In what was supposed to be a happy homecoming for several Giants turned to be a bitter and ugly loss. The Giants #1 ranked defense was shrouded by Drew Brees and company for 48 points, as the Giants lost for the first time this season 48-27.
Eli Manning, Brandon Jacobs and Corey Webster hoped for a better result but halftime the Giants had no answers on how to stop the Saints offense. The Giants offense had few chances themselves but never were able to take advantage of the Saints defense.
Where does this leave the Giants defense? Are they really that bad against the pass? Did the Saints show the rest of the NFL a formula on how to beat the Giants? I hope this is just a bleep on the screen but some things scare me. There was no pass rush yet again. I don't know if it was the Saints passing scheme or the Saints using an extra tackle on the field to protect Brees but no one touched Brees.
Losing Kenny Phillips is going to really hurt this team. CC Brown looked over-matched today. Marques Colston took a ball away from him for a touchdown and bit on every play-action pass by Brees. This is a position the Giants might have to address before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline. With all the cap space the Giants have it might not be a bad idea to trade for someone that can help us now and give up a draft pick next year.
Even in a blowout there were a few positives. Domenik Hixon is the best kick and punt return the Giants have. The guy can break any kick or punt for six at any time. With Steve Smith and Mario Manningham becoming the number 1 and 2 wideouts this allows Hixon to be the main returner for the Giants.
Hakeem Nicks is the real deal. Against the Saints he added another two plays of over 30 yards and is primed to be added to the offense even more. Adding more weapons to Eli will open the running game even more.
A few other points:
What are the refs looking at? On the play with Jacobs catching Eli's jumpball for a touchdown that was taking away on a mysterious holding penalty. This was a bad game by the refs starting with the pass interference penalty on Corey Webster.
Hope the injury to Kareem McKenzie isn't to bad. It looks like the streak might end next week but you never know. Brandon Jacobs suffered a stinger but returned to the field. Other than those no other injuries of note.
Lawrence Tynes may have figured out his problems. Booming in a 49 yard fieldgoal and then adding another 38 yarder later in the game.
Giants are still in first in the division thanks to the Raiders upset win against the Eagles. Who saw that coming? Next week the Giants return home to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night football.