Sunday, October 30, 2011
At the half: Dolphins 14, Giants 10
By Mike Mazzeo
The score is misleading. The Giants were awful. If not for a late 13-play, 84-yard drive which ended in a Mario Manningham's seven-yard touchdown catch with eight seconds remaining in second quarter, this would be worse. A whole lot worse.
Question: If the Giants lose, is this their worst loss in franchise history? If not, it's gotta be up there, right?
Anyway, let's check out the not-so-good, the bad and THE UGLY from what was an abysmal first half of football for Big Blue:
The Good: Giants fans booing the Giants -- who definitely deserved it. The health of the team, which as good as it's been all season. Eli Manning has 18 completions for 186 yards and the Manningham TD. Ahmad Bradhsaw has 61 all-purpose yards.
The Bad: See below.
The Ugly: The Dolphins scored touchdowns on consecutive possessions for the first time all season. ... They had scored seven TDs all season. ... The Giants second drive stalled because of Bear Pascoe’s holding penalty and Chris Snee’s false start. ... Despite their defensive line being healthy for the first time all season, the Giants haven’t gotten any pressure on Matt Moore. ... Miami, who came in sporting the worst third down conversion rate in the league, went 5-for-7 in that department. ... Antrel Rolle and Aaron Ross missing tackles on Reggie Bush's 35-yard run. ... Brandon Jacobs, on his first series, fumbled and had a dropped pass. Perhaps he’s best utilized when he isn’t utilized at all. ... Jake Ballard and Hakeem Nicks both dropped passes. ... The Giants having to burn a timeout in the second quarter because they only had 10 men on the field.