For the third straight year, the New York Giants are 0-2 to start off the season. What most frustrating about the 0-2 start for the G-Men, is the fact that they should have won of these first two games of 2015.
Another poor job at clock management by the offense, gave way to the Giants defense to have it’s second fourth quarter collapse in a week, allowing this time the Atlanta Falcons to come back and win the game.
“We have to get back to finishing,” Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara said on the loss. “ We’re just hurting ourselves. Anytime you don’t put a team away or you give a team a chance, they’re going to take advantage of that. We just have to do a better job closing out games.”
The Falcons drove down the field in less than two minutes, to take the lead and then ultimately go on to win the game by the score of 24-20.
The biggest part of the Falcons game winning drive, came on wide receiver Julio Jones 37 yard catch, that put Atlanta on the doorsteps of the endzone.
On that play, Amukamara was in one on one coverage against Jones, and took the blame for the big play.
“It was good on good, he just made a play,” Amukamara said on the game changing play by Jones. “I was playing for that. I just had to make better judgment on playing him and the ball there.”
Some people were questioning why the Giants had Amukamara in man to man coverage against the former college all-american. Jones is one of the best receivers in the NFL, so some wonder why the Giants wouldn’t want to have double coverage against him, in that situation.
Amukamara took those comments personally, since he believes he can be that top 10 cornerback the Giants drafted him to be.
“There’s seven million reasons why that’s not a lot to ask,” Amukamara stated on himself being able to cover Jones one on one. “ First of all, I was drafted first round to be that guy. The Giants are paying me to be that guy. I always say the highest paid guy on the field should never get help. You’re not going to double-team that guy. In that situation.”
The Giants need Amukamara to be that guy he believes he is, if they want to get this season back on track. Big Blue especially needs Prince to play like a number one cornerback now, since their other starting cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, sustained a concussion in the Atlanta game and his status is unknown for the near future.
“I think we’re going to be able to hold our own,” Amukamara said on the possibility of the Giants secondary playing without DRC. “DRC is one of our best corners, one of our best defensive players, but I think we have some great backups this year.”
Bottom line is, Prince and the Giants, need to find a way to eliminate these fourth quarter collapses. If they can do that, anything is possible for Big Blue going forward this season, in a now wide open NFC East division!