Yesterday, the New York Giants blew a 10 point second half lead to the Pittsburgh Steelers and lost the game 24-20. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Giants really wanted to win this one for their fans, but alas that did not happen. The Giants really only have themselves to blame for yesterday’s defeat. Here are some observations from the loss.
Worse Coverage Than Your HMO: The Giants kick coverage left a lot to be desired to put it nicely. Chris Rainey was bobbing and weaving out of tackles like championship boxer. When Steve Weatherford has to bail out the punt coverage twice, it’s not a good sign. One of the most underrated parts of the game is field position, and the Steelers had a huge advantage in that category throughout the game yesterday.
Grass Isn’t Always Greener: When the Giants offense was able to move the ball, and get into the red zone (or Green Zone as Tom Coughlin likes to call it) the team settled too many times for field goals. In fact, they had a similar problem against the Dallas Cowboys in the game before this which almost cost them the game. The team’s inability to cash on opportunities like that is beginning to be an alarming trend, and one that needs to be rectified quickly.
Left Red In The Face: Let’s be honest, Issac Redman torched the Giants run defense yesterday. Coming off a performance last week when they gave up so little on the run, it was a little surprising. It’s possible that the defense really missed Chase Blackburn yesterday. Marc Herzlich is a great person and a great story. Right now, he isn’t that great of a starting middle linebacker. Granted, he may need a little more time to develop, but at times he looked over-matched.