I didn’t see last nights game because in all honesty the entire section of Richmond where I live is still out of power from Hurricane Irene. That means my neighborhood Giants bar and only place I will watch a game, The Forest, is also out of power.
But I’ve got the game up now thanks to my subscription to NFL’s Preseason Live and I’m slowly going through it. The first point of contention we come to of course — Eli Manning’s first interception and the Giants first turnover of the preseason.
• The clock wound all the way down to zero due to communications issues — problem #1.
• No one got to the blitz, and the defense had a quick, free shot at Eli… problem #2.
• Back foot throw to a receiver that wasn’t expecting that quick of a pass… problem #3.
• Poor decision to throw that ball instead of away, problem #4.
Now, this was the Giants first turnover of the season and if you view it through last seasons turnover template — it falls into the forced pass/bad decision category. These are the kinds of things that need to get worked out, and I think will get worked out. As the season progresses, this play will receive more work and study, and guys will know what’s coming. Eli will not have to put the offense at such a disadvantage by bringing the play clock down to zero. And in the event that nothing is there, Eli needs to get used to either taking the sack or throwing the ball away or spiking it.
It’s preseason, nothing to get overly worked up over… and the offense looked pretty good up until that point. Going for it on 4th down and Jacobs getting the physical extra yard, loved it. That INT play looked sloppy from the outset and does not in any way make my nervous about the 2011 offense. It will get better.