Sunday, September 26, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Titans 29, Giants 10
By Ohm Youngmisuk
What it means: The Giants lost their second game in a row and they have nobody to blame but themselves. They showed a lack of discipline with killer penalties and multiple turnovers in the red zone, and they missed two field goals. They contained Chris Johnson but also did a great job of stopping themselves.
What's next: Da Bears. The Giants welcome Jay Cutler and offensive genius Mike Martz to prime time. Under the lights on Sunday Night football, the Giants' defense will have to shift gears and prepare to stop a passing attack. Make no mistake, it’s a must-win if the Giants want to do anything this season.
Red Zone:Eli Manning threw two more interceptions in the first half. The first one was off the hands of his receiver and into the defense’s hands –- the fourth time that has happened this season already. But the second pick was inexplicable. Manning, under pressure, attempted to lob a left-handed pass to Kevin Boss. It was deflected (what else?) and picked off. With third-and-two at the Titans’ 2, the Giants have to come away with points.
Then Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled inside the 10 with the Giants trailing 19-10 in the third. Ths Giants will not survive this season with turnovers inside the red zone. They simply are not a good enough team to make those mistakes and win.
Special teams: Nothing special about the Giants’ special teams. With the score tied 10-10, the Giants opened the second half by allowing a 45-yard kickoff return to the Titans. They then watched Tennessee down a punt at the Giants’ 1. Four plays later, the Giants surrendered a safety on a penalty. And the one dependable part of the special teams, Lawrence Tynes, missed two field goals. The coverage continues to be shoddy and the return game offers nothing at all.
Fewell injection: The Giants' defense was the only bright spot and it looked much better than the previous week. Perry Fewell let his defensive line play and he moved pieces around. LB Michael Boley was all over the field, lining up from defensive tackle to safety. The Giants held Johnson in check for most of the game. Johnson got a late touchdown and a bunch of yards when the game was already decided and finished with 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Penalties: The Giants did all they could to lose this game. Besides the turnovers, they committed 11 penalties and one of them was an illegal chop block at the one-yard-line that resulted in a safety. They also didn’t get a snap off on a field-goal attempt, forcing Tynes to have to make a 44-yarder after the penalty. He missed it to the right. The Giants were flagged for six personal fouls, five coming after the whistle. The Giants looked completely undisciplined.