There is still a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East after the New York Giants beat the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.
In their 31-24 win over the Dolphins, the Giants saw some great performances from their star players.
From Odell Beckham Jr to Eli Manning, the superstars for the Giants came up huge to get the G-Men their sixth win of the season. For that, the Giants earned some pretty high grades for their performance in this Week 14 Giants Reports card Edition!
Near perfection was the play of the Giants passing game against the Dolphins. Quarterback Eli Manning was just sensational throwing the football on Monday night. Manning completed 27 of his 31 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns. His 87 percent completion rating was a career-high and he almost scored a perfect 100.0 QBR rating. The Giants signal-caller had the same amount of incompletions as he did touchdowns passes. That is remarkable to say the least. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr was again just a human highlight reel. The Giants star player stepped up under the big lights of Monday Night Football, having 7 catches for 166 yards and two huge touchdown catches, that ultimately won the game for the G-Men. I think it’s safe to say that Beckham is the best wide out in the NFL or at least top three in the league. Rueben Randle, came back to life and a good game for the G-Men in the win. The Giants passing was on point all night and aced their way to give themselves a much needed victory.
Finally and I mean finally, Big Blue got a running game going in a game for once. That was all thanks to running back Rashad Jennings, who did all the work for the Giants rushing attack, with 81 yards rushing on 22 carries. The Giants now having a balance passing/rushing attack, really helped the offense move the ball down the field all night. Still though, the Giants had problems getting first downs running the football on 3rd and one, not to mention Andre William fumbling the football on a simple handoff from Eli. Good not great, but the Giants will take that.
From what fanssaw on Monday night, you would think the Giants defense was horrible against the pass because of some big plays the Dolphins made. That really wasn’t the case though as Big Blue defended the pass well most of the night. Cornerback Trevin Wade did a great job covering Jarvis Landry and the Giants number one corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, played really as well. In total, the Giants only gave up 236 yards passing in the game. I mean that’s really good in this age of football. If Prince Amukamara didn’t give that 47 yard touchdown to Kenny Stills, the Giants secondary might have been the stars of the game. Good performance against the pass for the G-Men defense.
Two words described the Giants run defense Monday night, and those words were “Can’t Tackle”. Big Blue looked like they didn’t know how to tackle, letting Dolphins running back Lamar Miller have a field day against them. Miller had touchdown runs of 14 yards and 38 yards, while rushing for a total for 89 yards on the night. Throughout the game, the Giants missed so many tackles that allowed the Dolphins to get first downs and score points. The defense though did make key stops in the fourth quarter that help the Giants secure the victory, but they still have a lot of work to get better, especially with tackling.
The Giants special teams play was really quite vs the Dolphins, with Dwayne Harris not being able to get anything going in the return game. Punter Brad Wing had a good game punting again, which was good for the G-Men. Again though, kicker Josh Brown missed a crucial field goal in the game and now is 0 for his last two in kicking from 40 yards plus. Giants need Brown to get back on track, since he can make special teams a strength for them, which they will need down the stretch here to finish the season strong.
Coaching: Giants head coach Tom Coughlin pushed all the right buttons on Monday night. He made a good call in challenging the Beckham catch that got the Giants a touchdown to tie the game. He made the right calls at the end of the game, letting Eli and Beckham seal the game for the Giants and not letting the Dolphins to get the ball back with a chance to tie it. Just a solid coaching performance overall for Coughlin.
Those are the grades for the Giants week 14 performance against the Dolphins. Let’s see if the Giants can keep the high grades going when they face the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.