The good news is the New York Giants defeated the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 and will head into their bye week 4-3. The bad news is the Giants offense once again struggled mightily and was never in rhythm.
Sunday’s 17-10 victory against the Los Angeles Rams marked the fourth time in the Giants seven games that the offense failed to produce two touchdowns. Their running game was once again non-existent as they ran the ball 20 times for just 36 yards. This was the third game in a row where the Giants failed to average three yards per carry.
Eli Manning completed 24-of-37 passes for only 196 yards and for the third time this season failed to throw a touchdown pass. Last season, Manning failed to throw a touchdown pass in only two games.
The Giants were expected to have one of the most prolific offenses in the league, but through seven games they’ve scored only 133 points. In comparison to last season, the Giants scored 166 points through their first seven games.
Had the Giants offense struggled in one or two games this year you could say that they’re just struggling. But seven games of this offensive futility has become a pattern.
During the Giants BYE week, head coach Ben McAdoo and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will have their work cut out for them. They need to figure out a way to get the offense clicking on all cylinders. It’s inexcusable for a team with this much talent at the skill positions to be struggling like this.
Whether it’s using tight-end Jerell Adams to help block on running plays, or using more four wide receiver formations to spread out the defense, or calling more screen plays, something needs to be done to fix this offense in a hurry.
It’s great that the Giants finally have a solid defense, but if they hope to make the playoffs this year, the offense needs to start playing to their potential.