John Fennelly, Lead Writer
I’m sure there are Giant fans out there this morning that are attempting to find anything redeeming in last night’s comeback win over the Colts in Indianapolis. My advice to you: don’t bother.
The Giants’ new offense, which was supposedly ready to flip the switch and begin scoring in droves, was abhorrently inept in it’s debut. The horror story begins with QB Eli Manning (1/7 for six yards), who threw above, beneath and behind his receivers in a performance that has to have the Giants worried today. Seven of their ten possessions through the first three quarters went three-and-out.
The offense, which is designed to attack defenses with a blitzkrieg of quick strikes, appeared to be moving as if they were under water: sluggish, deliberate and predictable. It’s as if they were participating in a “carded” practice. You know, the ones where the defense knows the plays ahead of time?
“It wasn’t very impressive at all. We didn’t get a whole lot done,” said head coach Tom Coughlin after the game. “We had some things planned for some of their special pressures, we didn’t take advantage of that. We missed some throws that could have helped us, that may have gotten us the chance to get some movement. It is, it is disappointing but we’re going back to work. It’s all we can do, look at the tape, go back to work and put people in the same positions they were in in this ball game and hopefully they can achieve.”
It was hard to watch until the fourth quarter – aka Garbage Time – when the Giants’ reserves scored 27 points in the final ten minutes to erase a 26-point Colt lead and win the game. But, truth be told, most of the players on the field at that time will either be on the bench or on the street come September. It means nothing.
Each team drew 13 penalties, which is absolutely ridiculous. The officials have been mandated to uphold the letter of the law when it comes to defensive contact this preseason, and quite frankly, it’s gone a bit too far. Some calls were warranted, of course, but the majority of the flags should never have been thrown. It slowed the game down and limited it’s competitiveness.
Positives: Uh…wait. WR Corey Washington scored the winning TD for the third week in a row. TE Adrien Robinson actually had receptions of 33 and 26 yards. WR Marcus Harris had four more catches for a total of 41 yards. LB Jacquian Williams had nine tackles. LB Devon Kennard and DE Damontre Moore recorded sacks. Tom Coughlin did not need medical attention.
Negatives: Some others did need medical attention, however. CB Prince Amukamara strained a groin. DT Markus Kuhn had an elbow. T Charles Brown bruised a shoulder and S Cooper Taylor took a cart ride with an apparent foot/toe issue. Steve Weatherford punted nine times, which is absurd for a preseason game. The Giants went only 4-15 on third down (27%) but scored on all three of their red zone visits.
Notes: The Giants’ ten longest plays of the night all occurred in the fourth quarter…former Giant WR Hakeem Nicks caught all five of the passes thrown his way for a total of 53 yards. He was flagged for taunting Giants’ CB Trumaine McBride after one catch. It looked playful enough, but the officials didn’t see it that way…S Quintin Demps had two KO returns for 63 yards with a long of 43, but fumbled one away….Rookie OL Weston Richburg played the most snaps on offense (48), mostly at center…the Colts had a chance to win the game with a FG in the final ten seconds, but P Pat McAfee’s 64-yard attempt went wide left.