It’s finals week for college students across the country, and those students would not want to have some grades that the New York Giants got from their loss to the New York Jets this past Sunday,
Passing Offense: The Giants passing offense and it’s offense in general on Sunday against the Jets was Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham had six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. He was literally the Giants offense. Quarterback Eli Manning had another tough day throwing the football, only completing 52 percent of his passes and again throw a costly interception in the end zone. Rueben Randle was yet again a ghost in the Giants passing attack. In fact Beckham had more catches then the other Giants wide receivers had combined. Another wide receiver needs to step up aside Beckham and Manning needs to make better decisions throwing the football. If not, the Giants are just going to be an average passing offense.
Running Offense: Same old story for the Giants running game vs. the Jets. With the offensive line in disarray, the Giants couldn’t get anything going in the running game. Running backs Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa had a nice run here and there, but nothing to jumpstart a productive rushing attack. The Giants running game only turned out a total of 74 yards rushing, that’s not good enough to give you balance with throwing the football in your offense.
Passing Defense: It’s obvious that any team can pass on the Giants defense. If Ryan Fitzpatrick, can throw for almost 400 yards against you, then you that if you have a big problem on your hands. The Giants secondary could not cover the Jets wide receiver duo of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. The two combined for 20 catches on 232 yards receiving and a touchdown. How do you let that happen when you know they're going to get the ball? Pass rushing-wise, the Giants were able to get pressure on Fitzpatrick in the first half, but in the second half they couldn’t get near him and allowed the Harvard alum to pick them apart with his arm and legs. Again anybody can throw on the Giants defense and dictate the pace of the game against them. That just can’t happen if your a defense.
Rushing Defense: One area of dominance of some sort that the Giants defense has is their ability to stop the run. The G-Men held Jets running back Chris Ivory to 47 yards rushing on the day and forced him to fumble the ball as well. Fitzpatrick was really the only “runner” the Jets had in the game, because of his ability to run when he was flushed out of the pocket. I mean the biggest run the Jets needed in the game was Fitzpatrick’s first down run on 4th and 6 on the final drive of regulation that gave the Jets the chance to tie the game and force overtime. Overall, not a bad day stopping the run by the Giants, but not good enough to secure the win.
Special Teams: One of the Giants strengths was again a major plus for them during the game, but came to fail them at the end when they needed it the most. Dwayne Harris scored his second special teams touchdown of the season, this time taking a punt return 80 yards for the score that put the Giants ahead 7-3 in the second quarter. Harris has been a great asset for the Giants in the return game this season. Punter Brad Wing had another nice day punting the ball for the Giants. Everything though for the Giants on special teams went crashing down when kicker Josh Brown, who has been perfect kicking field goals all season, missed a 48 yard field goal in overtime that would have tied the game and instead dropped the Giants to another heartbreaking defeat. Good, but not great this time around was the Giants special teams play.
Coaching: Giants head coach Tom Coughlin made some questionable decisions in the Giants loss to the Jets. The most controversial one that has been attacked at length by all Giants analysts and fans was Coughlin’s decision to go for it on 4th and 2 in the fourth quarter instead of going for the field goal. As everyone knows, Manning would throw a pick in the endzone and the Jets would score ten unanswered to tie the game and then win it in overtime. If the Giants kicked the field goal there they would be up 13, making the Jets have to score two touchdowns to win the game. It was a tough call for Coughlin to make and even though you can understand why he did go for it there, in that situation you have to take the points and trust that your defense not to give up two touchdowns. It’s those types of calls that win you games or lose you games. Unfortunately for Coughlin and the Giants this season, the decisions he has made this season at the end of games has hurt the Giants more than helped them.
Those are your grades for the Giants from week 13. Let’s see if Big Blue can grade out better when they play the Miami Dolphins in week 14, next Monday night in Miami.