NFL Week 8: Giants vs. Dolphins, Game Notes

NEW YORK – The Giants played the lowly Miami Dolphins today in another must-win game for Big Blue. This was not a fun game to watch at all for the fans. The Dolphins didn’t need to use all of the trick plays I thought they would employ, they simply drove the ball at will against the Giants defense. But the Giants did their thing in the 4th quarter as usual and pulled out the 20-17 win. They improve to 5-2 on the year and keep the Dolphins winless. Fans were expressing themselves on twitter LIVE during the game and I won’t repeat some of the things I heard on there. I can assure you it wasn’t good. I would have loved to stayed on and talked more with the fans but twitter said that I reached some ridiculous tweet limit during a LIVE football game and put me in “twitter jail” once again. It is really quite annoying and making me wonder if the aggravation is worth it.

Miami went into the locker room with a 14-10 halftime lead and seemed to have all of the momentum for most of the first half. They were not playing like a winless and pathetic ball club at all. They were moving the ball at will and beating the Giants defense to the punch on most plays. At the end of the day, I understand the only thing that matters is winning but tell that to the Giants Nation who have had to endure these close games each and every week. There is a lack of consistency that cannot be denied and quite frankly, it is becoming unnerving. The G-Men had way too many penalties again, finishing the game with seven and too many dropped passes by the WR’s and TE’s. The running game needs to pick it up and the defense has been giving up a lot of big plays. They will need to make some corrections before the elite teams come to town.

The Giants will play the Patriots in New England next Sunday at 4:15 PM EST. That gives the Giants one week to make the proper adjustments needed before the storm hits.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning played an outstanding game today and got little help from his teammates that dropped passes. He finished with 349 yards 2 TD’s 0 INT’s.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw had a decent game and left for x-rays in the second half but still returned. He finished with 50 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a good game and finished with 68 yards 0 TD’s. He gets all of the attention from opposing DB’s.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – It seems like JPP gets a sack in every single game and today was no different. He got 1 sack late in the contest.

LB Michael Boley – Boley led the entire defense in tackles and continues to be a force on the field.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs did not have a very good “return from injury” game today. He finished with 10 yards and a fumble.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi has been making his presence felt on the field and finished with 1 sack today.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka - Kiwi was all over the place today and finished with 1.5 sacks.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario had a very nice game today and finished with 63 yards and 1 TD.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle had his usual good game today but he also has some fans saying he gives up too many big plays.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross had a nice game today and is filling in nicely for Terrell Thomas while he is on the mend.

TE Jake Ballard – Big Jake is really becoming a fan favorite now and continues to produce on the field. He finished with 55 yards today.

WR Victor Cruz – You have to love this kid. Cruz went out and had another great game by leading all WR’s, finishing with 99 yards and 1 TD.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck made his return to the field today after missing a month to injury, he finished with a 1/2  sack.

CB Prince Amukamara – The rookie Prince was back at practice this week and should have his debut sometime in November.

LB Greg Jones – The rookie LB Jones had a solid game and finished second on the team in tackles.

OL Chris Snee – Snee was able to return to the field today after dealing with a concussion. It was good to see him back out there.

CB Corey Webster – C-Web had a terrific game and got the 4th quarter INT that sealed the win for Big Blue.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman put together another nice game and has fans exhaling about the punting group.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made both of his FG attempts and both of his extra point attempts. He is having a good year.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense did not play very well today. They allowed way too many yards and points to an inferior team. It was hard to watch this game.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense was making plays but the running game was awful today. Manning was balling but the supporting cast kept dropping passes.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams is mediocre and will need some serious tweaking during the offseason.

What did you think about the Giants performance at home against the Dolphins?

RD – nygreporter.com

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2 Responses to NFL Week 8: Giants vs. Dolphins, Game Notes

  1. bobbyg says:

    the giants seem to have picked up the pace after falling behind in a few games this season in the 3rd and 4th quarters.that does not seem to bode well with there up coming schedule.i cant see falling behind and coming back against teams like the saints,greenbay and the pats.the tackling was horrible yesterday and what i thought was going to be the up side of the g-men this season, which is there defense is starting to worry me.the o-line is stepping up and giving eli time,but the defense and the pass rush which is waiting for the 4th quarters of games to show up is giving me an ulcer.the one thing i know you and me agree on, watching the giants as long as i have,which is 45 years this year,is that they seem to play to there competition.and yesterday when a lot of analysts thought the giants should have ran over the dolphins,i know you and me knew otherwise.i know the g-men will play to the competition against the much tougher part of there schedule starting sunday against the pats.the question is in the key moments of those games,will they come up with that big tackle run or pass they need to get by these teams in the next 9 games.we have been waiting for those key plays from the g-men since they won it all in 07.with the dream team back on everyones a-list in the nfl after destroying dallas,im anxious to see if our giants will step up to the plate now.the g-mens performance yesterday was a B-,but to get were we need them to be,they better start bringing home some A pluses.

    • robdomaine says:

      Hi Bobby, I completely agree with you about them falling behind early and having to make comebacks. That might work when your 7 or 10 points down but these elite teams will make that 21-24 points easily. They need to get off to a better start and get in the groove quicker. I have been on the edge of my seat all year watching them play and it’s giving me an ulcer too just like you lol. Manning has been terrific and needs these guys to catch the dang ball man. Way too many dropped passes for me to take. The Patriots will be a good test of where we are this Sunday.

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