No Tuck. No Osi. No Goff. No T. Thomas. No Prince. No Austin. No Chance.
The New York Giants got beat in every facet of the game on Sunday in the second half, letting a 14-14 halftime score turn in to a 28-14 defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins, a team they had beat six times in a row.
Don't expect to get much love from me, as I was wildly disappointed in just about everyone.
When given ample time in the first half, Eli had his moments and led the Giants to two scoring drives. In the second half he was running for his life most of the time, and even when he did get time his receivers were either dropping it or he was inaccurate with the throws.
It's hard to fault Eli for the offensive line not protecting him, but honestly he wasn't very good either way. It feels like he doesn't quite trust his receivers other than Nicks and Manningham yet, hopefully something changes, and fast.
P.S. Honestly, he didn't get much help from his coordinator either. Call a screen play for once? They were blitzing the entire second half. Gilbride gets an F.
Again it was the tale of two halves for pretty much everyone. The offensive line opened holes for the running game in the first half and they were able to move the ball, they didn't in the second half and only had one drive go more than 15 yards.
The two runningbacks combined for 19 carries for 73 yards, that's not good.
Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham combined for 11 catches and 171 yards. The good news stops there.
The rest of the group either wasn't on the field (because their coaches didn't trust them), or dropping the balls that did come to them (VICTOR CRUZ).
As a group, it was an average day, but there is some good there from the starters.
Jake Ballard had two catches for 59 yards and was a nice option for Eli, but he was limited in the second half due to a hip contusion and the Giants sorely missed his run blocking.
I believe Ballard can be a solid option for the Giants, and once Travis Beckum comes back he gives the Giants at least someone who is more reliable than Victor freaking Cruz.
If there is one thing I could wish for, it is that David Diehl gets a tongue lashing in the film session. The Redskins had four sacks on the day, and all four came from the guys that play the defensive line spots in their 3-4 defense.
Essentially this means that the pressure came up the middle, and most the time it came off David Diehl's side.
Holy hell did he have a bad game. The Giants had a crucial 4th-and-1 in the third quarter down by seven, and Barry Cofield just threw Diehl to the side like a rag doll and blew up the play.
That wasn't even his worst play of the day.
All in all, the interior of the line, especially Baas and Diehl, did not look good in pass protection in the second half. Although, Gilbride didn't do them many favors by calling deep routes against blitzes.
Sorry, had to get that in one more time.
The defensive line definitely had its moments, and four sacks is nothing to criticize, but they could have done better had the linebackers and corners actually been able to cover someone in zone coverage.
They were without their best two pass rushers Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, so how good could they have been? In all honesty, they played way better than I expected they would, especially against the run.
How do you lose a game holding the opposing team to 2.8 yards per carry? We'll get to that.
You would think with the Giants using a Nickel package for most of the game that they would be able to stop some of the passes from Rex Grossman, but that was a rare occurrence.
Rookie Greg Jones actually played well against the run, but when it was time to play the pass he rarely saw the field so the Giants could go to their three safety set.
Michael Boley and Jacquian Williams couldn't make any plays in coverage, and the middle of the field was wide open all day long.
This position needs to be shored up. That said, they did play well against the run.
The Redskins picked on Aaron Ross early and often. He had such a terrible game. Just when we thought he was improving and leaving that Panthers game behind him, he, dare I say it, had a worse game.
Hell, even Corey Webster got beat inside in man coverage on the game sealing touchdown. I would get in to the defensive backs performance more, but I'm having a hard time not putting my head through the wall.
I'm not as down on the special teams as everyone else is because there definitely was some improvement, but they went from terrible to below average, so it's not like some terrific breakthrough.
They let a field goal get blocked, on a kick that was low anyways, the punt coverage was bad but not awful, and the kickoff returns were terrible.
The kick coverage was good and Steve Weatherford blasted some great punts, but aside from that they still have to improve.