Happy Horror-days From the New York Giants
John Fennelly , Executive Editor
First off, let me extend a very Merry Christmas and festive holiday season to all of our readers. The Giants are doing their best to deprive us of some happiness. Their stinker in Baltimore yesterday is as forgettable as any game I’ve seen them play the past 46 years.
The defense was bad, the offense worse and the special teams were silent again.
The Ravens, who came into the game trying to shed a three-game losing streak, shredded whatever attempt of a defense Perry Fewell tried to rustle up. They gained 533 yards on offense and had two RBs rush for over 100 yards.
Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco consistently picked on veteran CB Corey Webster and succeeded. Webster had perhaps his worst game as a pro. He was left hung out to dry by the Giants’ nonexistent pass rush, which once again went without a sack.
The Giants’ offense was equally as bad. Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York described it best:
Eli Manning completed just 14 of 28 passes, for a paltry 150 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw returned after missing last week’s game with a knee injury, but had just nine carries for 39 yards. A week after having just three catches for 15 yards against the Falcons, Victor Cruz had three catches for 21 yards against the Ravens. And Hakeem Nicks was shut out, for the first time in his NFL career.
In addition, the Giants went 3-and-out on six of their ten possessions, only gained 11 first downs and were 2-10 on third down conversions. They held the ball for only 20 minutes and punted eight times.
Manning didn’t stand much of a chance yesterday. He was hit more than anyone can count and more than he wants to remember. Eli was sacked a total of three times, but was getting hit nearly every time he dropped back to pass. The Ravens got nine hits on him according to several sources.
“You saw the scoreboard. It wasn’t real pretty, but that’s what can happen in football,” said Eli after the game. Yeah, but it’s not supposed to happen to the defending Super Bowl champions two weeks in a row.
Had the defense not stopped the Ravens four out of six times in the red zone, this would have been a loss of historic proportions.
“It’s difficult, very difficult, very, very difficult,” said Tom Coughlin when asked to compare this team to years past. “There are a lot of proud guys in that locker room that are looking to me for answers. The answers are not easy ones.”
He was asked to pinpoint his teams’ problems. It was everything:
“I wouldn’t say it’s just defense. I would have to say the offense is very far from where we’d hope to be.”
The loss put the Giants’ playoff hopes on the discount rack. It will take a miracle for them to qualify. First, they have to beat the Eagles next Sunday. The way they are playing, that doesn’t look promising. They need help from the Redskins, who need to either beat or tie Dallas next week. Then the Giants need two other teams to lose: Minnesota and Chicago.
They have a better chance of getting struck by lightning while cashing a Mega Millions jackpot ticket. It’s over, folks. See you at minicamp.
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