The New York Giants, banged up and all went into Philadelphia and played a team they hadn’t beaten in six straight try’s. They could have laid an egg and used the injuries and dream team excuse, but they didn’t. They battled, and they concured. They went on the road and beat the Eagles who were led by the elusive QB Mike Vick. Detailed below is the good of the game, the bad of the game … And no ugly?
QB Eli Manning – I think, it’s about time people get off of Manning’s back. The next time you have an argument with a colleague at work about if Eli Manning is a top-10 QB, pull this game out of your hat. You can’t lose with it. Manning led the Giants with four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The first time since the Jaguars game of last year (which was played on November 28th) that Manning hadn’t had a turnover. Not only did Manning tie a career high in touchdowns thrown in a game, he also set a career high in Quarterback rating. If your a new fan of ESPN’s QBR, Manning ranked third for Total QBR this week, behind only Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the Ravens’ Joe Flacco. He is also currently ranked 10th in the NFL for QBR Rating. Pretty Impressive. Oh, and he also completed nearly 64% of his passes, too.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw/Brandon Jacobs – Both were used brilliantly, and both played effectivetly. Jacobs ran a terrific wheel route which Manning hit him in stride for a 40-yard touchdown pass. When the Giants decided to go for two, Jacobs also got the nod, and keep his knees from hitting the ground, scoring the conversion. For as well as Jacobs was used, Bradshaw was used even better. Bradshaw carried the rock 15 times for 86 yards, and also caught 5 passes for 53 yards with a touchdown. When the Giants needed a big play, Bradshaw and Jacobs seemed to make it.
WR Victor Cruz – What a way to make your first start, Mr. Cruz. The Giants thought they had something in Cruz. It appears they do. Cruz caught three passes for 110 yards and two scores. The UDFA from The University of Massachusetts made the all-pro, Nnamdi Asomugha look like an average corner at best. Cruz even out-leaped Asomugha and stretched over the line for his second career touchdown. The game began with people talking about how the Giants will miss WR Steve Smith. It didn’t end that way. It ended with the emergence of Victor Cruz.
LB Michael Boley/LB Jaquan Williams – Has Boley done anything wrong this year? Not much. Boley had another terrific game. He nearly picked off QB Michael Vick, too. Fourth and two, the turing point of the game. McCoy runs to his right, cuts back, and Boley is there to stop him. Big play, changed the complexity of the game. Boley was supposed to be the big signing in 2009. He’s living up to that one right now. And what about the 6th round pick, Jaquan Williams. The Giants wanted speed when they drafted him this year. They certainly got it. Williams saw a good amount of snaps when the defense was in the “nickel” formation. He made the most of this time. He racked in 9 tackles and made a big time stop on McCoy once, too.
CB Aaron Ross – What a difference a game makes. Last week, he was becnhed. This week, he had two interceptions and reminded everybody just how much talent he has. Ross showed up on a big stage, and in a very big way.
OC Kevin Gilbride – For all the fans who think he’s a terrible play caller, get of his back. At-least for this week. Gilbride called a near perfect game. He balanced the run and pass, and called some nifty plays which fooled the Eagles. He got Jacobs involved enough and used Bradshaw in the passing game, too. Gilbride sensed the Eagles were on there toes, and instead of a typical draw play, he went in for the kill — a screen pass to RB Ahmad Bradshaw. He scored, and the Giants put up four touchdowns on three tremendous corners.
TE Travis Beckum – Your two yards away from the line. Maybe in one. Roll, my friend, roll!!!!
I’m grasping at straws here, because he did make a great block which led to Bradshaw’s 37-yard run.