We know how the game went. Super Mario Manningham and Steve Smith each had 10 catches and a TD, while Kevin Boss was mostly relegated to pass protection. Career days for both receivers. More after the jump...
NYG Rec Yds Avg. Long TD M. Manningham 10 150 15.0 49 1 S. Smith 10 134 13.4 32 1 K. Boss 1 13 13.0 13 0 D. Hixon 1 13 13.0 13 0 D. Hagan 1 12 12.0 12 0 A. Bradshaw 2 8 4.0 6 0
What is most surprising to me is how Steve and Mario became pretty much "the only receiving options" for Eli Manning out of our huge corps of WR's, TE's and RB's. Dallas was geared to stop the run at the expense of WR pass defense. As a result Eli, Steve and Mario put up big numbers.
Has Domenik Hixon lost his starting job? Has Derek Hagan jumped ahead of Sinorice Moss?
Mario Manningham, who made a terrific juggling catch for a 22-yard touchdown late in the second quarter and added a 49-yard bomb in the third quarter, replaced Hixon in the starting offense. Sinorice Moss came in for the first three-receiver set, as he lined up as part of a bunch formation. But the next time the Giants lined up in three wides, Derek Hagan joined Manningham and Steve Smith. Hagan remained the third receiver the rest of the night. With Hixon out, Ahmad Bradshaw returned punts.
Last night's performance alone should make Manningham and Smith the starting WR's for the foreseeable future. Add in Hixon's injury (which is hopefully very minor), and the case is made. Then it gets tricky...
Who's number 3?
I think Domenik Hixon will probably be healthy enough to play, but has probably lost his starting job. Is Hixon now the #3 receiver? Or is it Sinorice Moss or Derek Hagan? Was Moss pulled in favor of Hagan because of injury? Did Moss screw up? Hagan played most snaps at the end of the game, though he had only one catch and Moss had none. Number 3 WR is not that big of a deal when you get production from your TE's and/or RB's, but we saw little of that in week 2.
So I made a big deal about Ramses Barden getting the first activation of his career. (19 votes in the poll - 17% - picked Barden to have the biggest game last night. Crazy!!) Coughlin said Barden would play and he did. Sadly, we only saw him on special teams. It would have been nice to see him in the Dread Zone, since we are now 'zero for eight' in 2 games. Maybe he will get a chance soon?
It seems like the RB's and TE's were mostly used in pass protection or not open. There were a few failed screens to FB Madison Hedgecock that just looked awful. Ahmad Bradshaw had 2 catches for 8 yards and Brandon Jacobs was not thrown to. Kevin Boss had one catch, and Travis Beckum is still looking for the first catch of his career.
Giants next matchup is Sunday at 1pm in Tampa Bay. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-2 with one of the worst-ranked pass defenses in the NFL. I'll post a WR preview for week 3 versus the Buc's later this week.
Assuming Manningham and Smith are starting WR's for week 3... Who should be the NY Giants #3 Wide Receiver??
Domenik Hixon (73 votes)
Sinorice Moss (7 votes)
Derek Hagan (11 votes)
Other (please explain in comments) (5 votes)
96 total votes