By: Marco Imperati
The Giants have bounced back in impressive fashion from an 0-2 start. Beating the Houston Texans and completely dominating an undermanned Redskins team, the offense looks sharp. Quarterback Eli Manning looks as accurate as he has ever looked. With the preseason woes in the rearview mirror, here’s what’s Rushing or Crushing for the New York Giants.
Rush– Larry Donnell. Three touchdowns.
Crush– Donnell is another reminder on why fans must be patient when analyzing a position. Hats off to him for putting in the work and coming through as a huge threat in the passing game. In addition, can’t forget to compliment the scouts and Jerry Reese for finding Donnell, a Quarterback turned Tight End, out of Grambling.
Rush: Defensive Back Trumaine McBride filling in for the injured Walter Thurmond III. McBride is a tough player. I feel that the Redskins game really turned when McBride had his strip and forced fumble on Logan Paulsen while Washington was driving down the field. Very quietly, the play of the game.
Crush: More dropped passes. I know this is nitpicking after a huge win in Washington. An early dropped pass for Victor Cruz and then later Rashad Jennings, who could have walked in for a touchdown, are the two of the few blemishes on Eli Manning’s terrific night.
Rush: Giants have won two straight games and have looked great doing it. They have outscored there last two opponents 75-31 and the defense has forced 9 turnovers.
Crush: The Texans were without best offensive player in Running Back Arian Foster and the Redskins were littered with injuries on a short week. In a league where a win is hard to come by, no one is feeling bad for these teams. However, the Giants will play three high-powered offenses in a row starting with Atlanta, followed by Philadelphia and Dallas. Consistency and talent on this team will prove if it was a fluke or not in the last two wins.
Rush: Will Beatty is Pro Football Focus’s top ranked offensive tackle (both RT and LT) thus far in 2014. He has a league-high 10.1 overall rating.
Crush: Beatty and the Giants will welcome in old friend, Osi Umenyiora this Sunday. You can bet that Osi, who spent many years practicing against Beatty, will be looking to get a jump on him and prove to the Giants that he still has some tricks up his sleeve.