September 24th, 2013
If the Giants do not stop opposing teams from scoring at will, the Giants season will look worse than Aaron Ross's dropped interception that Reggie Wayne caught for a TD in the preseason.
The New York Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011, but could not repeat, as they lost the division crown to the Washington Redskins. This year has started even worse and is going downhill, as New York has lost its first three games -- a home game against Denver and two on the road against Dallas and Carolina. The Giants are a much better team than their record shows, but to improve and win more games, they will need to have a few more changes in their performance.
1. More Passing= More Success
In the first game of the season, running back David Wilson had two fumbles in the loss to Dallas. That is unacceptable, which Wilson knows, and is trying to improve. To boost an offense that suffered a shutout against the Carolina defense, the Giants will need to pass more. New York is past the days of Ahmad Bradshaw and the old Brandon Jacobs (they recently signed him) and will need to stop running the ball as many times as they did in previous years. Eli Manning has four elite offensive weapons in wide receivers Reuben Randle, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Brandon Myers. Manning should definitely throw to Nicks more, who, though healthy, did not catch a pass against the Panthers.
2. Better Blocking= More Success
The Giants offensive line is getting old, and it is now becoming rather obvious. Eli Manning has had a lot of pressure put on him and will not be able to complete passes to Nicks, Cruz, Randle, and Myers with defenders in his face. This need for improvement includes David Wilson, who, unlike the departed Ahmad Bradshaw, is not a good blocker. Also, the offensive line needs to open holes for Wilson. He is not getting open running lanes and, as a result, has had only 75 yards this season.
3. Less Points Given Up= More Success
In three games the Giants have given up 36, 45 and 38 points respectively. On the other hand, New York has scored 31, 23, 0 points. To win, the Giants will need to allow less points to allow their offense to lower the difference in points. Tom Coughlin has had the setback of losing a lot of players since last year, both to injury and free agency. If the Giants do not stop opposing teams from scoring at will, the Giants season will look worse than Aaron Ross's dropped interception that Reggie Wayne caught for a TD in the preseason.
4. Less Turnovers= More Success
The Giants could have gone into this week as winners of at least one game if they had not done one thing -- have about 1,003 turnovers a game! Eli Manning has thrown as many interceptions as Tom Brady did IN A WHOLE SEASON a few years ago, and David Wilson has notoriously had greasy hands during games, including 2 fumbles in Week 1 against the Cowboys. To cut down the deficit during games, the two leaders of the Giants offense must be reliable for the Giants to be considered contenders.
Bottom Line: Though the Giants could start 0-4 (at Kansas City in week 4), they should improve if they perform better at these 4 areas of football.
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