Let's take one final look back at Monday night's 28-16 victory by the New York Giants over the St. Louis Rams. As I will try to do each week, we will use the numbers from Pro Football Focus for discussion purposes. Let's get started.
Offense (+4.6 overall)
Yes, the Giants' offense is struggling. Here, however, is something to feel good about. The highest PFF grades to New York offensive players for Monday was a +2.4, and that grade went to three players. A pair of offensive linemen, right guard Chris Snee and left tackle Will Beatty, got that mark along with running back Ahmad Bradshaw. PFF noted that Beatty allowed only one pressure against quarterback Eli Manning (+0.7 for the night).
Other positives were that center David Baas received a +2.2.
On the negative side of the ledger Kareem McKenzie had a tough night and wound up with the worst offensive grade, a -3.1.
Defense (+8.4 overall)
The Giants defense was +12.2 against the run and -5.4 against the pass. If you saw the game you can't argue with that. The Giants have so far played the run extremely well ... the pass is another story.
Best grade of the night? Try Rocky Bernard's +3.9. Yep, Rocky Bernard. You have to give this guy credit. From the time he returned to the Giants this preseason Bernard has been better than at any time in his two previous seasons with New York.
Kenny Phillips (+2.1), Michael Boley (+1.9), Justin Tuck (+1.3) and Corey Webster (+1.1) also scored well. Phillips, by the way, is PFF's top-ranked safety through two games with an overall +6.6. Phillips is playing at a very high level, especially against the run. By the way, through two games the Giants have the league's three top-rates safeties against the run (Phillips and Antrel Rolle at +3.0 vs. the run) and Deon Grant at +2.8. That is a huge part of the reason they have been so good stopping the run.
No Giant defender graded out worse than -1.0 overall, a score that went to Dave Tollefson. A note, though, about Aaron Ross. He was targeted 10 times and surrendered six completions for 168 yards. That is half of St. Louis's passing yardage, and an average of 28 yards per completion. Bradford's rating throwing at Ross was 104.2.
Special Teams (-3.8 overall)