Both teams entered 0-2 and were desperate for the first win of the season. From the first whistle, Carolina played like they had a chip on their shoulder, and had something to prove. The Giants on the other hand looked like they didn’t even know they had a game on Sunday. The offense came out flat and the offensive line couldn’t block a single rusher. On the other side of the ball, the defense could not stop Carolina’s offense at all. Quarterback Cam Newton had a field day against the Giants’ defense.
Eli Manning could not get set in the pocket at all in yesterdays game, and was sacked seven times. The offense had a total of 150 yards for the entire game.
What was even worse than those horrifying numbers is the fact that they could not capitalize on plays made by the defense. Aaron Ross had an interception in the second quarter that set up a David Wilson touchdown run, all to be negated by a holding penalty. Then Josh Brown missed a 38-yard field goal later in the second quarter. After that, it looked like the fight had been taken out of the Giants.
The worst part about the performance was the lack of motivation and pride. The body language showed a defeated team that just wanted the day to be over. They didn’t even try to make the score look respectable, New York let the Panthers walk all over them.
The Giants hopes are sinking fast and at this point, it looks like they will definitely miss the playoffs. The NFC East doesn’t seem to have a clear runaway at this point, but the other teams in the division will clean up their play.
The next three games will tell us if the Giants can overcome this 0-3 start or if they will pack it in and have a losing season. The next three opponents are the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs, the 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles, and the 3-0 Chicago Bears. The only possible win right now seems to be the Eagles. If the Giants find themselves 1-5 after a third of the season, Giants fans will be wondering where they will fall in the draft rather than the playoffs.
If there was ever a time to play like they have nothing to lose, that time is now for the New York Giants, because quite frankly they’ve already lost just about everything.