For the first time in a long time, there was plenty for fans of Big Blue to be happy about The 2014 campaign has been a long one for the Giants and their fans. After enduring an ugly come-from-ahead defeat at the hands of the Jaguars in Week 13, it was nice to see New York bounce back and clobber the Titans on Sunday. Big Blue was running on all cylinders during the 36-7 victory.
There was a lot to like in this one, and it came from a lot of different places. With Rashad Jennings banged up, Andre Williams ran the ball effectively and put an exclamation point on his day with a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
As has been the norm lately, Odell Beckham was a stud, hauling in 11 of his 15 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown. The Giants even got creative and asked Beckham to throw a pass. It ended up incomplete, but you can’t blame offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo for wanting Beckham to do it all for Big Blue. On defense, New York sacked Tennessee quarterbacks eight times, with Jason Pierre-Paul, Devon Kennard, and Damontre Moore ending up with two sacks a piece. One of the sacks resulted in a Markus Kuhn fumble return for a touchdown. While Pierre-Paul is uncertain to re-sign with the Giants, it’s a good sign for the future of the franchise that young players like Kennard and Moore are making plays lately.
Eli Manning has been solid this season, but he also made the one big negative play for the Giants in this game. Midway through the third quarter, he started to scramble and then turned to his left to try to get the ball to Larry Donnell in the flat. Unfortunately, the tight end was blanketed by Marqueston Huff, who easily picked off the pass and took it to the end zone for six. Unlike last week, the defensive score did not result in a rally for the home team.
With Beckham doing so much for the Giants, you’d figure some things would open up for Rueben Randle, but the third-year receiver caught just one pass for nine yards. He’s going to have to perform better down the stretch if he wants to be a part of the Giants’ future.