Atlanta, GA – In a stinker of a game, the New York Giants lost to the Atlanta Falcons 34-0 at the Georgia Super Dome, further complicating the Giants chances of making the playoffs. The last time the Giants were shutout was on Dec 1, 1996; I was still in high school that year. I’m sorry but to all my Giants Gabbers; this was an embarrassment and its something that can’t be justified whatsoever.
It looked as if the Giants and Falcons traded places; remember when the Giants demolished the Falcons in last seasons Divisional Game at MetLife Stadium 24-2. As I sat and compared the tapes between both games, it was clear that the Giants as a whole did not play loose and were thinking way too much. You are in the NFL fellas, you are not paid to think; the New York Giants formula is to get to the quarterback and make him suffer on the defensive end, THAT’S IT!!
Last season vs. Giants, nothing worked for the Atlanta Falcons as they tried going for “it” on fourth down twice and were unsuccessful. Flipping back to yesterday, the Giants were faced with three chances at converting on fourth down; end result: turnover on downs 3 TIMES!! Last year, the Giants PASS RUSH was dominant got to Matt Ryan making him extremely uncomfortable by making his feet “HOT” as we have heard several Giants defensive players made reference to in the past with regards to getting to the QB. Going back to last night, the NY Giants did not establish that aspect on the defensive side of the ball. (Will touch on the offense later in the article), Matt Ryan was extremely comfortable in yesterday’s win (23-28, 82% completion rate, 270 yds, 3TD, 0 INT) and moved up and down the field with ease against the Giants. Antrelle Rolle’s comments a couple of weeks ago; about the defense not having enough “dog in them” seemed to have gone in one ear and out the other yesterday and displayed more poodle than dog; (shaking my head)
Eli Manning (13-25, 52% completion rate, 161 yds, 2 INTs) was his old self again; within the first two possessions gave up the ball to the opposing team, giving them short field and resulting in two quick scores for the Falcons. I don’t know about you, but this is getting to be very tiresome to watch and to be quite honest, Eli deserves all the blame for this loss, hands down. Those two turnovers seemed to have sucked the fight in the team and you could see it by the way they played out the rest of the game. As Eli goes, the team follows and these next two games, Eli has to be Elite or the Giants will lose their chance of defending the crown. Its all on Eli now.
Coach Coughlin and staff these individuals are not to blame because let’s face it; they do not play on the field, PERIOD. It is very easy to say, they should have gone for the points at half time but in the words of Herm Edwards, “YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME” The coaches job is to position the team for a chance to win, nothing more, nothing less. It is so amazing to hear the so called fans when their team is down and out saying things such as “fire the coaching staff”, get rid of this player, get rid of that player… AMAZING I TELL YA!! What if the roles were switched, HUH? what if you slipped up one time at your job and then to hear your peers say, “GET RID OF THAT PERSON, THEY STINK!! you wouldn’t like it, WOULD YA? I rest my case.
Giants outlook: Currently, the Giants are tied for first place with the Cowboys and Redskins at 8-6 but are technically in third place in the NFC East; all due to Giants division record being 2-3. The Giants still hold their future in their hands by needing to win both games against the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles. Either the Washington Redskins or the Dallas Cowboys will take the first wild card position with the Giants following only if they win both games. Only the Minnesota Vikings have climbed up in the discussion for the last wild card spot but will not make it the playoffs if the Giants win both games. Desperate times calls for desperate measures and its up the Giants, to make it happen.