Giant Problems: Injuires and Poor Defense Doom New York

Derrick Ward looks for yards 

You hate to say it after one game, but it looks like the New York Giants are going to be one of those cursed teams for the 2007 season.  First, the injury bug, which has hurt this team from the start of training camp, hit Big Blue hard again on Sunday night in Big D vs the Cowboys.  Running back Brandon Jacobs suffered a sprained knee, and may miss a few games or more.  Then there is even the bigger concern, that of QB Eli Manning, who left the game with a bruised shoulder.  Just another pair of injuries for a Giants team that already has had enough injuries than some teams will have the entire season.

Then there is the concern of the defense, which on a Sunday night stage in Dallas simply decided to take the night off.  They could not get off the field when they had the chance, and when they were on the field, they gave up HUGE amounts of yardage – 142 on the ground and 345 in the air, to go along with 45 points.  “The Cowboys,” defensive end Justin Tuck said, “definitely put a kink in our plans.”  Gee Justin, you think?  How about some of the Giants defenders making a play.  After all, this is a Dallas O-line that looked a bit like swiss cheese last season in trying to protect Drew Bledsoe and then current QB Tony Romo.  Yet, the Giants could hardly make a dent in Dallas’ offensive game plan.

“Nothing went well for us,” linebacker Antonio Pierce said. “And it’s hard to win when you don’t do anything well.”  What they did do well was make the Dallas offense look really good.  The Giants offense did a nice job, with Manning in control, of bailing the defense out time after time.  Eventually though, with the Giants needing one last stop, they could offer no more, as once again the defense failed, allowing Dallas a 51-yard scoring strike to take a 10-point lead and victory home.

“We just couldn’t stop them,” Tom Coughlin said.  Right now with the way things stand on the injury front, and a defense that was such a non-factor Sunday night, Couhglin has plenty to be concerned about – starting with getting a game plan ready to try and stop Brett Favre and the Packers next week at home.  

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