Eli Manning and Giants Continue Descent By Losing Against The Bengals
It was an embarrassing game for the team but especially for the offense.
Old Eli Manning seems to have reared his ugly head. His decision making has to be questioned. Some of the interceptions cannot be excused anymore. He began as an elite QB but now has taken a step back. Eli is too talented and intelligent to make these boneheaded throws which are hurting the team, especially the defense.
Eli has always been a turnover machine but always seems to find a way to make up for his mistakes by winning games in dramatic fashion. It's true the Giants have won 2 Super Bowls with Eli, it's also true they stunk up the joint for many seasons with Eli as well. It's no secret how I and many fans feel about the Offensive Coordinator or what I like to call the Field Goal Coordinator Kevin Killdrive Gilbride. He needs to be seriously looked at by Tom Coughlin.
Kevin Gilbride's Red Zone Offense
It's almost unbelievable that a team like New York cannot score touchdowns in the red zone. The team is loaded on offense yet can't muster up any plays which score TD's as opposed to Field Goals. Against the Bengals today in the first half, the Giants were in the red zone and Kevin Killdrive Gilbride called 3 plays, not one was called as a play that actually had the ball going into the end zone. Of course the obligatory draw play was stuffed and then 2 throws which were short not only of the end zone but also of the first down marker which was positioned close to the 5 yard line.
It's a silly question but does Gilbride not understand that it's a good thing to actually score TD's! As I have stated over and over before Kevin Gilbride's conservative play calling is very predictable.
On defense the Giants weren't good either, the pass rush went MIA today. To be fair, the offense put the GMEN defense in some terrible positions with 2 interceptions and also 2 fumbles. The defense also has a lot of key injuries which affect the chemistry of the team. Corey Websters is just not what he used to be. Seems this is the same points I made last week but it continues to be the same issues.
Last week the Giants had a chance to win, this week it wasn't even close. They seemed completely out of it, no rhythm, no fight in the team. New York wen 5 of 14 on 3rd downs, as usual of late they seem to have 3rd and longs which puts them in predictable passing situations.
Andy Dalton threw 4 touchdown passes against Big Blue. Too many times in the last couple of seasons do we hear that opposing players had career highs against New York. The Giants are off next week and their lead is about to shrink, the Cowboys are playing the Eagles right now and one of those 3-5 teams is going to be 4-5 and right behind the GMEN.
The New York Giants have a very tough schedule ahead unlike the Cowboys who have most of their games at home and against much easier competition. Any fans thinking the division race was over, is living in an alternate universe and has not been paying attention to the last few seasons under Coughlin. Buckle up Giants fans it's going to get interesting like USUAL!