The Giants had arguably their best game of the year embarrassing the 3-1 Texans, achieving their first back-to-back wins since early 2009. The Giants controlled all phases of the game, dominating on Offense, Defense and surprisingly, Special teams. Eli opened up the offense, picking apart the Houston secondary; the defense found a way to shutdown both the leagues leading rusher and best receiver, while the special teams didn’t make any mistakes. Amazing. Now proudly standing at 3-2 with a soft schedule before their bye, the Giants currently have as good a chance as any to win the NFC east, and prove themselves as contenders, now onto the review.
Like 2007, some rookies have started to make a positive impact for the team, led by JPP (Jason Pierre Paul), an athletic marvel. JPP has dominated on special teams, constantly getting double teamed and still finding ways to make plays. Playing in the NASCAR defensive package he has gotten many QB pressures and had some TFL’s and a couple tipped balls. The Anvil (Linval Joseph) has done a great job at DT, stuffing the run and making a few tackles. Dodge the punter though was the main contributor, though it may not have been positive at first, he has improved heavily now averaging 50 yards a punt. This class may not be near the level of 2007’s but did a great job of contributing this week, and hope they will do more of that in the future.
Against one of the best D-lines and pass rusher’s in the game, the Giants O-line a led and LT David Diehl respectively had an outstanding game. The O-line opened holes for the Gmen’s power running game and gave Eli time to throw. Out of the starting 5, I have to single out Diehl. He had the assignment of guarding the best DE in the game, Mario Williams and by far exceeded expectations, limiting him to not even a QB hit.
Jacobs reminded us of his old self, when he bulldozed through the line of scrimmage and broke countless tackles. Whatever he did to prepare for this week, let’s hope it continues because Giant football is played one way, defense and power running.
The D-line once again had a terrific game, and is quietly turning into one of the best units in the game. This week they played with gap discipline shutting down Arian Foster, and some penetration stopping plays before they began. Umenyora seemed un-blockable, using his athleticism to get around the edge, and get 2 sacks and force fumbles. Tuck, the jack-of-all-trades impacted on all facets of defense, had 2 tackles for loss, 2 qb hits and a sack. Canty and Cofield who control the middle, pushing the pocket and stuffing the run, do not get the credit they deserve.
In my eyes, the past two weeks Goff has proven himself worthy of the MLB job. Unlike Pierce, Goff has show a great physical presence, exploding through the hole making plays against the run and has shown some mobility making a diving pass deflections against Daniels. He has brought a mean streak to this defense and has the ability to control the Giants defense, calling the plays as a Vanderbilt grad. Just like with the receivers, Reese has proved me wrong; this guy is the real deal after all.
Webster, Thomas and Rolle
The three were critical in the act of slowing down Andre Johnson, the NFL’s best receiver. Whether it was Thomas or Webster who covered him, with or without help from Rolle, it didn’t matter; the Giants shut him down giving him no chance to make an impact.
Whenever I watch Hakeem, I see a little Fitzgerald. Both posses outstanding hands, the ability to go up and get the ball, the strength power and ability to outmuscle defenders, the ability to run any route or even the two’s knack for making a play, I cant stop seeing similarities and cannot deny Nicks’ pure ability.
Special teams coverage units
Our coverage units are miserable and are one of our lone weaknesses. Though it has not cost us any games yet, we are losing the battle for field position and soon enough will give up points because of that. About Reynaud, I have no idea why we traded for him… After his fumbling issues and the clear lack of ability to gain yards, I don’t know why we still keep him.
Turnovers and Penalties
The other NYG problem is turnovers and penalties. This started week three against the Titans and has yet to stop, as of now, the Giants cannot afford to make stupid mistakes and expect to win games, their just not a good enough team yet.