Colts Hammer Giants 38-14: The Rundown

The Giants not only got their helmets handed to them in this loss, but both defense and offense looked ill-prepared from coaching as well as a personnel standpoint.

So now we know the difference between playing Matt Moore and the master of the universe. We also know the Giants' defense has a long way to go before they can consider themselves a playoff-caliber unit.

The Colts simply took them apart – running, passing, receiving. The Giants might well have lost this one even before the opening kickoff, as they deactived all but two defensive tackles, Chris Canty and Barry Cofield. By doing so, they invited the Colts to run.

Which they did.

With great pleasure.

The team that ran just 10 times the whole game in their season-opening loss to Houston last week rushed 23 times for 124 yards in the first half alone. That helped the Colts jump out to a 24-0 lead which, let's face it, was insurmountable the way the Giants played.

Here's a rundown of the disaster.


Eli Manning: Well, he had his hair combed nicely, at least.

Mario Manningham: He had a great catch on a third-and-8 pass down the deep sideline, keeping his feet inbounds and dancing along it for a third-quarter touchdown. Sideline stuff was a real problem for him last year, but he seems to have that licked this year.

DJ Johnson: He's strictly a special-teamer, and he helped shaky Matt Dodge immensely when he downed a second-quarter punt at the 2, barely keeping it out of the end zone with a nice balancing act. Of course, the Colts went on to score a touchdown off that drive. But you can't blame Johnson for that.

Ahmad Bradshaw: He was the only truly productive guy on offense, and he still had the quietest 89 rushing yards you'd ever want to see.

Hakeem Nicks: He didn't catch a pass until the fourth quarter, and finished up with his fourth touchdown catch on the season. Remember, he was playing on a bum ankle.



Pass Defense: Guess what? It wasn't there. That turnover-creating bunch that hurt the Panthers last week couldn't come close to handling the Colts' array of receivers. From Dallas Clark frying Aaron Ross for a 50-yard touchdown on that 98-yard drive (and where was Michael Johnson on that coverage), to Austin Collie basically walking in on a 4-yarder at the end of the first half, the Giants were unable to stop Manning, who was 13-of-18 for 154 yards in the first half alone. No pass rush whatsover.

Kareem McKenzie: Defensive end Robert Mathis had his way with the right tackle the whole first half, and eventually gave up a sack and fumble that allowed the Colts to drive for their final touchdown of the half. With Kevin Boss out of there, he had little blocking help.

David Diehl: The left tackle had his own problems on the other side, dealing with Dwight Freeney in grandly unsuccessful manner. Eli Manning took way too much punishment in this one with Diehl and McKenzie letting up four sacks, two each to Freeney and Mathis. It was Diehl who let up Freeney's strip sack in the second half that the Colts' defense recovered for a touchdown at a 31-7 lead.

Eli Manning: 17 passing yards in the first half? A fumble and an interception that really wasn't his fault. 69 yards of offense in the first half.

Brandon Jacobs:  His cutback in the third quarter when there was a wide  open hole in front of him shows why he's a backup now. Then he throws his helmet into the stands. Outstanding maturity.

The Coaching Staff: So, they did watch film this week, right? Maybe that was the problem. They forgot what Peyton Manning and Joseph Addai were capable of. They kept the linebackers off the field way too often and let Addai and Donald Brown churn ground yards until the pass opened up. On offense, they gave McKenzie help way to late to make any difference. Where was Madison Hedgecock? Why wasn't Bear Pascoe in until late?

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