Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/19/13
The New York Giants suffered their 1st preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts 20-12. Both teams for the most part played their starters in the 1st half. The Colts' 1st units clearly dominated the Giants' 1st units in the 1st half 17-9. Here’s a breakdown of the game for the Giants:Offensive Highlights:David Wilson looked explosive on both running and passing plays.Rueben Randle ran crisp routes and displays excellent hands when the ball was thrown his way.David Carr did a good job moving the Giants down field with tight and accurate passes.Michael Cox looked outstanding on his two receptions and most likely will move up on the depth chart.Offensive Lowlights:Eli Manning was not sharp as he made several throws behind and/or over his receivers with no velocity.Giants' offense was 0/4 in the red zone in the 1st half.Giants' 1st unit OL looked slow and overmatched by the Colts' defensive line.Giants' 1st unit offense was 0/4 in the red zone.Defensive Highlights:Michael Patterson, Justin Tuck, Marvin Austin and Adewale Ojomo all played with passion and did a fine job on the DL. Ojomo had 5 solo tackles and nearly records 2 sacks.Justin Trattou recorded the Giants' only sack with the help of Marvin Austin.Steve Brown was active and made some solid plays at the safety position.Defensive Lowlights:Giants' 1st unit secondary gave up too many easy receptions and clearly resembled their 2012 form.Giants' 1st unit LBer’s didn’t make an impact at all and looked out of position at times.Giants' 1st unit DL (aside from Tuck) played with no passion and were totally outplayed by the Colts' OL.Special Teams Highlights:Steve Weatherford continues to have solid games as he averaged 43.8 on 6 punts.Josh Brown also was in mid-season form as he provided the only scoring for the Giants by going 4/4 (47 yards his longest) in FGs.Michael Cox showed tremendous explosion and quickness on his only kickoff return.Special Teams Lowlights:Laron Scott, Jayron Hosley and Charles James all showed no indication that any of them are suitable to handle the punt return duties.The kickoff and coverage teams for the Giants (especially in the 1st half) gave away too many yards and had several missed tackles.Injury Report:David Baas (sprained knee) and Victor Cruz (heel) both left the game early in the 1st quarter. Both injuries are not considered serious.
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