While the Giants may not be football’s best or most consistent team, they are its most exciting. Five of their 8 games this season have been decided by a touchdown or less with two of them ending in victory and three in defeat.Sunday’s wild 49-52 shootout with the Drew Brees-led Saints was the latest matchup that showed just how bipolar Big Blue can be.
“You wouldn’t, unless you were standing on the other sideline watching them put points on the board, too," on losing a road game after scoring 49 points.. "I mean, remember we’re down three scores twice and we battled back. Obviously, a very, very good score right before the half and then coming back after the half and making the big play to Odell down the middle of the field to give us the tying score, those things were outstanding. We had to scrap and we did. We scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, which normally you’d be in celebration. You’d be talking about an accomplishment that, I don’t care who you are, is very rare for a professional or any other football team to be able to score of that nature in the fourth quarter. We did and we lost the game. There are a lot of reasons to be shaking your head.”
Given Eli’s 6 TDs, the Giants’ main concern lies with its injury-plagued defense which perfectly illustrates the up-and-down nature of the club. It ranks dead last in passing (315 yards/game) while also leading the league in turnover differential (+10). It is also the first place that Coach Coughlin will be looking at in terms of adjustments.
“You go back to fundamentals, you go back to some basics that obviously we struggled with a little bit," stated Coughlin. "A couple times we didn’t line up properly or quickly enough, our communication sometimes was not as good as it should’ve been. I thought our guys basically did a nice job in a domed stadium, especially one of that nature where the noise level is such, but I thought we handled that very well. I just think there were a couple empty sets that they threw at us, a couple times we were late to the line. I think that happened a couple times in the game and those are the things that bother me the most. Get yourself lined up, get your eyes where they belong, play the technique you’re supposed to play, be ready to be a reactionary football player on the snap of the ball, definitely know what your assignment is, whether it be zone or whether it be man, and try to be at the right spot at the right time. So those are the things when issues arise, you’ve got to deal with them. So we will make sure those things get ironed out.”