Eli Manning had more passes (7) than actual passing yards (6) as he struggled mightily against the Colts on the road.
The Giants beat the Colts after coming back from a 26-point 4th quarter deficit, but there were plenty of takeaways for both teams in this interesting game:
QB Eli Manning is still struggling – Any time a QB has as many incompletions as passing yards (six), it is a good reason to question if the QB is still effective. But after Eli Manning led the league in interceptions and suffered his first losing season since 2004, one has to wonder if his performance against the Colts first-team was just a lack of time to get hot or if he is starting to lose his effectiveness.
WR Corey Washington is lock to make the team – An undrafted FA out of Newberry, Corey Washington has had not one, not two, but three consecutive game-winning TDs for the New York Giants. With his combination of size and speed and a work ethic similar to Victor Cruz, Washington may be destined for not only a spot on the Giants’ roster, but a starting gig if the rest of the receiving corps continues to struggle.
WR Hakeem Nicks was a great pickup – The former Giant had 5 catches for 53 yards on Saturday even with the absence of T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne. The fact that Nicks is still able to take over a game can spell really good things for the Colts once their entire receiving corps is ready to take the field.
RB Trent Richardson still lacks effectiveness – The Colts traded their first-round draft pick in 2014 to the Browns for RB Trent Richardson and the payoff has been entirely underwhelming. After averaging 2.9 yards/carry for the team in 2013, Richardson fell to 2.3 yards/carry in 9 rushes against the Giants. For a Colts team that needs an effective running game to make the offense complete, having their most expensive RB remain underwhelming just will not do.