The humid weather in South Florida did not stop the New York Giants from getting their fifth win of the season
Big Blue defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18 on Sunday, allowing them to keep sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Let’s recap the Giants win against Tampa then shall we.
Passing Game: Giants Quarterback Eli Manning, in the off and on rainy weather in Tampa, had a pretty nice day throwing the football. Manning throw two touchdown passes on the day and was able to make key throws for completions on third downs, to keep drives alive. The Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, also had another fine day on the field. Beckham had 9 catches for 105 yards, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach 150 receptions. Wide out Rueben Randle and versatile running back Shane Vereen each had a touchdown catch in the game. Besides Manning’s two interception, one of which was on Beckham for not being the defensive back to the spot where Eli was throwing to, the Giants offense had another good day in the passing game.
Overall Grade: B
Running Game: The Giants rushing attack was again solid for the third straight week. Big Blue’s running back by committee, paved the way for 114 yards rushing on Sunday. Rashad Jennings led the four horseman of the Giants running backs with 48 yards on the ground. 20 of Jenning yards came on the Giants last drive of the 4t quarter, that helped seal the game for them! Both Orleans Darkwa and Andre Williams should off their physicality in the running game early on the game, while Mr vertistal Vereen used his great agility to pick big yards here and there as well. The Giants running really looks to be hitting its stride and can really make this offense tough to spot like it was against New Orleans Saints last week.
Overall Grade: B+
Passing Defense: After being picked apart for 505 yards passing and 7 touchdowns by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees last week, the Giants pass defense came to play vs the Bucs. The Giants kept Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston contain for the most part. Winston only had 249 passing and did not throw a single touchdown pass. The Giants didn’t sack Winston, but were able to get pressure him. Shows you the impact Jason Pierre-Paul makes as a pass rusher, even with coming back at not 100 percent. The G-Men though did allow wide receiver Mike Evans to make two huge catches of 48 and 25 yards, that resulted in the Bucs scoring points, so the Giants still have to find ways to limit big plays in the passing game. Evans also dropped a couple passes that could have been big plays for the Bucs as well. Not a great performance, but good to one comeback from that disaster in New Orleans.
Overall Grade: B-
Rushing Defense: For past month, the once NFL best ranked run defense, has been become very mediocre for the Giants. Big Blue has allowed a 100 yard rusher in three of the four games prior to Tampa, but the Giants rush defense was back playing like it was early on in the season on Sunday afternoon. Besides running back Charles Sims 59 yard run in the 4th quarter, the Giants kept the Bucs rushing attack at bay. Doug Martin was limited to only 31 yards rushing, while the Giants forced two fumbles, one each by Martin and Sims, that turned into points. The Giants run defense got back on it’s horse in Tampa, which is what the doctor ordered
Overall Grade: B
Special Teams: For the most part this season, the Giants special teams unit has played very well. That continued vs Tampa. Kicker Josh Brown continued to be perfect in kicking field goals. He even hit a 53 yarder, which is a season long for him. Punter Brad Wing only had to punt once in the game, but he made the most of it, by hitting 64 yard punt that pinned the Bucs back inside their own 20. The Giants special teams was overall a can’t miss on Sunday and are becoming a big strength for the G-Men.
Overall Grade: A
Coaching: When your team only allows one touchdown, wins the turnover battle and time of possession, it means they were coached up real well. Head Coach Tom Coughlin and the entire Giants coaching staff, did a great job managing the game and preparing their players to beat Tampa. Not to mention with the weather elements that were at play in the game, you have to give credit to how Coughlin kept the Giants unphased by it. Good solid coaching all around for the G-Men!
That your final scored for this weeks report card! Let’s see how the Giants do when they face the undefeated New England Patriots, next Sunday at MetLife Stadium!