Friday, October 11, 2013

Thinking 'Bout Thursday - Bears vs Giants

I am a die hard New Yok Giants fan, True Blue, but at this point, there is no need to win any football games.  Jadeveon Clowney is literally WAITING to be selected with the #1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft (unless a team with QB needs "beats" us).  This game started out as expected, with an Eli Manning INT, but then the defense stopped the Bears who went for it on 4th down inside the 5.  With the Giants back on offense, Eli tossed a Pick 6.  After that it was long drive after long drive for both teams, but in the end it was Chicago who came away with a 6 point victory.

Jay Cutler continues to be impressive this season completing 24 of his 36 pass attempts for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns thrown to Brandon Marshall.  He has completed at least 20 passes in all 6 games for the Chicago Bears and only in a 40-23 win over the Steelers did he not throw for multiple touchdowns.  Cutler is hitting on nearly 66% of his attempts and now has twice as many touchdowns (12) as interceptions (6, half of which he threw in one game).  More importantly, he has been sacked just 9 times!

Marshall caught 9 passes for 87 yards and two TDs on 11 targets.  On the other side of the field, Alshon Jeffery was held to just 1 catch for 27 yards on 5 targets.  He also added a 15 yard end around.  This after piling up 325 receiving yards in the last 2 weeks on 15 catches and 24 targets.  Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte caught 6 passes each 68 and 44 yards respectively.  Forte was limited to 67 yards on 19 carries.

Robbie Gould knocked down both FGs and added 3 XPs.  Gould hit from 40 and 52 yards.

Eli Manning continues to throw passes to the wrong team, but there was an interesting tweet from Mike Sano of ESPN:

Eli Manning's INTs by intended receivers: Randle 6, Nicks 3, Cruz 2, Myers 1, Scott 1, Jacobs 1, Wilson 1.  @SandoESPN

Almost makes perfect sense because MOST of the time, Eli Manning is throwing the ball where the receiver SHOULD be.  Now obviously the opening night INT thrown to DeMarcus Ware was all on Eli, but Rueben Randle clearly is having issues understanding play calling, which is killing the Giants offense.  Randle did lead the team in yards with 75 and caught his 3rd touchdown of the season.  Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz had nearly identical night with 4 catches each Nicks going for 70 and Cruz 68 yards.  Nicks led the Giants with 8 targets while Cruz and Randle each had 5.

The story of the night was Brandon Jacobs who rushed for over 100 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.  Fantasy owners should be happy with this and he will absolutely be one of the most added players this waiver wire period.  He will be a solid RB2 with David Wilson sidelined.

What did you take away from Thursday Night?
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