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Week 2 Game Recap: New York Giants 41, St. Louis Rams 13

What you need to know

New York Giants

The New York Giants took their road winning streak to St. Louis and came away with a convincing 28 point victory, thanks in large part to their three headed running attack. Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw led the way posting 203 combined yards on a slim 28 carries, while Eli Manning did his part throwing for 260 yards and three scores. While receiving the least number of carries among the trio, Ahmad Bradshaw made the most of his time converting two of his six total touches into touchdowns late in the contest.

New York got substantial contributions from veteran receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer as they each caught a touchdown in the first half and seemed to be very much in synch with their signal caller. Giants quarterback Eli Manning found passing lanes all day, completing 69 percent of his passes while spreading the targets around to eight different receivers.

The Giants defense showed up and made a brutal statement at the hands of the St. Louis Rams. They were able to get to Marc Bulger six times on the day while only giving up 203 total yards of offense, and 13 points. Their aggressive pass rush fittingly got to put the final nail in the coffin as defensive end Justin Tuck knocked down and intercepted a Marc Bulger pass, taking it 41 yards for the score and an insurmountable 34-13 lead.

St. Louis Rams

The Rams continued to struggle on all sides of the football as they were outgained by 240 yards and lacked any semblance of a rhythmic offense. Steven Jackson and Torry Holt both improved upon last weeks performances as they caught over half of quarterback Marc Bulger's completions and gained over 60 percent of St. Louis' total yardage.

Jackson fought for a hard four yards per carry as he gained 90 total yards while adding seven receptions from all different positions on the field. Jackson at times would line up wide, next to teammate Torry Holt, who was able to add 76 yards on six grabs, one good for a 45 yard touchdown.

The St. Louis defense struggled for most of the contest, allowing 441 yards of total offense and three scores through the air. Their cornerbacks were no match for the multi-level Giants passing attack and they were unable to put any pressure on Eli Manning, only managing to bring him down twice behind the line of scrimmage. On the ground, their front four was dominated off the ball and no matter whom the ball carrier, they were effective as the Rams gave up 7.25 yards per rushing attempt.


What you ought to know

QB Eli Manning, Pass: 20 - 29 - 260 - 3 TD / 0 INT

Eli Manning had another excellent September start as he completed all but nine passes for 260 yards and three scores. He had time to throw and just picked his way through the secondary, hitting eight different targets, and racking up 26 total first downs in the game. On the second possession of the game, Manning sold a beautiful fake then connected with Plaxico Burress for a 33 yard score, the first of the game. He added two second half touchdown passes as he led the Giants to the second victory of 2008.

RB Brandon Jacobs, Rush: 15 - 93 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)

Jacobs started and ran hard between the tackles, wearing down the Rams defense and lowering his shoulder on multiple occasions. He finished with 93 yards on 15 carries while adding a reception out of the backfield. He was a big reason the Giants had ease moving the chains as he consistently broke off big runs and found his way into an overmatched Rams' secondary. Had it not been for a few nice tackles in space by the St. Louis corners, Jacobs would have found the end zone.

RB Derrick Ward, Rush: 8 - 58 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)

Ward played well when spelling Jacobs as he carried eight times for 58 yards while contributing a reception for eight yards. He was used to pick up right where Jacobs left off and he did, averaging seven yards per carry and helping the Giants move the chains. The Giants used him well in contrast to Jacobs while his burst through the hole combined with his elusive moves in the open field showed why the Giants trust he can effectively add another dimension to the rushing attack.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Rush: 5 - 52 - 1, Rec: 1 - 18 - 1 (1 targets)

Bradshaw saw most of his time late in the game, however made the best of his limited touches as he gained 52 yards on five carries while grabbing an 18 yard touchdown reception. His touchdown was a pretty scamper up the sidelines as he made a defender miss in open space and toed his way to a 31 yard score. His lone target was an effective one as Bradshaw caught a short flare out of the backfield and took it 18 yards to pay dirt for his first receiving score of the season.

RB Madison Hedgecock, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (1 targets)

Hedgecock caught his only target for a five yard gain. He was a vital part in the rushing success for Brandon Jacobs and company.

WR Amani Toomer, Rec: 6 - 67 - 1 (12 targets)

Toomer was the most targeted Giants player on the day as he converted his 12 targets into six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. He seemed to be wide open most of the day and had Eli thrown a few balls with a little more touch, Toomer could have had an even bigger day. Toomer showed good speed after the catch as he fought hard after initial contact to gain extra yardage. His touchdown reception came in the third quarter on a 10 yard toss over the middle from quarter back Eli Manning. Toomer extended to bring the ball in on a pass over the middle and was able to secure it for his first touchdown of 2008.

WR Plaxico Burress, Rec: 5 - 81 - 1 (7 targets)

Burress and Manning continued their good rapport as they connected five times for 81 yards and a score. Early in the first quarter Manning found Burress wide open down the middle for a 33 yard score, their first of the season. Burress also had success working the sidelines as Manning found him more than once for successful out routes.

WR Domenik Hixon, Rec: 3 - 60 - 0 (3 targets)

Hixon saw some playing time in multiple wide out sets, catching all three of his targets for 60 yards. He worked field underneath and made a beautiful grab down the sideline to bring in a big 32 yard reception.

WR Steve Smith, Rec: 2 - 19 - 0 (3 targets)

Steve Smith caught two of his three targets for 19 yards, however one was overthrown on a route where he had his defender beat. He played a crucial role in spreading the field and showed good elusiveness after the catch.

TE Kevin Boss (1 targets)

Boss saw one target and did not record a catch in the game.

PK John Carney 2 - 2 FG, 5 - 5 XP, 11 points

Carney made all five of his PAT attempts and added two field goals.

NYG Rush Defense

The New York rush defense was solid yet again and did a good job of forcing Marc Bulger and the Rams into long passing situations. They did just enough to bottle up hard nosed running of Steven Jackson, allowing 53 yards on 13 carries. There were moments that Jackson looked to have open space only to be met by an oncoming defensive back, stopping him for a minimal gain.

NYG Pass Defense

The Giants were stellar against the pass yet again as they relied on their pass rush to cause havoc for Bulger and company. Under pressure all day, New York recorded six total sacks and an interception. Their lone interception of the game will be a memorable one as Justin Tuck knocked the ball down at the line of scrimmage, only to find it in his hands before he rumbled 41 yards for the touchdown. Tuck and fellow interior lineman Fred Robbins had solid games as they both contributed two sacks a piece in the rout.


QB Marc Bulger, Pass: 20 - 32 - 177 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 9 - 0

Bulger had another rough game as he was only able to complete 20 of 32 passes for 177 yards and a score. He seemingly settled for his third or fourth options in his progressions, being forced to check down most of the day. His lone touchdown pass also seemed to come from no where as Bulger launched a 45 yard strike which was tipped multiple times before dropping into the hands of Torry Holt, lying on his back in the end zone.

RB Steven Jackson, Rush: 13 - 53 - 0, Rec: 7 - 37 - 0 (7 targets)

Jackson was the main beneficiary of a stout Giants defense as he managed to catch all seven of his targets for 37 yards. He was a favorite safety valve for Bulger and showed great hands out of the backfield. Jackson was sometimes lined up wide as a receiver where he was also targeted. On the ground, Jackson ran hard in his limited touches, averaging just over four yards per carry. He had several opportunities in space for big runs but he could not shake the lone defender standing in his way.

RB Antonio Pittman, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 1 - -2 - 0 (1 targets)

Pittman spelled Jackson, carrying the ball once for six yards while adding a reception.

WR Torry Holt, Rec: 6 - 76 - 1 (7 targets)

Holt put up some decent numbers and got a little help in finding the end zone for the first time this season. Targeted seven times Holt managed to haul in six of them for 76 yards and a score. He was Bulgers' first option in passing situations and was effective on his routes. His first touchdown of the season came on a 45 yard deep ball that was in and out of the hands of a Giants defender before falling into Holts arms as he lay in the end zone.

WR Dante Hall, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (6 targets)

Hall saw six targets as he grabbed two balls for 13 yards. Most of his targets came very late in the game as the Giants had taken a 21 point lead, however Hall was the primary kick returner and gave the Rams decent field position for most of the day.

WR Dane Looker, Rec: 2 - 29 - 0 (5 targets)

Looker started opposite of Holt and proceeded to catch two of his five targets for 29 yards. He was a clear third option to Bulger and showed very good hands on his two catches, one being an impressive snag as he was heading out of bounds.

TE Randy McMichael, Rec: 2 - 24 - 0 (6 targets)

McMichael saw six targets but was only able to come up with two catches for 24 yards. The big tight end struggled to find any open space against a very physical Giants line-backing core and was unable to find any sort of rhythm with Rams signal caller, Marc Bulger.

PK Josh Brown 2 - 2 FG, 1 - 1 XP, 7 points

Brown connected for two field goals, including a big 54 yard attempt while also knocking his lone PAT attempt through.

STL Rush Defense

The Rams rush defense had no answer for whoever the Giants put on the field. Allowing a total of 203 rushing yards, St. Louis could not contain the inside or the outside as they allowed seven yards a carry on the ground.

STL Pass Defense

The St. Louis pass defense was equally as bad, recording no interceptions and allowing three big touchdown passes to three different receivers. There were times where Eli Manning was throwing to wide open targets for big gains, without a Ram in sight. They gave up 26 total first downs and multiple plays of over 20 yards. St. Louis also failed to apply any sort of pressure on Manning as they were only able to bring him down twice behind the line of scrimmage.