5-0 seemed like a great record, right?
Funny what two weeks can do. The New York Giants dropped their first game of the season last week in a game where Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan’s squad allowed an excruciatingly high 48 points against the New Orleans Saints. Just a week later, the Giants found themselves with their fingers on the panic button.
Although the Giants submitted a fairly solid, all-around effort, the Cardinals executed when it mattered the most, especially when it came to turnovers. Eli Manning launched solid passes to his go-to receivers throughout the entire game, and despite an amazing wrestle-and-catch from tight end Kevin Boss, the Giants found themselves in the same situations multiple times thereafter. With just over a minute remaining in the game, the Giants were marching down the field to answer the Cardinals’ seven-point lead when Antrelle Rolle snatched Manning’s pass and sealed the victory for the suddenly-surging Cardinals.
Manning’s unfortunate interceptions, coupled with a fumble late in the game by running back Ahmad Bradshaw, kept the Giants behind in a game New York hoped to use to bounce back from their first loss of the season.
The defense did a pretty solid job, you have to give them credit. They had New York’s offensive turnovers working against them the entire second half, wearing them down toward the end of the game.
The Giants will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, who are 4-2 on the season following their victory over the Redskins at FedEx Field on Monday night. The Giants’ secondary will be keeping their eye on Eagles’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who hugged a handoff and broke free for a 67-yard touchdown score early in the game. Just when you thought he was doing well, he did great. Jackson added another score to his statistics, only this time he sprinted past the Redskins’ defenders into the end zone for a 57-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Donovan McNabb.
If the Giants are unable to escape Philadelphia with a win this Sunday, they officially need to push the panic button as the Eagles will have leapfrogged the Giants into first place in the NFC East standings.
On the other hand, if the Giants are able to go on the road and hold off the high-flying Eagles offense, it would result in a serious momentum boost and a key divisional victory down the stretch.