by Alexander George
The New York Giants defeated the Detroit Lions by a score of 30-17 with Davis Webb (14 for 20, 140 yards and 1TD) engineering his best performance in a Giants uniform. Kyle Lauletta (2 for 5, 27 yards) on the other hand never found that magic touch that Webb did. Based on this game, it has become apparent that Webb clearly has the edge in becoming Eli Manning’s back – up quarterback.
In the Giants second possession of the first quarter, Davis Webb masterfully orchestrated a time-consuming 17 play, 9 minute drive that resulted in a Wayne Gallman (2 Rec. 9 yds., 1TD) 8 yard slant for a touchdown reception. Webb was successful on 3 consecutive third down completions for a first down and 1 fourth down completion to keep the drive going. He also contributed to the Giants second score, a 55 yard field goal kick by Aldrick Rosas, by completing his longest pass play of the night which was a 40 yard bomb to wide receiver Russell Shepard.
Kyle Lauletta barely had the ball long enough to complete any passes. His two lone completions were to both back-up tight ends Jerrel Adams (16 yards) and Scott Simonson (11 yards). Lauletta was a better runner than a passer, scampering for a ten yard score after an interception by Giants linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong gave the team excellent field position. Even 4th string quarterback Alex Tanney (2 for 3, 36 yards) had a better passing game than Lauletta highlighted with a Roger Lewis shoe string catch for 31 yards midway through the fourth quarter.
Giant running backs Wayne Gallman (5ATT for 26 yds and 1TD) and Robert Martin (7ATT 47 yards and 1TD) accounted for 75% of their rushing attack and scored the last two rushing touchdowns, Gallman for 11 and Martin for 16 yards, of the fourth quarter thereby clinching tje victory for Big Blue.
Lions quarterback Jake Rudock (23 for 30, 171 yards and 1TD) gave the team respectability with 2 fourth quarter scores to prevent a complete blowout from happening. His 11 yard touchdown pass to receiver TJ Jones (3REC for 26 yards and 1TD) along with a 4th an inches goal line sneak for the final score, with time nearly expired, presented the Lions organization with a possible back-up quarterback position for Ruddock instead of Matt Cassel.
The Giants defense vastly improved from the first pre-season game holding Lions quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (2 for 5, 51 yards) and Matt Cassel (6 for 9, 42 yards and 1INT) to under 100 yards passing. Kudos to the Giants pass rush with four different players (Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, Romeo Okwara and Mike Basile) all sacking a Lions quarterback thus preventing any sort of offensive rhythm. Furthermore, the Giants run defense held the Lions to only 67 yards rushing in which LeGarrette Blount (11ATT for 32 yards) accounted for almost half of the yardage.
Despite the Giants success in their offensive and defensive game as a whole, there are still individual issues that ultimately need to be resolved going forward. Alec Ogletree’s inability to cover opposing receivers in the middle of the field yet again contributed to the Lions first score with a 42 yard catch and run from Theo Riddick (3REC for 50 yards) setting up a 44 yard field goal by Lions kicker Matt Prater for the Lions only lead of the game. On Davis Webb’s first touchdown drive, the inability of right tackle Ereck Flowers to cover his man almost resulted in a fumble recovery for the Lions had it not been for an instant replay reversal.
The New York Giants play their crosstown rivals, the New York Jets, Friday, August 24th at 7:30pm which is commonly known as the Snoopy Bowl.