As we feared, the Giants were unable to contain the Saints high powered offense. The Saints had too much talent, and the Giants had too many injuries. Eli Manning had a good game, but the absence of a running attack hurts his effectiveness. Mario Manningham’s injury also likely hurt the potential offensive output, and it looks as if he underthrew Jake Ballard in the end zone, which resulted in a turnover when the G-Men had the chance to get an early score after stopping the Saints after a long drive.Victor Cruz had a good night, but his effort was lost in the overall poor effort.
Defensively, the Giants came out of the game banged up a little, with Osi and Michael Herzlich sporting sprained ankles. Generally, the G-Men got little to no pressure on the QB, falied to cover the receivers, and the result was a number of big plays for the Saints offense. Special Teams were OK, and we can’t blame Steve Weatherford for failing to pick up the first down. The snap was low, and the effort to generate some offense was necessary.
From the standpoint of preparation, Kevin Gilbride appears to be unable to establisha running game, Perry Fewell seems to be unable to come up with a solid defense, and Tom Coughlin will again be forced to deal with the prospect of another late season collapse. The Giants are now a game behind Dallas, with five games to go. The only positive is that two of the games are against the Cowboys, but Dallas has been playing very well of late. Next up: the undefeated Packers are coming to town. Once again, a tough opponent looms, and the Giants are behind the eight ball.