The Giants Beat Report Card: Week 12 edition

The Giants Beat's David Aitken provides scores and analysis for Big Blue and its sixth straight loss of the season.

Passing Offense:

Odell Beckham continues to be a revelation and frankly is the best player on the Giants right now. He made a catch that is going to be in highlight reels for eternity, but focusing on just that catch sells short what was an overall fantastic performance as the team’s number one receiver. Beckham’s star performance also coincided with Rueben Randle’s least amount of targets since week one, and coincidentally or not one of Eli Manning’s best games this season. The Giants once again could not run the ball and thus Eli Manning had to be in top form for the Giants to win, and he nearly was. He was very strong on third downs, particularly early in the game, and showed off an increasingly impressive rapport with Beckham. His interception however changed the tide of the game, and if the Giants had instead come away with points on that drive than the Giants probably win this game.

Grade: B+

Rushing Offense:

This was Geoff Schwartz’s first start, and he made a few nice blocks to open up some lanes. Once again however the line just did not win much at all up front, and both Jennings and Williams often found little running room. Williams had a nice touchdown run and Jennings was a factor in the passing game, but the overall lack of push meant little yardage gained on early downs and increased pressure on the passing game to convert third and longs.

Grade: D

Passing defense:

This was arguably Tony Romo’s best performance all season. Pierre-Paul provided some hope with a few victories in his battle with Tyron Smith and Damontre Moore notched a sack, but when the game hung in the balance Tony Romo had no problem hanging in the pocket and cherry picking his best option en route to a game-winning touchdown pass to Dez Bryant. Missed tackles and big plays were once again a problem, as Cole Beasley had a 45-yard touchdown catch and run while Dez Bryant hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass in addition to his game winner.

Grade: D

Rushing defense:

DeMarco Murray didn’t get on the score sheet, but he averaged a strong 5 yards-per-carry and was the bell cow he’s been all year for this Cowboys offense. The Cowboys offensive line made the Giants’ front seven look the clear second-best all night whether it was pass protection or opening up running lanes, and the Giants once again had no answer to really slow down an opponent’s rushing attack.

Grade: D

Special Teams:

There were no special teams mistakes that hurt the Giants, and Preston Parker had a few solid returns. It was a good day punting for Steve Weatherford as well. Josh Brown had a quiet day, as the Giants attempted no field goals.

Grade: B

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