Here are your 'Kudos & Wet Willies' from Friday night's 20-17 loss by the New York Giants to the Chicago Bears. The Giants won the first half with their front-line guys, and clearly lost the second half with the reserves.
Kudos to ...
- David Wilson: The rookie first-round pick gave the Giants everything they could have hoped for Friday night. He carried five times for 49 yards and caught two passes for 26. He ran hard, showed big-play ability and seemed to handle his assignments.
- Eli Manning: Just your average 17-for-21, 148-yard, one touchdown half of work for Manning.
- David Douglas: I admit I was a little surprised to see Douglas handle punt returns right from the beginning Friday. He was flawless in both his catching and his judgment. He had a 36-yard return wiped out by a penalty, and a 36-yard pass reception wiped out by penalty. He tossed in an impressive 28-yard kickoff return for good measure. I don't know how the Giants configure the 53-man roster, but Douglas has to be on it.
- Ramses Barden: The big receiver definitely made an impact on the game. He had three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, and drew a pass interference call in the end zone to set up a score.
- Kevin Boothe: Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't. In the first half, though, it seemed like every time the Giants had a running play go for significant yardage, No. 77 was pulling through the hole and leading the way.
- Da'Rel Scott: Just when you thought Scott's time with the Giants might be running out he comes up with a huge performance. The second-year running back blocked a punt, busted off a 28-yard kickoff return, had a 15-yard run and caught a pass for 12 yards. He might have saved his roster spot with that effort.
- Keith Rivers: Replacing the injured Michael Boley, the former member of the Cincinnati Bengals had five tackles and on several occasions showed his athleticism in pass coverage.
- Steve Weatherford: Had a punt partially blocked, but that was not his fault. Had a 58-yard punt, and dropped three punts inside the 20-yard line.
Wet Willies to
- David Carr: Only 7-for-16 with a game-ending interception he seemed determined to throw. Carr missed a few wide-open receivers and did not look sharp.
- Andre Brown: Six carries for three yards? One catch for two yards? Brown had to lose serious ground to Scott in the race for a roster spot.
- The End Around: OK, the Giants have used it. Can we just put it away and forget about it now? The Giants tried one Friday, and Domenik Hixon lost 13 yards and nearly got nailed for a safety.
- James Brewer: Played the second half at left tackle, and really did not play it well. Kept getting pushed backwards or having guys run right by him. He can't challenge for a starting role playing like Wayne Hunter.
- Mark Herzlich: Played middle linebacker with the reserves starting the second half, and really accomplished nothing except watching the Bears rip off a few long runs on his watch and then getting hurt again. His shoulder injury is reportedly not serious, which is good. He did make two solo and four assisted tackles. But, Mark, you can't challenge for the starting job if you can't stay on the field for more than a few plays without getting banged up.
- CBS: Pictures of Dan Dierdorf and Greg Gumbel holding their grandchildren? In the middle of the broadcast? Really?
Who else should be on the list, Giants fans?