How many times in one year can I say "this is the worst I've seen the Giants look in years." Apparently at least four times.
The Giants continued their mid-season swoon, and have now dropped five of their last six. There's really not much good to say about last week's game, so I'll just say that Lawrence Tynes gets this week's game ball for going two for two on field goals. That alone should say all you need to know about the team's performance.
- One of the most important factors with an offensive line is experience. When an entire offensive line has played with each other for a long time, they become a cohesive unit that makes the whole stronger than the sum of its parts. Unfortunately, when the same unit is together for so long, they all age together as well.
It seems like the Giants offensive line has finally crossed that line between "experienced cohesive unit" to "group of aging veterans." As sad as it is, the team's offensive strength has turned into an area that needs to be re-tooled.
- The Giants set the tone for this game after one offensive play, when Eli Manning had to call a timeout. The offense looked feeble all game, and Eli looked nothing like the top paid quarterback in the league.
- Brandon Jacobs doesn't look great, but it's not all his fault. the offensive line's fault. While he does often look tentative, much of that is because whenever he touches the ball, his running lanes are clogged up. Every time he gets the ball, he's lucky to make it back to the line of scrimmage before the defense makes first contact.
In contrast, every time the Broncos ran the ball, it was a given that Moreno or Buckhalter would be able to fall forward for at least two or three yards. The Giants offensive line just isn't getting any push, and Jacobs can't do it all by himself. Whereas Ahmad Bradshaw can make some plays with his shiftiness, Jacobs needs the offensive line to get some kind of push.
- They say the best defense is a good offense, but that ship has sailed. I'd settle for a defense that can sack a quarterback and cover a wide receiver. I guess that's too much to ask.
- The fact the Broncos went for it on 4th and Five just shows what an unintimidating group this Giants defense has become. After Danny Clark recorded a sack on the Broncos' first drive, the Giants failed to sack the injured, immobile Kyle Orton again the rest of the game.
- One of the problems is that Bill Sheridan just doesn't know how to utilize the talent he has. There is no way a defense with players like Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora should be this bad. For most of the season, I was willing to give Sheridan a pass since this is his first year, but the defense has gotten worse as he has gained experience. I have been optimistic all season, but I don't see a reason to believe this defense can suddenly turn it around. The loss of Steve Spagnuolo has turned one of our greatest strengths into a glaring weakness. It goes to show you just how important a good coach is in this league.
- How many times do we have to see defensive linemen look out of position in the passing game. Justin Tuck showed an inability to cover on a play in which he was badly fooled into rushing Kyle Orton, leaving Tony Scheffler wide open for a completion. Chris Canty also showed a lack of coverage skills, which brings me to wonder why Sheridan had a defensive tackle in coverage. It's like he doesn't want to
No, ALL hope is not lost. The team can still go 5-0 or 4-1 and make the playoffs. Stranger things have happened. But for this strange thing to happen, the team will have to fix four or five holes by Sunday.
The quarterback is injured, the offensive line doesn't block, the secondary doesn't cover receivers who can run fast and the defensive line thinks the opposing quarterback has cooties.
The dream is still alive, but it's on life support.
If you want something sugar-coated, have a donut. Donuts can be delicious.