We feel awful: not only did Big Blue come out totally flat against the Philadelphia Eagles last night, allowing Michael Vick to walk all over us in a 19-17 victory, but the Giants we're going to be hearing for the rest of the season about the hole the Giants will be digging themselves out of as this loss couples with the opening day loss to Tony Romo and the Cowboys to give the Giants an 0-2 divisional record.
While the Giants have bigger problems (such as, "What happened to Corey Webster?" and "When will Hakeem Nicks be ready to play?" and "Where'd the pass rush go?"), the bad divisional record and the incredibly tough schedule ahead of us make on thing clear: the remaining games with the Cowboys and Eagles are absolutely must-wins. Sure, we dropped two against the Redskins last year and still won the division, but does anyone see having us having a better record than either of our top rivals if they beat us twice?
But that will all play itself out over the course of the season. In the meantime, let's take a quick glance at the problems the Giants will have to fix before hosting the Cleveland Browns next weekend.
What happened to Corey Webster?
The Giants have actually done a halfway decent job of holding the secondary together despite a litany of injuries. But the one guy who has been healthy and was thought of as the least of our problems has been the biggest bust out there: Corey Webster.
He's just getting eaten alive out there and we're not going to bother to try and figure out why. What we're going to wonder is whether he loses a starting job to a hopefully-soon-to-be-healthy tandem of Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley.
Speaking of "what happened to's" on defense, anybody seen the Giants pass rush recently?
Jason Pierre-Paul has been a beast, but we haven't seen what we're used to seeing from the Giants rushers this year. Chris Collinsworth even said it politely last night on the telecast. Justin Tuck has been absolutely invisible and Osi Umenyiora has been a counterproductive force as teams use his upfield stride against him.
Chris Canty might be able to reinvigorate the defensive line to some degree when he gets back, but we're wondering if Mathias Kiwanuka doesn't start putting his hand in the ground more often if this keeps up. A healthy Keith Rivers, an up-and-coming Jacquian Williams and an athletic-if-unspectacular Spencer Paysinger leave plenty of bodies to play linebacker.
Let's not blame this all on the defense, though…
The offense and their coaching staff should take plenty of blame as well. Eli Manning spent the first half of the game running for his life and threw one of the ugliest interceptions (in the red zone) that we've seen from him in ages in the fourth quarter. The running game went back to stagnant as the coaches forgot that Andre Brown has been super productive and inserted Ahmad Bradshaw back in as the lead back.
The offense looked a bit lost without Nicks last night, so one can only hope his knee and foot are feeling better.
Speaking of injuries…
Last night the Giants escaped relatively unscathed, other than what's being called a sprained knee by Kenny Phillips. No news on that yet.
Where do we go from here?
Next up, the Cleveland Browns…the kind of bottom feeder the Giants need to face after a game like this. But like we said before, every good game you play against a team like the Browns this year is only going to make us think "Sure we can beat up on these kind of teams, but what happens when we have to play Dallas or Philly again?"
It's going to be hard for us to think about sports for the next week. Anyone up for a good round of "Let's Go Yankees" chants?
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