Tom Uddo, ContributorThe Giants defense made sure that Peyton Manning did not have another record setting week through the air and for much of the game, a victory was within reach. One thing the Giants could not do, was figure out the balancing act by the Denver Broncos offense.
During the much anticipated Manning Bowl III, we saw the elder brother, Peyton, run his no-huddle offense to near perfection not only with the passing attack, but also on the ground. Peyton finished with 307 yards with two touchdowns, while Broncos’ RB Knowshon Moreno carried the ball 13 times for 93 yards and reached the end zone twice.
More importantly, the Giants defensive line could not force any pressure on Manning and finished the game without a single sack. DE’s Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul were basically invisible on the field and behind Manning’s quick offensive approach, the Giants defense was confused, leaving receivers wide open at times. Too much time and too many options allowed Manning to pick apart Big Blue’s defense.
“This is a game we needed to win and up until the third quarter had every opportunity to be up in the game,” Tuck said after the game. ”You can’t allow yourself to miss the opportunities we missed today. They took advantage of it, especially in the second half. “
While it seems that with a final score of 41-23, the Giants got blown out, they only trailed by a score of 10-9 at halftime before the doors were blown off of MetLife Stadium and the Broncos ran away with the game in the second half.
Big Blue’s defense had multiple opportunities to counter on the mistakes committed by Denver, but failed to do so.
With less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter, and the game still tight, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas had the ball forced from his hands by Giants CB Prince Amukamara, but LB Mark Herzlich bobbled the football and couldn’t gather possession of it. Seven plays later, Moreno would find an opening down the right side of the field and finish the 25-yard run with a touchdown, a turning point of the game.
After a fluke interception and a Giants punt directly down the center of the field that was returned for a touchdown by Broncos Trindon Holliday, the rout was finalized.
For the second game in a row, the Giants have given up more than 35 points, and their offense is not helping the situation. Eli Manning has thrown seven interceptions in two games, and perhaps the most telling statistic is that the 75 points that the defense has allowed, is a higher number than the 73 rushing yards they acquired over the two game losing streak to start the season.
Changes need to be made on both sides of the ball, but if the Giants have any chance in a tough NFC Conference, they are going to have to find a way to stop high-power offenses such as the Broncos.