The Denver Broncos were crisper, sharper, faster and more aggressive than the Giants at MetLife this afternoon, breaking open a close game in the fourth quarter by capitalizing on a freak INT and following it up with a punt return for a TD.
The score went from 17-16 with 0:25 left in the third quarter to 38-17 in a matter of five minutes. The final was Denver 41, Giants 23.
It wasn’t so much the case of too much Peyton Manning (30/43, 307 yards, 2 TD) or not enough Eli Manning (28/49, 362 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT). The Giants just seemed a step too slow for the Broncos on both sides of the ball.
Their defense could not keep up with Denver’s running game, most notably Knowshon Moreno (13 carries, 93 yards and 2 TDs), and could not get their running game jumpstarted gaining just 23 yards on 19 attempts.
The offensive line is not getting the surge nor creating the holes needed to sustain a consistent ground attack.
The Giants had their share of brakes, scooping up a Montee Ball fumble in their own end zone, ending a 12-play, 87-yard drive for Denver. They were also beneficiaries of 13 Bronco penalties totaling 132 yards.
But the tell-tale again were turnovers and red zone inefficiency. They went 1-3 in the red zone, settling for FGs instead of TDs and were only 1-11 on third downs.
The Giants are now 0-2 on the year and only have themselves to blame. They’re simply not playing clutch, aggressive football right now and need to correct their error-prone ways soon or risk falling to an 0-3 start.