Giants 'Feeling Good' After 17-0 Win Over Chiefs|
by: Joe McDonald | Publisher and Editor-in-Chief | Friday, August 18, 2006
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Big Blue was “feeling good“ after its exhibition home opener. A 17-0 drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs spelled Giant domination all night as the team went to 2-0 in the preseason.
Two first quarter touchdowns from the first string team was all the Giants needed, since the Chiefs looked more like Herm Edwards’ Jets and coach Tom Coughlin was more than happy to take advantage.
“I think we made some improvements tonight over our first game, and that was the objective – to try to be more physical,” said Coughlin. “The players have talked about that. We played a little bit better and we were definitely more aggressive. We got some of the people who didn’t play last week out on the field and I thought that helped us.”
Eli Manning played for three possessions, scoring on two. He ended the day 11 out of 14 for 80 yards with one touchdown pass to Amani Toomer. The Giants’ field general moved the offense efficiently as all weapons were utilized during the first quarter.
“Our first drive, first off getting great field position, our defense stopping them [Chiefs],” Manning said. “Getting the ball at the fifty yard line, we put together some runs and passes and on third down got in the end zone, great catch by Toomer. The second drive we were going well also, we had two holding calls that just killed us and we couldn’t make up for that and had to punt. Then the third drive, went no huddle and Tim Carter had some catches, threw the ball, ran the ball well and got inside the five yard line and ran it in. I thought the first offense did really well, executed well, besides our two penalties which hurt us.”
Also playing well was Brandon Jacobs. The second year back ran for 40 yards and one touchdown in nine attempts. Coughlin may look to get Jacobs more playing time if the 24 year-old can continue to run the ball like he did against the Chiefs.
Jacobs, though, was still hungry for more. “We didn’t play well last week; we played okay last week,” he said. “We knew we couldn’t come out the same way this week. We ran and passed the ball well, but we are not satisfied. We still have a lot of work to do. We want to come out even better next week.”
After the first team competed its day, Rob Johnson came in and saw his first game action in two and a half years, when he was a member of the Oakland Raiders. The former Buffalo Bill was seven of 14 for 65 yards and was no worse for wear after the game.
“My arm felt fine, I was just a little nervous, first game in two and a half years,” Johnson, who is hoping to win the No.2 or No. 3 quarterback job, said.” I settled down after the first couple series and I’m looking forward to getting back out there again. I did all right…after two and a half years you need to get your feet wet again.”
On the other side of the ball, LaVar Arrington saw his first action of the preseason. He only registered one assist, but was healthy and that was the biggest relief for Big Blue.
“I wasn’t out there very long, but we were very productive while we were out there,” he said. “That’s the main thing: get out there, be productive, and get off. There were no injuries and we were productive.”
Mathias Kiwanuka did stand out on defense. Quick off the snap, the first round pick registers two tackles, an assist and a sack with a forced fumble in his Giants Stadium debut. Coughlin was pleased with the progress he showed as was the defensive end.
“Consistency is the best thing I could do,” Kiwanuka said. “It felt good about the pressure. We had some blitzes which showed some confusion, but it felt good.”
And that was what the rest of the Giants were feeling after drubbing Edwards’ Chiefs.
“It was an opportunity once again to play a lot of people, and to have a chance to evaluate people in different spots all throughout the evening,” Coughlin said. “From that standpoint, it was good. It was good to come home and it was good to play with good effort, good physical play here in Giants Stadium.”
Notes: It wasn’t all smiles as starting center Shaun O’Hara left the game with a sprained knee. More will be known tomorrow as the lineman goes for tests. Luke Petitgout also left a game with back spasms, but the injury doesn’t seem as serious as O’Hara’s.