Oakland - 20
New York - 24
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vs. Raiders Week 10
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Eli Manning was good most of the day, considering the blustery conditions. However, the first-half pick–six was another in a long list of poor decisions by the signal-caller in 2013. Also, he missed Victor Cruz on a third-down pass near the Raiders goal line in the fourth quarter that would have netted a touchdown. Instead, the drive stalled, and New York had to settle for a field goal.
Run Offense: Brown might be exactly what this unit has needed all season. His running was brilliant today, mixing in power, patience and vision to tally over 100 yards on the ground. Also, he ran for two critical first downs on the Giants' final drive to seal the game.
Pass Defense: The Raiders passing attack is terrible, so any excitement needs to be tempered. However, the pass rush was excellent, never giving Terrelle Pryor time to throw all day and forcing a fumble on a strip-sack on the Raiders last attempt to win the game. Also, the coverage was good when it needed to be.
Run Defense: The best thing you can say about this unit was that they slowed down a hindered Pryor. Their work against Jennings was not good, as the powerful running back gashed them on runs up the middle. They did prevent any rushes over 20 yards, however, which at least minimized the damage.
Special Teams: Outside of the punt-block touchdown return, this unit had another rough outing. Along with Jernigan’s fumble on the opening kickoff, the kickoff return coverage was leaky and Steve Weatherford’s punting was the worst it’s been all season. He averaged a paltry 30.3 yards per punt and didn’t have an attempt with any distance or hang time all day. Also, his final punt was partially blocked, which gave the Raiders decent field position on their last drive.
Coaching: Overall, a good job by Tom Coughlin and company. The Giants made too many big mistakes, but they only had one penalty and the game plan on both offense and defense was solid.
Most importantly, the early season losing mentality appears to be gone, making a playoff push now possible.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Eli Manning’s pick-six near the end of the second quarter was simply awful. The Giants had all of the momentum with a four-point lead and potentially another scoring drive underway after Rueben Randle’s big third-down catch brought New York close to midfield.
It’s been said all season, but he simply has to be more careful with the ball, especially on passes that could lead to long interception returns.
Run Offense: Andre Brown has made a huge difference, utilizing patience and vision to churn out 65 yards rushing on 4.6 yards per carry. The Giants offensive line has been good in this area as well, but most of the credit goes to Brown.
Pass Defense: The pass rush is back! They have harassed Terrelle Pryor into numerous throwaways, including one that led to an intentional grounding penalty. The coverage has been good but barely tested due to the pressure by the Giants front seven.
Run Defense: They’ve done a decent job containing Pryor, though he clearly looks hobbled with the knee injury. Rashad Jennings has had too much room to run, especially between the tackles, where the Giants have been stout for most of the season.
Special Teams: Once again they are making their presence felt, but at least they have a scoring play in their favor today. The punt block touchdown was great teamwork by two rookies, Damontre Moore with the block right up the middle and Cooper Taylor with the 21-yard return for the score.
However, the Jerrel Jernigan fumble on the opening kickoff was ill-timed and cost the Giants a touchdown as well. Also, the Raiders had a good kickoff return near midfield after the Giants second touchdown.
Coaching: The Giants started with a sluggish, post-bye week feel but picked up the energy following the punt block touchdown.
Kudos to the much-maligned Kevin Gilbride for managing the windy conditions, running in the first quarter into the wind and passing on the touchdown drive in the second quarter, when the wind was at the Giants back.
However, the decision to not try and get into field-goal range after Manning’s interception was confusing and overly cautious.