Giants vs. Colts, NFL Week 2: Game Notes

September 20, 2010

NEW YORK – Manning Bowl II did not disappoint fans, as the two brothers were slinging the ball like they were playing in their backyard or in the street, using parking signs and mailbox’s as touchdown markers. I would love to tell our readers this but it just wouldn’t be true. The game was pretty much a sleeper in the first half and Big Blue did not play very well. The Colts offense was making it look easy, marching down the field against the Giants at will. The second half of the game wasn’t any better. The Giants lost 38-14.

There were still too many penalties and the Giants special teams still needs a lot of work. The Giants offense was anemic the first half. In truth, they were almost non-existent. The Colts were just eating away the clock, with these long precise drives that didn’t leave the G-men much time to work with. When the Giants finally did get the ball, the Colts defense stood their ground. This was a very odd battle I witnessed tonight and I truly don’t know what to make of it.

This game brought back memories of the 2009 season when nothing was going right for Big Blue. It was a painful game to watch. The final stats are a little off because the Colts gave up a garbage TD to the G-men playing zone, late in the fourth quarter. What made this even more disappointing was waiting all day (game started at 8:20 PM) to see such a poor performance. The Giants are going to need to do some serious soul searching to find out if they are the team that beat the Panthers last week or the team that got crushed by the Colts last night.

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.

– The Giants looked very sluggish the first half of the game. The second half was no better.

– The Colts won the opening coin toss.

– QB Eli Manning had a horrible game. He finished 13/24 for 161 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT.

– S Kenny Phillips left the game at the end of the first quarter. He returned in the second quarter.

– Colts QB Peyton Manning played a very methodical game and was in the zone the first half. He finished 20/26 255 yards 3 TD’s. This guy is still the best QB in the NFL.

– The Colts defense played much better then their 23rd overall defensive ranking.

– The Giants were penalized 6 times for 55 yards in the game.

– Returner RB Darius Reynaud has not shown much since he was signed. He averaged 12 yards returning last night.

– The Giants had four players ruled out for this game, they are LB Chase Blackburn, TE Kevin Boss, LB Phillip Dillard and OL William Beatty.

– DE Justin Tuck left the game in the second quarter. He returned later in the game.

– The Giants offensive line gave up 4 sacks but also allowed Eli Manning to get knocked around the whole game (Dwight Freeney is not from Earth).

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw lead all Giants rushers with 89 yards on 17 carries.

– The Giants defense gave up way too many rushing yards (160) against a primarily passing team in the Colts.

– WR Mario Manningham lead all Giants wide receivers with 4 catches for 75 yards and a TD.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had another mediocre game by his standards. He finished with 4 rushes for eight yards. He was also involved in some bizarre helmet throwing incident into the crowd.

– Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell did as good of a job as you can do against QB Peyton Manning.

– Rookie WR Victor Cruz made his NFL debut last night.

– LB Michael Boley lead the defense in tackles with a total of eleven.

– The Colts dominated the time of possession game a lot more then their time of 35:06 shows.

– Rookie punter Matt Dodge had a better game but special teams still needs work.

– The Giants were down 24-0 at halftime. The first half was difficult to watch, to say the least, nothing went right for Big Blue.

Were you surprised by the outcome of the Giants vs. Colts game or did it pretty much go how you thought it would go?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Injury Report 09/13/10

September 13, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants might need to seek some alternative medical practices because they simply cannot avoid injuries as of late. I’m not suggesting getting a witch doctor on the med staff but there certainly needs to be some changes in the training process. The Giants already have eight players on the injured reserve list and we are only in week one of the 2010 NFL season.

The bad news continued to roll in today with the reports of OT William Beatty needing  surgery for a fracture in his foot. I do not need to explain how important the left tackle position is and I’m glad that the team picked up OL Shawn Andrews as insurance. OL David Diehl is more then capable of filling in at left tackle, a position he has a lot of experience with.

TE Kevin Boss suffered another concussion in the game on Sunday and the team has not said when he will be able to return. I’m not sure what to say but I know that the Giants cannot continue to lose starting players at this rate and expect to be competitive in the NFC East. TE Travis Beckum is the only other tight end on the roster. Big Blue does have TE Bear Pascoe on the practice squad but he could find himself on the bus if Boss misses significant game time.

I wish I could tell you that we were through with listing some injuries but we are not. LB Chase Blackburn was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. The team did not say how long Blackburn would be out. You would think it would be about 2-4 weeks, depending on how bad the headaches are. Blackburn has already been quoted as saying he hopes he doesn’t need to miss even one week but that is being overly optimistic in the eyes of the medical staff. Blackburn is a huge contributor on special teams and a primary backup for the MLB position.

With the recent rash of injuries on the Giants, do you think their is a solution to this problem or is just a part of football?

RD – nygreporter.com

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