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Giants’ B.J. Goodson, Evan Engram earn high grades in loss to Titans

The New York Giants were humiliated in front of a near-empty MetLife Stadium this past Sunday, finding themselves blanked at the hands of the Tennessee Titans, 17-0.

Very little went right for all four quarters, so it may come as a surprise to many that several Giants actually performed well. Chief among them was tight end Evan Engram, who tied a career high with eight receptions.

Needless to say, Engram led the way for the Giants offense with a 71.8 grade courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Here’s a look at some additional offensive insights from PFF:

– Currently, Eli Manning has an Overall PFF Grade of 63.5 which is ranked 31st among quarterbacks with at least 200 snaps. Sitting right below him at 32nd is New York Jets rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold, who has an Overall PFF Grade of 60.2. Manning has a Passing Grade of 63.5 which is ranked 29th in the league among quarterbacks with at least 135 dropbacks. He is tied for 16th in the NFL in Big Time Throws with 19 and leads the league in Turnover Worthy Throws with 22. His adjusted completion percentage of 74.7% ranks 23rd. Last week against the Titans, Eli Manning posted a PFF Grade of 30.5, his lowest grade of the season and his second grade of below 40 for 2018.

– Manning’s grades and statistics don’t get much better when he’s kept clean. In a clean pocket, Eli Manning’s Passing Grade is a 77.0 which ranks 27th in the league. He’s tied for 17th in Big Time Throws with 12 and is tied for most Turnover Worthy Throws with 13. His adjusted completion percentage of 79.1% ranks 16th.

On the defensive side of the ball, there was very little to be talked about. But in a day filled with bad, it was hard not to notice linebacker B.J. Goodson, who had one of his better performances of the season.

Here are some additional defensive insights from PFF:

– The Giants had a hard time tackling the Titans and their power running back, Derrick Henry. Against Tennessee, they missed 12 total tackles, which was tied for 2nd most in the NFL. Derrick Henry broke of nine of those himself. New York also struggled to put any pressure on the passer. Although the Titans only had 22 dropbacks last week, which was the lowest in the league, the Giants only got pressure on 27.3%, which was fourth worst in the league in Week 15.

– One of the only bright spots in Sunday’s game against the Titans was linebacker BJ Goodson. Goodson had six stops in the passing and running game combined, which was tied for sixth most in the league among linebackers last week. He also led the team in tackles with 10.

– While the Pro Bowl selections of Saquon Barkley and Aldrick Rosas are clear, the selection of Landon Collins is surprising. However, here are a few things Collins has done well this year. He currently leads all NFC safeties in stops in the run game with 23. His average depth tackle of 5.45 yards in the run game is fifth among NFC safeties with at least 200 snaps. He’s tied for third among NFC safeties in tackles for loss or no gain with seven. When pass rushing, his Win Percentage of 16.7% is the most among NFC safeties with at least 20 pass rushes.

And there you have it. It was an ugly game in Week 15 and PFF was not very kind to the Giants in the aftermath.

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