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Winless Giants: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


For the first time since opening night in Dallas, the Giants had a chance to drive the field on their final possession and escape with a victory. Eli Manning moved the Giants down to the Chicago 35-yard line before reality struck – Brandon Myers could not control a pass up the seam, it deflected off his hands, and was intercepted by Tim Jennings. Subsequently, a 3rd and 7 conversion to the “Black Unicorn” (1:35) set the Bears up in victory formation.  The 1976 Giants finally have company in the basement. ZERO for SIX.

The Good:

  • Brandon Jacobs ran hard, pounding his way for 106 yards and two scores on 22 carries. He showed renewed burst and finished off runs circa 2008 version of B-Jax.
  • The two tackles, Justin Pugh and William Beatty, put in solid work run blocking. Pugh in particular looked more engaged, decisive and mobile. One game doesn’t eliminate a season’s worth of struggles, but it’s a start.

    Justin Pugh run block

    Justin Pugh #72
    GIF Credit: NFL Game Rewind

  • 28-year old Jon Beason also displayed lively legs in his first start at MLB in a Giants uniform. He recorded 11 solo tackles (1 missed tackle) and seven stops. Still, he was a hair late breaking on a quick-out to Martellus Bennett.

    Jon Beason

    #52 Beason chasing down Forte
    GIF Credit: NFL Game Rewind

The Bad:

  • The Giants generated 14 quarterback hurries (3 hits by Kiwanuka) without getting Cutler down for a sack. Cutler was sacked three times in each of the prior two weeks and is widely acclaimed for seeing shadows in the pocket. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
  • Where on Earth was Johnathan Hankins? He played on just 8 defensive snaps after a strong debut versus Philadelphia. WHY?
  • Antrel Rolle was isolated with Martellus Bennett on the outside with the game on the line. Rolle gave up the inside to the 6’6 265 pound tight-end resulting in a simple toss and catch. Game over. Rolle was targeted 8 times in coverage; six were completed with 21 yards after reception.

The Ugly:

  • Hakeem Nicks letting a chunk gain opportunity slip through is hands – shocker. It genuinely looks like he’s battling vision problems. Either that or his focus is completely MIA.

    Hakeem Nicks drop

    Feet for hands
    GIF Credit: NFL Game Rewind

  • I’ve mentioned in prior posts the constant miscommunications and apparent poor rapport between Manning and Rueben Randle. This costly trend continued last night in the form of a pick-six. This is Randle’s 17th NFL game, can’t happen.
  • David Diehl struggled all night in pass blocking. He allowed 5 QB hurries and was owned by talented defensive tackle Corey Wootton. What’s with this “oley bull****”?

    David Diehl pass blocking

    #66 Diehl Right this way, sir.
    GIF Credit: NFL Game Rewind

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