By: Brendan Schick
Oh man, this Giants season is off to a scathing-hot start…and by scathing-hot I am clearly expressing sarcasm, because the Giants have looked like a steaming pile of dog poop. Ereck Flowers has been one of the worst linemen in the entire NFL (shocker, I know) and the offensive line has barely given Eli enough time to make throws. Even when Easy-E gets a throw off, all Giants fans need to collectively hold their breaths because Eli has been missing his receivers pretty badly through two weeks. The defense has been Swiss cheese-like, and the some big blue studs (Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple) have already been ruled out. So, here the Giants sit at 0-2, facing the precipice of tumultuous failure, yet again.
The Giants visit Dashaun Watson and the 1-1 Houston Texans in south Texas this weekend for what should be a blood bath at the expense of Eli Manning. Jadeveon Clowney is active this week for the first time this season, and JJ Watt is healthy, so that right there jumps off the page as an “Oh God, how will the Giants stop this?” point of focus. No matter how talented OBJ, Shep, and Barkley are, Eli needs to stay upright for them to produce, and I simply don’t see that happening. Evan Engram on the other hand, needs to pull his head out of that place that does not shine and get on the same page as the rest of the offense, because he has been downright awful the first two weeks.
Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins are the supposed studs of the Giants’ secondary, but Eli Apple has looked the best of them all so far (I called that Apple would be much better this season). But, Apple is out this week with an injury, and DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller are two speedster receivers who are more than likely going to feast on the Giants’ lacking secondary. Likewise, the Giants’ pass rush has been non-existent, and not getting Vernon back from his nagging injury will show again in this one.
The “should have taken a QB” crew has been out in full force lately, and I am not going to say that I do not agree with people who are calling for Gettleman’s head, but no QB is doing *ANYTHING* with this offensive line in front of them. As long as that line is not addressed, the Giants will be one of the laughing stocks of the NFL. I hope to God that I am wrong, but I am predicting a final score of 34-17 in favor of the Houston Texans.
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