Once again we find ourselves dealing with a gut-wrenching loss by the New York Giants.
This was the Giants' third straight loss going back to before the bye week, and the Giants are 2-5 in their last seven games. We have spent quite a bit of time pouring over the Giants' personnel decisions, and getting some input from Pro Football Focus on how well the players did their job.
In a season that John Mara characterized as "Win or else," this latest loss has raised the temperature of Tom Coughlin's seat to, perhaps, unbearable levels.
But let's take a break from speculating about the future of the Giants' coaching staff and take a look at how the players performed.
The star of the offense was, once again, Odell Beckham Jr.
It seems as though the second year receiver is either setting a new record or making a spectacular play every time the Giants take the field, and this past Sunday was no different. Beckham's six-catch, 149-yard, one-TD performance was graded a +2.5 by PFF, giving him the highest grade on the offense. Beckham played all but two of the Giants' offensive snaps, by far the most of the skill position players.
Eli Manning, however, has largely been Pro Football Focus' punching bag this season. Despite a few poor decisions -- though not nearly as many as in the previous offense -- most Giants fans would be hard pressed to put Manning as chief among the Giants' problems.
PFF, however, hates the Giants' quarterback. While Eli has been having one of the most efficient seasons of his career, the advanced analytics service has him as one of the lowest rated quarterbacks in the league.
"Eli Manning (-2.3) has always had a reputation of being a hot or cold quarterback; however, we are watching his worst season in the PFF era. Over the course of the year, Manning has a player rating of 54.9, which is tied for 31st (out of 38 QBs who qualify) with Matt Cassel."
That -2.3 is the lowest rating of any of the Giant's offensive players.
It seems as though the Giants have lost their third starting offensive lineman, at least for the time being. After playing just 33 snaps, rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers exited the game with what is being called a high ankle sprain, and was seen after the game wearing a boot and using crutches. Flowers was the Giants' best lineman of the day with a +.9 total grade, bolstered by a strong +2.8 run blocking grade.
Despite criticisms of the defense from around the media for failing to get a stop when the Giants absolutely needed it, the defense largely played well.
Of the Giants five highest-rated players, four of them were from the defensive side of the ball. Perhaps none more encouraging than rookie Landon Collins. For the second week in a row, Collins has earned a strong grade from PFF, this weeks' being a +2.2.
On the defensive front, the Giants got very strong showings out of Jason Pierre-Paul (+3.1) and Robert Ayers (+5.8). Ayers' finished with two sacks, two hits, five hurries, and a batted pass while JPP had a QB hit and eight hurries. The two combined for 18 total pressures, almost five times the amount of pressure than the Giants' defense as a whole generated against Kirk Cousins last week.
Of particular note, Damontre Moore finally got a meaningful amount of snaps with 46 total. That was more snaps than he had received in the previous three games put together. PFF was largely unimpressed with his effort, grading him a -1.2 (-.8 run defense, -.1 pass rush, -.5 coverage). Despite the disappointing grade, Moore always seemed to be around the ball or near the play, and the Giants should be encouraged by his energy and hustle.
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