As we begin a day that should end with Ben McAdoo no longer being head coach of the New York Giants let’s do a quick “Kudos & Wet Willies” review of the Giants’ 24-17 loss on Sunday to the Oakland Raiders.
Evan Engram — The rookie tight end had a fantastic game with seven catches for 99 yards and a score. His six touchdowns is the most in franchise history for a rookie tight end. Big plays, spectacular catches, beautiful routes. Engram’s performance had it all.
Brandon Dixon — Really outstanding work Sunday from a guy who was just signed off the street last week and hadn’t played an NFL game since 2014. Except for his dropped interception, that is.
Dalvin Tomlinson — The rookie defensive tackle has been really good this season, and was a force inside on Sunday. If you still believe the defense misses Johnathan Hankins I’m not sure what you have been watching.
Brad Wing — Averaged 48.4 yards per punt and 45.5 yards net on seven punts. Had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including a 69-yarder that Kalif Raymond downed at the 1-yard line. This was Wing’s best work of the season.
Giants’ special teams — Good work by Wing and Raymond, a 52-yard field goal from Aldrick Rosas, the punt jailbreak that led to tackling Marquette King of the Raiders at the 9-yard line. Impressive work. The only thing missing was an explosive return.
Wet Willies to ..
The Giants’ offensive line — Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and the rest of the Oakland defensive front had their way with the Giants. Of course, when you leave an undrafted rookie (Chad Wheleer) on an island against Mack, what do you expect? Geno smith was sacked three times, ran three times and was running for his life on several occasions. The Giants also averaged only 2.7 yards rushing.
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Dropped interceptions — Dixon and Landon Collins dropped what should have been easy interceptions. Only the Collins one cost the Giants points, but those are plays that need to be made.
Jason Pierre-Paul — Matched up with former Giant Marshall Newhouse, Pierre-Paul was non-existent. He had three tackles, one for loss, and got nowhere near Oakland quarterback Derek Carr. Of course, Pierre-Paul has non non-existent most of the season, so Sunday wasn’t unusual.
Geno Smith — The only thing to complain about were the two fumbles that cost the Giants scoring opportunities. Otherwise, Smith was fine. He completed 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown, and rank three times for 13 yards. Oh, and he had a fun post-game press conference in which he blasted Rex Ryan.