Giants vs. Ravens: New York's Defense Far from Terrifying After Pitiful Effort

David DanielsSenior Writer IDecember 23, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 23:  Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens eludes the tackle of  free safety Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants while rushing for a touchdown after catching a pass during the first half for at M&T Bank Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Baltimore Ravens didn’t face the same New York Giants defense which dominated two out of the past five Super Bowls.

On Sunday, Joe Flacco and company embarrassed the G-Men by the score of 33-14. Flacco completed 25 of 36 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens definitely weren’t one-dimensional either.

Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined for a—make sure you’re sitting down—230 yards on the ground.

New York now needs a miracle to sneak into the playoffs and frankly, after its 34-0 beat down at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons last week, it doesn’t deserve a postseason berth.

For years, the Giants have prided themselves on the defensive side of the football. On the grandest stage, their pass rush dismantled two top-notch Tom Brady-led offenses, one being the most feared of all time.

But each of the past two weeks, New York has surrendered more points than it did in both of its Super Bowl victories combined.

Giants’ losses this season have been followed by dismissals of, “it’s all good, they’ll flip the switch when it counts.” Well, Sunday counted. And the G-Men were the ones left with their lights out.

Now, injuries derailed a New York defense which held the San Francisco 49ers to three points in Week 3 and the Green Bay Packers to 10 just last month. So, while it certainly doesn’t need a complete makeover, it’s crystal clear what the Giants’ focus should be on early in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The upcoming class just so happens to be loaded with first-round caliber pass rushers and second-round worthy safeties so, if Jerry Reese plays his cards right (which he almost always does), New York will be back contending for a title next season.

But for their sake, it may be wise to lose the “flip the switch” garbage and just play every week like it’s a must-win game.

Because maybe if the Giants did that this year, they wouldn’t be primed to watch the playoffs on their couches with the rest of America.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.