After struggling on Monday night with Detroit’s high-octane offense, the Giants secondary knows an all-around better performance is needed to live up to the group’s high expectations against the Arizona Cardinals’ strong passing attack this Sunday. The Giants gave up over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns to Lions receiver Calvin Johnson in just one quarter of football, and the challenge gets no easier welcoming the talented receiving triumvirate of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and explosive rookie John Brown.
Last Monday night was easily the kind of game a defense would not want to play back later in the film room, but for starting corner Prince Amukamara, the film review was a sobering lesson for a secondary that still has some learning to do.
“Any time you give a receiver over 100 yards in the first quarter, or the first half, it is definitely a punch in the face,” Amukamara said. “We definitely want to rise to the challenge this week. We learned from it and we didn’t shy away from the film. It’s hard to look at but we definitely looked at it and learned from it.
The Giants secondary is expected to be one of the strengths of the team, and if the Giants are to find consistent success this year will at times need the secondary to carry the team.
Despite been seen as the Giants “#2 corner”, Amukamara knows that his role can be just as important as Rodgers-Cromartie’s as the best teams in the league often have a wide receiver duo that requires a complete secondary to defend. Sunday’s opponent is case-in-point, as the emerging Michael Floyd is giving defenders more than just Larry Fitzgerald to worry about.
“So you can’t just put a hat or put a safety over, you have to play both guys modest and that is why every team in this league, you need at least two great corners,” Amukamara said. “Each team has two great wide receivers and you can’t just be strong on one side, you have to be strong on both sides.”
On paper, the Giants are better equipped to match up with Arizona than most teams in the league. However, the same could have been said about Detroit’s weapons last week and the Giants were down two touchdowns in the blink of an eye. With an offense still struggling to find its feet, the damage essentially was already done by the time the first quarter ended. If the Giants want to come out of this game victorious, it’s a test the Giants secondary can’t afford to fail this time around.