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Next Day Thoughts: Giants Falcons

That was a hell of game, wasn’t it? Before I start, you have to check out Andrew’s post. A great read. Anyway, back to Giants. This was a must win game. And, even though it wasn’t pretty, they pulled it out. They’ve got to move forward from here. Here are some Next Day Thoughts, Giants-Falcons style.

-The Giants should make a vow: NEVER PLAY PREVENT DEFENSE! The Giants were doing a great job in pass coverage all game long, and then, suddenly, when it mattered most, they changed to prevent defense. To be clear, prevent defense is when the defense drops as many defenders into coverage as possible, and protects the sidelines to keep the ball in play, so that any completions keep the clock moving (Thanks to the commenter Jeff for pointing out my original mistake, and providing us with the right definition.).The Giants should not be playing this defense. It cost them once. It almost cost them again. Don’t do it.

-Man, Eli looked good. He really did. 345 yards. Never had that flustered look (My friend Darci does a tremendous impression of it. Dead on.). The Giants were moving the ball. This was the same as the Chargers game. They were really working the short to medium passing game. This time, they stuck with it. And it paid off.

-But man, the run game is not the same. And I don’t know what it is. Bradshaw has cooled off. Even though Jacobs is coming around, he’s not the same. True, when the pass is working, you stay with it. But the Giants are a run team! They pound the rock! So, it’s weird to see.  To be fair, Danny Ware had a tremendous game, especially in pass protection. He’ll start getting more carries.

-Thank you, Kevin Gilbride, for using Kevin Boss. Boss had two TDs (and I foolishly benched him in fantasy football). He was making plays. That’s what he does. He’s a playmaking tight end. The Giants abandoned him early in the season. Now, they’re using him. And it’s working.

-Say what you want about Lawrence Tynes, but the dude knows how to kick in the clutch. That’s why he’s still on the team. He’ll miss a chip shot in the first quarter, but he’ll make a game winner.

-Aaron Rouse isn’t terrible. Obviously, anyone is better than CC (Can’t Cover) Brown. But, he does is job. He plays centerfield really well. Wonder what would’ve happened if they went to him earlier.

-Michael Boley is a beast.  The Giants really missed him. He can run, he can cover, he can tackle. He is the most athletic linebacker the Giants have had in a long time.

-Last, but not least, I want to give a shout out to the folks on Twitter yesterday. We really had a good time. So join us next time. You won’t be sorry. Follow us here.

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4 Responses to “Next Day Thoughts: Giants Falcons”

  1. Jeff says:

    Nothing personal Jeremy, but that’s not the definition of a prevent defense.

    A prevent defense is when the defense drops as many defenders into coverage as possible, and protects the sidelines to keep the ball in play, so that any completions keep the clock moving.

  2. Mike says:

    Prevent or not, this defense is missing something. Whether it is Spags moving on I don’t know but they have let up 33 points per game on average the past 5 games; that won’t cut it.
    Great post…

  3. andrew ilnicki says:

    384 passing yards for Eli btw.

    A great game passing, I think the run game just simply is not as much a part of the game plan this year — perhaps due to what the defense is doing to shut it down. Thats all i can say because it is so consistently bottled up, it must be part of the plan for the Giants now.

    I refuse to believe the line is THAT bad this year.

    I refuse to believe Jacobs and Bradshaw have just cooled off.

    It has to be part of the Giants plan to develop the rest of the team — it worked yesterday.

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