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Next Day Thoughts on Giants-Redskins

Here are some Next Day Thoughts on the Giants 23-17 win against the Redskins.

-The reason the Giants running game wasn’t as strong yesterday was for two reasons: One, Albert Haynesworth did a nice job of clogging the middle, especially on third and short. And two, the Giants gave away running plays. Whenever it was a run up the middle, the Giants would have a single receiver (usually Hixon or Smith) split wide, and everyone else pinched in. The Redskins must’ve picked up on it. The Giants, against the Cowboys, have to do a better job of disguising the run.

-Eli Manning looked about as poised in the pocket as I’ve seen him in a long time. He felt pressure, made throws, and looked comfortable. You sometimes see Eli jittery in the pocket. Not yesterday.

-Corey Webster has to be considered a top 5 cornerback in this league. Santana Moss had two catches for 6 yards. That doesn’t happen. I would be shocked if he’s not  All-Pro this year

-I think the Giants problems in the red zone were due to lack of imagination.  Every play was a run to Jacobs, it seemed. That’s why, with the injury to Nicks especially, it would make sense to have Ramses Barden tried out in the red zone. He’s 6-6. You’re telling me that a run up the middle is more effective than a fade to a 6-6 monster?

-I’ve been thinking about Dallas, and I don’t like it. This is the opening of their huge new stadium. Sunday Night. I just think those two factors are too much for the Giants. Besides, they never play well in Dallas, anyway.


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6 Responses to “Next Day Thoughts on Giants-Redskins”

  1. Haynesworth only did so much, 4 tackles. The Skins were committed to clamping down on Jacobs with more than one guy making the tackle each time. Jacobs didnt really break any tackles as a result and Washington played a very physical ball game to match the Giants rushing attack. There weren’t THAT many runs to the outside. When the Giants ran they went up the middle, especially on short yardage which… repeatedly. Care to mix it up for Pete’s sake Gilbride!?

    I totally agree with you on Barden in the red zone, thats what hes there for. Atleast roll out and give Kevin Boss a try, jeez. have they forgotten what works or something?

    Me… I like this Dallas game — Eli should be accurate, Jacobs and Bradshaw are healthy, the Defense is deep and fresh; its time to get nasty.

    • Russo757 says:

      Haynesworth did what he was suppose to do. I’m not a Gilbride fan at all but thought that he did a decent job mixing it up except in the “green zone” Why would you run the ball at Haynesworth…twice. Teams expect, and KNOW, the giants are going to run on 3rd and 1. Play action to Jacobs and toss the ball to TE or to Barden. They did that play once last yaer and it worked like a charm. Even with the poor play calling our O line should be able to get enough push to get our monster RB a yard.

      I was happy to see the WR step up. The one over throw by Manning was sure to be a TD and the fumble/sack was an uncalled facemask to chalk that off as a gimme to the skins.

      Dallas will be a tough game..it always is. Hopefully Michael Boley and Sintim will be able to play and Romo will be picking himself up off the turf all game. Guess we’ll see sunday night

      • Andrew Ilnicki says:

        I completely agree. play action fake or a bootleg to the tight end…. take a cue from the last couple years success and you will see where to put the ball.

        New Orleans is running those plays down on the goal line exactly like the Giants have executed — they work… and they will work better for us because of the Giants power running game, it’s second to none. Faking a run something they need to exploit going forward.

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  3. BlueFanFla says:

    I managed to catch the game on TV this weekend during a 3 hour layover in the Washington Reagan airport (Went to a wedding).

    Was it just me or was Eli throwing really tight spirals the ast majority of times?

    I am not a Eli hater because I think he is going to to continue to improve, but, I have never been a real fan of all we gave up for Eli since4 the 1st and 3rd picks we gave up turned into Merriman and Kaeding (both pro bowlers.

    I had watched a lot of clips of his play at Ole Miss and hardly ever saw a toght spiral. I thought that playing in the Gianat stadium managment knew that needed a QB who could throw them to counter the winds.

    However, now if what I perceived in the Redskins game continues, Eli is going to be awesome regardless of where he plays and in what wind conditions.

    GO GMEN!!!

  4. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    Eli has gotten more and more comfortable with the long ball, it has been reported throughout camp and preseason. He’s growing into a star — this is the year he critic fall by the wayside.

    That interception needs to be put into perspective, yes he threw across his body which is very hard to do — the tight spiral was there but it was great defensive coverage too. I do not mind him trying to take that shot downfield and make something happen there, Eli needed to show that the Giants were going to throw the football and he did just that. One blemish does not take a very good performance away for me.

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