The New York Giants got a much-needed win beating the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday. The win wasn’t pretty and they got off to another slow start for the second consecutive game which is a little alarming moving forward.
The worst player on the Giants in this one had to be Larry Donnell because he fumbled the ball on the second play of the game that cost them seven points. It hasn’t been a good couple weeks for Donnell as most Giants fans remember him nearly costing them the game last week against the Baltimore Ravens stepping out of bounds instead of getting the extra yards which caused the team to be a yard short of the first down.
For the second straight game, the Giants weren’t able to score in the first quarter while they have allowed the opposition to put 10 points on the board. The offense looked like it finally made its way to London early in the second that eventually led to a field goal by Robbie Gould. Landon Collins shortly after made probably the play of the game with a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown to tie the game. He is quietly turning into of the best safeties in football and has been the heart of this Giants defense.
Rams quarterback Case Keenum got worse as the game went on. A sign of what turned out to be a rough second half for him was when he overthrew the ball to a wide open Kenny Britt that would have been the go-ahead touchdown. The Giants offense only had 232 yards and if it wasn’t for timely pick made by Collins to give them good field position early in the fourth quarter, it is likely they wouldn’t have scored again. They made the Rams pay by scoring off that turnover to get the first lead of the day going up 17-10. They ended up hanging on to win with a game-ending interception in the end zone made by Keenum.
Eli Manning didn’t knock it out of the park today, but he did just enough to get the win completing 24-of-37 for 196 yards. The Giants pass rush made Keenum uncomfortable in the second half. He finished the game completing 32-of-53 with one touchdown and four interceptions.
The Giants now have to use the bye week to address how underwhelming the offense has been and try to fix the lack of a running game that makes the team one-dimensional. They have arguably the receiving trio in football yet aside from Odell Beckham, both Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard aren’t getting involved in the offense enough. The production from Shepard hasn’t been the same as it was the first few weeks of the season. Bob McAdoo is going to have to be creative to get his playmakers the ball more.
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