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Giants – Eagles Silver Linings

It wasn’t all that bad, folks. Here is who deserves a shout out for good game played yesterday.

DEFENSE

Will Hill – I mean how good was this guy? Flying all around the field, leaping into Eagles receivers making tackles, several great plays in run support and huge slashing stop of McCoy in the backfield at exactly the right time yesterday. If that kind of play keeps up, and like we tweeted yesterday during the game, at times Will Hill single handedly transformed the defensive secondary last night with his physical play. Can’t wait to see more of this guy.

Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson – outstanding efforts against their former team. Jenkins is a dual threat and Patterson has stopped the run as good as anyone since preseason. He’s an absolute load. Look forward to seeing more.

OFFENSE

Kevin Boothe – Great day blocking, made up for last two games of awful play. Poor penalty though moving the Giants out of field goal range.

The “Good Offense” – as opposed to the “Bad Offense” to end the game. The “Good Offense” was where receivers finished their routes and Eli isn’t turning it over 33% of the time. The Giants moved the ball better than they have since the opener against Dallas with quicker passes with some slants and then hit a few big plays to go with it. It opened up the interior running game too as Jacobs had a few nice carries up the gut that reminded us of what Big Blue used to rely on. Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle had a nice day. Want to double Cruz? Fine, Eli made sure to hit the other receivers and both these guys had some drops but ultimately made up for it. Still, we need to see the Giants execute their timing patterns better for longer stretches of the game, receivers need to haul in these passes, and the Giants cannot go 3-and-out for entire quarters of the game and expect the defense to bail them out. The Giants had a much better offensive game plan this week, and for the most part executed well. It needs to continue to get better or we’ll never see a win.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Steve Weatherford – quite a day for the punter and most jacked man in the NFL for his body type. 58 yard punt was the long one of the day, 45 yards on average. Only pinned it once inside the 20 on 7 punts but that one was quite impressive.


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