There's something about playing the Philadelphia Eagles that makes the New York Giants play horrendous football. Killer penalties, a lack of pass protection and other miscues have not been present in this three game winning streak the Giants have had. Then on Monday night, against the Eagles, everything bad that could happen, happened and coach Tom Coughlin was just deflated in his post-game interview.
"Naturally disappointed. Very disappointed in the outcome," Coughlin said. "There was obviously a lack of balance tonight, the defense was on the field way too much. I thought from the second drive when we should have had 14 points on the board with Larry's fumble that the offense didn't show much from that point on.
"Penalties. Turnovers. They had more turnovers than we did which was surprising but nevertheless we did nothing with the opportunities we were given through the turnovers. Just very, very disappointed. I expected to come down here, I expected it to be a close game."
The game started off so promising. Eli Manning started off 10-for-10 with a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. The defense forced a three-and-out and the offense kept on marching until Larry Donnell couldn't quite secure the ball well enough which led to an interception. Coughlin couldn't believe how things quickly turned sour from that point on.
"I thought our first drive was as good a drive we've had and that really excited me for the rest of the day. And then from that point on there wasn't a whole lot to get excited about," Coughlin said.
The interception/fumble was a killer for the Giants.
"I'm thinking 14 points here and we end up losing the ball and no points," Coughlin said. "So I thought it was a critical point of the game and it was very early in the game, no doubt. But, our inability to put points on the board right there to be able to go back and forth and match, that hurt."
There's no time for moping though as Coughlin is already looking ahead to prepare for the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.
"So we play again in six days," Coughlin said. "We play last year's divisional champion and we've got to get our chins off the floor real quick."