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Monday, October 13, 2008

Cleveland 17 New York Giants 14 Halftime

Grateful grateful grateful we are not down by a lot more. What they did not mention on the Edwards bomb to the 4 yard line was that Ross was in single and the safeties were both up at the line of scrimmage, making it like ~9 men in the box. Anderson has to go to his WR there, and Edwards made enough of a move on Ross to shake him. If thrown a little further, it is an easy TD.

Big penalty gives us that second score, whew, or else we are -10 at half. Gotta give a lot of credit to Manning, who delivers in crunch time in the 2 min drill. Ever notice how the offense goes on attack mode when the Giants need it? That is because Gilbride is calling a game more similar to that of the Bengals game early, when he is trying to patiently have a good ground game.. at the cost of an attacking offense that is not taking the (passing) game to this team. Problem is the running calls are very predictable, 1st down incomplete pass early, so second down is a handoff and the entire world knows it, so it gets 4 yards. And 2 of them are from Jacobs falling forward.

Manning INT early when Giants were driving in Q1 was (as Jaws noted) the old Darren Sharper centerfield telegraphed safety pickoff. Manning must look that safety off or else we go back to the 4 INT Viking days.

Without Pierce the defense is lacking. And even with him, we are not pressuring Anderson enough. I saw some pressure, but MOSTLY Anderson has all day to find his 2nd,3rd or even 4th option. Our blitzes are gtg picked up well too, so if Anderson has too much time we are going to be a very ordinary defense.

Steve Smith is money.


Pastime Princess said...

I know the defence is not playing well but Eli has singled handedly lost this game. I know you have given him a lifetime pass but he still is to blame.
8 minutes left down by 21, ouch.

Pastime Princess said...

I guess to look on the bright side; the Giants are clearly no match for the Browns defense. Our offence it just great, hopefully Eli doesn't have many games like this.

Mitch said...

The old Eli returned tonight, but he didn't single handedly lose this game. This is a total team loss.

First of all the Giants did not match Cleveland's intensity.

The GMen got manhandled on both sides of the ball.

The Defense could not stop the run or the pass, or get pressure on Anderson. That is a recipe for disaster.

When we had the ball we were totally predictable. ( Kevin Gilbride has got to be singled out for this)

In the 4th Qtr while we were down only by 10....where was Bradshaw? The play calling was awful!!! Yes Eli made poor decisions but this was simply a team that wasn't ready to play.

It is a shame, because we had a golden opportunity to put some distance in our own division and just couldn't close.

Oh well, the only saving grace is now we can hear from media and other players how we are overated. I think we like that role better anyway.

To me if you have to lose it is always better to lose outside of your own conference for tiebreaker purposes. So lets get 'em next week.

Mitch said...

Despite having a breakout game last week with the first two touchdown catches of his career, WR Sinorice Moss was inactive, but rookie WR Mario Manningham was in uniform. Was Moss inactive because a trade is in the works? The deadline is today at 4 p.m. . . . Rumors persist that the Giants are one of the teams most interested in trading for Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez.

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