The Ship Be Sinking

Mouth Almighty

Ominous…

Hi all.

I’ve been busy lately (and as of yesterday recovering from a fairly nasty kick/knee to the head…not sure which it was). Anyway, I wish I could comment on Arsenal’s evisceration of Tottenham up at the Lane, but I sadly missed the match to play in a soccer tournament…the one where I picked up the aforementioned injury. I did see a GIF of Cesc’s goal to make it 2-0 though, and while there was some dozy defending and it did start with a horrendous going-nowhere square ball, the run and the decision-making from the Captain were sublime. The only other player on the squad who could potentially score that goal is Andrei Arshavin. What a finish, too…keep in mind that Gomes made some stellar saves before that, and Cesc didn’t give him a prayer of stopping that shot – near post or not.

But, of course, that’s not why I’ve titled this post in the manner that I have. It’s not even about the Canadiens, whose record is abnormally inflated with two heavy-weather wins over the Islanders combined with two wins over Toronto that had to go to OT or the shootout (Really? Conceding the tying goal in the last minute of the 3rd? Jacques Martin team, my bunghole). Instead, I refer to the New York Giants, who on the back of the last three weeks look in danger of having been sussed out by the rest of the league.

Today’s 40-17 loss to the Eagles highlighted the same old problems – the secondary, Eli Manning and special teams in that order – but I think we may have underrated just how deep those problems lie. It’s nice to thump Oakland’s skulls for them, but on the other hand, what does that prove? The Giants sit at 5-3 (albeit with a 3-game losing streak), but they have only played four teams with a pulse. They are 1-3 in those 4 games – a fortunate-in-retrospect win at Dallas; and losses at New Orleans, at home to Arizona and now away to Philly. The loss in Louisiana was expected in a lot of ways, as our troubled secondary was always going to struggle against the best QB in the league (and New Orleans is a tough place to play in general). But, the loss at home to Arizona was fucking DREADFUL, and may have been the first real sign that this team may not be what we thought they were.

Meanwhile, while there isn’t much shame in losing at Philadelphia, you would expect our guys to at least put up more of a fight than they did today. Going down 13-0 inside the first few minutes is frankly inexcusable for a team with Super Bowl pretensions. As for the DeSean Jackson TD pass, it says it all when at the time of the reception, the only other player visible on the screen was C.C. Brown – the safety on the other side of the field. There’s almost no point in wasting any further keystrokes on this – it was yet another awful performance on both sides of the ball.

Here’s where the visions of doom really start to kick in, though. As mentioned, we’re 1-3 in games against above-average or better opposition, with 94 points scored against 143 conceded in those matchups. The bye week is thankfully coming up in 2 weeks, but first our guys travel out to Cali to take on the San Diego Chargers.  They have some problems of their own, and they admittedly did just luck out to beat the same Oakland Raiders that we demolished so comprehensively. However, they have a quality QB in Phillip Rivers and a dangerous wideout in Vincent Jackson. Any team that is comfortable going to the air more than half the time is a terrible matchup for us at present, and that’s what the Chargers do. Any way you look at it, this is another one that we may struggle in. After the bye week, it doesn’t get any easier – home vs. Atlanta, away to Denver, then the return games against Dallas and Philly (both at home, thankfully). Two should-be gimmies follow against Washington and Carolina before a hellaciously-tough season finale away to Minnesota. Even if you assume victories in the Washington and Carolina tilts, the G-Men would still need to win 3 of the other games to get to 10-6, which I imagine will probably be the minimum to get into the playoffs. To win the division, they’ll probably have to win at least 4. Other than perhaps Dallas at home and perhaps Atlanta, where are those other wins coming from?

I don’t know, frankly.

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November 1, 2009 - Posted by | The Arsenal, The Giants

2 Comments »

  1. I hate Eli Manning as much as every other Giants fan, but I have to be totally honest: He has been refreshingly improved this season. He’s far from perfect, he’s far from a top-level QB (though he’s paid like one) but he is not to blame for what’s going on right now.

    In order of blame:
    1. Kevin Gilbride — If sweaty man-boob Tony Siragusa can call when you’re going to run (over and over and over and over) from the sideline, guess what the other team knows: THAT YOU’RE GOING TO RUN! The Giants offense looks as boring as it did back in 2006 and early 2007 when I walked the streets with my “Fire Coughlin and Gilbride” signs.

    2. Domenik Hixson — Dropped the ball sans touching and changed the game. Please go to the sideline permanently. And take Sinorice Moss with you.

    3. Clownshoes secondary — Why aren’t we blitzing like crazy? We clearly can’t cover anyone without Ross and Phillips. We should be throwing people at the quarterback and daring them to throw, because what the hell, dropping people back isn’t really working for us.

    4. Offensive line — Weren’t you guys unstoppable last year? This year, no forward push on runs and a lot less protection. Admittedly, the pedestrian play calling is not helping their cause, but c’mon. Trent Cole spent as much time in the Giants backfield as Bradshaw did today.

    An ugly loss, and I can’t see how San Diego will be any different unless we make some fast changes.

    Comment by TK | November 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. “as our troubled secondary was always going to struggle against the best QB in the league”

    Funny, I don’t remember the Giants playing either Payton Manning or Tom Brady this season.

    Comment by Tony | November 2, 2009 | Reply


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