NYG Report: Week 2 vs. New Orleans
My Giants entered their home opener 1-0, fresh off a tight division win against the Cowboys. With plenty of room for improvement, I felt comfort in the things we were able to do well. Let's begin, shall we?
Off top, we owed the Saints as I alluded to in my last post. Last year's game ended on a field goal, the direct result of a special teams penalty. A combined 101 points scored in a game where Eli threw 6 touchdowns, ZERO interceptions, and his defense let him down. This time? No fireworks, just work.
I have to applaud our defense for being able to get off the field on 3rd down 10 times. Last season I was absolutely terrified of our 3rd down defense whether it was 3 yards to the first down marker or TWENTY THREE; this time I'm content. We allowed a single Drew Brees touchdown, but kept him pretty quiet by his standards as he finished with 263 passing yards. We were able to get pressure, unlike in week 1, and rack up 2 sacks to give our defense an added boost. I could throw numbers at you all day, but actually seeing our defense make the right plays, some that won't show up on the stat sheet, made me happy; great job on that side of the ball, fellas.
Our offense, by the numbers, won't appear as good as they looked watching the actual game. Eli marched into 10th all time in passing yards, 3rd among active players, with his 368 yard day. Sterling Shepard had 8 receptions on 8 targets for a game high 117 yards; I was thoroughly impressed with the young Don. Odell Beckham Jr. snagged 8 catches for 86 yards and a ton of attention from New Orlean's secondary that allowed our other receivers to get loose. Numbers alone can’t quantify what Odell brings to the offense; his presence is priceless. Last but not least, the Salsa Gawd himself Victor Cruz bailed us out once again. Odell dropped a sure first down pass on 2nd down, forcing us into a MUST convert 3rd down situation late in the game. Eli drops back, Cruz flies off the line and ends up making a great, and absolutely clutch catch to secure the first down and help us put it away with a field goal as time expired.
Our only touchdown of the game came on a blocked field goal that was returned by Janoris Jenkins for a score. When we signed Janoris in the offseason, people scratched their heads and even laughed at the signing, now we're 2-0 thanks in large to his contributions all over the field.
In a game where we had 3 absolutely heartbreaking fumbles and didn't cause a single turnover, we found a way to get the win. While that formula isn't one that should be duplicated, I'll always take an ugly win over a pretty loss. A lot of credit goes to Coach McAdoo for this as well because of his excellent clock management late in the game coupled with his ability to make adjustments on offense when the time came. If you're saying, "well that's what a coach is suppose to do!" I know you're not a real Giants fan because we've been through the real struggle.
Game ball goes to Sterling Shepard for his early breakout game, one, which I’m sure, he will top as the season progresses. For the G-Men it’s on to week 3 against the Washington Racists.