Giants Hit Losing Streak

Two weeks two different problems. The Giants are coming off back to back games against teams with winning records and have dropped both. A week ago it was presumably due to their defense while this game can be accredited to the offense. Eli Manning had three turnovers and the offense was only able to score 17 points losing at home to the Cardinals 24-17 to drop to 5-2 on the season.

Offensively there were quite a bit of problems. They seem to have reverted back to the form they showed at the end of last season. They are running the ball well again but with teams daring them to pass they have been unable to keep drives alive. The Cardinals left man to man coverage all night and the receivers failed to make any plays. Worse was the fact that Smith was unable to really put a stamp on the game, as he was seemingly quite till the fourth quarter. Moving off the receivers, Manning had a pretty bad game as well. The Cardinals scheme seemed to have confused him as his calls at the line rarely seemed to work and his protection scheme broke down often. He never seemed to get into a rhythm and had some poor throws, the worst of which was his final pick of the night.

Defensively they played a lot better than they had the previous week. They still had problems as the Cardinals were able to run the ball pretty well and Warner was able to find holes in the zone. The blitzes seemed to set up nice as for the most part they were able to get some pressure on Warner, and were able to stop screens. Their problems came in some lapses in coverage that led to some open receivers in the middle. They played poorly early in the second half giving the Cardinals two touchdowns early. By the time they were able to stop the Cardinals they had the lead, something they would never relinquish. The good signs for this unit was they were able to get pressure, Webster rebounded nicely, and most importantly they shut the Cards down near the end of the game when the team needed a stop.

This team is a really talented bunch but the just don’t have the feel of last season. They have been inconsistent and you no longer have the feeling that if this team keeps it close they will win. They had an easy early season and got some lucky breaks in beating the Cowboys. It is not a good thing when both units fail in two different weeks. Eli has not looked great these past two weeks not really getting any great rhythm on offense. You never want a losing streak but they are still first in the division. They play the Eagles next week and they can not afford to lose that game. While their record is nothing to worry about, if they continue to play like this they will not have too much to celebrate at the end of the season. There is not one thing for them to pinpoint and it really seems like they need to focus and play smarter football. Hopefully they can work some of these things out by next week.

  1. Why did you single out Smith. Manningham with his big drop and route running was a disappointment for me. And you are so right about Manning. He seems to take himself out of the game and lose any sense of rhythem (also loses 5 yards at times with delay of game flags) while playing his cat and mouse games at the line.

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