The New York Giants continued their losing ways against the Philadelphia Eagles, 19-17 as Lawrence Tynes’ field goal attempt fell just short. This makes the eighth loss in nine games against the Eagles for the Giants. It didn’t have to be this way, though. Let’s take a look at some takeaways from the game.
Happy Returns: The Giants’ kick return team were able to break open a lot of holes for David Wilson to return kicks. Wilson was close to breaking two or three of those for touchdowns. Wilson had 217 yards returning kicks. If he can gain confidence in doing that, maybe he can take that and apply it to his game as a running back.
No Seal Of Approval: LeSean McCoy is your classic cutback runner. As my friend likes to say, he’s the closest thing we have to Barry Sanders in the league right now. McCoy time and time again was able to make a jump cut and find room on the backside of the play to get big yardage. He only had six yards rushing the first half, but 117 in the second. Michael Vick was able to get 49 yards on the run. This was mainly due to Osi Umenyiora‘s horrific pursuit of Vick. He was too concerned about trying to get the sack and Vick would step up and either extend the play or run. His lack of run defense reared its ugly head, enough to the point where you might only be able to use him in passing situations from now on if this continues.
Not So Safe On The Outside: For all the good that Ramses Barden did last week, the way he played today erased it. He basically took the Men in Black memory eraser to it. His offensive pass interference on the final drive made the final field goal attempt extremely difficult. You cannot make that kind of mistake. He was unable to get off of the press coverage from the Eagles corners. The Giants really missed Hakeem Nicks in this one. Barden may go back to bench, especially since Domenik Hixon came back tonight and had six catches for 114 yards.