From Matthew Cohen:
Like everyone else, I was fairly disgusted with last night’s game. 6 turnovers is stunning for a well coached team.
In the aftermath, I’ve been thinking over the results and I must say that at times, the Giants’ offense looked about as explosive as I’ve ever seen it.
On the Giants’ second to last scoring drive, for example, Manning marched the Giants 90 yards in 7 plays. He was 6 of 7 and completed passes to Randle (2), Cruz, Nicks, Myers and Scott. He seemed to have no problem isolating on the single coverage and basically playing catch with his receivers.
For the game, Manning was 15 of 22 to his top 3 receivers for 333 yards. That’s a 68% completion rate and a 15.1 yards per attempt average. If you throw in Myers (7 out of 9 for 66 yards), Manning was 22 of 31 for 399 yards which boils down to a 71% completion rate and 12.9 yards per catch.
If Randle’s performance in last night’s game is any indication, , the Giants may have the best 1-4 receiver combination (Nicks, Cruz, Randle and Myers) in the game.
It’s nice to have a great number 1 receiver. But a great number 1 receiver will usually match up against a number 1 corner (or get a double team). Number 3 receivers match up against generally mediocre number 3 corners and rarely face double coverage. Ask Mario Manningham – that’s how he made that catch in the Super Bowl. Very few teams have 3 very good corners and someone who can cover a tight end. It is going to be very difficult for opposing defenses to match up against the Giants this year.
Wilson has some issues. He’s either going to fix them or ride the bench for another year. He’s an exciting player, but with the Giants’ passing attack, they really only need a solid back as a change of pace. There are plenty of serviceable veteran backs on the scrap heap that can carry the ball 10-15 times a game and block blitzers. The Wilson disaster of last night is not a season killer. The discovery that the Giants may have the best receiving corps in the game will hopefully be something that returns the Giants offense to elite status.