The Giants now have a short week to get prepared for the undefeated Green Bay Packers. The hits just keep on coming don’t they?
In this edition of the good, the bad and the ugly, we’ll skip the bad cause anything that went bad for the Giants was atrociously ugly.
The play of Eli Manning and Victor Cruz
Manning and Cruz were seemingly the only two who got off the bus on Monday night. Both Manning and Cruz posted spectacular numbers, but they rang hollow as the rest of the team sat and watched as spectators.
The Ugly…Where do you start?
Absolutely no pass rush and no hustle on defense
There was absolutely no sense of urgency or passion in the Giants defense last night (outside of save, maybe Jason Pierre-Paul) and they simply did not come prepared to fight. The Giants were exposed like a cheap suit. They forced no turnovers for the first time in 24 games and got no semblance of a pass rush, letting Drew Brees get comfortable in the pocket all night.
Last night the Giants recorded no sacks (and only three in in the last three games-all losses) while hardly getting in the face of Brees. The one time they did get pressure, they let Brees get away and convert a key third down.
A negative mindset has seemingly crept into the minds of the Giants and another second-half swoon just seems inevitable, unless this teams wakes up from their defensive coma right now.
Justin Tuck, who just seems out of whack (likely stemming from injuries), intimated that the thought of a collapse is entering their minds.
No blame should be put on Manning on this loss, or actually the last few for that matter, as he is marching on trying to compete, but a lot of his momentum has been halted with his receivers continually dropping catchable passes. Concentration should be at the forefront in a game like this, but the Giants continue to be mental midgets.
Get over yourself Brandon
While the run had to be abandoned quickly, and Jacobs did have a decent night running the ball, I think we all could go without his excessive taunting. When he scored his touchdown in the third quarter that made the score 21-10, he made it a point to get in the Saint’s faces and celebrate. There was no need for that trash. Look at the scoreboard, Brandon!
This is to not sound like I’m making excuses, but, man how many injuries can this team sustain before the team breaks?
The team was already down Michael Boley, Ahmad Bradshaw, Will Beatty and Mario Manningham. Now the defense is starting to lose bodies left and right.
Osi Umenyiora was lost for the second half with an ankle injury and it doesn’t seem like Tuck is at all healthy.
The secondary is already a mash unit, the linebacking corps is too young and now the Giants have to deal with more injuries on the front four. How much more can a team take?
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