By Marquita Quinones // @Latinlove729
It looks like history may repeat itself for the New York Giants. They are facing a 0-3 start if they fall to the Houston Texans this weekend. Once again, the Giants offense continues to struggle and unfortunately, all eyes will be on Quarterback Eli Manning.
Former New York Jets defensive lineman Damien Woody gave his thoughts during an interview with ESPN:
“Eli is toast. He is toast, OK? Listen, everyone has talked about the offensive line. I mean, I live in the New York tri-state area. You hear it all the time. ‘The Giants offensive line is trash.’ Which they are. They’re bad. They’re bad. There’s no question about that.”
He continued, “But there’s been one constant with the Giants. They’ve had change at GM. They’ve had change at the head coaching position. They signed (wide receiver) Odell Beckham. They drafted a running back. But there’s been one constant, and that’s the quarterback, OK? Eli Manning.”
All the blame can’t be placed on Manning. Key players need to step up and fill in the offensive gap. Even though the Giants have added weapons both offensively and defensively, it takes the team playing their roles and performing at the top level to win games.
Manning hasn’t been able to make plays off platform and even looks confused at times. He has yet to adapt to change and pressure. That is causing a lot of quick releases and missed open opportunities. With all the firepower on the field, the Giants need to focus that power on positive impacts on the field.
Things to consider in this upcoming matchup against the Houston Texans:
- Blocking – The Giants have been awful so far. They are losing almost every one-on-one matchup. Hopefully, with the veteran John Greco at center, this will change and the line can get themselves into a groove. The task of blocking defensive ends J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney will be challenging, but necessary to protect Manning in the pocket.
- The offense needs to strike early – WR Odell Beckham has to make moves early. The Cowboys held Beckham to four receptions for 51 yards in last week’s game. Manning and Beckham will need to connect early and make the Texans defense work to shut down their star receiver. Rookie running back Saquon Barkley will need to also make moves as well. Against the Cowboys, Barkley caught 14 passes which broke a single-game franchise record for the Giants. He will need to continue this type of performance in order to help the Giants win.
- Defense – The defense has actually been on point, much more than the offense. Their defense has only allowed 40 points in the first two games of the season, which is 11th best in the NFL. This will need to continue if the Giants want a win in Houston. Against the Cowboys, the defense was able to contain RB Ezekiel Elliott but struggled to contain QB Dak Prescott. Prescott ended up having seven carries for 45 yards. The Giants will need to do a better job with Texans QB DeShaun Watson who is considered to be an even more mobile quarterback.
For the third straight week, the Giants will be without one of their best defenders, DE Olivier Vernon, and cornerback Eli Apple. Vernon averaged 15.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the Giants. He was expected to continue that intensity this season. Unfortunately, Vernon is suffering an ankle injury and will not see any action against the Houston Texans. Apple suffered a groin injury during last week’s game.
Thus far, the Giants have one total sack on the season with two players splitting that sack. Given the amount of pressure that defensive coordinator James Bettcher likes to drum up, being this limited in the sack department is not a positive sign.
To achieve that first win New York Giants will need to find a way to get the offense in the game.
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