Biggs: Giants take a real hit in Denver
By no means did the Giants’ season come to an end Thursday night in Denver.
If New York (6-5) is shut out of the playoffs this season, the demise will be traced back to much earlier than this as they hit a four-game losing streak after opening the season 5-0. The Giants righted themselves last Sunday in a gritty overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons after blowing a lead late, and the thinking was they had a little momentum going into their first Thanksgiving Day game in 17 years, a surprising length of time considering they’re division rivals with the Dallas Cowboys.
And then the Giants came out as flat as could be at Invesco Field, getting blown away 26-6 by the left-for-dead Broncos, who had lost four straight after shocking the league with a 6-0 start in Josh McDaniels’ first season. The offense was atrocious. The offensive line was overrun. The running game was nonexistent. Eli Manning, who is supposed to be feeling better after a bout with plantar fasciitis, was off. The defense generated no pass rush to speak of and was mauled in the running game. Brandon Marshall made big plays downfield. Tom Coughlin should have been the one caught swearing on national television, not McDaniels.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora was popping off on teammates on the sideline and the Giants are fading from the picture in the NFC East, now trailing Dallas (8-3) by two games after the Cowboys had a laugher over the Oakland Raiders in the afternoon. Next up for the Giants? They host the Cowboys on Dec. 6 in a win or go home affair.
“It's very disappointing for me to stand here in front of you and talk about this game,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We didn't play well. We don't have a lot of good things to say. As a whole it was not a good performance.
“There was no excuse for it. No `short week,’ none of that stuff. We all knew what was at stake. We just didn't play well.”
Matt Millen might have said it best during the NFL Network telecast of the game. The Giants no longer are the physical team that they have been, especially not on defense.
The only bright spot is some extra time to prepare for the Cowboys, although they have the same luxury.
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