Monday, November 28, 2011

MNF Halftime Summary

Halftime in New Orleans and the Saints have a 21-3 lead

     If the Giants want to come back they will need to do a better job stopping the Saints offense.  Brees had a suburb first half, throwing for 265 yards and 3 TDs.  He ended the half with an 88 yard drive in 34 seconds which resulted in a 10 yard TD to Lance Moore.  Moore finished the half with 5 catches for 54 yards and 2 TDs.  Graham is having a great game with 4 receptions for 55 yards and a TD.  The rushing game of Sproles (5 for 35), Thomas (4 for 30), and Ingram (3 for 15) have been a nice compliment to the passing game. Neither team has a sack but the Giants desperately need to get to Brees to shake things up if they want to get back in the game.  The Giants running game continues to struggle, as they have a combined 29 yards, Jacobs has 7 carries for 20 yards.  This will not win any games and Jacobs is going to have to get it going in the second half unfortunately there may not be enough time for the running game at this point.  Manning is 14 for 24 at the half, with 171 yards and an interception.  Cruz (4 for 57) and Nicks (5 for 63) are leading the team in receptions.  Nicks looked to get banged up on his last catch of the half, so it's something to keep an eye on with Manningham not being active for the game, they can't afford another WR injury.  Look for the Giants to change their defense strategy in the second half against Brees.  They'll need to tweak coverage since in Man, Brees is going to Graham, and in Zone he is beating them with Moore.

UPADTE:  Giants Lose in a Blowout, 49-24
Giants continued to struggle after opening the half with a Jacobs TD.  They did not have enough to keep up with the Saints though, and turnovers did not help.   The Giants could not get to Brees, and therefore did not stand a chance in this one.  Brees tied the NFL record for most 350+ yard games in an NFL season at 6 as he put up 363 yards.  He also became the first QB ever with 4 TD's, no picks, 350+ yards, 60% completion, and a rushing TD in the same game.  Eli put up 406 yards, but most of these yards were coming from behind, when they were playing catch up. Cruz had 9 catches for 157 and 2 TDs for the Giants and Graham led the Saints with 84 yards and 2 TDs. The Giants need to straighten themselves out if they have any hopes of the playoffs...the face the Packers next week...good luck. 

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