What would the Giants be without Odell Beckham? Manning was 11/15 for 130 yards and a touchdown in his direction, and 15/27 for 130 yards and an interception to everyone else. This was not a great day for Eli Manning relative to what one would expect from such a lopsided victory, throwing a pick six and averaging a lowly 6.2 yards-per-attempt. Manning’s quick start was all the team needed however, as the 10 points the team scored on its first two drives would have been enough to seal the win on its own. Of note as well was despite attempting 42 passes, Eli Manning was not sacked once.
Andre Williams had what was easily the best game of his rookie season, and the first 40+ yard rush of the season for the Giants. Williams had a number of impressive runs outside of his 50-yard touchdown run, and the Giants offensive line enjoyed more push than usual against a Titans defense that is one of the league’s very worst against the run. What remains a problem however is the every snap consistency, as Williams averaged just 3.5 yards-per-carry taking away his big touchdown run.
The Giants defense came to play on Sunday, posting a shutdown against a struggling Titans offense. The pass defense was a big part of this success, and young players continue to make a splash. Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard and second year defensive end Damontre Moore both posted 2 sacks each, and combined for half of the team’s total. The Tennessee quarterbacks combined for just 146 yards through the air and threw an interception each, in addition to a Zach Mettenberger sack/fumble that was returned by Markus Kuhn for a touchdown. The Giants naturally have to temper their expectations to their opponent, but you can’t play much better than the Giants did on Sunday against the pass.
Perhaps Tennessee deserves a lot of the blame for not attacking the Giants more on the ground, with Titans running backs massing a total of just 11 carries, but the running game was a complete nonfactor for the 2-11 team.
Beckham was once again a spark as a punt returner, and Steve Weatherford once again had a solid outing. This was perhaps Josh Brown’s best game of the season, going a perfect 5/5 including a season-long 52 yarder.
No matter how bad Tennessee appeared, completely outclassing another opponent is a sign that the team came ready to play. Beckham has earned a feature role and Ben McAdoo is obliging, building his offense around his rookie superstar and relegating the likes of Rueben Randle to a support role. Defensively it is hard to fault how Perry Fewell’s defense has played the past two weeks either, though Tennessee barely attempted to challenge his unit’s deficiencies in run defense.