Following a breakout performance by the offense in Week 6, the New York Giants think that they have turned the corner and are ready to start moving the ball. Just like everyone thought they would before the season began.
Quarterback Eli Manning threw for 402 passing yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens in the first signs of life this season from the Giants offense. It was the first time since Week 1 that the Giants had multiple passing touchdowns in a game; it was also double the number of passing yards (199 yards) that the Giants had the week before in a loss at the Green Bay Packers.
It seems as if the offense is ready to take off and finally start getting into gear.
“Absolutely. The thing with us is execution. We are going to get coverages that we like, where are going to get situational football and situations to get our guys – whether it is a receiver or whether it is a tight end or whoever it is, to just get them the football and we just have to execute,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said on Wednesday.
“I think that we are right there, we are executing, we just have to continue to build on that and take it one week at a time.”
The Giants are second in the league in passing offense, a not entirely unimpressive stat when considering that their ground game has been nonexistent much of this season. Defenses have been able to drop their safeties back deep to account for the deep threats such as Cruz as well as Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard.
Beckham was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday following 222 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
“Eli's playing well, he's trusting the outside guys. I'm just really impressed with all three receivers. Sterling Shepard is playing really good inside,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said on a conference call with the New York media.
“If you didn't know, you wouldn't expect him to be a rookie, let me put it to you that way. Odell Beckham Jr.'s big game last week with big play after big play. Victor Cruz is playing really well. The offensive line is in sync and not taking a lot of sacks and getting rid of the football. They've got a run game that can put some stress on your defense. It's a well-coached group.”