Shockey, Saints Humble, Hammer Giants

Jeremy Shockey didn't just get the last laugh. He sure looked like he got the first of what appears to be many last laughs. His former team was flat-out embarrassed in its first true test of the 2009 season. His current team looked like world-beaters as the Saints laid an old-fashioned butt-whoopin' on the Giants.

"I wasn't trying to prove a point today," Shockey said. "We were just trying to win a game."

Mission accomplished.

As absurd as this is going to sound, this game wasn't even as close as the final score would indicate. Much was made before the game about the Giants having to prove themselves after navigating through a mostly minor-league schedule. Now, they're left to regroup and find out exactly what kind of team they are. No, one loss is not going to ruin the Giants season. That much is certain. But if the Saints are that much better than New York, which was clearly evident during this one 60-minute period, then the Giants are in serious trouble.

The Giants, en route to a perfect 5-0 start, still had a whole host of critics. They hadn't beaten anyone with any serious accomplishments on their résumé to date. After this debacle, the Giants had better prepare to hear all about how they looked like paper champions in the early going yet were knocked off their pedestal once they faced a legitimate opponent. And they have no defense.

This one was never close. The Saints were dominant in every aspect of the game, sans perhaps the kickoff return game. New York could not get any pressure on Drew Brees, who threw for 369 yards in three-plus quarters of action.

"I don't think we ever hit him," Tom Coughlin said.

The secondary was as bad as we've seen it in years. Yes, a little pass rush would have helped, but no one could cover anyone. And not to pick on one player when everyone wearing blue helmets was heavily at fault, but after seeing Kevin Dockery's body of work, you and I both might as well send in our high school game tapes to GM Jerry Reese for a look.

The defense, which was pretty much dominant during four of the first five contests, looked like they hadn't played together in years. Yes, the injuries to Aaron Ross and Michael Boley and Chris Canty continue to make things more difficult than usual for Big Blue's defense. But you could have put Deion Sanders, Lawrence Taylor and Dana Stubblefield out there in their places against Brees and Co. and likely still have gotten shredded.

Unfortunately for Eli Manning, who had the absolute homecoming from hell, we've saved a little space for the awful offense as well. Manning was leading as charmed a life as possible through these first five weeks, playing through injuries and carving up B-league defenses. But he certainly met his match against the Saints. They played very aggressive defense, which was hardly a surprise considering that Gregg Williams was calling the shots. And Manning did luck out to avoid a third career pick-six at the hands of Darren Sharper, who apparently just seems to be in his 23rd season, and makes about four INTs a game.

Perhaps the worst part of it all was the obvious frustrations the Giants showed during the game, on the field and off. We all saw the usually calm, cool Manning laying into Ahmad Bradshaw for failing to pick up a block after Manning tossed an ill-fated pass that was picked off; a pass Manning definitely should have just put in his pocket.

We also saw C.C. Brown and Kevin Dockery yapping at each other after they were left with their uniform pants around their ankles yet once again by the Saints receivers. Marques Colston might not have been a big-time NFL prospect coming out of Hofstra. But he most definitely looked like a Hall-of-Famer against New York's beleaguered defensive backfield. Colston put up an unbelievable 166 receiving yards. And Lance Moore caught six passes, dancing all the way to the end zone.

But at the end of a very long, very ugly day the only real numbers that mattered to New York were 5-1. They could shake this off and bounce back for next week's visit by Kurt Warner and Cardinals. Or they could let this landslide of a loss continue to push them downhill. How the next few weeks – and New York's overall mental toughness – plays out remains to be seen.

The only thing that's certain is that Jeremy Shockey is laughing all the way to the postseason; no longer is his former team a surefire lock as a strong Super Bowl contender. But there's no mistaking that his current club is.

A far cry

Only minutes before kickoff, one of the all-time most hated players amongst Giants fans was tripping all over himself in talking up Big Blue. Of all people, Michael Irvin was the man who had nary a negative word to say about his former archrivals. We all know timing is everything. With that said, Irvin is guilty only of having the worst possible timing.

Here's what Irvin had to say about the ‘invincible' Giants just moments before the Saints began bashing their collective heads in.

"This is the next team that we use the word ‘dynasty' around."

"This New York Giants football team is better than the New York Giants team that won the Super Bowl."

Appreciate the kind words, Michael. But, like everyone else, you were obviously watching a much different team during the season's first five weeks than what we saw in New Orleans.

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