Giants vs. Jaguars, NFL Week 12: Game Notes

NEW YORK – The New York Giants were coming off back to back losses to division rivals and they needed a win badly. I did not think this would be an easy game because Jacksonville has some very talented players on their team, including RB Maurice Jones Drew. But the Jaguars kicked the crap out of the Giants today in every area of the game. The Giants gave a pitiful performance once again for the first three quarters, then seemed to come to life in the fourth quarter. They cannot continue this new trend of laying down for three quarters and hoping to come to life late in a game to save the day. It will not work and they will not make it back to the playoffs playing like this. The Giants won this game 24-20 but they won ugly.

There are still way too many mental errors being made. The turnovers (Giants lead NFL with 30) and penalties are killing Big Blue this year, couple that with the enormous loss of talent to the IR list and a middle of the road team is what you are left with. The Giants have become a mid level NFL team. It pains me to admit that because I am first and foremost a fan but there is no denying what I have seen with my own two eyes. The Giants are going to have to win back my trust and prove me wrong. I understand the injuries to starting players are very difficult to overcome but it is much more then that. I am still rooting for them to win every week and have not lost faith in Big Blue but they need to play better.

The amount of dropped and tipped balls by the WR’s and TE’s are completely unacceptable. This is an area of the game that is overlooked sometimes but not by me. The team needs to work on this just as much as they concern themselves with all of the fumbles. Dropped and tipped balls kill drives the same way a fumble does. The lack of energy and sense of confusion permeating off the G-men is what is upsetting. I don’t mind if they lose a game straight up but I loathe losing games due to mistakes. The Giants won the football game today and raised their record to 7-4. They will try to keep things rolling when the Redskins come to New Meadowlands stadium next week at 1PM EST.

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

– QB Eli Manning had another decent game and finished with 226 yards 2 TD’s 0 INT’s.

– RB Brandon Jacobs got the start today and had a good game. He finished with 87 yards 0 TD’s.

– TE Kevin Boss had a great game and finsihed with 74 yards and a huge TD late in the game.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw had some good runs at key moments and finished with 49 yards 0 TD’s.

– WR Mario Manningham had a good game as the No. 1 WR and finished with 61 yards and 1 TD.

– DT Barry Cofield had a nice game and seemed to be in on every play today, even though the stats don’t show it.

– S Deon Grant led all defensive tacklers with 8 today. Grant was a huge off season pick up who has emerged as a leader.

– K Lawrence Tynes had another perfect game (3/3) and has completely redeemed himself in my opinion.

– Rookie P Matt Dodge continues his see saw season with another up and down game.

– The Giants make shift offensive line did not give up a sack the entire game.

– TE Travis Beckum had a nice catch for 29 yards and seems to be getting more work on offense.

– DE Justin Tuck was all over the field today and made some very big plays. He also shared a sack with Antrel Rolle.

– OC Kevin Gilbride continues to disappoint with his conservative offensive play calling.

– DC Perry Fewell continues to impress with his defensive schemes and game instincts.

– The Giants defense had a better game statistically, then it looked like live on TV. They finished with 4 sacks 1 INT 3 forced fumbles.

– Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul had a great game including a key play in the 4th quarter. He also had 2 sacks.

– The Giants special teams needs a complete overhaul. I’m not sure if it’s Tom Quinn or the players but somethings gotta give.

– The Giants are still turning the ball over way too much, in fact the lead the entire NFL with 30. The amount of penalties are getting ridiculous as well.

RD –



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