So New York Football Giants fans, I have a question for you about your team following Sunday’s 27-22 win in Houston. Well actually, I’ll let The Heavy do the honors:
Yes, I know they beat a team (Houston Texans) that is now 0-3 and going nowhere fast. But for the first time we saw glimpses of the high octane offense that Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur are banking on in 2018 and beyond.
The day began with a BIG surprise (literally and figuratively) with beleaguered right tackle, Ereck Flowers standing on the sidelines chewing on his mouthpiece. It seems head coach, Pat Shurmur had seen enough of his “play”, was less than impressed (welcome to the club Pat), and replaced him in the starting lineup.
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So, cue Barbara Streisand please – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore”! In #74’s stead was #63, Chad Wheeler. The undrafted second year tackle from USC with the flowing tresses, got the nod. Coincidence or not, the offense, which had been moribund the first two weeks, came to life. Behind much improved O-Line play, they scored on each and every one of its four first half possessions.
With competent run blocking and pass protection by the Hog Mollies, Big Blue’s best shone brightly.
* Eli Manning – 25-29, 297 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 uncharacteristic massive, frustration relieving fist pump!
* Saquon Barkley – 17 carries for 82 yards (15 yard TD), and 5 receptions for 35 yards. This kid is electric and is always one juke away from taking it to the house.
* Odell Beckham Jr. – 9 catches for 109 yards. Hey NFL, Blondie is back so look out!
Sterling Shepard was really good (6 catches for 80 yards and the game clinching touchdown late), as was Rhett Ellison, who stepped in admirably for the injured Evan Engram.
Yes, the Giants did most of their heavy lifting in the first half. Houston’s defense, lead by J.J. Watt, who had his way with Wheeler a few times (3 sacks), bottled up the G-Men for much of the second stanza, that is until the final game winning drive.
Not to be overlooked in the victory is the defense. While they bent a bit when DeShaun Watson got hot in the second half, they changed the game with two very important takeaways (a fumble recovery by Donte Deayon and an interception by Alec Ogletree). Keep in mind also that the Texans final touchdown came with one second left on the clock.
Offensive MVP – Eli Manning
Defensive MVP – Kerry Wynn – 6 combined tackles, 1 pass deflection, and 1 very important forced fumble. Wynn’s fingerprints were all over this Giants win because #72 was everywhere on Sunday!
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Where does the Giants season go from here you ask? Well, for starters, they come home for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Bad news for them is that Drew Brees and his offensive unit are averaging 35 points per game (third most in the NFL). Good news however is the Saints are allowing a league high 34 points. So what gives? I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “whoever has the ball last wins” type of game.
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