The Giants have the Eli Manning-to-Odell Beckham Jr. connection worked out. Now they need to get the rest going. The running game in particular was nonexistent, totaling 38 yards on 17 carries despite the return of starting running back Rashad Jennings. Manning threw two interceptions and Beckham fumbled to give the Giants three turnovers. Larry Donnell stepping out-of-bounds to set up a fourth-and-1 late nearly cost the Giants the game. The offensive line allowed just one sack.
The goal-line stand late in the third quarter and into the fourth was the Giants’ finest hour of the season. The best statistical improvement came on third-down efficiency in which they held the Ravens to 5 of 18 conversions. Landon Collins played terrific at the line of scrimmage with 12 tackles and a sack, but his coverage leads plenty to be desired. Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie played well despite a nagging groin injury. We’ll ignore the pass interference penalty against him.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
For the third straight week a rookie made a boneheaded penalty, this time when Jerell Adams lined up in the neutral zone on a punt from deep in Giants territory. Dwayne Harris continues to fair catch punts at or inside the 10, a questionable strategy. Josh Brown connected on both of his field goal attempts and Brad Wing put one of his four punts inside the 20.
Ben McAdoo’s advice to his team after the Ravens took the lead on a late touchdown that was aided by a questionable penalty against the Giants? “Just play to play.” He and the Giants kept their cool in what could have been a self-destructive situation. McAdoo made the right call to go for a fourth-down conversion in the second quarter, showing confidence in an offense that hadn’t done much to earn it. Steve Spagnuolo dialed up some good blitzes that put pressure on Joe Flacco and resulted in Landon Collins’ second sack of the season.