Cruz injured his left knee and suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to Seattle. He underwent an arthroscopic debridement of the knee on Thursday afternoon.
The Seattle Seahawks came to the Big Apple looking to maintain its position as the top seed in the NFC playoff hunt. The New York Giants had very little to play for, since they were eliminated from playoff contention last week. Seattle dominated New York defensively and shut out the G-men, 23-0, in a lackluster affair at MetLife Stadium.
Tom Coughlin has had enough with the Giants’ offense. “Pathetic” was the word Coughlin used after the Giants (5-9) were limited to 181 total yards on Sunday and were shut out by the Seahawks.
To say that the New York Giants have had an inconsistent season is to be kind. In fact, at times, New York has performed downright poorly, as penalties and poor execution have plagued the G-men all year. Not surprisingly, these same themes reared their ugly head as Big Blue fell to the San Diego Chargers 37-14 on Sunday. Coupled with wins by the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, the loss dropped New York out of playoff contention.
Tom Coughlin felt the Giants were regaining some respectability. That is until they got off to a terrible start and went on to a 37-14 loss to the Chargers on Sunday and were eliminated from the playoff picture.
Eli Manning claims he can’t even remember why Archie Manning told the Chargers not to take his son with the No. 1 pick overall in 2004.
Nicks was limited at practice on Friday and was listed as questionable for the game.
Rueben Randle has caught six touchdown passes in the last six games to take over the team lead. No other Giants receiver has caught a TD in that span.
The offensive line has stabilized. The running game is finally making strides, and Manning and his receivers are using quick, short passes to take what defenses offer instead of forcing plays over the top.
Certainly it is a comfortable situation, Ed Reed is reunited with Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman from their days together in Baltimore, and Reed in a defense in which he fits like a glove.
Eli Manning told Mike Francesa: “We feel if we take care of our business — if we win these games, we’ll be in a good spot to make the playoffs.”
It certainly was not pretty, but at this point in the season, style points do not matter. The New York Giants played rope-a-dope with the Oakland Raiders, and running back Andre Brown delivered the knockout punch in New York’s 24-20 victory over the Silver and Black on Sunday in a windy MetLife Stadium.
What can’t Brown do for you? Andre Brown led the way with a 115-yard performance in Sunday’s 24-20 win over the Raiders.
It’s hard to imagine how a game during the first week of November can be identified as a “must win,” but the Giants are facing what are – for all practical purposes – three “must win” games in a row.
Considering the Giants’ revolving door at running back, they can’t afford the same type of thing happening at any other position. That brings us to the Victor Cruz situation.