Giants report card: Is there a grade lower than an F for ‘O’?

Grades from the on Thursday:


Avert your eyes. This was ugly. An NFL team gets only 170 total yards in a game? Converts 2-of-14 on third down? Gets seven first downs all night? There was absolutely nothing good. Eli Manning (13-of-27, 113, 1 INT) was bad. His receivers were worse. Has TE Evan Engram hit the rookie wall? He dropped three more passes. The line caved in, with tackles Ereck Flowers and rookie Chad Wheeler getting dominated. WRs Tavarres King and Roger Lewis hit with costly penalties. Just brutal.

Grade: F


They did what they could for as long as they could and outscored the offense 7-3 on Janoris Jenkins’ pick-six. CB Ross Cockrell had a 37-yard pass interference penalty that was unquestionably deserved and also a holding penalty that negated a sack. Run defense was great (12 yards) in first half, shabby (97 yards) in second half as Samaje Perine (24-100) was a factor. Six sacks of Kirk Cousins, including two for Jason Pierre-Paul and 1.5 for Olivier Vernon. Jenkins beaten by Josh Doctson on game-winning TD and no answers at all for Jamison Crowder (7-141, 1 TD).

Grade: B-

Special teams

Ross Cockrell was hit with a 10-yard block-in-the-back penalty on punt return. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie downed a Brad Wing punt on the 5-yard line. Kalif Raymond called for a fair catch in the third quarter with no one within 10 yards of him. Strange. Wing’s punting is not what it was last season. Aldrick Rosas hit his only field-goal attempt from 30 yards.

Grade: C


There are injuries galore on offense and Ben McAdoo cannot get anything going. It is getting worse. McAdoo showed confidence in his short-yardage operation, going for it on fourth down in the second quarter. Defensive effort was solid, but Steve Spagnuolo continues to see his unit allow too many free receivers in the secondary.

Grade: D