Ahmad Bradshaw continues to shine, bringing the Giants rushing attack back to life
Giants thoughts & musings:
-First, a note on the Stadium. It’s quite nice. A huge improvement over the last stadium. But it’s bland. No real defining features. It’s a nice place to watch a game. It isn’t like Yankee Stadium. But it’s nice. A huge improvement. Food is better. Sight lines are better. A better experience, for sure.
-The Giants are now at 4-2. They were the much better team today. Much better. But once again, they let the Lions creep back in. Can’t have that. There’s no knockout punch in this team. The Lions were technically in it until the end. The Lions have a good offense, and you can’t let them, or any team, have that many chances to come back, especially when you outplay them. It just doesn’t work like that.
-Ahmad Bradshaw. Enough said. So much fun to watch in person. You can see him bounce off tacklers, and you can see him hit the holes. He’s a great back. There’s no question. Combined with a more motivated Brandon Jacobs (who’s running harder and smarter), the ground game is going to be a good one.
-Eli has his Eli moments
Pass to no one, etc, but he made the necessary passes. The TD to Manningham was a beauty. Just a terrific pass. Can’t complain with him.
-The defense needs to blitz all the time. They can get after the QB when they need to. Do it more often. They moved Tuck inside in the 3rd quarter, and had Jason Pierre-Paul (more on him in a bit) at DE. And that seemed to work. But, there were other times when they just sat back and allowed the Lions to gain yard. Blitz all the time, Perry Fewell. It works.
-Matt Dodge. Oh boy. He had his moments. But, in warmups, I was particularly interested in watching him. And it’s not impressive. There’s a different spin on the ball. It kind of has some back spin, which you would think is good, but it’s not for him. He never gets a normal punt off. He’s shaky. How many more weeks can they let him go? I don’t know.
-I love the secondary. Deon Grant had a terrific game. The Giants, particularly in the first half, used 3 safeties, instead of 3 corners. Aaron Ross barely played in the first half. It worked. Phillips had a huge play on Johnson. Rolle sealed the game with the INT. Webster is lockdown. And other than Terrell Thomas’s lapses against Megatron, they had a terrific game.
-Ndamukong Suh is the real deal. My oh my. He can collapse the pocket like nobody’s business.
-Jason Pierre-Paul. On one of the punts by the Lions, I made it a point to just watch him. And I was so impressed. The burst. He’s so quick off the snap. He’s stronger and faster than most guards. So he blew right by and came so close to blocking a punt. He’s fun to watch. He’s a keeper.
-Hakeem Nicks had single coverage most of the game. The safeties were creeping towards Steve Smith and Mario Manningham. Yet, Nicks did not do much. Not a bad thing. Just interesting that Eli never exploited the single coverage downfield.
-I can’t stand watching kickoff coverage. Chase Blackburn is always the first guy down. Good for him. He’s always hustling. But I feel like he’s the only one. You could just see some of those long returns coming.
-A good win. Not perfect. But, they took care of business. Onto Dallas. And full coverage by us.