When looking at the box score of this game, you’d probably think that the Giants put together some impressive offensive drives.
Eli Manning completed 25 passes for 246 yards and didn’t turn the ball over for the second straight week. Two of his receivers – Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks – each caught seven passes. And Peyton Hillis ran for 70 yards on 20 carries.
The Giants also dominated the time of possession battle, 38:05 to 21:55.
Not bad right?
But some boneheaded penalties hurt a few of the Giants’ potential scoring drives.
Week 8 just passed; there should not be illegal formation penalties. There was also an illegal motion, an illegal snap and another Manning intentional grounding.
Bob Papa on the Giants’ WFAN radio broadcast said it perfectly at one point – “You’ve got to be kidding me!” – after another series of penalties. Papa’s partner Carl Banks said that these “organizational” penalties should not be happening at this point in the season.
If the Giants did not commit these timely penalties, would they have scored a few touchdowns? Who knows?
But once the schedule heats up after the break, these mistakes must stop if the Giants want to continue winning games.
The team does have a bit of momentum right now, so the bye week may not be coming at the ideal time. But for the players, they’re probably ecstatic that they’ll get a mental rest.
If the ball bounces the Giants way over the next few weeks, Big Blue will somehow be right back in the playoff hunt after a poor start. Winning the past two weeks has been a welcome sign, but the team must tighten up its mistakes to build off its first two wins of the season.
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