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Giants’ grades: Some nice improvement

Eli Manning of the New York Giants scrambles

Eli Manning of the New York Giants scrambles out of the pocket against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Mike Stobe


The Giants had only 58 rushing yards, but it was their most in four games so it goes down as an improvement. Take away the two fourth-quarter interceptions that Eli Manning called “cheap” and he would have had a very strong game: 22-for-36 for 257 yards passing and four touchdowns. Brett Jones did a nice job replacing injured Justin Pugh at left guard. Odell Beckham Jr.’s numbers weren’t stellar (four catches, 46 yards) but he did have two TDs. The Giants were just 4-for-13 on third downs.


They gave up too many big plays (seven of 20 or more yards) against a team that had struggled to create them (the Eagles had just 20 such plays coming into the game in their first seven games). But the unit set up the first two TDs with interceptions, stopped a pair of fourth-down conversions in the second quarter, and held on at the end after a pair of turnovers. Landon Collins continues to excel (12 tackles, one interception, one sack) and linebacker Keenan Robinson had an active 10 tackles.


Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a field-goal attempt late in the second quarter which was recovered by Janoris Jenkins. That was such a big play that it overshadows a lot of bad ones like the 66-yard punt return by Darren Sproles, Dwayne Harris bringing two kickoffs out of the end zone and not getting past the 14-yard line on either, and Brad Wing’s somewhat erratic punting. Kicker Robbie Gould did not attempt a FG in his first game with the Giants on U.S. soil but was 4-for-4 on PATs.


Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was not afraid to dial up some blitzes on the Eagles’ final drive, forcing rookie Carson Wentz to chuck four straight incompletions that essentially end the game. The Giants showed a few wrinkles on offense, but early injuries to Victor Cruz and Justin Pugh likely limited their options. Ben McAdoo said he wanted to stay aggressive by throwing on third-and-4 with 1:48 remaining, a pass that was intercepted. It was a bad result but given the state of the running game, it’s hard to get on him for that.


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