What happened to the New York Giants? That’s what all football-loving fans are thinking right now. They started the Thursday night game with a historic 0-5 record. They haven’t started the season with five losses since 1987.
And now they are 0-6. That happened only once in 1976.
“We’re all sick of it,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re all sick of losing, but we put ourselves in this position.”
Why are they so bad? The 21-27 loss to the Chicago Bears really showed why the Giants are 0-6.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has the third most wins of active NFL coaches. Eli Manning won two Super Bowl rings and established him as the one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.
Some experts are even saying that Eli in the playoff is the best Manning there is, stating that he is better in February then his record breaking, four-time-MVP brother Peyton Manning.
So that means the Giants can’t be compared to the other two winless teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are lacking of a great quarterback and a great coach.
No doubt one of the biggest reasons of the losing streak are injuries and shaky decisions by general management. Okay, injuries happen in football but for good teams it means “next man up”. Unfortunately for the Giants there is no next man just an empty bench.
Pro Bowl offensive guard Chris Snee is out with a season ending injury and rookie tackle Justin Pugh looks swamped.
They didn’t want to pay DE Osi Umenyiora. He is now with the Atlanta Falcons and Jason Pierre-Paul is still trying to get in shape after an offseason back surgery. So there is no pass rush at all. Something the Giants where proud of having over the last years.
Also three running backs are out.
But they signed power back Brandon Jacobs, who was away from football almost a year after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers in last December, and it showed that the offence is happy to have him back in the backfield. Jacobs had 22 attempts for 106 yards but that wasn’t even his greatest upside.
His toughness was running over people, dragging four or five people to get to the first down demonstrated the rest of the team how football should be played.
And that brings us to the other main reason why the Giants are 0-6.
What running back Brandon Jacobs, who won two rings with Eli, revealed was Giants' tiredness last night. The old, almost retired man, hungry and fresher then ever, woke his squad up that seemed bored and lost in the first part of the game.
By watching every pick of quarterback Eli Manning it becomes clear that the interceptions aren’t Eli’s fault solely. Most of the time it is a disconnection or a misunderstanding between thrower and catcher.
Like the second pick in the match against the Bears. Second year Wide out Rueben Randle ran for a touchdown and Eli thought he was going for a come-back route. It concluded with a pick six by Tim Jennings.
Randle said afterward, “I just wasn’t on the same page.”
Receivers not finishing the route, not fighting for the ball is by far the worst game-killer. So there is no surprise that the Bears won fair and square.
It has to been seen how Giants management tries to fix that. It’s not getting any easier when they lose every week. Maybe they will find some hope on Monday night on 21th October when play at home against the Minnesota Vikings.
What do you think of the losing streak of the Giants? Will they get over the hump anytime soon?
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