"It's every week, we get the same kind of coverage, the same kind of physical play and to go along with it we get the same no-calls," wideout Victor Cruz said. "We threw it 63 times, no holding calls, no pass interferences."
While the ire against officials was more directed at a roughing the passer call on Olivier Vernon, this is not the first time we've heard one of the Giants receivers complaining about the physical nature of the bracket-style coverage employed to stop Odell Beckham and Co. Beckham had 11 catches for 150 yards on Thursday, with Cruz posting 84 yards on eight catches. Cruz's 13 targets were by far a season high.
By the numbers, it was a fantastic performance for the receivers but all that talent comes with a caveat: teams are going to find any way they can to beat you. At this time of year it may serve as an advantage for the Giants to get the word out before the playoffs start. Sometimes addressing referee issues publicly can at least put your gripes on the table for an official to consider upon re-watching the game. The Giants may hope that can be the case here.