To say it was a less than a stellar performance by the Giants in Indianapolis would be a sincere understatement. The offense stumbled and the defense crumbled. Eli Manning completed just one pass on six attempts. Wrong routes by receivers coupled with questionable quarterbacking decisions, it was a game to forget on offense. Amazingly, the players who won’t be lining up every week led the team on a remarkable comeback to win 27-26.
With that said, because the first team offense was so inept, it is almost impossible to give a fair analysis, certainly not a complete one. Therefore, it’s time to look at the defensive side of the ball, which may be more frightening to look at for Giants fans. First, context is always needed when laying out statistics. In this case, let me preface this showcase with the simple fact that it is only Week 2 of the preseason. Though, that far from excuses the Giants from allowing 177 yards and 20 points to Andrew Luck in the first half. With the offense seemingly unable to piece a single drive together, the Giants defense must be stellar. Unfortunately, it was abysmal.
Simply put, Antrel Rolle said it best, there are a lot of things to work on.
"Overall, I think we still have a lot to work on,” noted Rolle. “I think we need to get better with our man-to-man coverage. We still have to get a point of emphasis on not touching the receivers so much or not pulling jerseys. I don't think they're giving us too much of a fine line to play with, but we still have to play within the rules. We can't do anything about the calls that are being made, so we have to play around the calls and make sure we enforce whatever we're trying to impose on the offense. But overall as a defense, I don't think we're played such a good game today. I think we definitely have a lot to work on, and go back to work on Monday."
Looks like the Giants defense, much like its offense is a work in progress. However, time is quickly eroding, and soon, progress becomes play, wins can become losses, and playoffs can become a thing of the past.