1-Kickoff by Eagles- Giants get back fast and set up nice wedge. Wilson has outstanding return.
2-Eli rolls out, OK Eli is not an accurate thrower on the run why did they even try this? Is it something they have been practicing? Even if Eli runs he must stop, set and throw to be an accurate passer.
3-85&65….Beatty and Bennett completely miss their blocks and allow both defenders to tackle Brown. Bennett did not get into his man and Beatty ran by his and then tried to get back to get a piece of him. Just poor awareness by Beatty and lack of technique and effort by Bennett.
4-Poor snap on the shotgun, Baas does have a hand injury. Eli just gets ball off, complete breakdown by offensive line but Cruz makes great catch for first down.
5-Eli tries jump throw as he was getting sacked and completely missed receiver on left sideline, Bradshaw. He ended up on his butt, another break down by offensive line. At this point it looks like it’s going to be a long day.
6-Again Eli is rushed, a break down by offensive line and throws incomplete.
7-Offensive line with Bradshaw and Bennett in to block does not give Eli enough time to make completion. Eagles are out playing Giants, they are playing with fire and the Giants look flat.
8-Good punt by Weatherford leaving Eagles on their 10. This is where Chase belongs, he did a great job of blocking, releasing and running down in coverage, textbook play. Blackburn is a great special teams player.
9-Eagles run left, Williams takes man and allows Blackburn to come up behind him to make tackle with Rolle. Good defensive scheme if by design to get Blackburn free to make play.
10-Good coverage, Vick feeling the heat and throws it to nowhere/no one, incomplete pass.
11-Zone blitz 3 man rush, Kiwi lined up on center and bull rushes to Vick, Tuck in coverage. Vick gets short pass off otherwise it’s almost a safety, close to it. Nice look that fooled and confused Vick.
12-Punt by Eagles-nice return by Randle, almost blocked by Will Hill.
13-Really nice run by Bradshaw, no hole he found a small crease on right side and picks up 5.
14-Nice idea, I have been talking about for a few years of using the old style two back system. Bradshaw and Wilson where in. But it was a poor call in terms of execution, nobody seemed to have the timing down. This is really not the time to be using little tricky plays, that is something the Giants do not do well and should save for later in the season when they have practiced it much more. If it had worked it was a big gain, Boothe was in front and nobody was there. With Wilson’s speed it could have been a big play. Save this one and work on it.
15-Excellent pass and run by Bennett all called back, holding on Beatty. Hey Gilbride he needs a little chip help there. Nice downfield blocking by Hixon.
16-Nice pass and run by Bradshaw, if Baas had held his block it would have been a big gain.
17-Punt by Giants good coverage even with the missed tackles, they came in waves.
18-Was that a safety? Did Vick ground the ball? A penalty in the endzone is an automatic safety. I even wonder if Vick’s knee touched the ground in the endzone for a true safety.
19-Draw play good solid defense by Giants.
20-Giants go to soft coverage, Webster releases on his press coverage and loses receiver for big gain. Why change what they were doing, it was working. They went into this thing of out thinking themselves and giving up a big play. It looked like Rolle was confused and did not give help coverage he should have.
21-KP hurt on this play. It was called back, holding on Eagles. Even so the Giants did not get good lateral pursuit.
22-Finally Blackburn shot the gap and made a good tackle. The Eagles watched film and thought they did not have to account for Chase, he did make a play he has not made since last season.
23-Pass down the middle for 7 yards. Williams did not have good coverage.
25-It looked like a catch but the receiver did not keep control of the ball and lost it.
26-Punt by Eagles- Will hill almost blocked another one, punter flops and fools nobody. Randle for 2 yards, poor blocking by return team.
27-A play I have been calling for, Hynoski up the middle for 4 yards. It’s a good simple play that allows the offensive line to fire out and just block.
28-Pass to Cruz on right side, short gain.
29-Flag on Eagles pass interference.
30-Eli incomplete to Bennett. Just over throws him a bit.
31-Short pass to Hixon to right for a first down.
32-Nice 8 yard run up the middle to Bradshaw.
33-The Giants forgot how to block, Bradshaw -5 yards.
34-Eli was lucky he did not throw an INT. Broken up by Hixon.
35-Punt-a little too long by Weatherford, touchback, Eagles on their 20.
36-Vick incomplete to right side.
37-Vick threw down the middle, originally called incomplete. Challenged and ruled a catch. I have to watch this one again.
38-Vick scrambles left, nobody open, picks up 3 yards.
39-Blackburn poor tackling, McCoy picks up 5 yards.
40-This one is also on Blackburn, he cannot tackle for Sh*t, pass play for 17 yards. Is this a joke, I’m sorry but Blackburn does not belong on the starting defense. Again he is being abused and exposed by a team.
41-Run for no gain, the Giants stacked the line and stopped the play.
End of first quarter.
This so far this is a boring game. Both teams seem equal and are cancelling each other out. They are playing hard and it seems like the Giants are the ones who are making minor mental mistakes not being outplayed, especially the offensive line.
Fewell came up with some very interesting and effective defenses to stop Vick. The last drive exposed Blackburn as a poor open field tackler. He looked really bad out there toward the end of the quarter when he had to make a play he could not. The key word is could, he wanted to but could not make a play. It’s about his inability to play at a high level, I ask why is he still in the starting defense?
Gilbride also came up with some things that just did not work. The offense’s execution overall is very poor. They really miss Nicks and nobody has stepped up so far. It looks like Gilbride is trying to finesse a team the Giants can over power, I do not understand this game plan at all.
On to the second quarter later.