Through two preseason games, the New York Giants offense has managed only one touchdown — a 57-yard catch and run courtesy of wide receiver Victor Cruz. However, after a 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, Mathias Kiwanuka said it was the defense that needs to improve.
"We definitely need to get a lot better. There are a couple of areas we need to improve on," he said. "Individually, it's good with the first unit, you can see some guys out there making plays. With the second unit, where there are a lot of guys with jobs on the line, they're making plays, too, and that's encouraging. It's the preseason. We've got some work to do to get the defense as a whole where we want it to be."
Kiwi isn't the only one who feels that way as cornerback Aaron Ross reiterated those statements. Ironically, Ross also noted that the transition from practice/film room to the field seems to be lacking — the exact problem Big Blue had down the stretch a season ago.
"We need to get off the field on third downs," Ross said. "I really don’t know what the mental part of the game was. There was so much we did in the film room. But as far as us getting off the field, we just need to do a better job of getting off the field and capitalizing on big plays."
Only two games into the preseason and it really does seem like deja vu for the Giants. Their first team defensive line isn't getting to the quarterback with regularity, they're struggling on 3rd downs (both sides of the ball), there is miscommunication on defense, injuries and they're repeatedly failing in the redzone. It's almost like a broken record.
With only about three weeks left to go before the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants have precious little time to figure this all out.
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