The New York Giants drop their second straight game, losing to the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 on Monday night. The honeymoon period is over for Bob McAdoo after having a 2-0 start, which had many Giants fans overly optimistic about this season. Since then the offense has looked out of sync and Eli Manning has looked frustrated out there.
Penalties for the second straight game has cost us points, even going as early as the first offensive drive of the game. The Giants could have scored at least a field goal but the false start penalty pushed them back five yards which forced them to punt the ball after getting stopped on 3rd down. After punting the ball we pinned the Vikings at the 1-yard line and were winning the field position battle early to force them in a 3-and-out. Dwayne Harris’ fumble on the punt return gave the Vikings the first score of the game six plays later and killed any type of momentum the Giants had and it was pretty much downhill from there.
Even though Manning didn’t get sacked in the game he was rushing throws all night. The Vikings defense eliminated all the big plays that they normally have and it wasn’t until the third quarter that the Giants broke a big one open with Paul Perkins catching a 67-yard screen pass from Manning to give them life in this game. Orleans Darkwa ran it in a few plays later to cut the Vikings lead to 17-10.
At this point in the game it looked like the Giants might turn this around, but the lack of a pass rush in addition to being pencil thin with depth in the secondary ultimately cost them. Giants sorely are needing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple and Darian Thompson back. Leon Hall looked OK at times, but Trevin Wade struggled all night playing corner, with it being hard to disguise him out there because Sam Bradford made the Giants pay every time he took a deep shot in his direction.
Manning and Odell Beckham are the two best players on this Giants offense and sometimes you have to help your defense when they are struggling by putting points on the board. It seemed like they weren’t on the same page all night with Beckham having a career low 23 yards. It didn’t help that for the second game in a row he threw a tantrum and should have been tossed after committing that taunting penalty. The other two-thirds of the receiving trio didn’t play much better with Victor Cruz only having 5 catches for 50 yards and Sterling Shepard having a quiet night with only 4 catches for 30 yards. At times it was like Shepard wasn’t on the field and it really hurt us more than anything because going into this game he had been the most consistent receiver for the Giants this year.
The player of the game for New York has to go to Perkins having 2 catches for 72 yards and Manning had his worst game of the season completing 25-of-45 for 261 yards with an interception. Coming into the game I don’t think many people expected Bradford to outplay Manning yet he completed 26-of-36 of his passes for 262 yards and a touchdown. Jerick McKinnon was another important player for the Vikings in this game, filling in for Adrian Peterson, rushing the ball for 85 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
The attitude that Beckham has had the last couple weeks is alarming but maybe it will provide the spark this team needs right now. One thing that is certain though this needs to stop happening because it shows that McAdoo has no control over his players. The players are going to have to move on from this loss rather quickly because their upcoming schedule doesn’t do them any favors with the next five opponents they’re face having a combined 13-5 record. The Giants face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers next and if they don’t fix their secondary issues he is going to have a field day with this defense.