Sunday’s Week 16 game for the New York Giants had a very similar feel to it — like the one they had about a month ago against the Philadelphia Eagles. Total domination in the first half and then an utter collapse in the second half, and a loss on the road that ultimately should have been a win.
For the Giants, they had a 17-7 lead and saw it disappear before their eyes, evaporating in a 28-27 loss, which ended up being their 10th of the season. It’s the second straight year where the Giants have double-digit losses on the year, as they went 3-13 in 2017.
Following the meltdown in Indianapolis, whose stock is up and down for the Giants?
Yes, he threw the game-ending interception that sealed the loss for the Giants, but putting that aside, Manning had a tremendous game against the Colts.
Manning had two touchdowns and over 300 yards passing. At times, he looked like the quarterback from 2011 who won a Super Bowl playing in Lucas Oil Stadium, as he shredded the Colts defense all over the field.
If there is any question whether or not Manning is the right guy to lead this team in 2019, this game was a definitive answer that he can.
That doesn’t mean the Giants can’t look to draft another quarterback in April, but for now, Manning deserves to be the starter for next season.
The importance of Spencer Pulley along the Giants’ offensive line was never more apparent than on Sunday when Greco was forced to step in and play, and he didn’t look good.
Several times, Colts interior linemen made Greco look like a pushover and ran him over to either force Manning out of his rhythm or make him throw a ball that he didn’t want to.
Greco’s value for the Giants is that he can play multiple positions on the line and in some cases, has started at both center and guard for the Giants. But the problem is, he starting quality at either one, which is why he’s suited for backup duties.