Big Blue's top offensive unit was not up to par in the club's preseason opener at Gillette Stadium.
"We struggled a little bit for the first time out," RB Tiki Barber said. "Those were our first real, live bullets and it was a little rough out there." New York's first unit was only able to gain 47 yards on 18 first-quarter plays. Barber (eight carries, 10 yards) fumbled on his first carry, setting up a New England TD. Then Kerry Collins (six-of-10, 56 yards) threw an INT (to Pats corner Tyrone Poole), which set up a Pats FG.
"We were kind of feeling our way into the game," Collins said. "It's not exactly what you want to happen in your first preseason game.
"We have a long way to go and we knew that coming in. We just have to work to keep getting better. Everyone has made a big deal about our offense being good. None of that really matters until you put it all together on the field."
Defensively, the Giants were way off the mark as well.
"We are far from where we need to be," DT Keith Hamilton said. "It's our first preseason game and we've got a lot of work to do."
Needless to say, Barber, who was playing a little under the weather, wasn't concerned.
"We still have three more games until the regular season, and our goal is to improve every week."
* Shaun Williams bruised his shoulder in the first quarter and left the game.