I am introducing a new way of doing my post game. I would love to get out some opinions and stats to all my followers as soon as possible. Therefore I am doing a “Quick Blitz” which will include positives, negatives and neutral aspects of the game. Then I will release a full post game report the following day with much more in depth detail and analysis about the game. This will go on for the whole season, so enjoy.
In what is quite possibly the most important preseason game, the Giants starters dominated the Chicago Bears’ starters all over the field. I was lucky enough to attend the game and I was able to see, from all perspectives, how a preseason game is run. Eli and the offense looked sharp and the defense came up with another solid performance. The first team rush defense was outstanding holding Matt Forte to two yards on eight carries. The second string and third string players did not do much. When the third quarter began most of the fans had left and so had the enthusiasm to watch the game. By the fourth quarter the entire stadium was doing the wave, circling around seven times.
Rush Defense – Matt Forte was held to two yards on eight carries. The Giants didn’t allow the ball to cross the line of scrimmage on half of his rushing attempts. The linebackers and defensive tackles came up big against the run.
David Wilson – The rookie got the start while Ahmad Bradshaw nurses his bruised hand. Wilson broke off two big runs and hauled in a 29 yard reception. He finished with 49 yards on five carries. After this performance it is hard to keep him back from the second running back position.
Eli Manning – Manning has come far with his receivers. All of his passes were on time and right where they needed to be. He made some good decisions with the ball and did not turn it over. He finished the night going 17 for 21 for 148 yards and one touchdown.
David Douglas – a little known wide receiver, Douglas showed explosive ability in the punt return game, an area the Giants need improvement in. Douglas showed some spark having some huge returns. One return was called back after a holding penalty. Douglas also hauled in a deep pass by David Carr in the fourth, only to be called back by a holding penalty. The most positive thing for Douglas is that he showed the coaches his ability even though it won’t show on paper.
Victor Cruz – Cruz and Manning are in mid-season form together. They have great chemistry together and Cruz ran very tight, sharp routes.
Ramses Barden – Barden secured a spot on the roster tonight while having his biggest night yet as a NFL wide receiver. The Bears had a very difficult time stopping the enormous receiver. Barden finished with three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. He even drew a pass interference call in the end zone, allowing the Giants to get the ball on the one yard line, leading to an Andre Brown score.
Special Teams – By far the greatest performance yet by this unit. Giants fans took a walk down memory lane, remembering the Jeff Feagles days, with Steve Weatherford punting the ball. Weatherford constantly pinned the bears deep with his accurate punting ability. The coverage was superb and did not allow for any long returns. Lawrence Tynes was on target and had deep kick offs. David Douglas provided spark and brought some life back into the return game. Da’Rel Scott blocked a punt, which was recovered by the Giants on the Bears ten yard line. Mark Herzlich forced a fumble during a kick off, which pinned the Bears on their own two yard line.
Prince Amukamara – Prince was having a decent game before being carted off the field. In a play where he was covering veteran wide out Brandon Marshall, Amukamara went to make a tackle and injured his ankle. Though the X-rays were negative, Amukamara has a high ankle sprain and could be sidelined for a month. This leaves the Giants in a bad situation with their cornerbacks. Amukamara was already pushed into a starting role because of the injury to Terrell Thomas.
Second String – The Second half of this game was a huge mess. There was nothing good that came out of it. David Carr was dreadful and could not hit his targets. But should he be blamed? With less than two seconds to throw the ball because the pocket is consistently collapsing, the most sacked quarterback in Texans history took a beating. It would be very scary of any of the starters went down with an injury after this kind of performance.
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Written by Matthew Stapleton
Ridgewood, New Jersey