Hell, I'm trying to figure out what's worse- losing by a lot or losing closely?
Bah! It sucks either way, doesn't it? Losing is losing! I haven't felt this bad since my 2nd Death Star was destroyed!
The Wheels are now falling off!
To make matters worse? It doesn't seem like our Offense can get any better. After witnessing all of October and November, it just doesn't seem like we can improve our passing production.
Terrelle Pryor can still run quickly (despite injury) and make occasional good passes..but right now? His confidence is shaken. I'm not sure exactly when this happened, but I just know it has happened. I know that the Coaching, Offensive Line and Wide Receivers have to take responsibility as well, but I also feel Mr. Pryor is simply not growing in the way we would like him to.
122 yards of passing while completing half of his throws is not going to win too many games. His lack of vision also remains part of the problem.
I think the biggest issue as of late is this: Other teams know by now what we are trying to do. If we run on 1st down? They know it's coming. If Pryor rolls to the right as usual? They know it's coming. Screens? They know...Slant Routes? They know and then some! (pick 6). It also can't be easy for Pryor to witness the same problems that persist week after week.
Penalties, not covering blitzes, separation from Defenders and faulty general protection seem to be problems that get worse by the minute.
Solutions? Await the day we can get the entire Offensive line intact. Maybe we should also use Tight Ends for max protection. I believe I'd also start taking money out of Linemen's paychecks for giving up too many stupid penalties. (mainly; Khalif Barnes).
I'd also try to figure out something else the Receivers can do well so they can break away more easily from the Defensive Backs.
It seems like the same routes are called every other series. BE CREATIVE GREG OLSON! Where's the curls? Where's the outs? Crosses?? Where's the pimp routes? Tight End plays? Bubble screens, sir!!! Bubble screens!!
At least Rashad Jennings s had a decent game (88 yards rushing, 19 receiving). I believe Darren Mcfadden's days are numbered. I'm now wondering if Rashad will keep the #1 Running back job since Darren has been lacking his explosion all year.
Time will only tell.
Defense? You deserve so much more than you were given. You sacked baby Manning, you covered properly and you even pick 6'd! Terry Porter made a phenomenal play on the ball and took it to the house! That makes him the only Cornerback in the History of the NFL to have an interception TD return on BOTH of the Manning brothers...sweet Kryptonite!
Jedi Sio Moore? He had his all time BEST day while picking up 8 tackles, 1 assist with 1 sack! Way to go, Dreadlocks! It seems like this Rookie is getting better every damn week! I always believed in ya, kid- Please know the Lord of the Sith rewards all of the players he has met in the past!
If the Offense had about 80 more yards of Offense or took away that pick 6 that was committed by Pryor? That's a win for our side. Jason Tarver did a nice job recovering from that Philadelphia game. I saw plenty of blitzing for losses! Darth approves!
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A couple of comeback kids helped the New York Giants continue their winning streak.
Brown missed the first eight games this season after breaking his left leg in the last preseason game for the second time in nine months.It was appropriate that Thomas and Brown combined to maintain the Giants' hopes of overcoming an 0-6 start. Thomas missed the past two seasons with major knee injuries.
"When I scored off his interception return, I went back over there and I said: 'Good job'" said Brown, who ran for 115 yards on 30 carries.
"He's another guy that showed perseverance. He knows how to deal with adversity. Guys like that, you feed off of. I want to make sure I'm a guy that they can feed off me."
Even more importantly they forced Oakland (3-6) to settle for a field goal on the opening possession of the second half after getting a first-and-goal at the 1.
Instead of a 24-14 lead, the margin was 20-14.
"That was huge," middle linebacker Jon Beason said. "Anytime you can go out there with your backs against the wall, it's a good thing."
After a three-and-out by New York, Oakland got the ball back at the New York 48 following a 27-yard punt bySteve Weatherford into a stiff breeze. On a third-and-9 from the 33, Pryor tried to hit Denarius Moore on a slant.Thomas' interception was even bigger, and it turned the momentum a final time.
Thomas, who was the NFC defensive player of the week two weeks ago, was waiting in the slant route.
"It was a route they have run a lot and I was waiting on it the whole game," Thomas said. "They run two-by-two slants and coach put us in a great position and I was happy to make a play for the defense."
Thomas ran toward the gaping end zone, avoiding a tackle by Pryor inside the 20 before being tackled byAndre Holmes.
The ball came loose, and officials said Thomas was down.
Brown gave the Giants the lead from the 1-yard line following a pass interference call, taking time to kneel in the end zone and stretch his hands to the sky.
"It's great to have 'Dre back," Thomas said. "To run for 100 yards after sitting out and missing eight games and to come back in the fashion he did, and run like he did, it's very refreshing for our team. It was great to see him return to his old self. I wish I would have scored but it was great to see him get in."
"We just to go back to work and stick with each other," said Pryor, who was 11 of 26 for 122 yards playing with a sore hamstring. "A lot of fingers can be pointed at me. That's all right, I understand that. The next time we get in this situation we have to know how to react."
But Thomas and Brown stepped in to save New York.Coming off a 49-20 loss to the Eagles, the Raiders were in a position to win this game. Porter's interception return put them ahead 17-14 at the half and Janikowski's 24-yard field goal that capped an eight-minute drive stretched the lead to 20-14.
Pryor scored from 1 yard on the second play from scrimmage after a fumble by Jerrel Jernigan on the opening kickoff.
Oakland took a 10-7 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Janikowski. A fumble by running back Peyton Hillis on a short pass set up the score.
Manning got the Giants going in the second quarter with a TD pass to Randle. However, Manning's third pick-6 of the season allowed Porter to skip into the end zone.
NOTES: The previous time the Giants returned a blocked punt for a TD was by Tom Flynn in 1988. ...Weatherford had a miserable day, averaging 30.4 yards on four punts. Linebacker Sio Moore had nine tackles and a sack to lead Oakland. Safety Antrel Rolle had a game-high 12 tackles and a sack, one of four by New York.
REDEEM YOURSELVES NATION! We have plenty of Football left! If you ever doubt their ability, just know that losing and improving is all part of the National Football League. We all have to bounce back sometimes in our lives so...
KEEP THE FAITH!!
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