. That’s a defensive line that will give offensive coordinators fits.
Coming out of bye the Giants get, what should be a very winnable game against Miami. The best is yet to come from this Giants team.
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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