NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Giants are already in an early-season hole.
After getting trounced by Peyton Manning and the Broncos, the 0-2 Giants are facing a virtual must-win game against the 0-2 Panthers on the road on Sunday.
Safety Antrel Rolle, who was named a Giants captain for the first time prior to the season, has never been afraid to speak his mind. And with his team in trouble two weeks into the season, he’s as frustrated as ever.
“We have a lack of excitement on the sideline,” the two-time Pro Bowler told reporters. “When I look up and down the sidelines, sometimes we’re in it and sometimes we’re not. I don’t know what the reason is for that. This is a game we love to play. I think (getting that excitement back) is going to take care of a lot, just playing with that extra enthusiasm.”
Big Blue, which missed the playoffs last season, has allowed 77 points in the first two games. The running game has been a disaster and quarterback Eli Manning has thrown a disturbing seven interceptions.
“That passion and emotion is also going to carry you over and take care of a lot,” Rolle said. “We need that. We need that as a team and I think that’s something right now that we’re lacking. We need to find a way to get back to it.”
The Giants brought in running back Brandon Jacobs last week to help bolster the running attack. Jacobs, who won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with New York, was a vocal leader with the team from 2005-2011.
He wasn’t much of a factor this past Sunday, however, carrying the ball seven times for just four yards. He did have a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to cut Denver’s lead to 17-16.