A message to Giants fans: don’t worry just yet
The NFL is through two full weeks of football and it seems as though New York fans are beginning to lose faith.
The Jets are 1-1 and the Giants are winless at 0-2. Assuming that the Patriots win the division, the Jets are forced to fight for a wild card spot in a very competitive AFC playoff picture.
Big Blue, on the other hand, has three teams in their sights and those teams are very familiar. For the past few years, the NFC East has been a toss-up in the pre-season with the expectations that the final weeks of the regular season will determine their fate.
The combined record of the NFC East is an unexpected 2-6, and even with an 0-2 record, the Giants are the best team in the division.
The Giants are a team that rides momentum as soon as they get going, and that’s all the fans have to wait for.
Nothing has changed in two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, who is just one yard shy of the league-leader in yards, Aaron Rogers, this season.
His weapons are healthier than ever with the electric Victor Cruz and sure-handed Hakeem Nicks, both of whom are known big-play threats.
The newer faces include Reuben Randle, Brandon Myers and David Wilson. This is where a lot of games will be decided from an offensive standpoint.
Wilson has only 36 rushing yards in two weeks which doesn’t even crack the top 50 rushers. But Wilson has an even bigger issue.
He has suffered some beginning-of-the-season fumblitis, which he corrected in week two. Randle is having a solid year with eight receptions, but in his first opportunity to score, he fumbled on the one yard line.
Luckily for him it was wiped out due to a penalty. Myers is tied with Cruz with a team-leading 13 receptions and Manning has established Meyers as a safety net, as long as he can stay on his feet.
From a defensive standpoint, the Giants finally have healthy corners in Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara.
The problems have been coming from the front seven.
We all remember the key to the 2007 “Road Warriors” was pressure on the quarterback, which has been non-existent in the 2013 season. Injuries have slowed down defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, but the line-backing core is average at best.
No surprises here.
The bottom line is the Giants have been here before. They have a powerhouse offense with too many mistakes, and a sub-par defense that finds a way to stay in games.
The Giants need to play to their strengths in the passing game, which will open up holes for the speedster Wilson.
They currently resemble a team that has the talent to win ballgames but are unable to limit their mental mistakes.
And with a disciplinarian coach in Tom Coughlin, those are mistakes that will not be tolerated much longer.
Expect a turnaround in the upcoming games for New York.
The team will take on the struggling Carolina Panthers, the sadly undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the hit-or-miss Philadelphia Eagles.
Mike Romano is a journalism major from West Orange, N.J. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.