Among the many, many things and people that Sandy has affected, somewhere WAYYYY down the list, well after the far more important issues, is the completion of our weekly Utlimate22 grades and conclusions.
As our team of Ultimate22 evaluators deals with those things, we will put our content on hold for the week (minus something like a game preview on Saturday) as many of you are probably without power (and in turn, internet access) like many of us are.
We will be back next week with grades from both Week 8 and 9 as well as (what we planned on offering this week) our first look at some trends, both good and bad, at the halfway point of the season.
Hope everyone has a SAFE and SMART recovery as we all are forced to deal with the aftermath of Sandy in one way or another.
I hope Nicks still hurt is the reason why the Giants aren't passing well, although there should always be opportunities for the 3rd and 4th receivers. A. Brown has better vision and decisiveness than Bradshaw, so it's encouraging that he got more carries yesterday. Eli is definitely not a one hit wonder. He has not been as sharp as usual two of the last three games, but he is the least of our worries. The run and pass D both need improvement. Prince was sucked in on the long TD pass and Hosley got burned a few times. They have the potential to be there at the end, but you know what they say about potential.
I guess it's up to us commenters to fill the void while the staff is indisposed. In wake of loss to Steelers and recent offensive struggles, two difficulties present themselves: 1. Lack of small ball (which Steelers used so effectively to jumpstart their passing game with TD pass to Wallace). 2. Perhaps even more importantly, Nicks at less than full speed; thus secondaries concentrating on Cruz.
Even though, in my opinion, Nicks is one of the top five receivers in the league, Giants might be better off playing Hixon, Barden, and Randle until Hicks is full speed again.
I disagree. I was stuck on an airplane and did not see the game. But that reenforces the point that you can't dismiss all of the great play of Eli Manning on a couple of games. I saw the highlights. The offense has done very little in 8Qs. I heard a stat that Coughlin is 1-8 in Werk 9 as the Giants coach. They need to fix stuff, but we knew that from DAL. I'm not glad they lost. I hope they will improve.
@ultimatenyg Agreed. There is plenty to fix. And while I defend Gilbride the gameplan clearly needs to be re-focused, what that is? Not really sure. The running game needs to get back on track. But somewhere along the lines of the play that is called, an Eli manning check at the line, an Eli Manning decisions, a WR decision in our "option-routes" offense, the passing game is clearly out of sync and has really shown the need for a running game. Once things are back up and running we can really focus in on some numbers/grades from the past 3-4 weeks as opposed to earlier in the season when the offense was shredding teams.
At first I thought that Goodell had ordered the ref to make sure the Giants won to make people feel better in NJ and NY ... Terrible calls against the Steelers, I'm actually glad they came back to win.
Another awful game from the offense, the defense actually did ok considering how many short fields they got.
I think it's safe to consider 2011 a one time occurence in Manning's career.