Dalton, Green exploit G-Men's holes on D
November, 11, 2012
By Kevin Goheen | ESPNNewYork.com
Andrew Weber/US PresswireAndy Dalton picked apart the Giants defense on Sunday, throwing for a career-high four touchdowns.CINCINNATI – Five plays into Sunday’s loss against the Bengals, the Giants trailed 7-0 because they had given up another long touchdown pass.
A.J. Green’s 56-yard touchdown reception down the right sideline was an easy pitch-and-catch session for him and quarterback Andy Dalton. The Giants knew coming into the game who Dalton’s No. 1 target was, yet there was Green all alone behind cornerback Corey Webster with no safety help in sight. Webster thought he was getting help over the top. He was mistaken.
“We gave him one off a busted coverage, 56 yards,” said Webster. “[You] can’t do that. You’re playing against a good team already and a good receiver already so you don’t want to give him anything. You want him to earn it. Good receiver but we can’t give him nothing.”
It was the ninth time this season the Giants had allowed a touchdown pass of 26 yards or more this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, it was the 11th play of 30 yards or more the Giants have given up between the numbers and the sideline. Green now has seven catches this season of 30 or more yards, six of which have come outside of the numbers.
The secondary’s rough day was compounded by the defensive line’s disappearance. The Giants didn’t sack Dalton and were credited with just one quarterback hit. Dalton had all kinds of time to look for receivers and complete 21 of 30 passes for an efficient 199 yards and the first four-touchdown game of his career.
Dalton had thrown at least one interception in his first eight games this season, a stat the Giants have thrived on this season, but not Sunday.
“We got to see what we can do correctly,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “We can’t be on a losing streak. It doesn’t feel good at all. We got to come back and come harder.”
Last Thursday, Green made comments during an interview on WFAN that the Giants’ defense had holes. Green finished with seven catches for 85 yards and the touchdown. Rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu – from Rutgers and South Brunswick, N.J. – had a career high four catches for 47 yards and his first career touchdown reception.
“Those comments were definitely misunderstood,” said Green. “The Giants have a great defense. Andy had a great game, Mo (Sanu) had a great game, Hawk (Andrew Hawkins) had a great game. A lot of people stepped up today.”
Following Green’s WFAN comments, safety Antrel Rolle had warned Green that he’d “better duck” if Green saw him on the field and that he’d let his pads do the talking.
There wasn’t much talking going on from the Giants’ side.
“It was just a lop-sided game no matter how you look at it,” said Rolle. “It wasn’t A.J. Green that beat us. It was their entire team that beat us. We’ve got to get better. We can’t hang our heads. We can’t beat ourselves up anymore than we already did today.