The New York Giants have now won two straight after defeating the Los Angeles Rams overseas in London. Now 4-3, the team heads into the bye week on a good note, ready to heal up and take on the second half of the season.
As for today’s matchup, though, here are the Cheers and Jeers from the annual International game:
Giants Secondary: Take a bow. The Giants secondary, which was a huge question mark in the beginning of the season, seemed to have found its stride in the past couple of weeks and it certainly was evident this morning. Four interceptions, a pair each for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Landon Collins was pivotal in the Giants winning the game. It gave the offense good field position (though they didn’t do much with it) while also scoring points of their own with Collins returning one for a touchdown. Also, don’t forget about Janoris Jenkins who had clamps on the Rams receivers all game long tipping passes left and right.
Giants D-Line: The defensive line, which also has had its troubles, did a fantastic job putting pressure on Rams QB Case Keenum all game long. They sacked him three times, but it was the pressure that forced his four INTs in the end. The cherry on top of their performance was halting Todd Gurley to just 57 yards on 15 touches.
Giants 1st Quarter Offense: Some could say the Giants offense as a whole today was atrocious, but it was the 1st quarter again that left fans doubting their team. It is now the fourth week straight that the Giants have not scored in the 1st quarter and it was started on the second play of the game where TE Larry Donnell fumbled setting up the Rams first score. Over the bye week, Eli Manning and the offense need to figure out why they cannot set the tone to start off the game.
Eli Manning: It wasn’t a pretty game for the offense as stated before, but most of that can fall on the shoulders of Manning. The veteran should have been able to pick apart a Rams secondary that was without CB Trumaine Johnson, and yet it wasn’t any difference. No. 10 was held to only 196 yards with no touchdowns. He continued to get the ball out quickly instead of dissecting the situation. Cap things off with a blown wide open look to Odell Beckham Jr. on the run to ice the game, and Manning’s performance is once again a true head scratcher. Hopefully the week off will fix whatever has been off with the Giants captain.