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The Good, The Bad and … No ugly?

The New York Giants, banged up and all went into Philadelphia and played a team they hadn’t beaten in six straight try’s. They could have laid an egg and used the injuries and dream team excuse, but they didn’t. They battled, and they concured. They went on the road and beat the Eagles who were led by the elusive QB Mike Vick. Detailed below is the good of the game, the bad of the game … And no ugly?

The Good:

QB Eli Manning – I think, it’s about time people get off of Manning’s back. The next time you have an argument with a colleague at work about if Eli Manning is a top-10 QB, pull this game out of your hat. You can’t lose with it. Manning led the Giants with four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The first time since the Jaguars game of last year (which was played on November 28th) that Manning hadn’t had a turnover. Not only did Manning tie a career high in touchdowns thrown in a game, he also set a career high in Quarterback rating. If your a new fan of ESPN’s QBR, Manning ranked third for Total QBR this week, behind only Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the Ravens’ Joe Flacco. He is also currently ranked 10th in the NFL for QBR Rating. Pretty Impressive. Oh, and he also completed nearly 64% of his passes, too.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw/Brandon Jacobs – Both were used brilliantly, and both played effectivetly. Jacobs ran a terrific wheel route which Manning hit him in stride for a 40-yard touchdown pass. When the Giants decided to go for two, Jacobs also got the nod, and keep his knees from hitting the ground, scoring the conversion. For as well as Jacobs was used, Bradshaw was used even better. Bradshaw carried the rock 15 times for 86 yards, and also caught  5 passes for 53 yards with a touchdown. When the Giants needed a big play, Bradshaw and Jacobs seemed to make it.

WR Victor Cruz – What a way to make your first start, Mr. Cruz. The Giants thought they had something in Cruz. It appears they do. Cruz caught three passes for 110 yards and two scores. The UDFA from The University of Massachusetts made the all-pro, Nnamdi Asomugha look like an average corner at best. Cruz even out-leaped Asomugha and stretched over the line for his second career touchdown. The game began with people talking about how the Giants will miss WR Steve Smith. It didn’t end that way. It ended with the emergence of Victor Cruz.

LB Michael Boley/LB Jaquan Williams – Has Boley done anything wrong this year? Not much. Boley had another terrific game. He nearly picked off QB Michael Vick, too. Fourth and two, the turing point of the game. McCoy runs to his right, cuts back, and Boley is there to stop him. Big play, changed the complexity of the game. Boley was supposed to be the big signing in 2009. He’s living up to that one right now. And what about the 6th round pick, Jaquan Williams. The Giants wanted speed when they drafted him this year. They certainly got it. Williams saw a good amount of snaps when the defense was in the “nickel” formation. He made the most of this time. He racked in 9 tackles and made a big time stop on McCoy once, too.

CB Aaron Ross – What a difference a game makes. Last week, he was becnhed. This week, he had two interceptions and reminded everybody just how much talent he has. Ross showed up on a big stage, and in a very big way.

OC Kevin Gilbride – For all the fans who think he’s a terrible play caller, get of his back. At-least for this week. Gilbride called a near perfect game. He balanced the run and pass, and called some nifty plays which fooled the Eagles. He got Jacobs involved enough and used Bradshaw in the passing game, too. Gilbride sensed the Eagles were on there toes, and instead of a typical draw play, he went in for the kill — a screen pass to RB Ahmad Bradshaw. He scored, and the Giants put up four touchdowns on three tremendous corners.

The Bad

TE Travis Beckum – Your two yards away from the line. Maybe in one. Roll, my friend, roll!!!!

I’m grasping at straws here, because he did make a great block which led to Bradshaw’s 37-yard run.

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8 Responses to “The Good, The Bad and … No ugly?”

  1. Jason C. says:

    JPP needs a gameball too!!

  2. bd98711 says:

    It will be interesting to see how the Giants fare in the next few games. Heading into the midpoint of the season, the Giants play all winable games. I could see them going into the Patriots game with a 7-1 record and atop the NFC East.

  3. Russo757 says:

    Gilbride needs to take whatever pill he took prior to this game every weekend.

  4. Mimi says:

    Couldn’t be prouder of our guys! I told a friend, last week when he said we will be lucky to go 6-10,and no way we would beat the eagles..i said ha! injured or not, we will win. after the game last year at home, we had too much riding on this to lose it. it was about more than a football game vs a rival. It was more than winning a division game… this was about esteem and every guy knew it. It was about validation,and these guys proved,they have what champions are made of! boys? I believe you have “IT” I am called a homer all the time. On fan iq, i have won top giant fan 72 weeks in a row. the only time i didn’t win, was after brain surgery,ans was in the hospital,and over the summer when i just didn’t go on line. I get bashed constantly for defending Eli.. or as the haters call him, she-li.. I have gone over and above defending our boys,because i am loyal and i believe… the pride i feel,is like a mother(and i could be their mom, I’m 52. I will continue to take the abuse,week in and week out, and go to bat for our boys. people can call me what they want.but i will defend our guys win,lose or draw!! i know they have what it takes to beat anyone,when they reach deep down, focus and play giants ball! lets work on the mistakes and work on geling,and all we can do is get better! when osi and the other boys heal and get back,,,watch out!! our gman are on a mission! Nothing will make me happier than to be able to say in your face to ALL the ELI haters!!
    oh! and i have been top gman fan a total of 80 tines in almost 2 years, and 5 brain and spine surgeries!!! very proud of out big blue!!

  5. LIGiantsfan says:

    Let’s not get all gushy over Killdrive. He had a good game, can we try 2 in a row?

  6. Joe P says:

    I’ll give Gillbride a break when he puts together five games like this. Until then, he’s in the dog house.

    We should give credit where credit is due. He called a great game this past week. However, it’s time for him to focus… here come the Cards. They have some weapons, and should not be taken lightly.

    He needs to put together a convincing win against the Cardinals, or else it’s back to the tomato chucking. Credibility doesn’t show up after one solid performance.

  7. dylanroth says:

    get rid of beckum, not only has he whimped out from a hamstring injury, but the one time he comes in, he is counter-productive. ROLL beckum, ROLL

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