After losing at home 17-0 to the Tennessee Titans, the Giants have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. The shutout loss was the worst home loss by the big blue in decades, while New York can officially turn the page on their two-time Super Bowl winning QB Eli Manning.
Odell Beckham Jr missed his second straight game with a quad injury and the entire Giants offense was nowhere to be found. Saquon Barkley had arguably his worst statistical game of the season and failed to reach over 100 total yards for just the second time all year. He tallied his lowest rushing total of the season (31 yards), and the entire roster was limited to less than 50 yards on the ground.
Eli was missing throws all over the field, but the Titans pressure made his afternoon one to forget. Tennessee hurried the veteran signal caller all day and sacked Manning 3 times, while they had their most dominating victory since the franchise moved to Nashville.
Derrick Henry has emerged as a legitimate RB1 over the past month and ran all over the Giants defense. He racked up 170 yards and 2 TD on 33 carries and the Giants had no answer for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
New York will likely ride Manning for the final two games of the year, seeing as how he did win them two Super Bowl trophies, but failing to give Kyle Lauletta a shot at proving his worth could become costly. The Giants will most certainly have a top-10 pick this April and selecting a quarterback should be a top priority. But why not see what your 2018 4th round pick has? It certainly cannot hurt.
Week 15 showed that the ailing Giants are close, but extremely far away from being a legitimate threat in the NFC. They looked off all day and without their all-pro wide out, they are a below average offense that can compete with below average teams.
New York should tank the final two games to receive a higher draft pick and attempt to take Justin Herbert out of Oregon University. He can step in right away and have an impact, while the Giants continue to build a prolific offense.
But for now, let’s enjoy these two final shaky weeks by an all-pro quarterback who brought the city of New York so much joy in his tenure in the Meadowlands.