Giants report card: Eli Manning’s teammates also get credit

Grading the Giants after their 36-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Offense

Eli Manning (20 of 28, 283 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs) went out as he should, slinging it and winging it — and finally getting a ground game to work with. Good for Eli. Saquon Barkley (24-112, 2 TDs) got his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 2. Rough start for Sterling Shepard with a drop and (questionable) offensive pass interference penalty on first series, but he rebounded with a big (7-107) second half. Left side of line, Nate Solder and Will Hernandez, beaten by stunt on first possession for a sack. Hernandez later got hit with a holding penalty. Yet another TD for rookie Darius Slayton.

Grade: B

Defense

Good thing the Dolphins were in town, as there were moments of indecision with this unit, especially in the first half. Dalvin Tomlinson is putting together a fine season. He combined with Julian Love on a fourth-down stop and had a sack in the second quarter. Leonard Williams was active and forced a Ryan Fitzpatrick fumble that was recovered by Sean Chandler. CB Sam Beal too often was soft in his coverage but he came up big on an ankle-tackle of Patrick Laird in the end zone for a safety. Three sacks of Fitzpatrick, who did some damage with his legs. Rookie CB DeAndre Baker showed some toughness coming back after getting his knee knocked.

Grade: C+

Special Teams

Da’Mari Scott brought some juice to the field with a 34-yard punt return in the third quarter. Riley Dixon, perhaps the top-performing player on the roster, had s 53-yard punt in the third quarter that rolled dead on the Miami 5-yard line. Aldrick Rosas missed an extra point, but he did have four touchbacks on his kickoffs. Cody Latimer had a 28-yard kickoff return.

Grade: B+

Coaching

Good job by Pat Shurmur orchestrating a nice farewell for Manning, taking him off the field after the two-minute warning so he could receive a rousing ovation. Play-calling by Shurmur certainly looks better when he has a running game to lean on. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher has to sink or swim with young cornerbacks now that Janoris Jenkins is banished and Miami WR DeVante Parker (4-72, 2 TDs) was effective, but did not wreck the game.

Grade: B

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