Film Room: Judge’s Specials Struggle

by Spiro Kasabian @NYSpawtsguy_spi

Okay…Jokes over Joe. You can return your good Special Teams unit now.

Take back this terrible unit that has taken the field masquerading around as your Special Teams the last two weeks. All jokes aside, this is getting ugly now. For the second week in a row, the New York Giant Special Teams unit has cost this team points. After being such a strong unit for the first 10 weeks of the season, it has become shocking how bad this unit has fallen off. This unit needs to stop messing around. This is not the time in the season to be trending in the wrong direction.\\

Sunday vs The Seattle Seahawks

Down 3-0 with 30 seconds left in the First Half, Riley Dixon was lining up to punt the ball back to Seattle from his own end zone. There seemed to be a mix up in blocking assignments, as both Long Snapper Casey Kreiter, and David Mayo (highlighted in Blue Box) blocked the same guy. With Seattle bringing an extra guy to block the punt, Nate Ebner took the inside guy, which left Neal alone to get a free run at Dixon.

This resulted in a blocked punt which subsequently led to a Safety. It should have been a touchdown, but the Seahawks failed to recover the loose ball. The score was 5-0 at half but could have easily been 10-0.

Other Miscues

* False Start by Toilolo early in the 3 rd Quarter on a Punt.
* The automatic Graham Gano got in on the fun and missed an Extra Point. The tally is up to 3 points out that this unit cost the team.
* Punting from the Seattle 42, Dixon punts a ball straight into the end zone with under 2 minutes left when he could have pinned them deep. Net 20-yard punt at a crucial point in the game. Luckily, Seattle came up short on the last drive.

Spi’s Take:

Some may say I am nitpicking here, as the Giants won an amazing game last Sunday in Seattle. You’re not wrong! However, this unit, which was one of the team’s strengths for most of the season, has looked quite terrible two weeks in a row.

Joe Judge has to get this unit back on track, or they will cost this team a game in the near future. With only four games left before the playoffs, the time is now.

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