It was no contest.
The Indianapolis Colts waltzed into MetLife Stadium on Monday night and to them, the game was more like a walk in the park than anything else. The Colts didn't need to break a sweat on Monday because the Giants were THAT bad.
Before a couple of garbage time touchdowns, the Giants were getting their doors blown off 40-10. They had gained a grand total of 242 total yards of offense, while Indianapolis rolled up 439 yards and Andrew Luck tore it up for 354 yards through the air. And this was the stat line entering the fourth quarter!
The Giants offense was anemic, not because of Eli Manning, but because of all the failed pieces around him. While there was no specific count made, the Giants had dozens of dropped passes Monday night. New York could have done a lot good work when the game was close, but their offense stalled every single time because of a dropped pass by a Giants receiver.
Result: New York had no answer for Indianapolis as they steadily built a 16-3 lead by the half, relying on three Adam Vinatieri field goals. Even down 13, the Giants were still alive, and with the way the defense had played in the first half there was still reason to believe; boy, were we mistaken.
Right out of the gate in the third quarter the Colts became the Colts, and Luck started to dominate the way he has dominated everyone this season. First Luck hit Dwayne Allen for 35-yards to the Giants 47-yard line, then six plays later Luck found TY Hilton in the center of the end zone from 31-yards out to make it Colts 23, Giants 3. The game felt over at that exact point.
Even though Big Blue responded with a Andre Williams touchdown it felt futile. There was no hope for Giants, and Luck made sure of that. Luck responded to the Giants TD with another TD pass of his own, when he found an uncovered Reggie Wayne on a pick and go for a 40-yard score to make it 30-10. Finally, after a Giants fumble at their own 26 yard line, the Colts added seven more points, when Luck found Allen again, this time from two-yards out to make it 37-10.
Good night folks.
This is a huge loss for the Giants. Heading into Monday night the Giants had a great opportunity to make a legit climb in their division. With Mark "Buttfumble" Sanchez taking over for an injured Nick Foles in Philadelphia, and with Tony Romo's back a big question mark in Dallas, if the Giants could get hot in this crucial month of November, they would be in position to party in December.
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The Giants have too many injuries and too many flaws. Pince Amukamara tore his bicep and is likely lost for the year. The Giants already lost their leader, middle linebacker Jon Beason for the year as well. And how about this new offense led by offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo? Does Jerry Reese have Kevin Gilbride's number on speed dial? Maybe the Giants can call the Jets and borrow Marty Mornhinweg?
And speaking of Jerry Reese, maybe Giants fans should find a way to buy their own "Fire the GM" sign the way Jets fans have for John Idzik. Reese has mismanaged their Giants cap system -- they have too many overpriced, overlong and expiring contracts on this team, not to mention the talent he has brought in on the offensive side of the ball isn't looking good. His decision not to bring back Hakeem Nicks and Amhad Bradshaw bit him last night.
Reese, not Tom Coughlin, should be the one held accountable for this mess if it indeed spirals out of control in the next eight weeks.
The Giants are 3-5. They are 3-0 against teams under .500 this year, and 0-5 against teams over .500 in playoff contention. They are in big trouble. Seattle is looking like a loss, and when Dallas comes to town in a few weeks Romo should be back. The only game in this stretch that looks winnable in San Francisco because the 49ers are in implosion mode with the John Harbaugh fiasco by the Bay.
If that scenario plays out the Giants would be 4-7, too little too late with a five game stretch of bad teams coming up to finish the season. After next week, it might be time to look toward 2015.