A field goal would have given the Giants a 12-10 halftime lead, but instead Eli Manning threw one of his four interceptions yesterday to end the first half of play with a one point deficit of 10-9. If you believe in the power of momentum in football – that single play served as an omen for what would become of the second half.
As bad as the Giants offense played in the first half – only converting on 1 third down opportunity and not scoring any TDs from the red zone despite moving the ball well… the second half was even worse save Brandon Jacobs’s home coming. Even that opportunity was a gift though after Hakeem Nicks drew a bogus PI penaltly setting the Giants up 1st and goal from the 1 yard line.
After that, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos proceeded to completely dismantle any confidence the Giants had amassed to that point. With quick throws and stretch runs, Peyton Manning completely avoided any and all pass rush from the Giants defensive front and had his way. While the Giants took 3 quarters to score a TD, the Broncos scored 3 TDs in 5 minutes. The Giants failed to stop the run, failed to stop turning the ball over, and failed the home crowd in another brutal loss to the enemy.
The Giants have never started the season with 10 turnovers through 2 games, ever. And Eli Manning is on pace to throw for 48 interceptions over the course of the season if these numbers become a trend… he has 7 INTs right now through 2 games.
David Wilson did not fumble, but the Giants only amassed a putrid 23 yards on 19 carries.
The lone bright spot was Terrell Thomas who looked great making several open field tackles on his third ACL repair in his short career.
If you are Tom Coughlin, where do you start addressing the Giants woes? Honestly, I have no idea where this team finishes the season but right now I can’t see how they win 8 games unless they conjure up another miracle run starting next week in Carolina.