Giants at Rams: Cheers and Jeers
Although the Giants are not in the playoff hunt, they gave their fans plenty to cheer about during a third straight victory on Sunday. New York came into St. Louis as the underdog, but it left with a 37-27 victory that showed why the team isn’t so far away from being considered a contender in 2015. Even though the Rams had only allowed 12 points total during their previous three games, the Giants had no trouble moving up and down the field in what turned out to be a surprising shootout.
Quarterback controversies are well publicized in the NFL, but scribes who follow the Giants have had to find something else to write about. Once again on Sunday, Eli Manning showed that he’s still got plenty of great play left in the tank. The veteran had one of his best games ever with 391 yards and three touchdowns on just 32 pass attempts. It was also nice to see Ruben Randle get involved in the offense again. The wide receiver has been merely an afterthought lately with the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., but he hauled in all three of his targets for 132 yards and a score. Just when it seemed like Beckham was having a quiet day, the rookie exploded for an 80-yard touchdown catch.
After they jumped out to a 20-3 lead, the Giants appeared to have enough points to beat a struggling Rams offense, but that turned out not to be the case. The Big Blue defense has been resurgent as of late, but on Sunday it fell into some bad habits. St. Louis quarterback Shaun Hill looked way too comfortable in the pocket as he sat back and found Kenny Britt for 103 of his 290 passing yards. It certainly didn’t help that Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie hurt his shoulder in the game or that Damontre Moore was ejected for his actions during a brawl just before halftime. The ugly incident tarnished was could have been a much prettier win for the Giants.