Injuries in Secondary
The play of New York’s defensive backfield has been inconsistent, but that is due in part to the number of injuries the unit has sustained so far this season. Strong safety Kenny Phillips is the most recent member of the secondary to go down with an injury. He will be re-evaluated each week with a sprained MCL.
Free safety Antrel Rolle will take over Phillips’ responsibilities despite having a knee injury himself. Rolle was a game-time decision this past Sunday after colliding with a camera on the sideline during the Panthers game. Reserves Will Hill and Stevie Brown, as well as Tyler Sash, who returns from his four-game suspension next week, will be called on to step up in spot duty.
The cornerbacks are also dealing with multiple injuries. After breaking his hand in the Panthers game, Corey Webster has been forced to play with a cast. Opposite him, Prince Amukama is working his way back into the lineup after missing the first two weeks of the season with a high ankle sprain. Nickel cornerback Jayron Hosley and back-up corner Michael Coe have also had to deal with lingering hamstring issues.
A patchwork group in the secondary will have to hold things down until the unit gets healthy.
Normally, when faced with a one-possession deficit with less than two minutes to play, there’s no better quarterback to have than Eli Manning. But for some reason, the Giants’ offense resembled a train wreck in the final two minutes of the Eagles game.
New York started its final drive on its own 35-yard line and only needed a field goal to win. The drive featured only one completed pass, but the Giants still made it into field-goal range thanks to two helpful pass interference calls. Ironically, it was also a pass interference call—on Ramses Barden—that moved the team back out of field-goal range.
There was some confusion surrounding the clock management in the game’s final seconds, but the Giants ultimately settled on a 54-yard field goal attempt from Lawrence Tynes. The kick fell short, which wasn’t surprising given the fact that Tynes’ career long is only 53 yards.
Manning has mastered closing out games, but for some reason he and his offense slipped up against the Eagles. The veteran quarterback is usually motivated by his own shortcomings though, so expect the two-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce right back.
The Giants are undefeated outside of the division, but they are 0-2 when facing NFC East opponents. The last time New York had a 0-2 divisional record was in 1996 under Dan Reeves.
After losing to the Cowboys in Week 1 and now the Eagles, the Giants have dug themselves in a bit of a hole. The NFC East, as it has in recent years, is sure to have a close finish. Now, New York’s Week 8 matchup with Dallas and Week 17 matchup with Philadelphia have become must-wins just to split the season series and level the playing field. If they lose to either of these teams again, they run the risk of losing their advantage in a tiebreaker.