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Monday Morning Manning: Week 14

By: Marco Imperati

The Giants bounced back after a disappointing loss vs the Pittsburgh Steelers to defeat, for the 2nd time this year, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys came into MetLife on a 11 game winning streak. They hadn’t lost since week 1 vs, the Giants. I think it’s fair to say that this 10-7 win was one of the most fun games to watch since SuperBowl 46. There is a lot to dissect from this Giants team. Fortunately, it’s easier to reflect on changes off a big win.

Eli Manning finished with a stat line of 17 of 28, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Without making any excuses, let’s look at the facts. Eli did not look great. This offense continues to be a mystery. Credit to coach McAdoo in which he has shown to keep going back to the run, throw out what hasn’t been working, and integrate new players into the gameplan each week. It was also a cold, slushy night. The turn in MetLife didn’t offer the best footing. Add that to an offensive line that is shaky at best. Left Tackle Ereck Flowers has been good for about one mistake a game. Last night he had several. As this team finds ways to win and rests big time on their bruising defense, there are silver linings. They have pieces everywhere that if the light bulb goes on, it could flip the script on a struggling team. Also, this team has Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ was the best player on the field in the biggest game of the year for the Giants. He showed his Ferrari like quickness by going 0-60 in 3 quick steps and took his coveted slant pattern to the house for the go ahead touchdown.

Keep an eye on: This offensive line going forward. I believe with Justin Pugh coming back to left guard, it will settle things down. Hopefully this group can stay healthy and find some balance going forward. Running Back Shane Vereen came back last night, only to be lost to a concussion early in the 1st half. Pugh and Vereen could bring some veteran presence and all around increased quality of play back to the offense for these last three games, and beyond.

Up Next: The 9-4 Giants welcome the 9-4 Detroit Lions to Metlife for their final home game of the year. The Giants can all but seal their playoff ticket with a win here. They really need the Cowboys to continue to lose with any shot at the division, but a win vs the Lions really solidifies their wild card seating. Detroit is a very solid and well balanced team. They can beat you in a variety of ways. The Giants have played great at home this year and are excited to get these Lions outside.