We have seen this scenario before and unfortunately for the New York Giants, so far this season has them on the wrong end of déjà vu. After last Sunday night’s lost to division rival the Dallas Cowboys, Big Blue finds themselves once again beginning the season at 0-2. The Giants were shut out in the first half of the game and had no answers for Dallas’ tenacious defense. The defense of the Cowboys seems to have taken exception to the comments of Giants safety Landon Collins earlier in the week. Collins suggested that if his team can allow opposing quarterback Dak Prescott to beat them, it will give them a greater chance to win Sunday night’s game. Prescott got word of Collins’ remarks and simply replied: “Challenge accepted.” This perhaps will add some fuel to the fire in this rivalry.
Although Prescott did not have monster numbers against the Giants, but he did enough to answer Collins’ challenge. The team looked quite prepared as they frustrated the Giants quarterback and wore down their defensive line. It was also a rough night for their (Giants) offensive line. Eli Manning did not get much protection from them as he was sacked six times with four coming by Cowboys star linebacker Sean Lee. Manning had trouble moving the ball down the field. In fact, other than a 37-yard completion pass to Cody Latimer, no Manning pass went longer than 18 yards. The Cowboys defense was able to contain the Giants two dangerous weapons most of the game in Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham, Jr. Sunday night’s lost marks the third in a row to Dallas going back to last year’s 2-game sweep.
The Giants joined five other teams who are winless thus far. The list includes the Raiders, Cardinals, Bills, Texans and Lions. Those who know football history know all too well that falling to 0-2 does not fare well for any team hoping to make the playoffs. In the last two decades, only 12 percent of teams were able to rally and make the playoffs after starting 0-2. I, for one, do NOT think Giants fans should press the panic button just yet. Yes, their defense does need to improve for they have been dreadful to come out the gates the first two games. As far as the offensive side of the ball goes, the body language of the team has indicated they are still trying to adapt with the coaching style of new Head Coach Pat Shurmur. This, however, needs to be fixed in a hurry for the Giants are in a very competitive NFC East Division. Manning has to play better and the line has to hold up to allow Manning to make the super plays that he has done for most of his career. Question is, “Can the Giants regroup and adapt fast?” The team will travel to Houston to battle the Texans in hopes of capturing their first win of the season.
Sports Notes: (Football) Coming off an ugly lost to the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets will play their third game in 11 days as they head to Cleveland to play the Browns tonight on Thursday Night Football. (Baseball) The baseball season is winding down and the New York Yankees are trying to hold on to the first Wild Card in the American League in hopes of hosting a 1-game playoff against the Oakland Athletics. With Aaron Judge making his return to the lineup, can he help the Yankees secure the Wild Card spot and make a deep playoff run? Stay tuned and let me know about your football and baseball questions at Castroeddie714@gmail.com.