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Half-Time Thoughts: Eagles/Giants

UPDATE: Kareem McKenzie has a sprained MCL.

So here we are, a must win game and it started out like deja vu… Giants down 14 points with 9 minutes to go in the 1st quarter. It was painful to say the least.

Before I get to the individual pro’s and con’s… here were some of the many highlights from a very dynamic game:

• The Eagles had a 3.5 minute opening drive, impressive to say the least. Something for everybody really — Lesean Mccoy got to the outside on the first play of the game for a first down. Desean Jackson caught a huge deep pass from Michael Vick, Leanard Weaver knocked the Giants around a bit, and then Donny Mcnabb hooked up with Brent Celek for the touchdown. They spread it out and around effectively and thats the kind of offense the Giants should have been prepared for and obviously weren’t.

• Brandon Jacobs fumbled a ball off a love tap from Trent Cole and Sheldon Brown took it to the house for a score. Jacobs NEVER fumbles (although he did last week too) but when it rains it poors I guess. 14-0 Eagles at this point.

• Eli Manning moved the ball around well, Steve Smith will easily break Amani Toomers reception record this game. Eli has looked incredibly sharp tonight, all his receivers have let him down though at one point or another. This is as accurate Eli has thrown the ball that I can remember, time for his teammates to make the plays though.

• Hakeem Nicks has dropped 4 key passes thus far — but he made a heck of a play on a beautiful spin move and went in for the touchdown. 14-10 Eagles at this point.

• The Giants defense held the Eagles to a field goal with a 1st and Goal inside the 10 yard line… impressive and much needed stop from the Gmen. 17 – 10.

• Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith dropped some very catchable balls from Eli Manning who placed the ball right on the exact spot it needed to be. Eli’s #’s are going to look awful… but he is playing very good football tonight.

• Desean Jackson took the punt return in for a touchdown — blew right by everyone up the sideline including Feagles who dove like 5 seconds too late.

• Ahmad Bradshaw ended the half with some very impressive long runs that streaked the team downfield in a hurry into the 2 minute drill. The offensive line is playing really well this game — Eli has time to throw the ball and there are holes between the tackles and guards and along the outside for Jacobs/Bradshaw to exploit. Great blocking from Kevin Boss as well.

• Kareem McKenzie went out with what appeared to be some kind of leg/knee issue — we’ll update you to the status once we find out more information.

• Ahmad Bradshaw scrapped his way into the plane of the endzone for a CRUCIAL touchdown with 1:30 left in the half. That was a big big drive for him, and of course for the Giants. 24-17 Eagles

• Osi Umenyiora did his thing and nearly created a pick 6 opp for Michael Boley. Osi chopped the ball from McNabb’s hands and it fluttered right into Boley’s hands, and he dropped it. It’s safe to say the Giants have the drops thus far tonight. Apparently later we found out though the play was ruled a forward fumble and if they Giants simply finished the play and picked up the ball they would have come away with a turnover.

• Desean Jackon on the next play went uncovered for some unknown reason and took a deep pass inside the 25 yard line and setup the Eagles on yet another scoring drive. Michael Vick ultimately ran the ball in from inside the 5. The extra point was blocked. 30-17 Eagles


Ok now lets get into it…

Eli Manning — has looked incredible. EVERY SINGLE PASS has been pin point, no lie. Deep balls and short ones, each pass has been on the money. 10/18 and 168 yards and a touchdown. Eli will continue to be Eli this game, he’s clearly focused and they need to continue to make big plays in the second half. They have had opportunities, they need to capitalize now.

Hakeem Nicks — has dropped 4 crucial passes… one of which was a sure fire touchdown. Thats like dropping 20 passes as far as I’m concerned. Eli put the pall right in his arms 4 times and he did not make the play. Of course, immediately after his 3rd drop he made a tremendous play for a touchdown. Redemtion as it were — but in the second half these opportunities cannot be squandered for the Giants to have a shot.

Mario Manningham — you had Eli Manning setup on a left side fade from the 10 yard line, sound familiar? Eli put the ball perfectly in Manningams arms and Manningham could NOT get his second foot down in time. More time is needed for #82 to tweak his game I guess.

Steve Smith — even you have dropped some big passes. One in the endzone… and I realize they are tough catches but these are the kinds of plays other teams make when the QB puts it right on the money. The Eagles are defending well, but its obvious the Giants have the right idea sending their receivers all over the field with lots of different looks and trying to make big plays. Eli has done his part — now its your turn to complete the play.

Brandon Jacobs — stay physical, soften them up — no more fumbles, please.

Ahmad Bradshaw — way to stay with it and not let some bad first quarter numbers get you down. Bradshaw ran with a vengeance on the Giants last scoring drive and has 10 carries for 51 yard and a touchdown.

Corey Webster — whats up man?! Can we depend on you anymore?

Aaron Rouse — saved a touchdown in the endzone but has not covered Jackson well at times… communication might be off tonight with the Giants D.

D-Line — spotty production. Osi forced a fumble again, go figure — but the next play there was no pressure and coverage was blown open for a huge gash from Jackson.

Special Teams coverage — you’re all benched as far as I’m concerned.


For the Giants to have a shot — the receivers need to start making the plays Kevin Gilbride and Eli has set up for them. I’ve never seen so many huge plays gone unfulfilled, all right in a row.

This game is still winnable. Giants get the ball to start the half, one defensive stop and they’re right back in it.

So lets keep the faith and LETS GO GIANTS!!!!

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