Giants WR Victor Cruz Not Happy About Not Being Involved in the Offense Sunday

Victor Cruz

It was not a good day Sunday in Pittsburgh for Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who did next to nothing in the teams’ 10-point loss to the Steelers 24-14.

The wide out was none too happy about his lack of passes thrown his way, and talked about it in the New York Daily News.

Cruz’s role on the Giants’ offense was almost completely phased out as he split time with Roger Lewis Jr. and received exactly zero targets in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

Why wasn’t he involved?

“I have no idea,” Cruz said. “It’s not a question for me to answer.”

Cruz was clearly irked by not having the ball thrown his way at all in the loss. Does he plan to speak to Ben McAdoo or Eli Manning about it?

“I’m going to talk to somebody. Somebody’s got to give me an answer as to why.”

“Absolutely, there’s always opportunities for everybody to get the ball out there and I didn’t get those today,” he said.

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Giants 6-Game Win Streak Snapped; Steelers D Dominates in 24-14 Win

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The Steelers ended the Giants’ winning streak with a familiar formula.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns, Le’Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of total offense, and Pittsburgh’s resurgent defense harassed Eli Manning into a flurry of mistakes in a dominant 24-14 win on Sunday.

Antonio Brown edged good buddy Odell Beckham Jr. in their personal showdown, catching six passes for 54 yards and an acrobatic scoring grab at the back of the end zone. Tight end Ladarius Green added six receptions for 110 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown as the Steelers (7-5) won their third straight to keep pace with Baltimore atop the AFC North.

Manning completed just 24 of 39 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in the red zone for the Giants (8-4), whose six-game run ended with a thud. Beckham was largely a non-factor despite a game-high 10 receptions for 100 yards.

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Giants vs Steelers NFL Week 13 Inactives

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Here’s today’s inactives for the Steelers and Giants at Heinz Field:

NEW YORK GIANTS

QB Josh Johnson
WR Tavarres King
Safety Nat Berhe
DE Owa Odighizuwa
Guard Adam Gettis
Guard Justin Pugh
LB Mark Herzlich

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Kicker Chris Boswell
QB Zach Mettenberger
RB DeAngelo Williams
RB Daryl Richardson
OT Brian Mihalik
TE Xavier Grimble
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

Giants Win Ugly; Finally Pull Away From Winless Browns in 27-13 Win

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Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes to Odell Beckham Jr., Jason Pierre-Paul returned a fumble for a TD and the Giants extended their winning streak to six games, holding off Cleveland 27-13 on Sunday to keep the Browns winless.

Manning had three TD passes as the Giants (8-3) won their sixth straight. They don’t overwhelm anyone, but the Giants do just enough to win and are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Manning threw a 32-yard TD pass to Beckham in the second quarter and added a 4-yarder to the star wide receiver with 5:10 left to finally put away the Browns (0-12).

Cleveland has lost 15 in a row since last season. It is 3-30 since ending the 2014 season with five consecutive losses.

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Giants vs Browns NFL Week 12 Inactives

Giants: OL Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse and Brett Jones, WR Tavarres King, DT Jay Bromley, DB Leon Hall, QB Josh Johnson

Browns:
CB ramon Williams, QB Cody Kessler, QB Joe Callahan, OL Gabe Ikard, OG Jonathan Cooper, WR Jordan Payton, DL Tyrone Holmes

Giants DE Olivier Vernon Hit with Big Fine on Hit on Bears QB Jay Cutler

Olivier Vernon

It was bad enough that Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon was assessed a dubious penalty in last Sunday’s 22-16 win over the Bears. On Friday, the NFL added insult to injury by hitting Vernon with an $18,231 fine, Dan Duggan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports citing a source.

The fine amount is the minimum for a roughing the passer penalty.

On the second play of the win over the Bears, Vernon broke through the line and leveled Jay Cutler with a form tackle as the quarterback released the ball. The pass fell incomplete and Vernon got up to return to the Giants’ huddle while Cutler remained on the turf in pain.

After a brief delay, referee Craig Wrolstad threw a flag. Wrolstad announced a roughing the passer penalty on Vernon to the shock of the Giants and their 78,898 fans at MetLife Stadium. Wrolstad said the penalty was for “driving the quarterback into the ground with his full weight.”

Giants Rally for 22-16 Home Win Over Bears to Improve to 7-3

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Eli Manning threw a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie Sterling Shepard in the third quarter as the New York Giants rallied for their fifth straight win with a 22-16 decision over the Chicago Bears on a windy Sunday.

Manning (21 of 36 for 227) also threw a third-quarter touchdown to Will Tye, Rashad Jennings scored on a 2-yard run and Robbie Gould kicked a 46-yard field goal on a day he missed two extra points in a gusty MetLife Stadium.

The Giants (7-3) got a second-half shutout from their defense and a game-clinching interception from Landon Collins as injuries on the offensive line finally caught up with the Bears (2-8) and left Jay Cutler under constant pressure.

The winning streak is New York’s longest in the regular season since 2010, while the Bears’ starts matches their worst since 2002.

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Bears vs Giants NFL Week 11 Inactives

Bears: CB Deiondre Hall, S DeAndre Houston-Carson, LB John Timu, RT Bobby Massie, TE Daniel Brown, NT Eddie Goldman, DL Mitch Unrein

Giants: OG Justin Pugh, OL Brett Jones, TE Larry Donnell, WR Tavarres King, DB Leon Hall, DT Robert Thomas, QB Josh Johnson

Bengals vs Giants NFL Week 10 Capsule

CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-4-1) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (5-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

BENGALS GIANTS
SERIES LEADER 6-3  
STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Marvin Lewis: 2-1 Ben McAdoo: 0-0
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 8: T 27-27 vs. Washington in London) W 28-23 vs. Philadelphia
LAST GAME 11/11/12: Giants 13 at Bengals 31. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton passes for 199 yards & 4 TDs for 127.6 rating. Bengals WR A.J. Green has 7 catches for 85 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/08: Giants 26, Bengals 23 (OT). New York Giants QB Eli Manning passes for 289 yards & TD. Giants K John Carney converts all 4 FGs, including GW 22-yarder in OT.
REFEREE John Parry
BROADCAST ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Cin), 81 (NYG). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Cin), 225 (NYG).

STATS

PASSING Andy Dalton: 193-288-2349-9-3-98.0 Eli Manning: 197-306-2241-12-8-88.4
RUSHING Jeremy Hill: 104-515-5.0-5 Rashad Jennings: 64-168-2.6-1
RECEIVING A.J. Green: 59 (1L)-896 (2L)-15.2-3 Odell Beckham: 44-676-15.4-5
OFFENSE 395.4 339.9
TAKE/GIVE +2 -7
DEFENSE 378.5 371.3
SACKS Carlos Dunlap: 5 Landon Collins: 3
INTs 6 tied: 1 Landon Collins: 3 (T3L)
PUNTING Kevin Huber: 45.3 Brad Wing: 47.7
KICKING Mike Nugent: 59 (17/18 PAT; 14/19 FG) Robbie Gould: 9 (6/6 PAT; 1/1 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON had 4 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.6 rating in last meeting. Has 100+ rating & 0 INTs in 4 of past 5…RB JEREMY HILL aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 244 rush yards (122 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. Since 2014, ranks 2nd in NFL with 25 rush TDs. RB GIOVANI BERNARD aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Since 2013, ranks 5th among NFL RBs with 179 catches…WR A.J. GREEN leads NFL with 59 receptions & ranks 2nd with 896 rec. yards. Has 17 catches for 290 yards (145 per game) & TD in past 2. Since 2011, ties for 4th among active players with 28 100+ yard rec. games. TE TYLER EIFERT had 9 catches for 102 yards & TD in Week 8. Has 6 rec. TDs in past 4 vs. NFC. Since 2015, ties for lead among NFL TEs with 14 rec. TDs…DT GENO ATKINS had sack in Week 8. Has 6.5 sacks in past 7 vs. NFC. Has 43.5 sacks & 8 FFs since 2011, both are most by NFL DT. DE CARLOS DUNLAP leads team with 5 sacks…GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 257 yards & 4 TDs for 96.6 rating in Week 9. Has 46,428 career pass yards & surpassed VINNY TESTAVERDE (46,233) for 9th-most all-time. Is averaging 336 pass yards & 2 TDs per game in past 5 at home…WR ODELL BECKHAM had 2 rec. TDs last week. Is 6th player in NFL history with 30 rec. TD in 35 career games. Rookie WR STERLING SHEPARD had 50 rec. yards & TD in Week 9. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 34 receptions & 384 yards…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL blocked FG last week. CB JANORIS JENKINS had INT in only meeting (11/29/15 with Rams). Rookie S ANDREW ADAMS had 1st career INT last week. S LANDON COLLINS has 3 INTs (incl. INT-TD) & 2 sacks in past 3. Is only player in NFL to lead team in tackles (69), sacks (3) & INTs (3).       

Manning Throws for Three TD’s; Giants Take Care of Eagles 28-23

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Even with Eli Manning toying with Philadelphia’s secondary for much of the game, the Giants barely held off the Eagles on Sunday.

Manning threw for four touchdowns and New York’s defense had two interceptions and three stops on fourth downs to beat Philadelphia 28-23 on Sunday.

The Giants (5-3) won their third straight game, stopping the Eagles (4-4 after a 3-0 start) from the New York 17 after Manning was intercepted with less than two minutes to go.

“At the end of the game you have to go out there with confidence, confident that you are going to stop them,” said cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. “We have been playing well in games and when they get the ball down there and our backs are against the wall, we know we have to stand up.”

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