NYG-LA grades: Giants defense bails out Eli Manning in win

Giants' QB struggles, but defense shuts down Rams and makes big plays in close victory.

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(Dan Istitene, Getty Images)

(Dan Istitene, Getty Images)

NYG-LA grades: Giants defense bails out Eli Manning in win

New York Giants 17, Los Angeles Rams 10

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players for New York’s 17-10 win over Los Angeles:

New York Giants

Quarterback grade: Eli Manning, 42.6

Manning out of synch all game

To say this Eli Manning was not at his best would be something of an understatement. He struggled all game long and but for a big effort from his defense, the result would have been very different. He completed just three passes longer than 10 yards all game and can consider himself fortunate that on what would be the game winning drive, he had a dropped interception, and the big gainer that set themselves up came on an underthrown pass by him.

Top offensive grades:

WR Odell Beckham, 76.4

C Weston Richburg, 75.2

TE Will Tye, 72.0

LT Ereck Flowers, 70.0

WR Sterling Shepard, 65.8

Playmakers don’t make their mark versus Rams

Not exactly grades to excite. The Giants best form of offense may have actually been ensuring that punter Brad Wing got his hands on the ball as his kicking really gave their defense something to work with. The line struggled inside, not sure whether to double team Aaron Donald or run trap plays on him. Neither plan worked, with Donald either wrecking plays or free defenders wrapping up for short gains.

Top defensive grades:

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 87.8

LB Keenan Robinson, 87.3

DT Damon Harrison, 84.9

CB Janoris Jenkins, 83.6

S Landon Collins, 81.0

Secondary leads excellent defensive performance

As bad as the offense was, the defense was just as good. Led by a dominant defensive backfield performance, they made plays on the ball all game long. The Giants ended the day with four picks and five more pass breakups, and outside of one early big play given up by Janoris Jenkins, they kept the Rams passing attack to under six yards per attempt.

Los Angeles Rams

Quarterback grades: Case Keenum, 44.0

Keenum struggles as things don’t go his way

Sometimes you get unlucky with interceptions, and sometimes you don’t. On Sunday, Case Keenum was unlucky, as his three INTs stemmed from a miscommunication, a pass deflection and a dropped pass. Still, he was plenty inaccurate the rest of the game, and if he continues to play like this, we’ll be reading a lot more about fans wanting to see No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff.

Top offensive grades:

LG Rodger Saffold, 80.9

TE Lance Kendrick, 76.9

RG Cody Wichmann, 72.2

WR Brian Quick, 72.1

WR Tavon Austin, 72.1

Offense unable to create opportunities for Gurley

This offensive line continues to make life hard for feature back Todd Gurley. Primed to be the jewel of the Rams’ offense, their inability to open up lanes limited him to just 15 touches and 3.8 yards per attempt. Gurley himself needs to do more, as the season doesn’t get any easier, and this passing attack is not good enough to drop back 57 times in a game.

Top defensive grades:

LB Mark Barron, 88.5

DT Aaron Donald, 86.7

CB Lamarcus Joyner, 85.9

CB Troy Hill, 83.0

DE Ethan Westbrooks, 81.3

Defense plays well in defeat

Not many teams are going to beat the Rams on the line of scrimmage, and the Giants commitment to slowing down their front four meant Barron and Alec Ogletree could engage in attack mode as they finished the day with nine combined stops (the team had 20). In the secondary they were all over the Giants short passing attack, with Troy Hill (four defensive stops) particularly impressive blowing up a number of screen plays.

PFF Game-Ball Winner: Giants safety Landon Collins

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  • Justin

    you’re gonna sit there and tell me Keenum played a better game than Eli?

    • anonCamb

      It’s utter nonsense and high comedy from PFF.

  • JayC

    LOL! You know PFF didn’t want to share these grades. Keenum grades above Eli Manning? After Keenum’s hideous 4 int day? And the explanation is, sometimes you’re lucky with ints, sometimes you’re not? Is it any wonder no one takes PFF seriously anymore?

  • MikeC4

    Between the drive killing fumbles and drops from the Giants offensive playmakers, no one, and I mean no one, watching that game today thinks Keenum played better than Eli. Can you imagine what these jokers would say if Eli threw 4 ints today?

    Everyone knows PFF is flawed, but they’re moving into garbage territory.

  • KMax

    WOW! Here’s proof that PFF is biased against Eli Manning. They wrote he was in decline and now skew their stats to fit that narrative. Keenum had bad luck on those ints? When did PFF ever blame Eli’s receivers like Rueben Randle last season for causing interceptions? Never. They blamed Eli for every single interception. Keenum throws 4 and he gets graded higher than Eli?!?

  • anonCamb

    Eli gets penalized for an almost interception and Keenum doesn’t get penalized for what could have been a more than 4 interception outing? And PFF insists they are not biased against Eli Manning. Hmmm.

  • Matt

    Bunch of butt hurt NYG fans. Eli played like shit and so did Keenum but at least he was making plays. Keenum almost had 300 yards and actually threw a TD. Manning didn’t do anything to help his team win just some dink and dunk dump off passes. Manning didn’t even end up with more than 200 yards. Wasn’t like he was getting much pressure either, Eli was never sacked where Keenum was sacked 3 times.

    • Justin

      manning also really didn’t do much to put them in a worse position either. He played ok. Playing calling and lack of run game seemed like bigger issues. Keenum’s decision and throw on the first DRC interception was worse than anything Eli did all game. And don’t use butthurt as an insult

      • Brad Barber

        Lmao keenum dropped back to pass 57 times and managed 280 yards. That’s horrible. He also threw 4 picks haha foh

  • Reagan

    Hahahahahaha!!! You graded Case Keenum higher than Eli Manning?!! LOL!!
    PFF – Your grades are a joke. The only reason I visit your site is when I want a good laugh. Once again, you didn’t disappoint. Keep up the horrible work!

  • McGeorge

    Larry Donnell is a fumble machine.