Despite losing 33-18 to the Saints on Sunday afternoon, Giants QB Eli Manning still saw some positives from his offense -- at least on first and second down.
Manning and the rest of the Giants' offense marched down the field on their opening drive and scored a touchdown, but struggled to move the ball for much of the game thereafter. The Giants were 5 for 10 in third down situations in the game and Manning believes that needs to improve in order for the team to have success moving forward.
"We got into a couple of third-and-longs we didn't covert on," Manning said. "Had a turnover early on in the first half when we were driving. I think there's good production on first and second down, and good down and distance, and things like that. It's always a few plays you wish you had back that we missed on. We got to do a better job on some third downs."
Manning noted that the offense did not have a third down until later on in the opening drive, which culminated with a two-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Sterling Shepard. The key is to prevent third down situations in the first place.
"For the most part, first and second down was very productive, but we had a few drives where you just had the negative plays," Manning explained. "The incompletions and the runs for one or two yards are not the problems. It's the penalties, it's the sacks that hurt you."
After four weeks, the Giants rank 22nd in the NFL in first downs and 21st in the NFL in total yards.