Now What?

Last week I wondered how bad this Giants’ season could get. I think we might be getting close to an answer- really bad.

Today the Giants lost to a team with a no-show defense that had its quarterback on the bench with an injury in the second half. They disintegrated all over the place, but their coach blew it two times today. Let’s go back and take a look.

First issue. Giants are winning 7-0 in the first quarter and Philadelphia has a 3rd-and-9 from their own 48. The Eagles run for 5 yards, but get called for holding. The Giants could accept the penalty and make it 3rd-and-19 or refuse the penalty and make it 4th-and-4. How do you not make it 4th-and-4?  Even if you think they are going to go for it you have to make them do it.  Coughlin didn’t and the Eagles converted the 3rd down.

But then there was the 3rd-and-10 play in the 3rd quarter. The Giants were trailing 16-7 early in the 3rd quarter and Philadelphia didn’t convert. It was a questionable completion, but instead of challenging, Coughlin called time out to find out if he should challenge. He got the ok, but then lost the challenge. Think about this for a minute. When you challenge, you are risking a time out if you lose. How in the world can you call a time out, accepting the worst thing that could happen to you and then double down on it? That’s an inexcusable mistake and would have been even if Coughlin had won the challenge.

And now they head to Chicago Thursday night and you have to think 0-6 is a real possibility. So my question is, how bad can this get?

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