That is what happened today in Tampa, total domination by the Giants over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Tampa came into this game with some very impressive offensive statistics. While not expecting them to stop the newly powerful Giants offense, what was unexpected was the total dismantling of the Bucs offense by the Giants defense.
Eli Manning continued building chemistry with his young receivers, Steve Smith and Super Mario. Eli connected with this duo 11 times in 14 attempts for 118 yards and 1 touchdown pass. Eli also connected with Sinorice Moss for another touchdown. This new found chemistry has led Eli to a QB rating of 104.1 after the first three weeks of the season.
The Giants red zone performance also improved, going 3 for 5 in the red zone. Early in the game they were also able to get the running game going behind Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants ground game got back in gear totalling 226 yards and a 4.6 yard average.
In all, the Giants offense controlled the ball for over 43 minutes, and had 397 total net yards on 76 offensive plays, 40 more offensive plays than the Bucs.
Today's game was an example of how offensive ball control, could limit the number of reps that the defense needs to play. When the defense was on the field they stopped the Buc running game cold and made them one-dimensional.
Coming into this game the Bucs had averaged 120 yards per game on the ground, but today the Giants defense held them to 28 total rushing yards. Their passing game did not fare much better generating a total of 58 net yards passing.
The Giants defense did not let the Bucs offense generate a first down until the 3rd quarter, and by that point the game was well in the hands of the Giants.
The one-sided nature of this game even allowed a well deserved rest for Eli Manning and the rest of the first team offense in the 4th quarter.
The shut out was preserved when the Giants took over on downs on their own 5 yard line with 5:53 left in the game. At that point the Giants ran out the final 5:53 under the direction of backup QB David Carr.
We all know this was not the Eagles or Steelers or Vikings. However, the offense continued its consistent play, and the defense showed its potential. Another total team effort has pushed the Giants record to 3-0 as the road warriors head to Kansas City.
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