Daniel Jones and the Giants were able to take advantage of a decimated Washington Redskins.
Defensive backs Norman, Moreau, and Dunbar were out last week. Nicholson and Collins who were questionable last week are out this week giving you an indication of how beat up the Washington secondary was.
Kudos to Jones for his performance. As Bill Parcells would say, Don’t put him in Canton yet.” Needless to say, Jones has exceeded expectations. if you analyze what he has done you see his major production:
Writing about the Giants is getting very tiresome and, frankly, taxing for all of us. More than anything, we would love to write about the upward trajectory, meaningful wins, player development, and optimism for the future. The sad reality is there is no signs of improvement with this team overall with the exception of a few young players.
We have sounded the alarm on this site over the course of the season but now you know the state of your franchise is in disrepair when the criticism is coming out internally. Carl Banks came out with his harsh criticism of Bettcher’s scheme as his issue with the defense. He specifically cites the breakdown in coverage and lack of personnel adjustments. Banks’ paycheck is signed by the Giants franchise. In the past he has had some jaded criticism; so it is not something new from him. His criticism certainly has some merit as the coverage breakdowns have been evident all season. Many have written it off due to the youth on the roster, specifically in the secondary. We, however, need to push back on chalking it all the defensive failures due to just the scheme. Indeed, Gettleman has his fingerprints all over this too. Who brought in all these vets and how many of them played under Bettcher’s scheme? Bethea, Bucannon and Golden all had past success with Bettcher’s scheme. They know it well and you would likely believe they would be coaching assets on the field by now. You also have a vet in Ogletree. Why were these vets so available via trade and free agent acquisition? These vets are all castoffs. We’ve witnessed vets like Ogeltree bite on coverage to lead to a wide open TEs or WRs, We’ve seen Bethea bite bad on inside route fake where the WR went to a post route, then Bucannon being tossed aside for an easy TE TD. Since Banks is an insider, we are skeptical as to why he is speaking out and being critical of the coaching staff. We believe this is a tell tale sign that the coaching regime is doomed but the absence of criticism of the personnel is covering for Mara’s eventual decision to retain Gettleman. The recent signing of Riley Dixon is yet another sign and confirmation we are stuck with old Dino Gettleman. It is remarkable that the state of this franchise is at the point where we actually agree with a gasbag like Mike Francesca. He is 100% correct that Mara needs to blow this thing up.
The Giants were able to get out to a fast start something that has been foreign to this team. They were able to take advantage of a very poor Redskins defense who’s secondary was decimated coming into the game. The Giants have not been able to get off to a fast start all year as I have documented in these articles. The have been outscored by 61 points in the first quarter this yearcoming into this game.
While having a commanding 14 point lead multiple times against a lowly Redskins team, the Giants squeaked by with an impressive overtime touchdown drive. Yes, they won and one cannot takeaway the performances of Giants QB Daniel Jones 5 TD passes and RB Saquon Barkley’s stellar effort 189 rushing yards and 2 TDs. ( one rushing and one receiving). Let us put this in proper context. They allowed a dog shit team engineer a 99 yard drive which tied the game with 29 seconds left. More importantly, they allowed a washed up Case Keenum look like Joe Theismann.
As I recapped in my Prophet’s Point After on last Monday, the Giants met a team that was worse than they were. The Dolphins were at the bottom of the league in giving up rushing yards at 141 a game. The Giants ran for 138 yards and Barkley had his first game over 100 yards all year. Barkley got 112 yards on 24 carries for 4.7 YPC. He did it the old-fashioned way. It was his first 100-yard game without a run of 20 yards or more. The game was close at halftime with Miami up 10-7, but the Giants blew it open in the second half. The key play in the game was the safety that put them ahead and gave them the momentum that they never gave back.
The Giants beat the Redskins in week 4 when they played, 24-3. It was Haskins first appearance ever. He had to come in in the middle of the second quarter when Keenum had to come out of the game. It was a gift game for the Gmen as Haskins was not ready for primetime. He was 9 of 17 for 107 yards and 3 interceptions. It was a one-sided mismatch and a gift for the Giants.
What happened 77 days ago? It was the last time that the New York Football Giants won a game. They finally met an opponent that had less talent than they did. It kept the current losing streak at 9 games which is tied with a 9-game-streak in 1976.
It was another disgraceful game for the Giants who find new ways to throw games away. Along the pantheon of bad losses under the Gettleman/Shurmur administration, this has to be near the top. We know Shurmur is dead man walking but hopefully this put the last nail in the Gettleman coffin for this pompous, incompetent know it all. For a full analysis of Monday’s night game go back and look at my week 14 Prophet’s Point After. I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest version here.
The Giants build up a 14-point lead by the half 17-3. They took advantage of the Eagles weakness, their secondary. Eli was able to get 2 long touchdowns to Slater at the expense of overmatched cornerback Darby. In the first half, Wentz was terrible with only 97 passing yards and a lost fumble. The Eagles come out after half time as a new team. They dominated the time of possession 25:15 minutes to only 8:55 for the Giants in the second half and overtime. The Giants had 6 3 and outs in the second half!
The Eagles were mentally tough. They control their own destiny because if they win out, win the division. The Eagles were decimated by injuries in the game and still pulled out the victory! Jeffrey (now on IR), their only deep threat to stretch out the defense, went down early in the second quarter. Nelson Agholor was out this week. Pro Bowl left tackle, Lane Johnson went out at the 4-minute mark of the second quarter. In the 4thquarter Arcega-Whiteside went down and left the game. The Eagles had one wide receiver left, Greg Ward, 2 tight ends and the running backs. Boston Scott had the game of his life when he got a chance to play more because of the injuries.
It was the tale of two halves for the New York Football Giants on Monday night football. It was the best of times in the first half and the worst of times in the second half. Once again in the second half and overtime, the Giants give away another game to the Eagles who were decimated by injury during the game. However, they had a mentally tough Super Bowl coach in Pederson who made the necessary adjustments at halftime. The Eagles were booed off the field at the end of the first half. They faced a must win game if they want to make the playoffs. All they have to do is win out versus an easy schedule where the 4 remaining teams were 13-39. It just shows that how mentally tough the Eagles were and how good they were making adjustments. To make it even more unbelievable, the conditions were terrible with a driving rain and wind gusts all night long. Some teams would have fired their head coach on the bus trip back home. However, who on the current staff is even worthy of being the interim coach??? It was just another example of how incompetent the current staff is. There is a total lack of leadership and football intelligence to throw away a game away that the probability of winning had to be over 80% given the conditions and Eagle injuries.
Dust off the 1969 song from the Three Dog Night, Eli’s Coming. Yes, Eli Manning is back. After just starting the first two games of the season with two losses, it was time to give “Danny Dimes”, a chance. Eli makes his 233rd start. He is 116 and 116 for wins and losses. He just needs just 8 yards to pass Big Ben for 7th in all-time passing yards. Eli has been an Iron Man, never missing a game for injury. There was the McAdoo debacle for sitting him a game. Roethlisberger has missed many more games than Eli.
What we saw in week 13 from the Giants was just more of the same that we have seen all year. The Giants have lost their 8th game in a row. Just as I said in my Pulpit piece from this week, the Packers after getting toasted by 29 points the week before were going to have a big game vs the Giants “get well” defense. I said Davante Adams was going to have 100 yards and at least 1 touchdown. He had only 64 yards but he had 2 touchdowns. Lazard had over 100 yards receiving and it only took him 3 plays to achieve it. The Packers were so efficient in scoring that the Giants had more time of possession than the Packers, 31:17 vs 28:43. The Giants who lead the league in giving up big pass plays continued the trend in this game. There was a 43-yard pass to Lazard in first quarter followed by a 37-yard touchdown to Lazard. Adams had a 25-yard pass and Lazard had a 23-yard catch in the third quarter. On 4 pass plays they got 40% of their total yards, 128 of 322. Last week Trubisky picked on Ballentine making him look like Dan Marino in the process. This week he left the game early with ba concussion. So, the Packers found this week’s patsy in Grant Haley.