Giants are in first place in the NFC East
The New York Giants were able to pull off a close win over the Cincinnati Bengals despite many things not going in their favor, particularly quarterback Daniel Jones going down with an injury.
Here are my takeaways from the game:
Special Teams were a problem
The Giants’ special tams unit was abysmal against the Bengals. They gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown early in the first quarter, gave up another return that was taken to Cincinnati’s own 40, failed to stop a fake punt and allowed a big punt return late in the game that almost cost them a win.
I’m sure the Giants’ coaches will hammer the special teams unit in the film room this week.
Jabrill Peppers & Logan Ryan should be Pro Bowlers
Peppers and Ryan were all over the field in pass coverage and Ryan ended up coming up with a a huge forced fumble and recovery late in the game to help the Giants get the win.
Both players are clearly working in unison and have built a great connection at the back end of the Giants’ defense. They both also deserve to be voted into the Pro Bowl this season.
Daniel Jones’ injury is a worry
Jones’ injury came at a really bad time because it looked like the Giants’ offense was starting click in the second half and they were putting together a drive would have likely ended in six points. Instead back-up quarterback Colt McCoy came in and they had to settle for a field goal.
Hopefully Jones will be healthy for the Seattle Seahawks next week. Without him they won’t be able to compete for the NFC East title.
Penalties were a killer
We’ve seen this throughout the season but the Giants once again were hit with some bad penalties that cost them. One in particular was a play that was a dump off to running back Wayne Gallman that led to a first down with under two minutes left in the game. It would have put the game away but it was called back due to a holding penalty.
The Giants had to punt and lucky for them their defense bailed them out.
Evan Engram’s mistakes continue
Engram made some huge plays but his fumble in the first half led to three points for the Bengals and in a tight game three points can mean everything.
I really hope Engram will get his act together and clean up the big mistakes that he’s been prone to make.