The New York Giants came into Sunday’s away contest against the Kansas City Chief winless at 0-3 and just off the worst loss in head coach Tom Coughlin’s tenure at the helm. Last week’s 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers continued a downward spiral that has seen poor pass protection, turnovers and lack of a running game. Meanwhile, through three games the Kansas City Chiefs led the NFL with a (+13) turnover margin. KC linebacker Justin Houston lead the NFL with 7.5 sacks, so the matchups were potentially disastrous for New York. The Giants hung around early but turnovers and special teams ineffectiveness doomed New York as the Chiefs pulled away late for a 31-7 victory.
An upbeat Tom Coughlin is promising a more physical team. And if practice was any indication Wednesday, there was a little feistiness to the workout.
The Kansas City Chiefs had the worst record in the NFL last year at 2-14, so after three weeks of the regular season, KC has already passed their win total from last year. The New York Giants were supposed to challenge for the NFC East title this year, but after Sunday’s shutout loss to the Carolina Panthers, New York has dropped to 0-3. Kansas City looks for the momentum to continue, while New York desperately looks for a “W.”
Hakeem Nicks, considered by many to be New York’s best receiver, was completely held in check by the Carolina defense. Playing in his hometown, the 25-year-old was thrown to just one time and didn’t catch a pass.
After Sunday’s shutout loss to the previously winless Carolina Panthers, no one can argue that Big Blue hasn’t earned its position at the bottom of the NFC East standings. After all, the G-men allowed the Panthers to set a team record with seven sacks of Eli Manning. Panthers quarterback tossed three touchdown passes as Carolina thoroughly embarrassed New York 38-0.
There is little question that the Giants (0-2) should have a big edge going into Carolina (0-2) on Sunday. Let’s take a look at this week’s three key matchups.
Coughlin was dealing with more than the Giants’ 0-2 start Wednesday, and most of his players knew it. The team’s poor play was insignificant compared to what the 67-year-old Coughlin had been through the past 48 hours.
There were very few individual performances to point out, so for the first time we’re going to select some units in our following segment because this was a collective effort.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle says running back David Wilson has only two options after his nightmarish season opener: “He can either get in the tank, or he can man up.” Rolle didn’t recommend, however, that Wilson blast his critics on Twitter.
“It’s absolutely not true,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. “Both of those payers were injured. Connor never returned to the game. Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. That really wasn’t orchestrated at all.”
Most of the focus after New York’s Week 1 loss has been on second-year RB David Wilson, who was benched in the second half due to fumble-itis. Victor Cruz knows what he’s going through.
“I don’t think there’s anything to it,” Manning said of his 4-0 record at AT&T Stadium, which allegedly included the Giants quarterback scribbling his name, the score, the date and the words “First Win in the New Stadium” in the visitors locker room.
Tom Coughlin announced that wide receiver Victor Cruz is probable for Sunday. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is listed as questionable.
Victor Cruz says he’ll be on the field Sunday for the Giants in their season opener at Dallas. That is, as long as nothing “crazy” happens with his healing heel.
Star wide receiver Victor Cruz tested his foot in the workout, cutting hard on curl patterns, which forced him to dig his foot into the grass. There was no pain.