Following their 28-14 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the New York Giants find themselves 0-2 for the third-consecutive season and frustration is starting to build.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—For the second week in a row, the New York Giants were overmatched. They lost their home opener to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday 28-14.
Frustration is mounting.
It’s one thing to be overmatched on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, who are one of the best teams in the NFC; it’s another to be outclassed by a Buffalo Bills team at home.
After a great start to the game that saw the Giants score on the opening possession, a Saquon Barkley 27-yard touchdown run, the game quickly switched to the Bills favor in which they scored 21 unanswered points.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) September 15, 2019
The Giants secondary was once again atrocious as quarterback Josh Allen was able to pick them apart to find wide open receivers throughout the first half. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher couldn’t find any answers to stop the Bills passing attack. Particularly, the passing defense especially the secondary look lost.
Not only could the defense not stop the pass, but they also couldn’t stop the run. The Bills rushed for 151 yards on 34 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns.
Offensively, the Giants offense fizzled right before our eyes as they would go the next seven possessions without putting any points on the board. The offensive attack was conservative and predictable. Once the Bills were able to slow down Barkley, Manning and the rest of the offense couldn’t generate any rhythm.
Manning finished the game completing 26 of 45 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions and seldom challenged the Bills secondary deep.
Unfortunately for Giants fans, this is the same old song that they have experienced in the previous two seasons to start the year 0-2. Most of the loyal Giants fanbase began heading towards the exit early in the fourth quarter.
But frustration doesn’t just reside with the fans. After the game, cornerback Janoris Jenkins voiced his frustration about having to cover receivers for 10 seconds.
— Kim Jones (@KimJonesSports) September 15, 2019
The pass rush was better than it was last week. They were able to sack Allen three times, but oftentimes, Allen enjoyed a clean pocket that allowed him to pick apart the defense.
The Giants have a week to fix their issues and to resolve any locker room turmoil before they fly out to Tampa Bay and play the Buccaneers next Sunday. Starting 0-3 has to be the top priority in the building.
This is a crucial week for Pat Shurmur as he has to show that he hasn’t lost the locker room, and that the players still believe in him despite is 15-36 coaching record.
— Jason Leach (@JasonKLeach) September 15, 2019
Giants upper management believed, coming into year two of the Pat Shurmur-Dave Gettleman regime, the team would make strides and possibly contend for a playoff berth, and help bring credibility to the franchise.
But after two games, the only thing fans have to look forward to is when rookie Daniel Jones will take over and make his first NFL start.