But the Giants found a way to win their fourth straight game in a 27-13 contest over the Packers, and unlike some of the recent wins, there were at least a good chunk of positives to take away from Big Blue’s offensive performance.
Victor Cruz was again at the top of his game, catching eight passes for 110 yards. Everyone else was efficient enough in helping the Giants get the win.
Eli Manning looked great on a few drives, but of course, an interception in the red zone clouds his performance. That one though was not on him, as Louis Murphy Jr. committed to a hitch route before floating back inside – allowing Tramon Williams to get the diving interception.
On the 26-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle, Eli looked a lot like his brother Peyton Manning. He stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike over the middle to Randle, who caught it in stride for the touchdown. Very Peyton-esque.
Andre Brown had an OK day as well. He carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards – not exactly on par with last week’s performance but certainly a serviceable day.
Someone who did not watch the game might look at Brandon Jacobs’ stat line and think that he did not factor too much into this game with just five carries for nine yards.
However, Jacobs was a huge difference maker in those five carries, especially converting on two fourth-and-one plays and running in a one-yard touchdown.
This effort is exactly what the Giants need from Jacobs. Come in a few times a game and just pound the ball on the ground against an opposing defense. Especially with Brown running well since his return, Jacobs can now be utilized as the short yardage back that he’s built to be.
Continuing with the theme of efficient enough, the offensive line was good at times, and it was not so good at other times. Manning had plenty of time to throw in some instances but was still sacked four times.
As for Hakeem Nicks, he caught four passes for 50 yards. In any other year, that would be considered a mediocre day for the talented Nicks, but this year, that’s one of his bigger games. But no one would have thought that Jason Pierre-Paul would have more touchdowns that Nicks after Week 11.
The offense wasn’t great on third down (4-for-14) but was 2-for-2 on fourth down thanks to Jacobs.
So there are still a few kinks to be worked out offensively, but the unit as a whole has to feel pretty good about the performance. Manning involved a variety of weapons as he completed passes to seven different receivers.
Looking at the past few weeks, the Giants have had the luxury of facing below average quarterbacks – though Scott Tolzien did wind up throwing for 339 yards despite the three interceptions. But with Tony Romo up next, Big Blue’s offense must put points on the board, since the defense will be tasked with trying to stop the Cowboys’ big-time weapons.
These Giants are very much alive, and now they’ll have to just keep rolling – even if it’s still not perfect.
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