Following the Jets’ victory over the Titans, the Giants had an opportunity to become tied with the Titans for the best record in the NFL.
The Giants began the game slow by giving up deep passes from Kurt Warner left and right. The passing defense seemed to be soft and allowed most of the Cardinals receivers to be wide open, but one thing saved them. They limited yards-after-catch, which helped them in the end. When the Cardinals would drive down the field in a matter of a few short minutes, the Giants would end up holding them to a field goal because there was no more room to pass. Holding a powerful offense like Arizona’s to a field goal has to feel good.
The Giants didn’t do much on offense without Brandon Jacobs, who was held out for precautionary reasons due to a small injury he suffered in the game agaisnt Baltimore last week. Although the offense was sputtering, the special teams crew was right there to help them. Domenik Hixon had three punt returns, averaging 60 yards per return. His longest return went 83 yards. If it wasn’t for these returns, the Giants may have ended up as the losing team in this battle.
That wasn’t all. Hixon also contributed as a wide receiver over the injured Plaxico Burress. Hixon led the team in receptions with six and ended the day with 57 receiving yards, a team high. Santana Moss, who had one catch this season coming into the game, had two nice receptions for 20 yards, including a 12-yard reception. Quarterback Eli Manning did a nice job of spreading the ball around to all of his receivers. Manning completed passes to seven different players, including a short pass to fullback Madison Hedgecock for his first career touchdown.
I was very surprised to see John Carney handling the kicking duties this week. I was more surprised to see Tynes last week, but I believe the Giants should choose a kicker instead of going back and forth (one of the reasons is because I just dropped Carney in all of my fantasy leagues and added Tynes, hehe).
The Giants will stay on the road and face division rival Washington Redskins this weekend at 1 p.m. at Fedex Field. The Giants and Redskins seem to have a pattern of winning and losing each season. The Redskins start off slow, which allows the Giants to win the first game, then the Redskins pick up their game and by the time they face the Giants the second time, the Redskins have more momentum heading into the game. Nevertheless, it will be a fun game to watch.