New York Giants – Three Performances of Note
Excerpt: "Boothes’ Best Game
Even though the Giants offensive line has looked much improved as a unit this year, left guard Kevin Boothe was not contributing to that progress. Boothe had given up multiple pressures in three out of four games and was coming off a -5.1 grade against the Eagles. That all changed on Sunday as Boothe put up his best performance in the PFF era, finishing with a +3.6. He only gave one hit on the day and nothing else. When a team runs for over 200 yards and doesn’t give up a sack, the offensive line is doing their job, and no one did it better than Boothe on Sunday who constantly found his way to the second level and made it tell.
The Giants cycled through linebackers all game long, adjusting to the Browns formations and trying to find a combination that worked. By the end of the game the Giants were still searching. The group combined for a total grade of -7.0 and was the main reason the Browns were able to match their season high for points with 27. Now some of their shortcomings can be chalked up to having to deal with Trent Richardson the whole game, but the unit still didn’t cover well or generate a single pressure blitzing. No linebacker played worse though than the one that actually played the most, Chase Blackburn (-5.4). In 48 snaps Blackburn was able to give up 62 yards to receivers and miss three tackles. To Blackburn’s credit, his endzone interception was crucial, but it likely wouldn’t have been that close had he made more plays earlier in the game.
Ahmad Bradshaw ran over, around, and through the Browns defense all day long. Even when there was no secret as to what the Giants offense was going to do, Bradshaw got the job done. Any talk of splitting carries with Andre Brown and David Wilson was hushed by Bradshaw’s 200 yards on 30 carries. He only missed four snaps the whole game and continued his elite pass blocking, not allowing any pressures on 11 attempts. It wasn’t pass blocking that provided the bulk of Bradshaw’s +4.1 grade though, it was his six broken tackles and 70 yards after contact. After the Giants finished dead last in rushing in 2011, this performance should send a scare to the 31 other defenses around the league.
- The Browns offensive line gave up just two quarterback disruptions all game.
- The Giants deflected four passes at the line of scrimmage.
- Receiver Josh Norwood caught all 9 of the balls thrown his way." Read more...