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Giants Beat Up On Bears, But Lose Thomas For Season

The Giants looked much sharper in their 41-13 victory over the Bears, but the win wasn’t enough to make people feel better about losing corner Terrell Thomas for the year with a torn ACL. The Thomas injury is a blow to a position that had little depth to begin with.

The Giants started off the scoring with a 25 yard field goal by Rhys Lloyd, which was quickly matched by a 23 yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

The Giants started off the 2nd quarter with an 18 yard run by Brandon Jacobs. After another Lloyd field goal, Gould followed with a 42 yarder to make it 13-6. The Giants, late in the 2nd quarter, scored on a 5 yard pass to Domenik Hixon to put the Giants ahead 20-6.

The Giants kept the scoring going after DJ Ware scored on a 1 yard run to make it 27-6.  In the 4th quarter, David Carr connected with Daniel Coats on a 17 yard touchdown pass to make it 34-6.  Da’Rell Scott, late in the 4th quarter, took it 97 yards to the house to make it 41-6., Khalil Bell very late in the 4th quarter, added a 1 yard touchdown to make it 41-13.

First team offense was powered by the run game. Jacobs and Bradshaw looked in midseason form. The passing game wasn’t really there. A few nice completions, but not much going on. DJ Ware looked good and Carr threw a nice touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon. Carr played well.  Da’Rel Scott’s 97 yard touchdown run was impressive. Showed off his great speed.

First team defense looked very good. Aaron Ross, who is about to become very important, played his best game in a while. Good pressure up front, as well as a good game by Jon Goff. Rocky Bernard had a good game as well. They let up a few big plays, but were much more solid on tackles than last week. Greg Jones, in addition to being a special teams demon, looked good on defense, as did fellow rookie Mark Herzlich, who had an INT. Third team defense, as a whole, looked really good.

Special teams was impressive. Greg Jones blocked a punt and made plays all over. Both punters punted well and punt coverage was good. Devin Thomas was terrific as a returner. Jernigan was not great as a punt returner, and they did let one longish kick return happen. But much better than last week.

The big news, obviously, is Terrell Thomas being done for the year. Just a huge loss. Thomas was the leading tackler last season. He can blitz and is a solid cover corner. Aaron Ross is going to have to step up. He played well tonight, but he hasn’t been good in camp. Brian Witherspoon is penciled in  to be the nickel corner.  We say penciled in  because he was carted off the field in the 4th quarter. He was to get x-rays on his knee.  (UPDATE: Witherspoon has a sprained MCL. MRI tomorrow to find out severity). The depth is not good here, and the Giants may sign a vet. This is not a good situation.

The Giants definitely improved from last week, which is good, but the loss of Thomas overshadows what should have been an easy evening.

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4 Responses to “Giants Beat Up On Bears, But Lose Thomas For Season”

  1. BlueManFla says:

    The Giant coaching staff should be shot. No way you use Witherspoon on punts after TT went down. He was showing the most in camp and was going to be the 4th CB on this team.

    Hopefully the person who was using uniform #31 (it certainly couldn’t have been ross could it?), keeps showing up.

    However we now dont have much depth at CB. Hopefully Coe improves.

    • BlueManFla says:

      My bad. My post had a really bad choice of words. With the fan violence thats going on, using ‘shot’ was uncalled for.

      I am still pretty pissed at the decision though. After TT went down (I had a feeling looking at the replay that it was going to be the worst news), Withersp0oon was too valuable to use as insurance until we find out what Amukamara could do.

  2. twerp says:

    This is where losing Bruce Johnson really hurts…

  3. Jason C. says:

    I’m going to TRY to talk about the good from yesterday:
    -Ross looked great (game MVP IMO)
    -KR looked like the best in the NFL this year (I’ve watched about 40 preseason games and Thomas impressed me more than any other KR yet, granted with less opportunities due to the new rule)
    -JPP looked good (got held on a few occasions without a call, but eventually we’ll get those)
    -Da’Rel Scott has a second burst, give him a hole and he can be scary
    -Young linebackers looked solid
    -Beckum impressed me, even though he didn’t make a big play, drew both safeties deeper by going up the seams opening up the middle of the field for Manningham (his speed will benefit us at TE)
    -Running game looked amazing on all fronts, anchored by Baas (looks like he’s starting to fit in at C)
    -Cruz actually had a ball thrown to him by Eli (don’t think they’ve even been on the field at the same time until this week, about time)
    -Looks like either of our backups will be able to step in if needed for a short amount of time
    -NO TURNOVERS (hopefully there’s a lot more weeks we can say that)
    -Special teams tackling and coverage were INSANELY improved, good job guys!

    And the bad:
    -Beatty’s false start, guess what Willy boy, Eli is a veteran QB, he will recognize what Peppers is doing, and get a hot read if you miss your block, that’s his job, now do YOURS
    -The refs, blown calls on both sides of the ball (Manningham’s jersey being pulled by a LB in the end zone sticks out, isn’t there a backjudge??), and 2 inexcusably bad calls resulting in 2 CLEAR challenge wins by Coughlin, we shouldn’t even have to waste our red flags on plays that are THAT obvious
    -Commentators giving Clayton credit for Hixon’s TD and not until the 4th replay realizing they were wrong
    -Austin was getting eaten alive by blockers inside, for all the positive I’ve heard about this guy he still has a way to go
    -Joe Burnett, 2 pass interference calls in the red zone on consecutive series
    -Jernigan needs more time to develop, but I was really looking forward to what he can bring to the team and I’m a bit disappointed thus far
    -And of course, the pink elephant in the room…
    Brian Witherspoon’s injury :o)

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