The 2017 New York Giants had Super Bowl aspirations. Instead, they’re bringing back memories of the brutal 2013 season.
Many thought the 2017 New York Giants had a chance to do what the 2007 Giants did and win a Super Bowl. It would be a spectacular way to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of one the most beloved teams in New York/New Jersey sports history.
But three weeks into this season the Giants are 0-3, and hardly resemble a team that has aspirations of winning a Super Bowl. In fact, this team resembles the 2013 Giants that started the season 0-6.
That year the Giants found new ways to lose each week. Eli Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions and was under constant pressure because of poor offensive line play. So far this year Manning is on pace to throw 21 interceptions, and the offensive line is the worst in football.
Similar to this season, in 2013 the running game was non-existent. The Giants leading rusher back then was Andre Brown with a mere 492 yards. Through three games in 2017, the Giants leading rusher is Orleans Darkwa with 53 yards; he’s currently on pace to finish the year with just 281 rushing yards.
Through three games the only real difference between the 2013 team and the 2017 team is that this year’s defense is significantly better. But in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, they blew two leads in the fourth quarter that enabled the Eagles to win.
The good news for the Giants is that there are still 13 games to go. Maybe they can turn things around if the offense can build on that 24-point, fourth-quarter effort against the Eagles.
Back in 2013, Tom Coughlin was able to rally the team together after a 0-6 start and even had them in playoff contention for a brief moment before they finished the season at 7-9.
Can Ben McAdoo take command of this team and motivate them as they head towards a tough four-game stretch before their bye week?
This is truly the first time Ben McAdoo has faced some real adversity since becoming the head coach. If he can’t get a hold of this team, the Giants nightmare of a season will continue, and wind up worse than the 2013 season.