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Giants' grades: Fail more than pass

Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on after being

Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on after being sacked during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Oct. 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Mike Stobe

OFFENSE

D Rueben Randle caught two touchdown passes, Hakeem Nicks had nine receptions for 142 yards, and the Giants still found a way to blow it. Eli Manning was flagged for three intentional-grounding penalties, an unthinkable number, and those were some of his best decisions, given the three fourth-quarter interceptions he threw. Brandon Jacobs actually was OK filling in for David Wilson (neck). The Giants still haven't produced a scoring drive of 10 or more plays.

 

DEFENSE

D The Giants did a decent job of bottling up LeSean McCoy (46 yards, 20 carries), but Michael Vick had 79 rushing yards before he left the game with a hamstring issue. Trumaine McBride, making the start at cornerback in place of injured Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, was exposed by DeSean Jackson, although it was Prince Amukamara who was covering him on the touchdown. The pass rush hardly put any pressure on Vick or Nick Foles, coming up with only one sack. It was the first game this season the Giants didn't have a take-away.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

D Well, Josh Brown didn't miss any field goals for the first time in three games. Of course, he didn't have any chances, either. Steve Weatherford seemed to straighten himself out, putting one punt inside the 20. Another should have been downed inside the 5-yard line by McBride, but he whiffed and it became a touchback. Weatherford finished with a net of 42.0. Jerrel Jernigan was unspectacular on kickoff returns after Wilson was injured and Randle had one punt return for 8 yards.

 

COACHING

F Tom Coughlin bungled a pair of in-game decisions by not accepting an early holding penalty and then calling a timeout before challenging a play. Even if the Giants had won the challenge, it would have cost them a timeout when tossing the red flag would have done the same thing. Justin Tuck said the Giants were not prepared for Nick Foles. Given Michael Vick's injury history, it's hard to imagine the backup quarterback was not under the microscope at some point. Maybe offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride needs to give Manning one of those color-coded wristbands that tells him when to take chances and when to play it safe.

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