The Giants' offense was downright offensive to watch Sunday night vs the Eagles. Just one trip into the red zone in 14 possessions. And on that trip, they lost both the ball on downs and WR Victor Cruz (knee) for the season.
The game plan played right into the Eagles' hands, succumbing to the pressure and then not adjusting to address it as the game went on. It was as if Philadelphia had a copy of the Giants' game plan tablet. Unacceptable.
The offensive line was pitiful to put it kindly, surrendering eight sacks, seven QB hits and ten tackles for losses. They blocked no one and looked confused and disinterested most of the night.
QB Eli Manning (13/23, 151 yds, 0 TD) had little time to do anything. When he wasn't being uses as a pinata by the Eagles' defense, his timing was getting disrupted. In addition, his release time was lengthened due to the fact that his receivers were not getting open.
The running game without Rashad Jennings was a bust. Not sure what he could've done to help, anyway. Rookie Andre Williams could not overcome the shoddy blocking and gang-tackling tactics of the Eagle defense.
Some numbers that are hard to digest: ZERO points, 253 net yards, 4.3 yards per play, 2-14 on third down and just two first downs on the ground. Ouch.
QB: You'll be glad to hear that I am absolving Manning of all blame. He literally had nothing to work with Sunday night and should have put in a request for battle pay after the game. To his credit, he did not throw any INTs and his one fumble was recovered by RT Justin Pugh. He had very few open options in the passing game and when he did, he was hurried, sacked or mugged. Ryan Nassib took over at garbage time and got sacked twice himself. Ridiculous.
RB: It's hard to get positive yards when the defense has 9-10 men in the box to your six. Andre Williams (16 rushes, 58 yards) had a 17-yard run in the 4th quarter, but only was able to muster 2.7 yards on the rest of his carries. Peyton Hillis (5 rushes for 24 yards) wasn't any better as the change-up back although he did catch 3 passes for 28 yards and blocked like hell when he was in there.
TE: Larry Donnell, where have you gone? Last week, Donnell had no receptions and just one target. This week he caught one pass for six yards on two targets. Daniel Fells caught two 20 yard passes and Adrien Robinson has a 29-yard grab at garbage time. Still, the Giants need more from this group, especially Donnell.
WR: The Cruz injury might just be the most deflating in recent years. He is a leader and a cornerstone on this offense. His injury is serious and let's hope he can recover. As for last night, the Eagles did a great job of containing and bottling up the Giants wideouts. In short, they weren't getting much separation nd were left to watch as their QB fended for his safety. Rueben Randle continues to be the workhorse, getting nine targets and catching five for 58 yards. Cruz caught 2 of his 3 targets and Odell Beckham has two receptions for 28 yards.
OL: All five starters - RT Justin Pugh, LT Will Beatty, C JD Walton, LG Weston Richburg and RG John Jerry - played 100% of the offensive snaps in this game, although there where times when the Giants appeared to have no offensive linemen on the field. No one has the capacity to watch every NFL game every week with any cognizance, but I'll bet you'd be challenged to find a game where an offensive line played as poorly as the Giants did on Sunday night. Just awful and downright scary.