Monday Morning Hangover: Giants Not Ready for Prime Time, Yet

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Another nationally-televised turkey of a performance by the Giants, who showed America they are nowhere near ready for the 2013 season. They can play any team in this league toe-to-toe, but they can also look flat and unimaginative at times by making some surreal and bizarre miscues.

Some quick hits…

It’s way too early to fret over a game like this. I worry more about the injuries. Victor Cruz (heel) will probably be fine. Not so sure about David Baas (knee), but no one is expecting him to be ready for the opener. Pain seems to be a way of life for Justin Tuck, who left the game with a hammy strain, but sloughed it off to his age after the game.

Let’s also not forget the Giants are missing key players at this point in time. Not having JPP and Henry Hynoski is definitely hurting them. Antrel Rolle, Damontre Moore and Corey Webster also didn’t play last night.┬áLest we forget RG Chris Snee is still rounding into shape…

WR Hakeem Nicks doesn’t appear to be running crisp routes, yet. Maybe it’s me…RT David Diehl got smoked a few times in pass protection, in case the haters haven’t told you…

John Mara said after last season he wanted to get tougher in the trenches. Right now, it doesn’t look like he completely got what he wanted. The Colts were all over Eli Manning and the other QBs last night, collecting six sacks and eight QB hits. The running game showed some signs of life, but couldn’t get the short yards in key spots when they needed it.

So much for throwing the ball to the TEs….Brandon Myers and Adrien Robinson each had one pass thrown in their direction, Both were incomplete.

The defense actually played a nice game. It was two plays that killed them: Aaron Ross’ blunder on a sure INT that ended up in Reggie Wayne’s hands for a TD, and Jayron Hosley’s arms being too short to box with God on a corner pattern vs T.Y. Hilton.

Other than that, the game was pretty even. The Colts managed only 2.7 yards on the ground. Hosley kept his head in the game to grab an INT on an errant throw by Matt Hasselbeck.

More to come on this game, including the positives…(yes, there were some).