The New York Giants lose yet another heartbreaker to the Atlanta Falcons sunday. Falling to 0-2 on the season for the third consecutive season.
It seems like for the second week in a row, you could blame about three different people for the fault in the loss.
Reoccurring questions continue surface like:
- Why is Preston Parker still on their roster? (a rather popular question these days)
Well actually, that’s the only reoccurring question because I don’t think anyone can believe he’s still on the roster at this point after yet another multiple drop performance.
But at the same time, people are still concerned with Eli Manning‘s late-game hiccups, and the rather questionable coaching that proceeds his inconsistent play.
Before I get into the details of this game and really break it down, let’s consider this: who would’ve thought a roster like the Giants would hold a lead in the first two games of the season late into the fourth quarter?
Just something to keep into perspective.
The New York Giants are the first team to blow double digit leads in consecutive games to start a season in #NFLHistory.
— History of the NFL (@TheNFLHistory) September 20, 2015
So, I will now play my version of the blame game for the team’s 24-20 loss at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
Let’s start with the quarterback, Eli Manning. Manning, statistically had a very nice afternoon. Completing 27 of his 40 passes, while throwing for just short of 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Well, for those that actually watched the game, you’d notice some pretty big blunders he made. One of which is completely irking me.
On a third-down and seven, the play clock was winding down inside of seven seconds and Manning decided to try and get the defense to jump offsides. The time that Eli and the offense attempted the fake snap, and the time it took to reset, happened to result in a delay of game.
That led to a third and twelve situation, a down they didn’t convert on.
My question is, why would you try to draw the the defense offsides when you have almost no time to reset and actually snap the football?
It’s a just a little thing that adds up.
The other problem most had with Eli’s performance, happened as they were driving in for a score at the Falcons’ eight-yard line. Eli took too long to get rid of the ball resulting in strip-sack-fumble. Landing in the hands of the Atlanta defense.
It’s just one of those plays where the ball needs to come out of his hands, but in my opinion a very minute issue in his game considering it was a blindsided defender that forced the turnover.
My BIGGEST problem with Manning’s play really lasted the entire second half of the game. As he decided to completely give up targeting wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr.
I understand the idea of spreading the ball around and getting others involved, but in the first half Beckham Jr. compiled 139 receiving yards on six catches and a touchdown.
In the second half: one catch for seven yards.
For those that say, “well the Falcons game-planned against him in the second half.” Well, if you watched the first half, Beckham Jr. was blanketed on just about every play. That still didn’t stop Eli from throwing his way and him making plays.
This isn’t one of the games you can mess around with.
Beckham Jr. was torching the Falcons secondary, which means you ride him all the way to the finish line. If that means targeting him 20 times then you do it (targeted 12 times in the game).
The defense for the Giants is also a baffling facet of the team.
In back-to-back games, the Giants have held both the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons to 13 points or less in the first three quarters. Both prolific offensive units.
Yet, in the fourth quarter in both games they’ve allowed 14 points (in each respective game) and yielded game-winning drives in each game.
It seems as though when teams really want to score they have no problem doing so.
Clearly a huge problem.
This then leads to the blame I put on the coaching staff.
The way a team plays when they’re trying to finish a game or comeback in a game reflects a lot on coaching and culture.
Coaching goes behind the X’s and O’s.
Marc Trestman or Cam Cameron can tell you that.
You have to be a leader of a group of men.
It’s up to the coaching to keep the composure of a roster. It just seemed like one of those “here we go again” type of moments once Atlanta started moving the football in the fourth quarter.
It’s not something that shows up in the box score, it’s apart of the eye test.
They simply don’t seem to do the little things correctly, whether it’s the Dwayne Harris illegal motion penalty that erased a fourth-down conversion, a dropped Preston Parker pass that ended the football game on a fourth-down, or a delay of game penalty late in the game on third and seven.
It’s just a team that can’t afford to make those mistakes, and unfortunately they have thus far.
On the bright side, this team isn’t far away from winning football games. Like I said before, they haven’t lost games because of blowout. They’ve lost them in the final minutes after leading for most of the game.
Their tackling has been immaculate on defense, as has been their return game with Harris averaging 38.5 yards on kickoffs and 16.5 yards on punt returns in sunday’s loss
The phrase of “finishing” was a common theme for the 2011 Giants, and the same theory needs to be implemented with this unit.
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