For the first time in two months we get to do a 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review following a victory by the New York Giants, this one a 36-7 pasting of the Tennessee Titans to end a seven-game losing streak. Who played well? Who didn't? Let's get to our tradition 'K&WW' review to find out.
'Kudos To ...
Odell Beckham -- The guy is tremendous. 11 catches for 117 yards to become the first rookie in league history with 90+ yards receiving in six straight games. Two catches short of Tiki Barber's franchise record for catches in a game. Four punt returns for 49 yards. Showing off his arm with a 65-yard throw. Who really cares that it fell incomplete? Pray that this kid stays healthy. If he does he will be spectacular for a long time.
Andre Williams -- The rookie had his best game as a pro with 24 carries for 131 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run. Williams has struggled much of the season, but Sunday showed why the Giants were so excited to find him available in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Offensive Line -- Yes, it was against the Titans, but Sunday's game showed what an offense can look like when its offensive line gets the job done. Quarterback Eli Manning was never sacked, and was hurried just five times (of course, we know Manning turned one of those into a complete disaster). The Giants gained 142 yards rushing and averaged 4.7 yards per rushing play, with 50 of those coming on Williams' beautifully blocked touchdown run. Most importantly for the future of the Giants, rookie guard Weston Richburg and second-year tackle Justin Pugh had solid games.
Markus Kuhn -- Hey, scoop and score, that thing NFL defenses practice every day, works in games, too! Kuhn scooped up a Zach Mettenberger fumble and rumbled 26 yards for a touchdown Sunday. That was the Giants first defensive touchdown of the season, and the first-ever NFL touchdown by a German-born player.
Devon Kennard -- So, this is what quality linebacker play looks like! The two quarterback sacks, including the sack/fumble that turned into a Markus Kuhn touchdown, were impressive. That gives Kennard four sacks in two weeks -- and yes, it's about time he was used as part of the pass rush. Kennard had six tackles, two for loss, and two hurries. Also impressive.
You know what it more impressive? The fifth-round pick from USC actually knows what he's doing. Unlike too many Giants defenders, Kennard is rarely if ever caught out of position. He gets where he's supposed to go. When he blitzes, he is actually productive. And he is a solid tackler.
The only thing I can't figure out is why he ever comes off the field. He did all his damage Sunday while playing only 32 of the Giants' 58 defensive snaps.
Jason Pierre-Paul -- The free-agent-to-be seems to be starting a nice salary drive. He had two sacks on Sunday, giving him 3.5 over the past two weeks. He now has seven for the season, his highest total since he had 16.5 in 2011. He was credited with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble in his most complete game in several weeks.
Josh Brown -- Went 5-for-5 in field goals, including a 52-yarder, tying his career-high for field goals in a game. This was a great bounce back game for Brown after his costly miss the previous week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brown is now 16-of-17 on the season with a pair of field goals from 50 yards or longer.
Is anyone still on the 'the Giants should have kept Brandon McManus' bandwagon? McManus is looking for a job after going just 9-of-13 in field-goal attempts and being cut by the Denver Broncos.
Wet Willies To ...
Antrel Rolle, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Embarrassing Themselves -- Sorry, but there's no place for this sort of moronic, disrespectful behavior. Especially from a team captain and supposed team leaders.
I don't mind celebrating, and I get the fact that the Giants haven't had much to celebrate in a long time. The only description for this, though, is embarrassing. Especially since a Damontre Moore penalty meant the touchdown didn't even count.
Rolle actually defended this unprofessional, juvenile act on Sqor, saying "Sometimes U have to just live in the moment." Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't apologetic for the amateurish display either, saying "F-- no" when asked if the penalty he and Rolle received for unsportsmanlike conduct bothered him.
That's a problem. Sometimes you have to have a clue, act like a professional and not embarrass yourself, your team and your coach. It's a sad thing to say about two veteran players, including the defensive captain, but this was a prime example of the lack of discipline that has killed the Giants all season.
That Eli Manning Pick Six -- Indefensible. Awful. Ridiculous. Stupid. Inexplicable. Unforgivable.
Call the third-quarter pick six Manning threw anything you want. Manning has thrown a lot of interceptions in his career, 184 to be exact. That one, a Christmas present right into the thankful arms of Marqueston Hunt, has to be in the top five of the dumbest throws Manning has ever made.
Up 30-0. Down 30-0. Doesn't matter. Can't make that throw. Ever. It was third-and-9, Manning was flushed from the pocket and could have easily picked up a couple of yards, slid and allowed the Giants to punt. Instead, he throws a pass across his body that never had a chance. The only place you CAN throw that ball is all the way out of bounds. It's the kind of rock-headed 'what are you doing?' play that you would expect from a high school junior varsity quarterback, not an 11-year veteran with two Super Bowl rings. Luckily for the Giants they were playing the terrible Titans, not a real NFL team that actually could have taken full advantage of Manning's generosity.
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