Pre-season games are on tape delay, it was show at 9:00 last night, and will probably be on again over the weekend some time.
Well, I did go to the game and it made me remember why I hate going to pre-season games. It's not the product on the field, but the other people in the stands. Mostly guys that think they know football, but the only games they can go to are pre-season. I had some guy in front of me keep yelling for K Smith, even after his first carry. Some other guy turned around and said that was Smith and the guy shut up the rest of the game.
On to my thoughts from the game:
Very nice first drive by the starters. I liked the mis-directions and roll-outs. Kitna still had problems hitting WRs in stride. He had a number of passes including the TD to Williams that was thrown behind him. He did make a nice pass to the sideline for Calvin's big catch. Very nice play. The O-line I thought played terrible. Backus missed a guy on the first drive that Kitna had to avoid to make that big 3rd and 3 play. Gosder had a rough go. I hope it was just nerves or something but 2 penalties and then on a run he missed his guy bad(the run was to the opposite side, but still), then at the end of the half he missed again and Orlovsky was almost sacked. They didn't have a lot of passing routes with the 1st team so I didn't get to see if WRs were getting open, besides the 1st drive plays, but they were very quick routes. Calvin made some nice quick cuts to get open on his catches. The O-line opened one hole all night
Tatum is going to come out looking bad, but it wasn't all his fault. I didn't much speed from K Smith when he tried to break one outside, but agian there was nothing for him to run through.
Overall, very impressed with the 1st drive play selection and execution. Very concerned about the run blocking.
The defense overall palyed OK I thought. With that said, they did get pushed around a lot on the line of scrimmage. Darby I thought played a very good game. Francis seemed to be getting through the line pretty good and had some pressure on the QB. The DBs stayed with the WRs and caused some dump-offs that were rushed and turned into incompletions. I think the back-ups had a rougher time and the Giants were able to move the ball pretty good.
The lines didn't play that great which is what I was looking for them to be improved on. It could be a long season if they don't get that worked out. The WRs were solid, Kitna still needs to hit them in stride for bigger plays. I was really impressed with the roll-out and play action, I really liked that and they worked good too, which eventually may open up more holes for runs.
Hard to judge based on a couple of series, but a 7-0 win (1st teams vs 1st teams) I'll take