NFL Giants Week 1 Grade

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NY Giants Week 1 Grades
QB: Eli Manning played fairly well in leading his team to three touchdown drives. He did tend to place some balls a little high which lead to interceptions on two tipped passes. Even though he let passes sail on him sometimes, most of those passes were catchable balls. Grade: B+

RB: throughout the first half, the running game was virtually non-existent and that’s through no fault of Brandon Jacobs or Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants offensive line continuously let defenders penetrate into the backfield and make plays behind the line. After the half Jacobs and Bradshaw started making plays due primarily due to better run blocking but still the run game isn’t where the Giants would like it to be. Grade: C-

WR: the formidable trio of Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, and Hakeem Nicks showed up and made plays as expected after their breakout season of a year ago. Nicks was the star Sunday, hauling in 3 touchdown receptions, although he had a couple of tipped balls which lead to turnovers. Smith was his reliable self and Manningham made plays when called upon, but the tipped passes have to stop. Grade: B

TE: there wasn’t much tight end play due to Kevin Boss being lost to an injury early in the game and the Giants only having one other tight end on the game day roster, Travis Beckum. The Giants only played mostly one tight end sets for the remainder of the game and Beckum wasn’t a big factor in the passing game. Grade: D

OL: the once vaunted Giants offensive line didn’t look particularly cohesive against the Panthers. They continually missed blocks in the run game and let the Panthers defenders make plays for losses. Put simply, their run blocking was atrocious. It’s a different story when you talk about their pass protection though, that’s where they shined most of the game in giving Eli time to throw for over 250 yards. One sack in 30 drop backs isn’t bad at all, but the running game has to come together for their season to go better than it did last year. Grade C (their shining in pass protection is their saving grace)

DL: Justin Tuck set the pace for the retooled defensive line in constantly providing pressure on Matt Moore. Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka each followed suit chipping in with two and one sack respectively. The rest of the defensive line presented great pressure up the middle and gave Moore little room to maneuver. They also gave the impressive running game of the Panthers modest room to do much damage as well. They held the dynamic duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to under a combined hundred yards rushing. Grade: A

LB: led by Michael Boley with four tackles, the linebacking corps was solid if not unspectacular. They provided firm support in the run defense and didn’t allow much in the short passing game. Jonathan Goff, Antonio Pierce’s replacement in the middle, played a good game and didn’t look overwhelmed in replacing Pierce. Grade B-

DB: the stars of the game were the Giants secondary, who intercepted Matt Moore three times, with Deon Grant making an amazing pick at their own 1 yard line. Corey Webster and Tyrell Thomas provided excellent coverage against Steve Smith and the rest of the Panthers receivers. Aaron Ross looked almost all the way back from an injury that took away his 2009 season. Newcomer Antrel Rolle led all Giants with seven tackles and was a presence in both facets of the defense. Grade: A

Special Teams: Lawrence Tynes was good on his one kick, a 32 yard attempt, which is good considering he is kicking in a new stadium and has to get a feel for the swirling Jersey winds. Punting was a whole other story with new punter Matt Dodge looking absolutely dreadful on his two attempts. His kicks had little hang time which led to a long gain of 28 by the Panthers special teams. That’s a problem that has to be fixed and soon. The Giants return game needs some more explosive plays. D.J. Ware needs to be more consistent when fielding kick-offs. Grade B-

Coaching: Tom Coughlin should be pleased with his team, except for the run blocking. New defensive coordinator Perry Fewell rang up pressure without sending the house, something his predecessor wasn’t able to do. The Giants defense looked vastly improved from just a season ago. Kevin Gilbride called an excellent offensive game plan and it looked like the passing game picked up where it left off last season. Grade: B+
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