Tough loss. Let's not talk about that. We played well enough I think, to build momentum coming off of this game. The Giants today came out and gave this team what it needed: to know that they can beat anybody. Let's move forward with that and win out.
Let's talk about the best receiver in the game right now. Did I just say that? Yes, yes, indeed. Victor Cruz, through the last ten games, has compiled the following numbers: 60 catches, 1,059 yards, 7 touchdowns.
That's an impressive stat line, especially considering that he was essentially benched in Washington (after dropping a third down pass) and then played limited snaps against St. Louis in week two. So, if Cruz's season started in week three and he played a full 16 games, he'd be on pace for:
96 catches, 1,694 yards, 11 touchdowns
If you include weeks 1 and 2, Cruz has had three games this season where he has gone for less than 84 yards receiving (week 6 vs. Buffalo, in which he went 2 for 12). He's a big play receiver and the best part about it is he's not 6'3" like most of the top receivers in the league. He's a small guy from Paterson making big plays. And don't look now, but he's working on eliminating that weekly drop.
What do we do with all of this talent? Part of me wonders where Manningham will fit in when he gets healthy again. Barden has been coming up with a critical third down catch (or two) seemingly every week now. On that subject, when was the last time the Giants have had two 1,000 yard receivers? Have they ever? I really don't think so. But unless something drastic happens, Nicks will soon hit the mark as well, as he currently stands with 57 catches for 860 yards with four games to play.
This is also a reflection of what Eli Manning does for this team. Those guys over at Citizens really know an unstoppable quarterback when they see one (everybody used to laugh at the commercials). We are looking to enter this last stretch of the season as healthy as we've ever been (this year), with our defense starting to come together, and our offense rolling. Or Cruzing.