OAKLAND — As Eli Manning said so presciently in September, “it can always get worse.”
Fox’s Jay Glazer reported Sunday on Twitter that “a group of former Giants (are) discussing (a) plan to go to (the) Giants game next week all wearing Eli (Manning) jerseys on sideline. How will team handle that?” And Giant great Justin Tuck could not confirm the report but did continue voicing his own frustrations to the Daily News.
“Not sure if I’ll go to another game this season,” Tuck told the Daily News via text. “Haven’t decided.”
Amid an ESPN report that Ben McAdoo is about to be fired, Glazer also reported that the Giants sent a confidential email to all employees asking them “not to comment about (the) Eli situation” (because) of outside ramifications.”
So next Sunday’s 1 p.m. start against the Dallas Cowboys promises to be hostile from Giants fans and former players tired of McAdoo’s and the team’s futility and mismanagement this season.
But McAdoo said he isn’t concerned and even said he sympathizes with the fans and outrage over Manning’s benching.
“No, I’m not concerned,” McAdoo said. “Listen, I understand where the fans are coming from. If I was on the outside looking in, I’d feel the same way they feel.”
SO WHERE’S WEBB?
Rookie QB Davis Webb remained inactive for a 12th straight game despite McAdoo’s benching of Manning and desire to watch his other two quarterbacks play. Part of the reason is that McAdoo erred by not preparing Webb to play, basically running only scout team in practice. Still, it doesn’t make sense to bench Manning to watch Geno Smith play but not Webb, the third-round pick out of Cal, who stood on the sideline next to Manning Sunday.
“It was a decision,” McAdoo said. “We put the best 46 up we thought could win the football game this week. We’ll take a look at it again next week.”
Davis Webb has yet to appear in a game since the preseason.
Eli Apple, the second-year corner smeared by a source inside the building in a recent report less than two weeks after his mother had brain surgery, was inactive for a third straight game. Apple had been a healthy scratch on Thanksgiving. This time the Giants had him listed with a hip injury and Apple after the game did say he hurt his hip in Thursday’s practice. Still, it was curious to see him sidelined again. This saga is not over.
NUTS AND BOLTS
Evan Engram (seven catches on eight targets for 99 yards and one TD) bounced back from his three-drop Thanksgiving night in Washington, including an amazing 22-yard one-handed catch going into the two-minute warning… Paul Perkins (three carries, 12 yards) received his first carry since Week 4, emerging from McAdoo’s doghouse … Fullback Shane Smith, originally from Santa Clara, Calif., blocked a Marquette King punt to give the Giants the ball at the Raiders’ 9-yard line with 46 seconds left in the first half. But Geno Smith was sacked and lost a fumble.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 101 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ first drive. SS Landon Collins and DB Brandon Dixon both dropped easy interceptions, but Dixon forced a second-half Raiders fumble that Collins recovered. The Giants defense actually stiffened after the early TD, surrendering only a field goal from then through the end of the third quarter. But it all came apart in the fourth with Derek Carr directing an 8-play, 79-yard TD drive capped by a DeAndre Washington 9-yard run, and then a 4-play, 68-yard TD drive buoyed by a Cordarrelle Patterson 59-yard catch and run and capped by a 9-yard TD catch by Johnny Holton.
INJURIES PILE UP
Giants right tackle Chad Wheeler sustained a concussion Sunday, and linebacker B.J. Goodson re-injured his ankle in his first action since Week 7. Wayne Gallman (hip) left the game but said he felt OK, and Nat Berhe was evaluated for a concussion but returned. Collins got hurt on Washington’s touchdown run but stayed in the game.