Struggles of tackles Ereck Flowers and Chad Wheeler deadly for Giants offense

LANDOVER, Md. -- The New York Giants lost on Thanksgiving night 20-10 to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. It wasn’t pretty, especially on offense.

The Giants needed to pad their stats on their final drive -- which ended with an interception -- to reach 170 yards of total offense in the contest. They had one first down and 47 total yards in the entire second half.

There were many problems on that side of the ball. It’s apparent in this week’s Up/Downs. Here they are at first glance without the benefit of film review:


Defense: The defense as a whole deserves credit. They kept the Giants in the game. They battled and finished with six sacks, including 2.0 by Jason Pierre-Paul and 1.5 for Olivier Vernon. This unit even accounted for the Giants’ only touchdown of the game when Janoris Jenkins returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown. They deserved better, which is to say the offense could've helped at least a bit.

Safeties Landon Collins and Darian Thompson: This is shaping up into a nice combo as the Giants envisioned. Collins near the line of scrimmage was once again a difference-maker. He finished with 14 tackles, including one for a loss. Thompson made several nice plays in coverage and is really coming on after a strong start. He knocked down a fourth-down pass and had two passes defended in the contest.

K Aldrick Rosas: He made a 30-yard field goal and an extra point. At this point, that is an accomplishment. It was the first time in six games that Rosas didn’t miss any kicks. Maybe this will at least serve as a confidence booster to get him back on the right track. Rosas only makes this list because there weren't many quality choices.

Honorable Mention: G Jon Halapio, CB Janoris Jenkins


OT Chad Wheeler and Ereck Flowers: The Giants faced quality edge rushers and their weakness at the tackle position showed. Wheeler, after a promising first career start against the Chiefs, admittedly had his struggles with Ryan Kerrigan, who had two sacks. Flowers had his problems with Junior Gallette and Preston Smith. Flowers was flagged for three penalties and allowed a sack, his first since Week 2.

TE Evan Engram: This was not his best game. Officially, he had two drops. There could have been a third. Both of Engram’s drops came on third down and prevented the Giants from moving the chains. The rookie seems to have hit a wall. He has four catches for 27 yards in the past two games combined. He has almost as many drops (3) as catches (4) in those contests. Engram will be fine but he needs to play better.

CB Ross Cockrell: He started in place of Eli Apple and was flagged three times in the contest, including a 37-yard pass interference penalty that set up the Redskins for a first-half field goal. The Redskins seemed to attack Cockrell in the second half and find some success. They also hit some big runs on the edge to his side. Cockrell didn't play anywhere near as well as the previous week against the Chiefs.

Dishonorable Mention: QB Eli Manning, P Brad Wing