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Week 16 Game Recap: New York Giants 27, Indianapolis Colts 28


What you need to know

New York Giants

- The Giants passing game misses Beckham as explosive plays are somewhat rare without him. Shepard and Engram are really solid players but they really miss the superstar receiver in key situations.

- The running game took another hit as Barkley couldn't get going at all on the ground. The offensive line struggled to open gaps and the passing game didn't alleviate enough pressure.

- The Giants need a third receiving option other than Barkley to combine with Shepard/Engram. Manning was spreading the ball evenly outside of this trio but no player was able to fill the gap.

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts offense got off to a slow start but found their rhythm in the passing game. Luck and the Colts made big plays in the passing game to put up points. Luck was outstanding throwing downfield after a few early miscues with Eric Ebron. Luck took what the defense gave him and distributed his targets pretty evenly. TY Hilton had the biggest game of Luck's targets generating 3 explosive plays downfield for 90 yards all in the second half. Chester Rogers, Dontrelle Inman, Zach Pascal and Nyheim Hines all helped pick up the slack created by Eric Ebron's injury. Each target played well in their role. Inman could have easily had two touchdowns as he drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone. Marlon Mack found success rushing early but the Colts favored a pass heavy game plan trying to come from behind.

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 33 - 309 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 0 - 1
Eli Manning had an efficient day on Sunday and made some great plays but it wasn't a perfect performance. Manning relied on Sterling Shepard heavily with Beckham being out again and the connection was strong against the Colts. The pair connected for many first downs and kept the Giants driving in key moments. The ground game for the Giants was not effective so the bulk of the offense was put on the shoulders of Manning.

The pass protection was solid but still gave up pressure occasionally which forced several incomplete balls. Manning spread the ball well when he wasn't targeting Shepard but mostly kept his passes short. He found Shepard wide open on an out n up pattern deep down the field. Manning put everything he had into the throw but it was still slightly underthrown, which caused Shepard to wait for it and ultimately prevented the score on the play. His only touchdown pass came on a play action rollout to the right in the redzone where he hit Simonson on a quick out for the short strike. Manning later overthrew his intended target down the sideline and was fortuante it wasn't picked off by the Colt defender. He hit strikes over the middle on slants/posts to Engram/Shepard which really was the only consistent offensive play the Giants had but it was good enough to threaten the Colts. Manning scored his first rushing touchdown of the season a 1 yard QB sneak. The game ended unfortunately when he overthrew another receiver deep over the middle and it was easily picked off by the defensive back.

RB Saquon Barkley, 57 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 43 - 1, Rec: 5 - 34 - 0 (7 targets)
Saquon Barkley couldn't get going again in this game as the Colts made a serious effort to limit his effectiveness on the ground. The Giants passing attack was solid but still not as deadly as it could be with Beckham out with an injury. This allowed the Colts to key on the run and keep the box loaded at times. Barkley was running into walls often when he hit the line of scrimmage. He also got several toss plays which he executed as well as could be expected but still struggled. The Colts were in the backfield often and didn't let Barkley break contain into the open field. Barkley was patient and didn't force anything without reading the play. On one screen pass, he took a brief moment to see the gaps and got a first down because of this. He was stuffed on the goal line up the middle but managed to score on the very next play as he bounced a carry to the outside where nobody was present.

Barkley did his best to shake defenders and get the most yards possible on every carry but the big play never happened.

WR Sterling Shepard, 58 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -3 - 0, Rec: 6 - 113 - 0 (7 targets)
Sterling Shepard got most of his yards on one play but still had a big impact on Sunday's game against the Colts. He got his hands on several plays over the middle with slants/posts which hurt the Colts throughout the game.

Shepard showed incredible leaping ability to grab his first post in the air and secure it. He broke free on an out n up pattern in the first half and the defense completely lost coverage on him. Shepard hauled in the pass deep down the field but unfortunately had to wait slightly as the pass was underthrown, this likely cost him the chance of scoring. He got his hands on a double reverse carry but this was blown up behind the line of scrimmage. Shepards quickness combined with excellent hands was clearly evident on Sunday and he took full advantage of Beckham's absence.

TE Evan Engram, 42 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 26 - 0, Rec: 6 - 87 - 0 (6 targets)
Evan Engram was heavily involved on Sunday and even had two carries on the ground. He had seen an increase in targets recently due to Beckhams injury and he is taking full advantage of this. Engrams talent level is really high as his speed can burn linebackers in coverage. He had a nice reverse handoff early in the game that he was able to bounce to the sideline and overpowered a defender to take the Giants to the goal line, he was unlucky not to score on the play. Engram caught a lot of short passes in the form of out/in/slant plays which were effective at picking up first downs. He had a big catch on a post route deep down the field, leaping high and securing it well. Engram made several other big plays from catch and runs, using his athletic ability to gain space on nearby defenders. His route running was also very good as got big separation on a lot of his catches.

Engram fought hard on his catches to get the extra yards, got out of bounds when time was running out and really was a dangerous asset to his team. He can run routes like a receiver and is just as dangerous in the open field.

TE Scott Simonson, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 16 - 1 (3 targets)
Scott Simonson got his name mentioned a few times and even scored a touchdown in a surprising performance on Sunday. The Giants were on the goal line and he got a quick slant out from Manning after a rollout to his side was executed well. Simonson got his hands on a few other short passes but was targeted only 3 times in the entire game. Simonson cannot be relied upon in fantasy and should not be owned as Engram is clearly the Giants top target at tight end.


Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 31 - 47 - 357 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 13 - 0
Andrew Luck and the Colts got off to slow start but found their rhythm throwing the ball downfield after falling behind early. The Colts failed to pick up a first down on each on their first two possessions. The Colts moved into field goal range on their third possession but an ugly miscue between Luck and Eric Ebron led to an interception. Luck expected Ebron to continue downfield as he scrambled leading to an uncontested interception for Curtis Riley. Luck responded by moving his team downfield. Luck threw a perfect nearly indefensible strike to TY Hilton for 25 yards to set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Nyheim Hines. The Colts had a chance to set up a field goal before halftime but pressure on Luck forced consecutive incompletions forcing a punt. Luck set up another Colts touchdown with another big play to Hilton. Luck connected with Hilton 40 yards downfield running a deep post. Luck's bomb was nearly perfect and allowed Hilton to gain yards after the catch. Luck capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown to Dontrelle Inman. Luck made two excellent back shoulder throws in the span of 3 plays. The first was a beauty up the seam to Inman for 29 yards and the second was well placed down the sideline to Hines for 29. Marlon Mack capped the drive with a 3 yard run.

RB Marlon Mack, 43 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 34 - 1, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (3 targets)
Marlon Mack was minimally involved in the game plan despite finding rushing success early. Mack followed a nice block by Joe Haeg up the gut on his first carry for 11 yards. Mack caught a check down in the flat for 5 yards. Mack went untouched off left tackle for a 3 yard touchdown.

RB Nyheim Hines, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 2 - 1, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (5 targets)
Nyheim Hines continues to see looks downfield in the passing game and continues to be used in creative ways. Hines made his first catch running a curl for 8 yards. Hines caught a slant and was brought down at the 1 yard line after a gain of 7. Hines rushed off left tackle on the ensuing play for a 1 yard touchdown. Hines made a 28 yard back shoulder catch running a go route lined up at wide receiver. Hines was matched up on a linebacker on the play.

WR Chester Rogers, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 54 - 1 (7 targets)
Chester Rogers played his best game in recent weeks. Rogers was effective picking up yardage as an underneath receiver. Rogers picked up 6 yards on his first catch on a bubble screen. Rogers picked up 8 yards on 3rd and 3 running a quick out route. Rogers slipped a tackle on the edge running another bubble screen for 10 yards. Rogers made another man miss on an underneath catch and picked up 11 yards. Rogers ran an in breaking route between two defenders and made a 15 yard catch. Rogers ran a quick out route for a 1 yard touchdown. TY Hilton did well to pick Rogers' defender on the play.

WR T.Y. Hilton, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 138 - 0 (8 targets)
TY Hilton was extremely efficient generating big plays on a limited number of targets. Hilton could seemingly get open at will downfield. Hilton showed off his hands snatching a dart from Luck out of the air over the middle for 13 yards. Hilton beat Janoris Jenkins vertically running a double move and Hilton made an outstanding sideline catch for 25 yards. Hilton roasted a pair of defenders running a post from the slot and snagged a bomb from Luck with his finger tips on his way to a 55 yard gain. Hilton picked up 20 yards with a catch and run over the middle on 3rd and 5. Hilton picked up 7 yards on an underneath catch. Hilton showed excellent awareness going low to secure a catch and scooting up field to pick up 12 yards and a first down.

WR Zach Pascal, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 41 - 0 (7 targets)
Zach Pascal continues to play well and made physical plays over the middle. Pascal made his first catch running a slant for 7 yards. Pascal made a contested catch over the middle on 3rd and 10 for 15 yards. Pascal picked up 12 yards running a slant from the slot. Pascal caught a slant for 7 yards and was brought down at the 3 yard line.

WR Dontrelle Inman, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 46 - 1 (5 targets)
Dontrelle Inman played very well and shoed his red zone prowess. Inman made his first catch underneath for 6 yards. Inman ran a curl route lined up in tight and secured a 2 yard touchdown form Luck. Inman made an outstanding contested back shoulder catch running down the seam for 29 yards. Inman dropped a slant that would have gone for a modest gain. Inman slipped a tackle running a comeback route for 9 yards. Inman drew a 7 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone on what likely would have been a touchdown.

TE Eric Ebron, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 28 - 0 (5 targets)
Eric Ebron left the game in the first half and was placed in concussion protocol. Ebron found limited success while he was on the field. Ebron ran a comeback route lined up in tight for a gain of 14. Ebron did well to shield his defender with his body. Ebron had two early miscues on deep passes with Luck. The first was overthrown and fell incomplete. On the second Ebron stopped his route when Luck expected him to keep running downfield resulting in an interception. Ebron picked up 11 more running another comeback. Ebron was placed in concussion protocol and did not return.