• Eli Manning’s numbers say he played well. 22 of 35, 259, 4 TD, 2 INT. I thought he had a bad game. On the first series of the game, he threw was should have been an extremely easy pick. How do you drop this?
On the second series, Eli threw a pick 6. That pass was even worse. For one, the receiver wasn’t open, but also, the throw was terrible. It was thrown a good two yards behind Jernigan. I’ve come to expect better from Eli Manning, an I mean that as a compliment, but he’s having a rough season. Not that “QB rating” is the end all be all, but here is where Eli ranks in comparison to the rest of the NFL’s QBs. Flacco, Kolb, Fitzpatrick… Interesting company:
• I’m convinced that Eli Manning gets away with intentional grounding more than any other QB in the history of the game. Here’s the rule, just FYI:
Intentional Grounding of Forward Pass
- Intentional grounding of a forward pass is a foul: loss of down and 10 yards from previous spot if passer is in the field of play or loss of down at the spot of the foul if it occurs more than 10 yards behind the line or safety if passer is in his own end zone when ball is released.
- Intentional grounding will be called when a passer, facing an imminent loss of yardage due to pressure from the defense, throws a forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.
- Intentional grounding will not be called when a passer, while out of the pocket and facing an imminent loss of yardage, throws a pass that lands at or beyond the line of scrimmage, even if no offensive player(s) have a realistic chance to catch the ball (including if the ball lands out of bounds over the sideline or end line).
At the end of the first half, Eli got away with one of the more obvious intentional grounding calls you’ll see. He drops the snap:
Picks it up:
And chucks an awkward looking jump pass:
Here’s what the TV screen looked like when the ball hit the ground:
Not that it matters (because the rule book says nothing about a “receiver being in the area”), but Martellus Bennett was standing about two yards deep in the end zone. That pass is nowhere close to him. Clearly intentional grounding. That should have been 2nd and 20 from the 28. Instead it was 2nd and 10 from the 18. A few plays later, touchdown.
• I think it’s fair to say David Wilson has some talent. We can agree on that, right?
327 all-purpose yards! That is a new Giants single-game record.
And almost as importantly, he had both hands on the ball in traffic. If you fumble in the NFL, you won’t be around long, no matter how talented you are. It seems Wilson is beginning to realize that.
Just what fans of the other NFC East teams need: A talented Giants player with a signature TD celebration:
For the record, I like the backflip. Very retro. Ozzie Smith would be proud:
• I’m a big fan of Will Hill. Here’s more on that.
• There was a play where Prince Amukamara horse collared a Saints player:
He then complained that he didn’t horse collar him to the officials, and tried to show the officials how he tackled the Saints player. In doing so, he demonstrated a horse collar tackle:
• I remember back in training camp in Albany, I watched Stevie Brown working as a gunner on the punt coverage team. He looked slow. My first thought was, “That guy ain’t making the team.” Brown now has 7 interceptions this season. That’s 2nd in the NFL. He also has 259 INT return yards. That’s the most in one season by any Giants player in team history. I won’t be earning a scouting job in the NFL anytime soon.
• On a non-current team note: 19.5 sacks for Aldon Smith now. Three games left, one of which is against one of the worst offensive lines ever (Cards). Bye bye sack record, Favr.. er.. Strahan.
• All in all, nice win for the Giants, although I realize a lot of this seems negative. It really was a big win. People like you and I can look at that Saints team and go “Pfft… That team sucks.” And maybe they do this year. But that is a team that has owned the Giants in recent years. Always good to beat teams that have had your number. I’ll have more the Giants this week, as they have a very interesting matchup in Atlanta on Sunday.