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Giants-Saints “Kudos & Wet Willies” review: Yet another

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disappointing Monday OK [url=]B.J . Goodson Jersey[/url] , let’s get this done. Another loss by your New York Giants, this one a 33-18 disappointment at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. A 1-3 record. A whole lot of locker room speeches that sounded like regurgitations of the same stuff we’ve been hearing from years from different coaches and players. Let’s review in our tradition “Kudos & Wet Willies” style.Kudos to ...First-half defense — The Giants’ defense did as much as it could to give the team a chance to win on Sunday. Four times in the first half the defense turned away Saints’ scoring opportunities, forcing field goals. That included the drive that began at the Giants’ 11-yard line after a Wayne Gallman fumble.Sterling Shepard — Ten catches in 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. A pretty good day’s work for Shepard. Whatever page he and Eli Manning are on so far this season appears to be a good one. Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. need to find that page.Landon Collins — The 2018 version of Landon Collins is beginning to play like the 2016 All-Pro version of Collins, not the slowed-by-injury version we saw last season. Collins was a force at the line of scrimmage Sunday with 14 tackles (9 solo). He was also solid in coverage and had a pass defensed.Eli’s tackling — I have no idea when Manning last made a tackle, if he had ever made one in an NFL game prior to Sunday. His hustle after Gallman’s fumble, though, knocking Marshon Lattimore out of bounds at the 11-yard line, saved the Giants four points. It ended up not meaning anything, but still an excellent hustle play from the 37-year-old.B.J. Hill — The third-round pick out of North Carolina State, continues to show that he is a much better, more versatile player than most thought. The collegiate nose tackle picked up the Giants only sack of the day on Sunday, his second in as many games. He’s been a pleasant surprise in a season that has thus far featured far too much familiar disappointment.Saquon Barkley — Not Barkley’s best game, but he ended up with exactly 100 yards from scrimmage on the day (56 receiving, 44 rushing). He has hit the 100-yard mark in all four games this season. Barkley got 28 of his rushing yards on one play. There are problems with the Giants’ offense, but the way Barkley is playing isn’t one of them.Alec Ogletree — Twelve tackles, five of which were solo and two of which went for losses. The veteran linebacker made a huge interception the week before in a victory over the Houston Texans, and has been a nice addition to the defense.Wet Willies to ...Eli Manning — As I wrote last night, Manning ended up with good overall numbers (31-of-41, 255 yards, a touchdown and a 99.1 passer rating). He really, though, didn’t have a good game. He missed connections with Beckham a couple of times. Whether it was by the design of the play calls or because he simply felt he had to check the ball down because of the soft zone played by the Saints, the passing “attack” became an endless series of dump offs and short throws that went nowhere. Somehow, the Giants couldn’t find a way to attack a secondary that had been giving up 336.7 yards per game (30th in the NFL) entering the game.I have long defended Manning, and continue to believe that when he is comfortable and confident — like he was vs. the Texans — that he can make plays and win games. He has to be willing, and able, to challenge defenses down the field, though. I know it was a long time ago, but the guy who won two Super Bowls was willing to do that. Now? Whatever the reason, the passing attack consists mostly of a bunch of short passes to nowhere.Offense as a whole — In a league where all of the rules favor the offense and where teams across the league seem to be consistently lighting up the scoreboard the Giants are plodding along and have now failed to score 30 or more points in 37 straight games. They haven’t even reached 20 in three of their four games this season. Astounding. The offensive line wasn’t good Sunday, with center John Greco and the league’s highest-paid left tackle, Nate Solder, appearing at first glance to struggle the most. Manning was sacked three more times, and has now been sacked 15 times in four games. At that pace, he will be sacked 60 times this season. The most he’s ever been sacked in a season is 39. Complain about Manning all you want [url=][/url ] , but you have to believe the duress he’s under and the number of times he’s being hit or pressured is contributing to not getting the ball down field.Take away Saquon Barkley’s 28-yard run and the Giants had 14 carries for 37 yards, 2.6 yards per carry. Manning didn’t get much done. Beckham again made no impact plays. Wayne Gallman had a fumble that killed a potential drive and gave the Saints three points.After the game the Giants were giving the “well, the Saints played a soft zone and didn’t let us do what we wanted” speech. We’ve been hearing it for years, from other head coaches, other offensive coordinators and other players. It’s tiresome.Even without Evan Engram the Giants have quality offensive players. They need to find better ways to use them, to actually attack defenses rather than as Pat Shurmur said after the game, “pick away” and make trying to crawl down the field look like torture.Curtis Riley — I have written this before, but the Giants have a problem at free safety. Riley has two major flaws — he consistently takes poor angles to the football, and when he does get there he simply cannot tackle. He either gets run through, past or simply hangs on to some part of a ball carrier until help from someone who can actually bring that player down arrives. It’s not a good look, and it’s not good enough to secure the back of the Giants’ defense.Jawill Davis — I hate picking on a kid who had been on an NFL roster for maybe 48 hours when Sunday’s kickoff rolled around, the Davis was not good at all in his debut as the Giants return man. Replacing kickoff returner Codfy Latimer and punt/kickoff returner Stacy Coley (ankle), who had replaced Kaelin Clay, who had replaced Hunter Sharp, Davis was an adventure returning kicks. He fair caught the only punt he had to handle. Davis averaged 20.0 yards on three kickoff returns, but made the awful decision in the third quarter to bring a kickoff out from 5 yards deep in the end zone. He was stopped at the 11-yard line. He also mishandled two kickoffs in the end zone. A very shaky debut.Pete Morelli — The horse-collar call on Janoris Jenkins was awful. There was a missed facemask on a run by Saquon Barkley. The pass interference call late in the game on Donte Deayon was debatable. That’s not the point, or why referee Pete Morelli gets a “Wet Willie.” Could the guy look, or sound, any more bored? Or, like he would rather be anywhere else than refereeing an NFL game? From the guy’s body language and his monotone voice while making calls you’d think he was having a colonoscopy. If the guy doesn’t want to be there, he shouldn’t be there.Odell Beckham — Yes, I’m going to go here. Beckham hasn’t made an impact play in four games. Yes, Manning has missed him a couple of times. The lack of big plays, though, isn’t entirely on Manning. The Giants need Beckham to be better. I have also said this before — but the Giants didn’t make him the highest-paid receiver in the game to be a possession guy. They paid him to change games.The sideline is also part of the story. There were no meltdowns Sunday from Beckham. Problem is, there wasn’t much of anything. Beckham is the Giants’ heartbeat. He is their energy source. Sunday, he seemed lifeless on the sideline, defeated. He was quiet and alone on the sideline much of the time as the game progressed and began to get away from the Giants. If Beckham doesn’t have life, the Giants don’t have life. My game picks — I’m 0-4. I stink at picking games, that’s just how it is. I have to admit, I really wanted to pick the Giants to beat the Texans. I knew I should have done that. I wanted to do that in my gut. I just couldn’t justify it based on the numbers. Sunday, I knew better than to pick the Giants to beat the Saints. I knew that was a mistake when I first made the pick last Thursday and debated changing it right up until Sunday morning. Dummy! My advice to you — don’t ever bet your hard-earned money off my game predictions. Pat Shurmur's first win as coach of the New York Giants had a cast of high-priced talent leading the way along with some help from a couple of less-known guys.Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning hit 25 of 29 throws for 297 yards and threw two touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr., caught nine passes for 109 yards. Rookie Saquon Barkley ran for a touchdown and had 117 all-purpose yards. Sterling Shepard had six catches, including a TD, and tackle Snacks Harrison had seven tackles shutting down what had been the league's top rushing attack.It's what is expected of the stars.The Giants (1-2) also won because of contributions from veteran defensive lineman Kerry Wynn and second-year offensive tackle Chad Wheeler.Wynn might have had his best game with the team while making his first start of the season. He had five tackles [url=]Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey[/url] , including one for a loss, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a special teams tackle in helping overcome the absence of linebacker/pass rusher Olivier Vernon, who missed his third straight game with a high ankle sprain.Shurmur knew his stats from the game, and even added in a quarterback pressure in what he said was an outstanding performance."I mentioned that Eli had a pretty good day at the office. That's a pretty darn good day at the office as well," Shurmur said of Wynn. "Kerry is long, he's kind of a relentless player, he's tough, he's all the things you're looking for. He's tough, he cares, he works, and he finds a way to make plays."Wynn has been an occasional starter (now 11 times) since earning a roster spot as a free agent out of Richmond in 2014. He has taken big strides this season in the 3-4 scheme employed by new coordinator James Bettcher."Me personally, I try to make sure I'm always around the ball," Wynn said Monday. "When you're around the ball, good things tend to happen. Just running around and trying to make stuff happen. I'm having fun with the defense. I love it so far."Wynn said he was contacted by friends and family about the game, but refused to describe it as his best."I know I had a productive game, and it feels even better to have a game like that where we come out victorious from it," he said. "Hope to have more like that."Wheeler was thrust into the starting job at right tackle in place of 2015 first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers, who struggled in the opening two losses.The former free agent out of Southern Cal had his moments, good and bad. He did a very solid job run blocking, forcing J.J. Watt to run himself out of position on a number of plays in the first half. Watt was outstanding in the second half, getting two of his three sacks, while consistently disrupting the offense and Manning."I'm going to take responsibility for it, a couple times he got stretched out and just pure one-on-one (pass protection) against (Watt)," Shurmur said. "I can't put him in those positions as many times as I did. But he battled and, in my opinion, even though he got beat on a couple of snaps, I thought he had a winning performance."Wheeler said he was caught leaning the wrong way a few times."I learned if you prepare and work hard during the week it gives you a shot against anybody in the league," he added.Based on that, expect Wheeler to get another shot when the New Orleans Saints come to MetLife Stadium on Sunday.NOTES: Shurmur said TE Evan Engram has a sprained knee. The team was still determining on Monday the severity of the injury and how long he will be out. ... Despite television reports that Harrison was injured late in the game, Shurmur said it was nothing more than ordinary wear and tear. ... Vernon and CB Eli Apple (hamstring) are making progress, but it's too early to say whether they will play Sunday. ... Shurmur refused to take issue with the low tackles by the Texans that injured Engram and left Barkley and Shepard sore. "Their style of tackling was to go low. Guys running with the ball have to be able to protect themselves," Shurmur said.
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