After watching the horrendous lackluster performance by the New York Giants against the Baltimore Ravens it reminded my much of last year's season ending games against the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings.
In both games the Giants came out uninspired and were clobbered. This game was no different.
The Ravens picked apart the Giants in the middle of the field. Joe Flacco found open receivers in the Giants soft middle and moved the Ravens up and down the field at will. The Giant linebackers either never got deep enough in their zone or wide enough but left Raven receivers open to roam in the Giant secondary.
Playing his way out of a starting spot was Jonathan Goff. Starting at middle linebacker Goff was targeted by Joe Flacco with throws to Todd Heap and Ray Rice. Goff was beaten in man and in zone coverages and at times looked lost out there.
His replacements didn't do much better as Gerris Wilkinson and fifth round draft choice Phillip Dillard stumbled in their chance to grab a starting spot.
If that was the only concern for the Giants their offensive line woes continue. The returning Chris Snee and Rich Seubert didn't help with the struggling line. Snee and Seuburt finally got their first action of the preseason, as did recent addition Shawn Andrews who played in the second half. Missing was Kareem McKenzie who sat the game due to a migraine and Sean O'Hara who is out the final two weeks of training camp.
The loss of McKenzie forced the Giants to shuffle players around to different positions. David Diehl returned to left tackle, William Beatty moved to right tackle and Seubert started at guard before switching to center. Beatty had a day to forget as he couldn't block anyone. Constantly beat inside by the Ravens rush, Beatty could not read the Ravens' blitz, allowing Eli Manning to get sacked. Beatty's poor performance probably ends the Giants thinking of moving him to LT and moving last years starter David Diehl to guard.
The projected starting line of Beatty, Diehl, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie haven't played one snap together in a game yet this season.
And to top it off the loss of Dominek Hixon is still hurting the Giants. As of right now the Giants don't have a return game. Tim Brown has yet to impress trying to make it as a free agent out of Rutgers. Gatrell Johnson also trying to win a job hasn't made any headway either. Its time for the Giants to look to the waiver wire to fill this role.
However it wasn't all negative for the Giants down in Baltimore as there were a few bright spots from the game:
- Jason Tuck getting two sacks in the first half showed that he is healthy this year. No shoulder problems to nag him this year.
- Victor Cruz continues to impress in the second half and probably clinched a spot on the roster with his play.
- Rocky Bernard had two sacks himself and also looks healthy
- Matt Dodge booming a 74 yard punt from the back of the endzone shows why the Giants drafted him
Coming into to the season the Giants had a lot of questions that needed to be addressed in the preseason. So far none of the questions have been answered. Looks like coach Coughlin and company will have their hands full trying to solve these questions.