This is going to be difficult to say but the Giants lost their first ever home opener in the new stadium to the Steelers last night 24-17. I thought the team looked a lot better as a whole, then they did against the Jets last week. The defense seemed to be getting in the backfield at will. Backup QB Rhett Bomar did a nice job handling the starter duties. The special teams still need improvement but I would give the team a B- grade for this game.
The Giants will travel to Baltimore for their next preseason game against the Ravens on August 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM EST. Ray Ray is still down there doing his thing and remains a very dangerous man on the field. Most Giants fans still have a bad taste in their mouth about the Ravens beating the G-Men in the Super Bowl back in 2000. Real Giants fans want to beat the Ravens every single time they play them. This is a category that the Carolina Panthers have also now fallen into and hey look at that, the Giants play them in week one.
Let’s take a look at some of my game notes.
– WR Hakeem Nicks got into a fistfight with Ike Taylor in the first quarter. Both were ejected. Coughlin said cooler heads must prevail in those situations.
– DE Justin Tuck had a sack (shared with Kiwi) and played a great game. He looked very fast and light on his feet last night.
– CB Corey Webster had an interception against Big Ben in the game.
– Can we please stop using CB Aaron Ross as a returner (my second request).
– DE Mathias Kiwanuka had a terrific game and seemed to be in on every play, even if he wasn’t the one who got the tackle credit.
– RB Brandon Jacobs was a late scratch from a neck injury he suffered while lifting weights (he was doing shrugs).
– Rookie WR Victor Cruz had another good game with 2 receptions for 30 yards (15 yard average).
– Backup QB Rhett Bomar had a decent game under the circumstances and is clearly not afraid to run the ball. He was 13/26 for 167 yards 0 TD’s 1 INT in the air and had 3 rushes for 21 yards on the ground.
– RB Andre Brown had an up and down game but finished strong with 61 yards and a TD on 13 carries.
– RB DJ Ware was injured early in the game and was carted off.
– Rookie LB Adrian Tracy lead all tacklers with nine on defense.
– LB Keith Bulluck and S Kenny Phillips saw their first action last night.
– RB Ahmad Bradshaw scored a TD early in the game and had 28 yards on 6 carries.
– K Lawrence Tynes hit a 42 yard FG and made both of his extra point attempts. He has been having a good year so far.
– The special teams still need a lot of work. This is going to be crucial now that there are only two more preseason games remaining.
– Giants DC Perry Fewell had a solid game plan and was making the right calls during the game.
– Backup QB Jim Sorgi will most likely miss the remainder of the Giants preseason games.
– DE Osi Umenyiora had a very good game and seemed to have his burst back. If he is healthy, he should be starting opposite Tuck.
– The secondary still seemed a bit disorganized back there but they turned things around by the end of the game.
– WR Steve Smith lead all receivers with 53 yards on two receptions and also had the play of the game for Big Blue.
– The time of possession was pretty close with Big Blue grabbing 28:25 of the game.
– The Giants defense gave up 412 total offensive yards to the Steelers.
– The New Meadowlands stadium is amazing when lit up in Giant Blue.
Did you watch the Giants play the Steelers last night? What did you think about the game?
RD – nygreporter.com
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Considering the Giants played with a beat up O-line and no Bradshaw or Rolle for half the first quarter (they were late to a meeting and were forced to sit) the team looked alright. I think that if Manning had played and the team had all been there the game would have been very different. Scary to see Ware and Rashad go down with concussions, three head injuries to the team in 2 weeks, thats scary. And yes STOP USING ROSS! Does no one remember Seahorn! You know what they say about remembering history so as not to repeat it!
Yeah, this is a preseason game and doesn’t mean anything. It would have been nice to win the game but I’d rather have our guys healthy for the regular season. Bomar handled himself well I thought for someone who has hardly ever played.
Being a Steelers fan I laugh at the pro-Giants comments. Rhett Bomar… please. The Steelers ‘D’ played about as vanilla defense as you can play. Conversely, the Steelers QBs had no problem throwing the ball on the Giants secondary. Case in point: Mike Wallace’s 68-yard touchdown. The running backs had plenty of holes. The Steelers are much deeper than the Giants. Funny how Bomar had his only score against the Steelers’ first team (did I mention vanilla defense)… but looked horrible against our reserves. Eli Manning is overrated and the rest of the QBs are, well, vanilla.
Hello Steelersfan, you are welcome to your opinion too. The Steelers are a very good team and have had some good fortune the past few years. Losing your starting QB for half the season in 2010 isn’t going to help (I’m including the bye week plus the six suspension days). I’m not sure how much Leftwich has left in the tank so it should be interesting. Big Ben was INT by Webster lets not forget and seven or eight Giants starters were sitting on the sidelines.