Bertrand Berry/Kurt Warner

Another Sunday, another brutal Giants loss. Again the Giants staked themselves to a 14-0 lead, but again they totally fell apart down the stretch. This time it was a 17-14 loss to the Cardinals in Arizona. We at Gothamist feel that it's time that we stop saying that the Giants are losing to inferior teams. It is becoming more and more evident that the Giants are the inferior team.

The game started well, with the Giants twice marching the ball 80-plus yards down the field and easily scoring a pair of touchdowns, but then the Cardinals put a few extra men on the defensive line to stop Giants running back Tiki Barber and force Kurt Warner to throw under pressure. On the Giants' third drive Warner was sacked twice and it all went down hill from there. For the rest of the game, the line could not buy Warner any time and he was sacked six times on the day. With Warner struggling mightily and golden boy Eli Manning on the sidelines, the quarterback controversy is beginning to really heat up.

On the defensive side of the ball, penalties cost the Giants dearly. The two Arizona touchdowns were set up by two penalties - illeagal use of the hands and pass interference - by cornerback Will Peterson. But even so, the Giants should have put more points on the board.

After starting the season 4-1, the Giants are now 5-4 and are reeling. It doesn't help that next week the Eagles (7-1) Falcons come to the Meadowlands. Things looked so good two weeks ago, but now it seems as if the Giants season is terribly close to going down the toilet. At least the Knicks are looking better than they did last week. Oy vey, it could be a long, cold winter.

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