Friday, October 16, 2015

New York Giants Week 5 Recap

New York Giants 30 - San Francisco 49ers 27

With the New York Giants playing yet another night game this week, this time taking on the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night, I thought it'd be a good time to revisit this past week's win against San Fran to put everyone in a good mood for the divisional showdown.

The Giants moved to 3-2 with the 30-27 victory over the Niners on a 4th Quarter drive from Eli and the offense, with Eli connecting with Tight End Larry Donnell on a needle at the back of the end zone in double coverage at MetLife Stadium on Sunday Night.

Let's run through some of the stuff from the game.
  • The game-winning throw from Eli to Donnell can't help but make you think about Tight End Daniel Fells who is dealing with a MRSA staph infection and might potentially lose parts of his foot.  Fells just had his sixth surgery since his diagnosis.
  • Coach Coughlin and the Giants dedicated the game to Fells and were able to come through late for him in this one.  I know that means probably nothing to him during a time like this, but just something kinda nice to note.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. commented on Fells' improving condition yesterday when giving an interview.
  • Eli set personal career highs in both completions (41) and attempts (54) during the game, completing 76% of his passes for a ridiculous stat line, including 441 yards and 3 touchdowns.
  • Manning now has the most 4th Quarter comebacks of any quarterback since 2004 with 27 such victories.  Manning has the longest consecutive game playing streak in the NFL, so he's also technically had the most opportunities.  As the say, the best ability, is availability.  His durability is one of his greatest attributes, especially when you look at such a steep drop off between starting QBs and backups.
  • A couple of Connecticut players were able to catch some PT with the Giants this past week as well.  Geremy Davis of UConn was inserted into the game during the Giants' last drive because of injuries to both Odell Beckham and Ruben Randle.  Davis was able to haul in a really nice 16 yard grab when Eli almost immediately went to him once he entered the game.  
  • Jerome Cunningham of Southern Connecticut State also go some run at Tight End with their lack of depth there although he didn't record a catch.
  • The fact that Eli was able to march the G-Men down the field to score the winning TD with his wide receiver options being Davis, Dwayne Harris, and whoever the hell Myles White is, is amazing.
  • I think my new favorite player is Nikita Whitlock.  The rookie out of Wake Forest is technically listed as a Fullback but he makes an impact on special teams and has been increasingly getting more snaps as a defensive tackle.  He's listed at only 5'10'' but he's built like a fucking mac truck and has been incredibly effective at getting pressure against the slower O-Linemen.  With the Giants unable to get seemingly any pressure on opposing QBs, he's most likely to get more time on the D-Line.  Also, his name is fucking awesome.
  • Josh Brown has quietly hit his last 17 field goals.  Good for Josh Brown.
  • Of the 3 TDs that Eli threw, here's the ranking of them.
3. Eli to Vereen - A short pass for an easy TD.

2. Eli to OBJ - Beckham made a crazy change of direction on a play and burned the CB guarding him into ashes.

1. Eli to Donnell...just look.  Turns out Giants are kinda good at helmet catches.

  • Is anyone else excited about what they saw out of Will Tye at the tight end position?  Tye is from Sallsbury, CT and looked really sure-handed throughout the game, catching all four of his targets for 48 yards.  He may need to become more involved if some of the receiving options for the Giants don't get healthy soon.
  • Vereen looked every bit of the offensive weapon that I was hoping he would be when the Giants signed him this past off-season.  Very reminiscent of his performance in last year's Super Bowl.  He snagged 8 receptions for 86 yards and a score.  That's what we need out of him.
  • Jonathan Hankins looks better and better with each game.  If he could only get some pressure from the outside to help him out, things would be looking better on this defense.
  • This could just be me (it definitely is) but Mark Herzlich looks taller since he changed his number to 94.  I know he's not...but he totally is.
  • Now, lets get ready to extend our 1st place standing in the NFC with a murdering of the Eagles on Monday Night.