the new york football giants
24 September 2006 ¬
" Giants Pathetic Early, Downed 42-30 .. 27 More 4th Quarter Points in the Loss.. "
There isn't much I want or need to say about this game, aside from another entertaining 4th quarter. Through three games, the Giants have the worst defensive unit in the NFL. That's a pretty hard fact to wrap your head around, considering the talent on the roster, but there's no denying the numbers.

Against the run, they've been strong, but every other facet of the defense has been inept. The defensive line has generated zero pressure on opposing quarterbacks, leaving an already marginal secondary to get burned on virtually every passing play. Sam Madison has been a step late on every coverage. LaVar Arrington has been a total non-factor. Strahan and Umenyiora have combined for one sack over three games. When Fred Robbins is the best player on a line that led the league in sacks at the DE position last year, you know you're in trouble.

The only positive thing to take home is the continued persistence of this squad down big in the 4th quarter and the way Elijah orchestrates the offense through the no-huddle. While I don't expect any team to come back from a 42-3 deficit in the 4th, I think it's remarkable that the Giants made this one as close as it was. My admiration is tempered, however, by the stark reality that you're not going to make the playoffs in the league if you're only interested in playing hard for 15 minutes of every 60 minute contest. I'm also not sure what the repercussions will be following the decision to bench Plaxico Burress in the second half, after he directly accounted for two momentum-killing turnovers. To be continued.

New York goes into the bye at 1-2, and considering how close they came to 0-3, it isn't the end of the world. Tom Coughlin, and particularly defensive coordinator Tim Lewis, are going to have a lot to think about over the next two weeks.


Blogger JB said...

Was it really that encouraging to see them put up some points in a meanigless 4th quarter when the other team knew it was over? Were the Seahawks starters on either side of the ball even in the game for the whole 4th quarter?

2:03 PM  
Blogger z said...

as i said, it's tempered by the rest of the circumstances surrounding that game, and by the reality that we can't expect to come back from double-digit halftime defecits ever week.

to answer your question, the seahawks starters were in the game for the majority of the quarter, and even if they weren't, scoring 27 points in 15 minutes is a hell of a feat.

2:40 PM  

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