Normally I post the Giants box score here after a game…but today we will discuss the first half box score, as the starters for both teams participated fully.
The Giants had 40 yards rushing, and 148 yards passing with Eli going 17/21 with two clear drops. They had 13 first downs and possessed the ball for 17 plus minutes. The Bears meanwhile managed just over 100 yards with 5 first downs in 12 and a half minutes. The defense was without JPP.
The good news first: Eli Manning had a stretch of 9 straight completions, with the 10th being one of the drops. All this offense is being generated without Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Ramses Barden may have taken the necessary steps last night to make this team. He caught 3 passes for 46 yards and a TD, he also drew a pass interference call in the end zone.
David Wilson ran the ball well behind the starting O-Line that finally showed some life. 5 carries for 49 yards to go with 2 catches for 26 yards. He is not only the future of this team, but a big part of the present.
David Douglas, a rookie out of Arizona may have won the punt return job last night as he is exactly what Tom Coughlin is looking for in a returner. He secures the ball first, then is elusive enough to break a few tackles and has enough speed to make an impact.
Da’Rel Scott may be the main kick returner since David Wilson is probably now the number 2 back.
Rueben Randle showed how good his hands are, and that he has the ability to stretch the defense, along with Martellus Bennett who showed he will catch anything thrown his way.
Steve Weatherford showed why is such a valuable part of this team. He was flawless last night.
The Bad News: Prince Amukamara is hurt again, and that leaves the Giants very thin at cornerback. The extent of the ankle sprain he suffered is still to be determined, but either way it’s not good news. Look for the Giants to maybe make a move this week to bring in a few guys.
Dan DePalma had a pretty bad game for a guy on the bubble. He caught the pass that could have won the game, but then fumbled it away without being hit. he also released too early out of punt protection allowing a punt to be partially blocked.
D. J. Ware also had a forgettable game with 1 carry for 4 yards and 1 catch for 3.
The first cut of 15 players comes Monday afternoon, and then on Friday it down to the final 53.