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Giants Patriots Halftime Thoughts

Sure, the Pats are playing their scrubs, but the Giants looked pretty damn good, as they’re beating the Patriots 24-14 after the first half. Receivers were catching the ball (shocking,I know), Eli and David Carr were sharp.  Eli was 3-3 with 76 yards and a touchdown. Carr was 6-6 for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Carr has played really well the past two games. The defense was impressive as well holding the Pats to  5 first downs, and zero in the first quarter. Sinorice Moss might be the biggest story. Moss caught two touchdowns in the opening minutes of the game, with  35 receiving yards. He is on the bubble, and I had thought for sure that he wasn’t making the team with the strong play (in practice, at least) by Derek Hagan, but he is forcing the Giants to at least think about keeping him. He showed his down field speed that we’ve been waiting for, craving to see since he was drafted. If he makes the team, which is still a question mark, we’ll have to see it in the regular season, and he was pretty absent against the Jets when starters play most of the game. Still, it’s huge step in the right direction for a player that most Giants fans have written off as a bust.It also helps his cause that Derek Hagan hasn’t done much in games, including this one. Being a practice star is one thing– you’ve got to translate it on game day.

Hakeem Nicks continued his preseason dominance, with a 64 yard touchdown catch from David Carr.  He has two catches for 69 yards on the half. He had to out leap the defender for the ball, then ran for the score. Pretty impressive play. Good sign for the Giants first round pick. He looks really good out there. I don’t think he’ll start right away. But, he’ll get a good amount of playing time, and will eventually be starting. He looks like a potential star.

The running game wasn’t tremendous, but they ran down the clock effectively. Allen Patrick was the leading rusher, with 33 yards on 4 carries.

The receivers as a whole played really well, with all getting open and, more importantly, holding onto the ball. Maybe the embarrassment of the Jets game served as motivation. They watched the film, and had to be embarrassed. Maybe that was the kick in the pants they needed to reach their potential.Maybe not. Either way, it was an impressive outing, and a good one to take into the regular season. Manningham caught 4 balls for 74 yards, and as is usually the case with Manningham, he was always open. This week, he’s holding onto the ball, unlike the Jets game. Kevin Boss had his best preseason game, catching 2 passes for 53 yards. Domenik Hixon caught a 38 yard pass down the field.

I thought, on the defensive side of the ball, that the Giants showed the most explosion since the Carolina game. Pass rush was there. Secondary was flying. I think some of that is due to the inferior competition, but a lot of it has to do with the return of Antonio Pierce, who is such an important piece of this team. He is a true leader. The defense follows his lead, and they are better with him in. Johnathan Goff looked impressive again, as did Terrell Thomas and Kevin Dockery.  In some bubble player news, Gerris Wilkinson and Travanti Johnson looked pretty good. Wilkinson is fighting for the last linebacker spot, and had a couple nice tackles. He can probably play all three linebacker spots, which is an added bonus. Travanti Johnson had a couple of huge hits. He’s fighting for the last safety spot.

The only real downside of the first half was Andre Woodson. I’ve thought his preseason play has been spotty at best, but tonight he was awful.  Woodson was 1-7, 35 yards and an interception. He threw an incomplete pass to Darcy Johnson into a crowded area, and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. He completely missed Manningham, who was running one way, and Woodson threw it the other.  I think it’s safe to say that Woodson has played his last game with the Giants, and probably won’t even be on the practice squad. He tends to overthrow receivers. He’s just not good. Rhett Bomar hasn’t played since the Carolina game, and his time in that game was limited. I’m stunned that he hasn’t played more. Woodson is just not a good player. Time to cut your losses.

The Giants were playing their starters against rookies and 3rd stringers for the Patriots, so it would be wise to take this game with a huge grain of salt. They might not make the same plays they did against first team defenses.Still, it’s good for their confidence, after an awful game against Chicago, and a so-so game against the Jets. Can’t hurt heading into the regular season.

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2 Responses to “Giants Patriots Halftime Thoughts”

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