One of the most awkward moments of the year for New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will come on Saturday night as he has to accept the ridiculous Snoopy Trophy after winning the second annual MetLife Bowl. Said trophy will be awarded to Big Blue following their 26-3 victory over Rex Ryan and the New York Jets; it will be their first Snoopy Trophy and will undoubtedly find its way to their Lombardi Trophy display inside the stadium. Or … maybe not.
- Victor Cruz – There's something about the Jets that Cruz loves to take advantage of, and he did that again on Saturday night. He caught five passes on seven targets, and that included one where he took a brutal helmet-to-helmet shot courtesy of LaRon Landry (no call). The chemistry between he and Eli Manning looks to be in mid-season form.
- Martellus Bennett – The young tight end is a hell of a blocker and he seems to take pride in it. In fact, he appears to be a better all-around blocker than some of the offensive linemen.
- Jayron Hosley – The rookie CB looked significantly improved on punt returns from a week ago, and did an excellent job making up ground on a pick-six that sent Jets fans fleeing for the exits.
- Lawrence Tynes – The kicker routinely booted kickoffs out of the endzone and was perfect on field goals tonight. It was absolutely everything a coach could have asked for.
- Jason Pierre-Paul – What really needs to be said? JPP is unstoppable.
- Rocky Bernard, Markus Kuhn & Linval Joseph – All three defensive tackles were very active and impactful tonight, specifically in short yardage situations. The Giants will need more of that with injuries plaguing the unit.
- Will Hill – This youngster is starving and it shows. He had another very good game tonight, and showed talent in coverage and rushing the passer. Very little chance he doesn't make the team.
- Replacement Referees – The officials are atrocious. There's not much more that needs be said. Tonight, they put the players' safety at risk by missing two helmet-to-helmet shots, and their inability to grasp the rules of the game is an extreme concern. At one point, on a hold during a punt, the referee had no idea what the penalty was. Was it five yards? 10 yards? Half the distance? It took four guesses before he got it right.
- Injuries – Justin Tuck (neck/shoulder), Adrian Tracy (hamstring), Hark Herzlich (hip), Ahmad Bradshaw (hand) and Prince Amukamara (unknown) all suffered some dings on Saturday night. X-Rays were negative on AB, but he did not return and had a cast on his hand later in the game.
- Run Blocking – Pretty much everyone involved and everything about it.
- Ramses Barden – With his clock ticking, Barden needs to make a tremendous impact. One of the few times his name was called tonight was due to a drop. Although, to be fair, he was being held by Darrelle Revis.
- Brandon Jacobs – Speaking of injuries, former Big Blue RB B-Jac suffered a serious one out in San Francisco. His season appears to be over after taking a massive shot to his knee. He had to be carried off the field and then carted into the locker-room. While he may no longer wear blue, this is painful news for all Giants fans.
- Eli Manning – Easy-E was throwing darts early in the game, but at one point, he reverted back to the Eli of old and drastically overthrew Reuben Randle for an interception. It's hard to tell without seeing the coaches film whether Randle ran the wrong route, but either way, it was a poor decision by Manning.
- D.J. Ware – Contrary to popular belief, Ware looked quite good on a number of early runs. He had some of the better runs of the night, but as the game wore on, had less and less room to run. Mentally, he started to get eaten up, and it led to other mistakes – like dropping an easy screen pass. At the end of the day, he's a good #2 option and appears poised to have a solid season if he can keep his head on straight.
- Henry Hynoski – The bruising fullback had a rollercoaster type game that included several punishing blocks and several times where he was put on his rear-end. At one point, frustration boiled over and Hynoski was seen punching the ground violently.
Be sure to come back tomorrow for a more thorough analysis of tonight's game, with additional individual performance breakdowns.
Photo credit: MetLife Central via Press Release
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