clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

"Kudos & Wet Willies" review: Giants get team-wide "Wet Willie" for Sunday's loss

New, comments

Who played well and who did not in Sunday's loss by the Giants to the Redskins?

Odell Beckham with a fantastic catch for a touchdown
Odell Beckham with a fantastic catch for a touchdown
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Kudos&WetWillies_468
Let's start out this week's "Kudos & Wet Willies review with a simple statement. The Giants, as a whole, get a "Wet Willie" for coming up small -- again -- when it mattered most. It's old news at this point, but Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Washington Redskins came in a game that would have given the Giants a two-game division lead and a clear path to the playoffs. Instead, they are technically now in second place.

Thing is, while all of us here at Big Blue View foolishly picked the Giants to win, we should have seen this coming. Rather than take advantage of opportunities, the  Giants are making a habit of tossing them away. They are making a habit of playing their worst when it matters the most -- whether that be in crunch time of games or, not showing up at all. That was the case Sunday, and a few weeks ago against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Giants' three worst losses this season -- the season-opener vs. the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles and now the Redskins -- have all come on the road in the NFC East. Per the Giants' PR staff, it marks the first time since 1996 the Giants have lost all three division road games.

That, obviously, is not how you go about winning a division title. Now, on to this week's look at individual performances.

Kudos to ...

Odell Beckham Jr. -- What is there to say? The guy is utterly phenomenal. Nine catches Sunday for 146 yards, including another seemingly impossible touchdown grab. How does the guy do these things? It's too bad the Giants wasted Beckham's brilliance in another losing effort. Sort of like they have wasted a huge chunk of the prime of Eli Manning.

Odell Beckham Jr with an amazing TD catch against the Redskins!! #odellbeckhamjr #newyork #giants #nfl #football #obj

A photo posted by Deezydesigns (@deezydesigns) on

Landon Collins -- Give the kid some credit. He was criticized after dropping a game-changing interception two weeks ago, and his play has been found wanting for a good chunk of the season. Sunday, though, Collins showed why the Giants moved up to grab him with the first pick of the second round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was a force at the line of scrimmage and a solid tackler in the open field. He finished with eight tackles, two for loss. Pro Football Focus gave Collins a +3.4, highest grade on the defense. Collins had a stop on 16.1 percent of his run snaps, highest of any safety in Week 12.

Will Tye -- Six catches for 74 yards, including a fourth-and-2 28-yard grab during the furious fourth-quarter rally. Not bad for an undrafted kid from Stony Brook who was the Giants' No. 6 tight end in the spring. It's been a small sample size, but at this point I'm pretty sure it's Tye and not Larry Donnell who would have to be considered the Giants' tight end of the future.

Brad Wing -- The Giants' punter certainly wasn't affected by the miserable conditions at FedEx Field. He punted seven times, averaged 50.4 yards, had a long of 61 yards, dropped three punts inside the 20-yard line and nearly had a fourth when Dwayne Harris had a foot hit the end line while trying to down a punt around the 1-yard line. The guy was hitting rockets outside the numbers all day.

Wet Willies to ...

Rueben Randle -- Yes, I pretty much trashed the fourth-year wide receiver on Sunday.Yes, Tom Coughlin said the interception in the end zone was thrown a little bit behind him. Yes, Manning took the blame. No, I'm not backing off my criticism of Randle.

I hate seeing anyone in any walk of life waste talent, and in my view Randle is wasting his talent. At the very least, he isn't using his talent to its fullest ability. He had one catch in six targets on Sunday. He had a drop and twice failed to make all-out efforts when targeted on that critical third-quarter drive. The guy is in his fourth year, has never played in a playoff game, had an opportunity to help get his team to one on Sunday and played like it didn't matter. He played like a guy who was just happy to be playing, not a guy who really wanted to excel. That's my problem with Randle.

Jayron Hosley -- When does the charade end? When do the Giants stop trying to convince themselves that Hosley can be a real NFL cornerback? When there are big plays against the Giants' secondary somehow Hosley is almost always in the neighborhood. That tells you what you need to know. The teams facing the Giants don't really think the guy can play, and they're licking their chops attacking him.

Brandon Meriweather and Craig Dahl -- Please God, let Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson and Mykkele Thompson be healthy next year. And if they aren't the answer, please drop a real free safety out of the sky and make him a New York Giant. Meriweather had no chance against DeSean Jackson on the 63-yard touchdown Sunday. He ended up allowing three completions for 78 yards, a perfect 158.3 passer rating. Dahl was no match for Washington tight end Jordan Reed.

Offensive line -- I know, I know. This is sort of unfair. No Justin Pugh. No Weston Richburg, No Geoff Schwartz after his season ended with a broken leg -- on the same leg where he suffered a broken ankle last year. No Will Beatty, for that matter. Still, 13 carries for 33 yards is awful, and Manning was under duress the entire game. Marshall Newhouse gave up all three sacks and Manning was hit eight other times in 54 drop backs. Newhouse, who I have tried to defend as doing what he was expected to do, isn't good. Newhouse had a -6.1 PFF grade, lowest on the offense,. In addition to the three sacks, he allowed a hit and five quarterback hurries.

The pass rush -- Apparently, what we saw two weeks ago against the New England Patriots, when the Giants harassed Tom Brady, was an aberration. Kirk Cousins barely got his uniform dirty Sunday. The Giants never sacked him, and they put pressure on him on only four of 29 dropbacks. That is just 13.8 percent of the time, worst of any team in the league in Week 12.

Kwillies to ...

Jay Bromley -- The only thing keeping the second-year defensive tackle out of the "Wet Willie" column is his first-quarter blocked field goal. Bromley played just 16 snaps, earned a defense-worst -2.5 PFF grade, and went all Damontre Moore on Cousins, slamming him to the ground and earning a roughing the passer penalty well after Cousins had released a pass.

Dwayne Harris -- I love Harris's toughness. I love what he has done this season as both a receiver and as a special teams player. I won't fault Harris for the second Manning interception even though he had it in his hands. The ball should never have been thrown, got tipped, and Harris got slammed. He also showed toughness by coming right back in the game. He had a rough day returning, though. He averaged 3.5 yards on four punt returns, including muffing one, and had only one 19-yard kickoff return. And what was he doing fielding that punt at the goal line in the game's closing seconds?