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Landover, MD – I turn on to the local sports radio station in NY this morning (as I am dropping my son off to the sitter and it is amazing how the so called “fans” all sound the same. “Uh, the offense stunk, get rid of Kevin Gilbride, he’s horrible.” What a bunch of single, tunnle minded individuals who have no clue about how the NFL game works.
It is so easy to blame someone for their faults or mishaps but as I looked at the game from an analytical standpoint there were several factors that led to the Giants defeat to the Washington Redskins. Let’s not forget about OC Kevin Gilbride, he did help the Giants win 2 Super Bowls ladies and gentlemen, TWO!!
The NY Giants seemed to have followed the game plan by being able to minimize the damage that quaterback RG III normally hands out to opposing defenses in the NFL. Robert Griffin III was less than spectacular from an overall standpoint however, he was extremely effective in squeezing out a win at home in FedEx field. Let’s break it down with some team stats;
NYG vs. WSH
Total 1st Downs: 21 to 20 = adv Giants
Total Net Yards: 390 to 370 = adv Giants
Total Rushing/Passing plays (includes sacks): 63 to 52 = adv Giants
Yds Passing: 273 to 163 = adv Giants
Yds Rushing: 117 to 207 = adv Redskins
So you see the stats and you ask; Mr. Coughlin, how did the Giants lose this game? They had total control of ball possession, they out produced the opponent in most if not all the offensive categories (since most “fans” are only driven by how a team does on one side of the ball, the offensive side) the Giants should not have lost this game, correct TC?
If you don’t already know about NY Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin, he consistently stresses the fact that the game of football is “a game of inches” not yards; Paying attention to detail, and winning in all three phases of the game; Offense, Defense. Special Teams… One thing I noticed throughout last nights game was that the Giants seemed to have the ball deep in their own territory to start their offensive series; around the 10 yd line. On two occassions, C Jim Cordle was called twice for holding on special teams which put a lot of stress on the offense to drive the length of field. No problem right? We have Eli Manning, the comeback KING of the 4th quarter, most clutch QB in the NFL no worries… result in 1st series, FG by Lawrence Tynes. Not bad but a TD would have been better. (will touch on this in another article, stay tuned!)
Back to the task at hand; Giants simply lost because of penalties: 9 – 73 yds (Giants) vs 4 – 56 yds (Redskins). This includes mistakes from all three phases. The offensive line looked out of sync at times; from the false starts to the miscommunications from Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. In a division game with so much at stake, things like these are costly and have put the NY Giants in a bind for the last four games of the regular season. Last four opponents; New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and Philadelphia Eagles… not a walk in the park to say the least.
Let’s temper down people, the Giants have been in this situation before when they won the last two superbowls right? Let me throw you a twist to get your juices flowing; the Redskins have the best record in the NFC East division (3-1) , the Giants only have one more division game left (Eagles), what if the Redskins beat the Ravens next week and the Giants lose yet again? What if the Giants and Redskins end up in a tie; Redskins would win because they have the better DIVISION record… the NFL, its a game of inches.