Monday, September 16, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Giants in an 0-2 hole
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: The Giants lost their home opener 41-23 to the Denver Broncos to fall to 0-2 for the season. They've been 0-2 before, most notably in 2007 when they recovered to win the Super Bowl, but that's not really relevant to the current situation from which Tom Coughlin must find a way to rescue his team. Eli Manning is a significant part of the problem so far, as his four interceptions Sunday night raised his league-leading total to seven through just two games. The defense keeps insisting it's playing well, but I think it's all relative. They've allowed 747 yards in two games.
Behind enemy lines: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was happy to be done with his third career game against his younger brother, and the Broncos defensive backs weren't surprised they got called for so many penalties in their physical battles with the Giants wide receivers, Jeff Legwold writes.
Around the division: Every other team in the NFC East lost Sunday as well, which means the Cowboys and Eagles are tied for first place at 1-1 with the Giants and Redskins both 0-2. Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that Dallas' loss recalled a same-old issue: The inability to make the plays when it really mattered. John Keim writes that the Redskins' Robert Griffin III, who didn't play all preseason and barely practiced all offseason following reconstructive knee surgery, has to play more like his dynamic old self. And Phil Sheridan writes that the Eagles' loss exposed the flaws in Chip Kelly's breakneck-pace approach to offense. The one that keeps striking me as alarming is the extent to which they take chances and make sacrifices in pass protection.
Around the league: The early games Sunday were mesmerizing. Seemed like they all went down to the wire. The throw Jay Cutler made to Martellus Bennett to win the game for the Bears against the Vikings may have been my favorite. Kelly's getting all the ink, but what if Marc Trestman is going to make Cutler a star in Chicago? Wouldn't that be just as impressive?