The New York Football Giants increased an already lengthy injury list by adding star receiver Victor Cruz to the walking wounded this week. The Detroit Lions are crossing their fingers that All Pro receiver Calvin Johnson and leading tackler DeAndre Levy can suit up against New York.
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.
It’s been that kind of year for the Giants. A year of bangs and bruises, of boneheaded throws, of subpar performances.
The Seattle Seahawks picked off five Eli Manning passes and manhandled the New York Giants 23-0 Sunday.
Cruz was injured trying to catch a third-and-8 pass from Eli Manning late in the third quarter. He jumped and got his hands on the ball and hit his head on the turf when he landed.
Victor Cruz is ready for the fight with the Seahawks. Despite being double-teamed almost all season, he is just 27 yards away from reaching 1,000 yards receiving for the third straight year.
“I didn’t even notice it was down,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday. “I didn’t really notice when it was up, either.”
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.
“Yes, I would love to be a New York Giant. But we’re gonna sit down and talk about it at the end of the year, and approach it just like the Giants will — as a business.”
The New York Giants remained in the playoff hunt with a come from behind victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football. Robert Griffin III started hot, but cooled off as Justin Tuck rattled the Redskins quarterback with four sacks. Meanwhile Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown, as New York improved to 5-7 on the season.
Washington coach Mike Shanahan already has thrown down the gauntlet in threatening some of his players’ future employment.
Good teams, playoff teams, do not continue to make enough mistakes to lose games. The Giants (4-7) have learned that the hard way this season.
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.