Finally, Giants’ writers get to pen a winning epilogue for once. A win is a win, no matter how ugly. The Giants playing with an entirely new backfield and QB Eli Manning felt pressure several times and threw the ball carelessly. He was not as accurate as one would expect against the young Vikings’ secondary and he lucked out a few times after throwing the ball up for grabs.
Conversely, his receivers dropped several passes on him. The fantasy stats were stale as a result, Here’s a quick rundown from our friends at Rotoworld from a Giants’ standpoint…..
TE Brandon Myers caught two passes for 15 yards in Week 7 versus Minnesota.
Myers was targeted just three times. Both of his receptions were good for third-down conversions. Myers has been a complete non-factor since catching 13 passes combined in Weeks 1 and 2. He has just seven catches since and is a low-end TE2.
WR Rueben Randle caught three passes for 40 yards and one touchdown in Monday night’s Week 7 win over the Vikings.
Randle secured all three of his targets. He beat Chris Cook from 24 yards out to reel in the touchdown. Randle is clearly the Giants’ most-talented weapon on the outside. But he remains a bit raw and mistake-prone. Randle coughed up a fumble on a punt return to set the Vikings up in the red zone. Josh Freeman gave it away on an interception two plays later. Randle will be a strong WR3 play next week against the Eagles. He burned them for two touchdowns in Week 5.
WR Hakeem Nicks caught just two passes for 28 yards in Week 7 versus the Vikings.
Nicks was targeted a game-high ten times but dropped at least three passes. Eli Manning also barely overshot Nicks on what would have been an opening-drive 16-yard touchdown pass. Nicks also appeared to hurt one of his fingers on one of the drops but didn’t miss a play. We’re not making excuses for him. Nicks was downright awful. He simply can’t separate anymore. Nicks is clearly the third-best receiver on the team. He’s nothing more than a low-end WR3.
WR Victor Cruz caught five passes for 50 yards in Week 7 against Minnesota.
Cruz was targeted seven times on the night. The Giants couldn’t get much going on offense in this dud of a football game, but Cruz led the team in receiving. He did, however, drop a sure 13-yard touchdown pass in the second half, forcing the Giants to settle for a field goal. Cruz and the Giants have another tasty matchup against the Eagles next week. In Week 5 against Philadelphia, Cruz caught five passes for 48 yards on a dozen targets.
RB Michael Cox rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries in Monday night’s Week 7 win over the Vikings.
Cox caught two passes for one yard. Peyton Hillis got the start in the Giants’ backfield, but Cox received the first carry on the second play and rushed six times total for 22 yards on the opening drive. He was a non-factor thereafter. Cox dances way too much and doesn’t get up field. He has a lot of work to do as a runner. Cox likely won’t be a factor in the backfield again this season. Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) will look to return next week against the Eagles. Even if he can’t, Hillis will see the bulk of the action.
QB Eli Manning completed 23-of-39 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown in Monday night’s Week 7 win over the Vikings.
Manning didn’t play as well as even the so-so numbers would suggest. He could have easily been picked off at least two or three times, while his receivers also hurt him with a handful of dropped passes. Manning overshot Hakeem Nicks a bit on what would have been an easy 16-yard touchdown on the opening possession. Nicks was also the culprit on at least three of those aforementioned dropped passes. Victor Cruz later dropped a sure 13-yard touchdown. On his lone score, Eli hooked up with Rueben Randle from 24 yards out. The Giants are in the win column at 1-6. They’ll travel to Philadelphia in Week 8.
RB Peyton Hillis rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Giants’ Week 7, 23-7 win over the Vikings on Monday night.
Making his debut with the team just five days after signing, Hillis started and saw 23 touches. He caught five passes for an additional 45 yards on six targets out of the backfield. This was without question the single ugliest football game after seven weeks on the season. It felt like a preseason game with viewers just waiting for the game clock to hit zeros. Hillis looked terrible in the first half, but he got his legs under him after the break and was arguably the best offensive player on the field in this one. That’s not an endorsement. It simply was just a brutal display of football. The Giants will look to get Brandon Jacobs back from a hamstring injury next week. If Jacobs can’t go, Hillis will carry the load again in Week 8 against the Eagles. He’s not a fantasy option.