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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Bears 17 Giants 3

The score was not indicative of how one-sided this loss was. The Giants got their butts kicked.

The bloom is off the rose. Good. Plenty of work for this team to do. We specifically wanted to see how the LBers would handle Forte and the verdict was not good. Carl Banks singled out Blackburn on the 33 yd TD run, where our backup MLB (Pierce out for game) was roasted on the play.

Cross and Banks had this team's flaws noted well. On Defense, lack of lane integrity meant the Giants got gashed up the middle, taken to school. And that same lack of lane integrity on pass rush meant Cutler carved up the Giants when he ran out of time, quickly going out of the pocket and buying plenty of time to reset plays and kill the pass defense. These are the fundamentals Cross and Banks highlighted as being absent. On offense, McKenzie and Diehl made enough mistakes (2 sacks and 1 penalty) to essentially kill 3 drives. Manning did not have time to throw. Ugly.

Woodson hit Nicks on a 55 yd pass play, but could not finish the drive with a TD. Considering he could not help the team finish the previous drive either, this is not going to help his roster chances.

Jay Alford was carted off the field. They said it was a sprain but it looked worse. Let's get more confirmation in coming days on that one.

Some positives:
1) Manningham is going to create opportunities with his separation.
2) Tollefson saved a TD and created a FG, so 24-0 instead of 17-3 at the half w/o him
3) Bradshaw behind the 2nd team OL once again looks like he can break it whenever he touches the ball
4) Jacobs looked great behind the sloppy first team OL
5) Ware looked good

Do you want excuses or not? The Giants played poorly. Coughlin wanted to have more than 5 days in between preseason games and the team seemed disorganized. No need for panic. It's preseason. The Giants won the Super Bowl after getting ripped apart for 80 points in the first two regular season games. Back to fundamentals. Blocking and tackling. Keeping your lanes on the run, keeping the edge contained on the pass rush. It will be nice to get guys like Snee, Seubert, Pierce, Tuck, Bernard and Canty back.

6 comments:

Russ Wellen said...

Except for Ware, Bradshaw, and Manningham, Giants looked a step -- or three -- slower than Bears. Give Bears credit: They look psyched to have a QB like Cutler, who was great when pressured last night.

PD2LISN said...

Couldn't watch the game, so I DVR'ed it. What do you think - just hit delete?

Andy F. said...

I'd hit delete. If you wanted to get a taste for the game w/o watching the entire thing, you could watch the first drive of each team. That is enough punishment for one day.

Motown Blue said...

Now that Alford is out for a while:

http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2009/08/ny_giants_dt_jay_alford_has_to.html#more

and Canty has been slowed by a torn hamstring perhaps we should tone down our enthusiasm for the DL. The positive, is all these injuries are ocurring now and not week 10-17. The negative, is the good karma we have compiled over the last few years on the injury front caught up to us? Just ask NE, Pitt and SD.

One of the concerns going into the season was our new DC Sheridan and how he would perform. The gaps and undisciplined performance puts the pressure on Sheridan to fix.

The OL has been an issue and will be an issue until Reese grabs better depth via trade and/or waiver wire. Seattle just lost a Center which doesn't help our odds of getting a bona fide back up center via waivers.

Overall, this was a good wake up call for this team and allows Colughlin to bark, with reason, to get their brown together.

xtian said...

nyg played horrible, but that can happen in preseason.

i'm starting to worry about all the injuries, especially to the dt. thank god, we do have depth. unfortunately, we are avg w/o it.

getting back our ogs will make a big diff in offensive execution.

no panic from me, just concern.

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