MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Here is a look at New York Giants players who were "up" and a few who were "down" in the team's 31-24 victory over the Dolphins on Monday at Sun Life Stadium:
QB Eli Manning. He threw as many touchdowns (four) as incomplete passes. He found Odell Beckham Jr. twice for touchdowns and seven times total. Three other receivers -- Rueben Randle, Dwayne Harris and Will Tye -- had five catches, and eight Giants caught at least one pass. Manning was in total command of the offense on a night when the defense was leaking all over the place. "Our offense had our back," defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins said. "Every time we did have a letup defensively, they responded."
RB Rashad Jennings. Busting out of the Giants' maddening running back committee, Jennings had 102 total yards: 81 rushing on 22 carries and two catches for 21 more. As a team, the Giants averaged only 2.9 yards per carry, but Jennings averaged 3.7, and he broke off for runs of 9, 11, 12 and 21 yards -- the kind of substantial chunks that have eluded the Giants' run game all year. Jennings should continue to lead the backfield going forward. I have no idea whether he will.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham was sick with a stomach bug all week and said he needed three IV treatments Monday night, including two at halftime. We should all be so sick. Beckham caught seven passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. It was his sixth game in a row with at least 100 receiving yards, and he has eight touchdowns in those six games. Next up for Beckham is a Sunday matchup with Carolina cornerback Josh Norman that already has teammates talking. "He's playing like the best wide receiver in the NFL right now," Prince Amukamara said of Beckham. "He's a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare, and I'm sure everybody's going to be tuned in next week for that matchup with No. 24 on Carolina."
CB Prince Amukamara. He took full responsibility for letting Kenny Stills get past him for a 47-yard touchdown reception. He said he ran Stills' route for him, undercut it when he should have stayed high and never should have let Still get by him. He took some heat for it too. Amukamara said Jason Pierre-Paul was exhorting him in the huddle late in the game, saying, "Come on, Prince! There's no more 'My bad!'" Amukamara took it as encouragement, but after he gave up the game-tying touchdown to Brandon Marshall last week against the Jets, he is in need of a big play or two Sunday.
RB Andre Williams. We didn't see a whole lot of action after the first-half fumble on the attempted handoff from Manning. Williams ended the game with 3 yards on three carries. He is not having the year they hoped for.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. It's not because he didn't play well; it's because he took out the coach! Rodgers-Cromartie knocked coach Tom Coughlin over on the sideline while running out of bounds in the fourth quarter and got a little freaked out by it. "I was more shaken up thinking I knocked Coach out," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I was standing over him saying, 'Coach, I couldn't stop.'" Coughlin was fine, though. He bounced right back up and kept coaching. "Actually, it helped," Coughlin said. "Snapped my neck. I feel a whole hell of a lot better right now. Fantastic."