The New York Giants will start off the season in a hole. They’ll be 0-1 and not much to build on. They couldn’t find a rhythm at all. They’d have a couple of good runs, or a string of good passes, but couldn’t build on it. They were absolutely horrendous on third downs, and couldn’t convert on a pivotal fourth down attempt, either. The only good sign was, at times, they could get to the QB. However, the secondary was terrible, showing how much they’re going to miss CB Terrell Thomas and this years 1st round draft pick Prince Amukamara. If Rex Grossman is going to throw for over 300 yards against the Giants, then what will Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Michael Vick do?
Giants QB Eli Manning struggled, when he wasn’t getting crushed behind the line, and couldn’t find a rhythm, either. Manning and Nicks showed they can be lethal when they connect, but Manning could not seem to find any sort of rhythm in the loss to the Redskins. The Giants offensive line was below average at best, and I’m getting tired of using the 3/5 players on the line are new excuse. Eli Manning took an absolute beating. When your new center, who has had just a month to get acclimated is your best offensive linemen, you have problems. Eli Manning was sacked just 16 times last year. He was sacked 4 times today, and should have been sacked 7-8 times. The line didn’t look good. It’s going to be a long year if the offense can’t get it going and the Giants secondary doesn’t pick it up. One of the achilles heals for the Giants has been there punt coverage unit, which was terrible once again. They let up a 24-yard punt return, showing no signs of fixing that problem.
Troy Aikman summed it up “We just don’t know what the Giants have offensively.” He’s right. We don’t. Jake Ballard showed flashes of being a solid backup tight end. But he’s nothing more then a situational guy. We didn’t get to see TE Travis Beckum play today, as he’s nursing a hamstring injury. Another question mark left unanswered heading into week 2. We know the Giants have a solid running game. They have two very, very good WR’s, but they can’t seem to put it together. Simply said, they can’t find a rhythm. The only positive spin I can put on this is, that it’s not the end of the world. It’s week 1 in a lockout shortened off-season. The Giants will play better then this. Someone will step up and emerge. If this was week 10 or 11, I’d put even more doom and gloom on this. But it’s not the end of the world. One game. On to the next one.
The Giants will travel home to face the St. Louis Rams next week on Monday night football. Winners and losers to be posted in the next few days.