Written by: Motown Blue
Any rational person watching the first half yesterday would have concluded that the Giants were doomed and headed for an L. The Seahawks did everything they could to keep the Gmen in the game with red-zone penalties, penalties in Giants’ territory and the giftwrapped fumble that lead to the Giants only score.
Field possession was a glaring sign that they were doomed. Outside of the fumble by the Seahawks, the Gmen’s only possession outside of garbage time near the end was the missed FG by Rosas late in the 3rd quarter. That puts enormous pressure on the D, not to mention the special teams unit. This is not to take the D off the hook as the issue of giving up big plays reared its ugly head again.
How fugly is this offense? They had 177 of total offense. They reverted to their abysmal run de-attack with 46 yards with a whopping 2.7 yards per carry. Eli, with his cast of practice-squad receivers, accomplished a pittance of 3.3 yards per pass. More evidence of their burden on the defensive unit was their continued abysmal third-down completion rate of 16.6% (2 of 12). To demonstrate that they have zero identity on offense, look no further than the formations the last two weeks.
Last week they were in the 12 personnel package 72% of the time versus this week at 29%. They reverted back to their no-success offensive packages. All season, there has been a preponderance of evidence that the offensive scheme and personnel packages are futile. Why get away from what you had success with the prior week? Sure, it probably wouldn’t have mattered, but it was still worth a try.
Here we are at the bye week, staring at a 1-6 record and coming off perhaps the worst offensive performance since the grey days of the ’70s. Reese will come out of hiding this week and offer spin to gloss over this disastrous season. Expect to hear excuses with all the WRs and nagging injuries on the dysfunctional OL. Pugh went down with a bum back, Fluker had a balky ankle and Richburg with his concussion. Don’t buy into it. Buy into the fact that their 1+ point differential from last season was a warning sign of just how much they were living a lie.
It is EXTREMELY hard to win in the NFL, given the rules are set up to maximize scoring, and when your team is 30th in the league with an average of 16 points per game. It is REALLY, REALLY hard to accomplish with 3.3 yards per passing attempt. We do recall when Reese came out a couple of years ago and expected his offense to average 30+ points per game. Jerry take that number and divide it by 2. That’s the harsh reality you cannot hide from.
Good news. Unlike this, BBI rose-colored it great. That jackass in the owners suite heard it loud and clear. What next, Mara a banner flying over the stadium that your Dad witnessed in 79?
This is from a long time Giants fan. I have attended virtually all home games since the early 1960s. Something took place today I don’t every recall happening. With about five minutes left on the gameclock, and any chance at a Giants victory gone, the Seattle fans simply took over the entire stadium. The chant was very loud and came from every corner of the stadium. SEA followed by others shouting HAWKS. On and on it went.
Here we are in our home stadium, and the visiting teams fans have taken over the stadium. Every Giants fan still at the game had to listen to it. Every Giants player and coach had to listen to it. Every Giants Front Office staff and owners had to listen to it. Though it was five minutes on the game clock, the chants went on for about 15-20 minutes of actual time before the game clock reached zero.
It was embarrassing. It was humbling. It was gut wrenching. It hurt. It really hurt.
I forgot to add the abysmal offensive stats. They are 30th, with 16 points per game. The defense gives up an average of 22 points per game, which matches the middle of the pack of league offense with 22 points per game. The opponent average for the remaining schedule is as follows: