Giants Week 4 Review

In Week 4 the New York Giants traveled to face former cross town rival Rex Ryan and his Buffalo Bills. The Giants were able to get back to .500 with a 24-10 win over a sloppy Buffalo team. The Giants had 7 first downs from Buffalo penalties and Buffalo had a touchdown taken off the board because of a holding penalty.  The Gmen and Buffalo exchanged field goals in the first quarter but the Giants were able to convert a Buffalo turnover into points. Devon Kennard was able to intercept Tyshawn Taylors’s pass and allow Eli Manning and company to takeover from the Bills 32 yard line. Two Plays later Manning connected with Dwayne Harris for a 21 yard touchdown strike which resulted in a 9-3 lead after Josh Brown missed the PAT. More miscues by Buffalo aided the Giants in their next touchdown drive when the Bills special teams were penalized for illegal formation. Tom Coughlin decided to take points off the board and take a new set of downs. Coughlin’s risk proved fruitful when Manning connected with Ruben Randle giving the Gmen a 16-3 lead heading into half. Similar to all 3 previous games the Giants headed into the 4th quarter with a double-digit lead when Karlos Williams from the Bills hauled in Taylor’s pass for a 23 yard touchdown reception. Big Blue Nation had reason to worry as there double-digit lead was diminished to a one score lead. Unlike weeks 1 and 2 the Giants made the play to seal the victory on the ensuing drive. On a 3rd and 3 from their own 49 Manning threw a swing pass to Rashad Jennings and Jennings did the rest. Jennings was able to break a tackle from Nigel Bradham that would have left Jennings short of the 1st down marker and race down the sideline and deliver a tremendous stiff arm to  Rambo Bacarri in route to the 51 yard  game clinching touchdown. After this victory the Giants are now 2-2 and 2nd place in a very winnable division.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZjmEE1RQjU

 

Pros

 

  1. Eli spreading the ball around: Manning threw for 3 touchdown passes and none of them went to Odell Beckham Jr. Pundits have been calling for the Giants to have other weapons besides OBJ and this week they showed up when needed. Beckham Jr. did have 12 targets but only 5 receptions (41.6 %) for 38 yards. If it was Ryan’s plan to stop Odell his plan would be considered successful. Manning used other receivers Randel, Harris, and tight-end Larry Donnell effectively.
  2. Defense on 3rd down conversions: Buffalo was a dismal 3-16 on 3rd down conversions (18.75%). To further show the dominance of Big Blue D out of Buffalo’s 14 total possessions, 6 were 3 and outs. (42.8%). This allowed for the Giants to control field position and time of possession especially in the first half.
  3. Stopping the run: There have been certain reoccurring themes in the Giants 2015 season so far and many have been negative. The one positive that very few have been discussing has been the Giants defense ability to stop the run. The Bills ran for an awful 55 yards on 24 attempts to have an average of 2.3 yards-per-carry. While the Giants do not have a stud defensive lineman or linebacker credit needs to be given to Steve Spagnuolo for having his defensive unit ready to stop the run week after week.

 

Cons

 

  1. Offensive 3rd down conversions: Similar to this week’s competition the Giants were horrific on 3rd downs with a 3-15 3rd down efficiency (20%). While the 24 points will hide certain offensive shortcomings Manning and company need to have sustain drives and need to improve their performance on 3rd

 

  1. Missing a point-after-attempt: There are two issues with missing the PAT. First, a penalty preceded the point-after attempt and this act should be considered inexcusable. The PAT is almost a forgone conclusion in the NFL and a penalty shows a lack of concentration on the perpetrators part. The second issue is that points are taken off the board and missing a PAT could lead to another disappointing loss for the Giants in the future.

 

  1. 4th Quarter letdown: Each time an opponent scores and cuts the Giants lead in the 4th quarter there will be a certain amount of déjà vu for Giants fans. Will the Giants blow this lead? Can Big Blue hold on and win the game? Once again after the Williams touchdown for Buffalo, Giants Nation held their collective breath wondering if the game would slip away. For the Giants to reach the next level they will have to knock a team down and keep them down for the entire game not just 3 quarters of the game.