The same problem that followed the Giants throughout 2016 has immediately come to the forefront in the first two games of this year.
An offense that has top-notch talent, but yet is underperforming every way.
The Giants lost 24-10 to the Lions on Monday night and failed to score 20 points for the eighth consecutive game.
In an age where offense is at an all-time high in the NFL, the Giants have not only failed to crack the 20-point mark, but they’ve scored the lowest amount of points in franchise history for the first two games in the Super Bowl era.
The Giants offensive woes are now reaching historic levels.
What makes the problem so baffling is that you look at the talent on paper and all of the pieces are in place. So you would think.
The easy scapegoat is, of course, the Giants putrid offensive line.
It stinks; no other way around it. Ereck Flowers is a nightmare at left tackle and needs to be moved as soon as possible.
I don’t disagree with anyone who would argue that the Giants failed miserably in the offseason by not trying to make this unit better.
However, the poor offensive line is not the only reason this team has struggled.
The Eli Manning apologist won’t admit it, but the Giants best quarterback in franchise history hasn’t played well dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
Look at Monday’s game.
An inexcusable interception in which Manning threw the ball five yards behind tight end Evan Ingram led to a Lions touchdown and was a game changer.
Or how about the mental mistake on fourth down leading to the delay-of-game call that prevented the Giants from going for a touchdown on the two-yard line.
Eli Manning’s struggles go beyond just poor offensive line play. He’s been inaccurate, he’s made mental and physical mistakes and, quite frankly, isn’t playing at the same level that we saw a few years ago.
Last but not least, you have the head coach Ben McAdoo, the so-called “offensive guru.”
McAdoo was supposed to be the guy coming over from the Green Bay Packers to fix the Giants offense, and to his credit the offense made tremendous strides when he was the offensive coordinator.
I can’t explain what has happened to the unit since taking the reins as head coach.
There are zero adjustments with zero creativity, and over the first two games of the year, I get the sense that I’m watching the same lousy Giant offense that I saw last year.
It’s Week 3 and the schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Giants, with back-to-back trips to Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
If the offense doesn’t step it up in a hurry, the 2017 season could very well be down the drain.
Panic time indeed.
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