Giants kept running but finally passed test late

There are 4 comments on the Newsday story from Sep 22, 2008, titled Giants kept running but finally passed test late. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Giants can put lipstick on a pigskin, as Eli Manning and the offense did by the rousing end of their escape yesterday against the Bengals with two late game-deciding drives.

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man

New York, NY

#1 Sep 22, 2008
they wernt dominant by any means yest. they squeeked out a win but the defense looked spotty yest against run and pass. they should have beat them easily. but a win is a win.
www

Westfield, MA

#2 Sep 22, 2008
bradshaw was so good last season. he has quickness more so than any of the other backs. yet, he hardly gets to run the ball. what happened? and, please, please...when the giants have a third and one, or a third and two, don"t run jacobs outside of tackle where he often gets stopped. let him bull it straight ahead, and challenge the defense to stop him. just go with your best.
David

Brisbane, Australia

#3 Sep 23, 2008
Two points, if I may:

First, this is how the Giants have been doing things since Coughlin got here. Run the ball and the clock whenever possible, throw only when necessary. For the most part, this strategy has worked. The difference in this game was that the Giant defense actually gave up critical points late in the fourth quarter, something they rarely seem to do any more. Obviously, this caused a change in plans and the game was put in Eli's hands. I don't think running the ball was the problem, I think the 10 points surrendered in the last 5 minutes was the problem. This game should have had a final score of 17-14 if the defense held the bengals to a field goal on that TD drive.

Second, this game was a perfect example of a conservative game plan succeeding against inferior competition. Look at all of the short field goals the Giants kicked when they could have gone for the touchdown. Remember the Giants' first possession of overtime, when they punted on 4th and 1 from their own 45 yard line? The crowd booed in unison as the Giants ceded precious overtime possession to the Bengals. Had Cincy come down and kicked a field goal to win the game on their next possession, we would have heard about that punt for two straight weeks. Instead, the defense stood up, Madison knocked away a pass on third and 10, and the rest is history. That punt was not mentioned in any article about the game.

Against the Cowboys, you can't play so conservatively and expect to win. But against the Bengals, you can't do them any favors. Run the ball, no chances, no mistakes, take the W, on to next week.
Jim

Phoenix, AZ

#4 Sep 24, 2008
man wrote:
they wernt dominant by any means yest. they squeeked out a win but the defense looked spotty yest against run and pass. they should have beat them easily. but a win is a win.
Good post,and agree

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