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Giants Win An Ugly One

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The New York Giants beat the Kansas City Chiefs 12-9 on Sunday. The win moves the Giants to 2-8 on the season. (Photo Credit: Giants.com)

By Harrison Kaye – Big Blue United 11.19.17

What Went Right: The New York Giants defense was phenomenal on Sunday, flying all around the field and disrupting the high scoring Kansas City Chiefs offense. Safety Landon Collins had a nice game recording 15 tackles and an interception. It appeared that Collins was involved in every tackle and once again looked like the player that was a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year last season. After an awful performance last week, cornerback Janoris Jenkins had a huge impact and arguably his best game of the season. Jenkins recorded five tackles and a huge interception that gave the Giants an opportunity to win in regulation. When Jenkins is on his game, he is one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Wide Receiver Roger Lewis made a remarkable catch in overtime to set the Giants up for the game winning field goal. On the play, Lewis was running down the left side of the field and was interfered with but was still able to come up with a one-handed catch. Running back Orleans Darkwa had a nice game rushing for 74 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Darkwa has really taken over the starting running back position and has “run” with it. Rookie free agent offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, started his first game at right tackle and had an excellent debut. The offensive line did not allow a sack on quarterback Eli Manning all game.

What Went Wrong: Rookie tight end Evan Engram was only targeted six times when he should be the primary receiving target. Engram has had a great rookie season and has continually put up great numbers. On Sunday, he wasn’t targeted nearly as much as he should have been. Engram is a phenomenal tight end and needs to be featured in the offense. The play calling was poor once again. Head Coach Ben McAdoo opened up the play book but chose the wrong times to use those plays. The halfback option pass did not work as the intended target tight end Evan Engram was double covered and the pass was off-target. It is one thing to use a trick play, but it’s another thing to successfully execute it.

 

Even though the Giants won, changes still need to be made. This win can’t distract from the fact McAdoo shouldn’t be the Giants coach and Jerry Reese shouldn’t be the general manager moving forward. As a fan, you have to hope the Giants lose out and get a great draft pick who becomes a difference maker.