Zac’s note: This piece was first published on my Examiner page
The New England Patriots defeated the New York Giants 38-27 in the final preseason game of 2009. A box score and full game recap can be found here.
Two major truths about this game: Yes, the Giants blowing the 21-0 first quarter lead is not good but it’s also nothing to lose sleep over, tonight. The biggest problem I have with the second/third/about to be cut-team performance is that the players checked out just about as much as most Giants fans after the first half. Head coach Tom Coughlin will let his players hear about this from now until next Sunday.
The second truth? You also can’t get overly excited about the Giants leaping out to the 21-0 first quarter lead. It was nice to see Eli Manning throw a beautiful touchdown pass to Sinorice Moss to cap off the team’s first offensive possession. The Giants offense was also playing against a group of players that could find themselves not playing professional football in the United States by the time I have finished typing this sentence.
The biggest story of the final preseason game is wide receiver Sinorice Moss. Moss, who was fighting for what many Giants journalists/experts believe to be the final offensive roster spot, finished the game with two catches and two touchdowns. Sure, Moss had what could be considered a “bad drop” in the second half. That one play certainly doesn’t negate two scores.
After being up 21-0 and 24-7, the Giants non-starting defense allowed the Patriots non-starting offense to score practically at will. The final score means absolutely nothing for either team. The fact that the Giants second/third team defense played so poorly simply means that not one of these players took a roster spot from another. In the final game to “make an impact,” nobody seized the opportunity. This, of course, is disappointing. The Giants also didn’t do anything to dispel worries about depth in the secondary. I’m pretty sure I could have broken away for a 58 yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter.
I picked two MVPs for the final Giants’ preseason game. Backup quarterback David Carr should have quieted any critics after his performance this evening. Carr completed all six pass attempts for 153 yards and two touchdowns. My second MVP is Lawrence Tynes, who made both of his field goal attempts. Tynes gets the nod from me, though, for his tackle/l5 yard penalty for a late hit on a kickoff. That’s right, readers. Lawrence Tynes was called for unnecessary roughness. Sure, this stupid penalty eventually cost the Giants seven points and I never want to see it during a regular season game. During the preseason, though, this really pumped me up.
It wouldn’t be a 2009 New York Giants preseason game if there weren’t a handful of injuries to talk about. The most notable were to rookie WR Hakeem Nicks (hip flexor injury) and CB Terrell Thomas (neck). Hopefully, we’ll learn more about these injuries before the weekend.
In the end, the Giants finish the 2009 NFL preseason with a “who cares” 1-3 record. We’re less than a week and a half away from real football. I, for one, cannot wait.
One final thing: Be sure to check back tomorrow morning as I will post highlights for tonight’s game. Hopefully, they’ll be good news about those injuries.