Many words can describe the Giants performance on September 11, 2011 at FedEx Field against the Redskins. Gutless, atrocious, awful, etc. just to name a few! The New York Giants were unable to establish anything offensively, and on defense, they had moments where they only rushed Grossman with 3 people, however, the Redskins receivers and backs were running routes wide-open. The Giants had an opportunity in the 4th quarter to tie the game and regain momentum following a sack and fumble forced by Jason Pierre-Paul, and recovered by Michael Boley. But, a clueless offense went 3-and-out and it ended up with an even more clueless special teams taking the field to have a field goal attempt blocked. The Giants were either playing without interest, or the most likely scenario, lacking talent at many positions.
This game gave a very simple blueprint to any defensive coordinator to beat the Giants. Double Nicks, man-to-man on Manningham, and play zone or blitz with the rest. It is no secret that the Giants lack a quality Slot-WR and a TE, but they arguably have the worst Slot and TE combination in the NFL. This team needs to seriously play above their abilities, and Manning needs to play like the QB he compared himself to, Brady, if the Giants want to finish the season with a winning record.
Next week the Giants may catch a break as they host the St. Louis Rams for Monday Night Football. That huge break they may catch will be in the form of an even more banged up team, the Rams might be without Bradford, Amendola, and Jackson.
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