While Eli Manning overthrew many receivers on this most awful of afternoons, his worst came late in the second quarter when the Giants were trailing, 23-7. He lofted one that sailed well over his receiver's head and Quintin Demps was more than happy to pick it off. Manning also almost got TE Kevin Boss killed on more than one occasion with high passes.
Bottom line: It wasn't entirely his fault, that's for sure, but Manning was more a part of the problem than the solution.
While Brandon Jacobs had a respectable afternoon, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, Ahmad Bradshaw looked like a guy playing with a broken foot. He only gained 21 yards on his nine carries. There weren't many holes, but when there were, New York's backs didn't take enough advantage of them.
Bottom line: When Eli Manning has the offense's second-longest run of the game, you know you're in trouble.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Steve Smith had a game-high eight catches, but his long gain was only 16 yards and he was unable to make any really impactful plays. Hakeem Nicks turned in a 35-yard grab, and Kevin Boss was lucky to catch the three passes for 70 yards that he did because Eli Manning could not get the ball anywhere near him most times he was the targeted receiver.
Bottom line: With Mario Manningham out, Domenik Hixon was only able to catch one three-yard pass.
In addition to failing to create much running room or provide Eli Manning with much time to throw, the Giants had these memorable individual efforts: David Diehl was flagged for a false start and Rich Seubert was nailed for holding.
Bottom line: The offense can't be this inept without some of it falling on the big boys up front.
It was certainly a rough opening period for Justin Tuck, who failed to bring down Leonard Weaver on his 41-yard TD run and was also unable to corral Donovan McNabb's pass near the Eagles goal line that was right in Tuck's hands. There certainly was not a whole lot of pressure on Donovan McNabb in this one.
Bottom line: They weren't able to disrupt McNabb in the least and were culpable in the Eagles averaging close to 6.5 yards per carry through three quarters.
The Giants three starting linebackers combined for just four total tackles, with Chase Blackburn being shut out. Needless to say, that just can't happen.
Bottom line: The guys that are supposed to making the big plays just aren't doing it. Where are you, Michael Boley?
Eagles receivers were seemingly running free all afternoon. Only the coaches' game tape will tell exactly who was at fault on DeSean Jackson's 54-yard TD catch, but there wasn't one member of the secondary who didn't have an awful game. They knew how important it would be to contain Jackson, yet were totally unable to do so.
Bottom line: At this rate, even Aaron Ross' return won't be nearly enough.
In what seems like a weekly issue, New York's kickoff coverage unit was simply atrocious. Things only got worse on specials to start the second half when Domenik Hixon, who had an awful day on returns, fumbled the kickoff, which Philly recovered. The only positive was that Lawrence Tynes was able to hit a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, although he would later miss a 47-yarder.
Bottom line: The units were hardly ‘special,' that's for sure.
The Philly defense often looked like they knew what play was coming. That's likely because on some occasions they did. OC Kevin Gilbride's play-calls were mostly too predictable but his job was made tougher by the immediate hole New York fell into. DC Bill Sheridan has had three straight rough weeks and clearly needs to go back to the drawing board.
Bottom line: Blown out on the road in a critical divisional showdown? Not a good job at all by Tom Coughlin and his staff.
X's and O's: Giants 17, Eagles 40
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