In the land of the blind, the team with cataracts is king.
This game set the NFL back about 30 years. Someone had to win, and mercifully for the Giants, it was them. The Giants made less mistakes than Minnesota and came out on top. Woof.
The defense played well, pitching a shutout. Adrian Peterson was held in check, and Josh Freeman's first start as a Viking was ... mostly ugly.
Eli got the job done, with no INTs and protection of the ball... most of the time. It was not a great game, but like the Giants win, it was a start.
I am so tired of Gilbride. Let's all be thankful that at least he opened up the game with small ball, which set the tone. The Giants got a FG and controlled the ball for ~9 minutes. I was told via twitter that it was the first opening drive of the year where the team scored points. Fitting. For Gilbride, the abysmal attempts at running a screen, the (FRUSTRATINGLY TOO RARE) intentional checkdown that generates a successful first down, the pathetic RRRK Prevent Offense for -2 yards... the Giants win despite him.
Please be merciful on me, your loyal NY Giants blogging friend, and do not make me recount all of the special teams adventures that we witnessed. It was frightening.
Jared Allen is a menace. He delivered one of the hardest hits on Eli I've seen in years. And on another play, while his arms were wrapped around Will Beatty's body, he sacked Eli with nothing but his hands.
Peyton Hillis may not have speed in the open field, but at least he hits the hole hard, and his second effort which led to a 3rd down conversion was special. 23 touches, 81 yards, 1 TD. Not bad for a first game in blue.
Okay, the opponent was awful. The Giants were less awful and got a win. Let the season begin. For one week we can take the bags off of our heads.
A win ! Good. Awful football though. The fact that we need to play one of the worst teams in the league, with a new QB and a RB at 50% to get a win is not reassuring. I would not be surprised if this were our only win this season.
JPP did look a little better, but how much of that is the opposition ? Rogers was a force in the middle.
After an OK game in Chicago, Conner was good monday night, even though he doesn't look like a natural when running routes ...
Cant disagree with anything I have read below. Here's a few of my observations from the game:
-Nicks. I've been saying to anyone who will listen that he looks like the guy who just got the fat contract and Cruz looks like the guy still fighting for a big deal. Nicks just looks uninterested, complacent, bored, etc. I expect so much more from him considering he has shown heart in the past. He reminds me of how Randy Moss would just check out when his team was out of it...
-Hillis. You can see why he was once a 1000 yd back, and you can also see why he hasn't found a team yet. Very strong straight ahead - hit the hole runner, but not lateral movement. His style reminded me of Charles Way.
-Isn't Jon Beason a breath of fresh air? A MLB on the Giants hasn't made a play on the field since 2008. Dude plays with an attitude and backs it up with solid tackling ability. I hope he returns next year (expecting half the D to be gone).
-Will Hill needs to play more. Rolle is due $10MM next year and might be gone if he doesn't restructure. Hill is a physical force and a good tackler. I am not suggesting benching Rolle, but Hill should be utilized in the 3 safety set a lot. This kid is one to develop.
What can we say. The offense is horrific. Gilbride is horrific. The offensive line is garbage.
My level of negativity is closer to Andy's than most of the comments (we're not the 30th best team in the league).
However, Gilbride needs to be gone after this season. If he's not, I don't know what I'll do. As was said below, my blood boils ever time they show his mug on TV. If this continues much longer I will have smashed everything in my living room.
I agree with the comments here. This is the worst I have felt after a Giants victory in a long time. The Giants defense did a good job, but the Giants can't face Minnesota every week with a new quarterback. The Giants' offense still looks, what adjective should I use.... - how about 'moribund'. The first drive was good - it is something those of us who have been begging for them not to go 30 yards down field every other play, were glad to see. Then, with the lead, they mysteriously went away from the run and were back at their third and long scenario, over and over. Their offense just has no rhythm. No sense of purpose. I watch other teams' offense and there is a flow to what they do. Gilbride seems to look down on the play card and say, 'hey, let's try THIS play..' It feels like that, at least.
And what is Hakeem Nick's problem? He just seems uninterested or something. After Hillis scored a touchdown and he came off the field all excited, the camera caught Nicks and Cruz sitting on the bench looking like the team was down 42-7. They almost looked bored. Something is just not right with Eli and his receivers. Maybe the losing and bad play are just getting to them.
But, at least the Giants won. Unfortunately the Giants don't have many more Minnesota's left on their schedule. After watching the game last night, I think the best the Giants can do is 5-11. That is being charitable. 3-13 is probably more realistic. I love Coughlin and he has been a great coach for the Giants but I think its time for a change. I can't say I love Coughlin's coordinators (preaching to the choir here). My dog could tell you how much my blood boils every time they show Gilbride on camera. I would love to see what Eli could do under a more modern, up to date offensive system. If finishing 3-13 brings that about, I could live with that.
Watching this game:
1. The passing game has been simplified so that Eli has been reduced to fewer deep balls and fewer forces. That said, he got lucky one pass wasn't a pick six, and Nicks broke up another interception.
2. At least they realized that Josh Freeman could not beat them. Once they were able to stop AP, the Minnesota offense was nowhere.
3. Luck was on our side in the turnover game - 2 fumbles recovered by us and the dropped pick six. Different outcome if those all go to them.
4. There is something wrong with the turf this season at Met Life Stadium. Players are constantly tripping, from the Myers turf monster in Denver game, Eli tripping more than once backing up in Philly game, Minnesota punt return cutback fumble. Unclear what this is, but should be investigated because potential for injury is high.
5. We now know that the Giants are a better team than the Vikings, and probably better than Jacksonville, and maybe Pittsburgh. Other than that, nothing has convinced me they can beat any other team in the NFL, yet.
been a while since I've posted, but been following. Truthfully main reason was the problems with the comment page and livefyre logging in.
THE WHOLE GAME FELT LIKE A PRESEASON MATCHUP>
For the first win I don’t feel happy whatsoever. The whole game felt like I was watching a preseason game. Similar to when we drubbed the hapless vikings on the Tuesday night game after their stadium collapsed from snow a few years back. Josh Freeman is atrocious. Worst QB play I’ve seen in a pro game in quite some time. I’ll take the win as we’ve proved how hard it is to get one this year, but that play tonight was nothing to be happy about. Eli is still in a rut. The red zone offense is pathetic. Shitbride ran the ball 85% of the time on 1st down. The only decent playcalling he delivered was the small ball opening drive which stalled right in the redzone. Fewell and the defense couldn’t get us off the field in many 3rd and longs against the worst possible QB play I’ve seen.
The only bright spots tonight were:
-the run defense shutting down AP… Though not much of a merit considering the Vikes were one dimensional with Freeman back
-Nicks having a terrible game. Now we may be able to resign him for less $$!
- The randle TD grab was amazing as he abused that CB. However they should’ve racked up 400 plus yards against that secondary. Instead eli missed guys all night
Peyton Hillis He looked good and was hitting the hole hard and driving up field for some nice YAC!
-Josh Brown didn’t miss a field goal
This team still can not execute. The playcalling on both sides of the ball is atrocious we can barely get any sacks. Jason Hatcher on the Cowboys has as many sacks as our entire defense. That is sad. Kansas City has 6 times the amount of sacks as us 36-6. This is not Giant football.
Pugh is a mid round serviceable talent rated at a 3-4 using the old scale we have here.
Beatty was not worth the money or albatross deal we signed him to another reach by Reese and a last ditch effort when we should've planned better with OL to build our team with
Baas has always sucked.
WHY CAN"T MOORE SNIFF THE FIELD ALL THE GUY DOES IS MAKE PLAYS!!
I will be going to the Giants-Girls game so I hope for one more win at that game and maybe a win against the Eagles next week. Then hope they lose out for Clowney and shitbride to get the axe!
Agree with most, if not all. Any good team is playing their second stringers by the mid 3rd quarter against the Vikings.
To watch Freeman set up in the pocket over and over with little to no pressure again and again was nauseating.
Love Moore, brings it every play, needs to be on the field.
@the mayor Glad I am not the only one hoping for a losing season so we get not coaching staff.