Over the last two weeks, the unit of the New York Giants that has taken the most criticism has been the offensive line, which may have had one of their worst performances in recent time against the Denver Broncos this past Sunday.
The line was a major reason why the running game was only able to muster up 23 yards against Denver defense, which was missing it's two best players on the field, yet the Giants were only able to put up 23 points and are staring at an 0-3 start if they don't find a way to rebound against the Carolina Panthers.
One of the main-stays on the team, starting left guard Kevin Boothe, is shocked that the line is playing so poorly, especially since normally, the Giants offensive line has always been one of the best in the league, but has gone through a bit of a transformation over the last couple of seasons and are looking to find their way playing together.
"That’s the way it is around here," left guard Kevin Boothe said. "You expect to do well and perform at a high level. That’s always our mindset and it’s shocking to us when we don’t play well. You learn from it. We’re looking forward to Sunday."
Along with the offensive line not getting a push to help the running game, which has a total of 73 yards this season, the line didn't really allow Eli Manning a chance to get settled and time to throw, which either resulted in incomplete passes and forcing the Giants to punt, or Manning to force throws he didn't want to make, and thus, the four interceptions.
When Boothe spoke to David Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger about what has gone wrong with the current offensive line and why they have struggled, the Giants starting left guard felt that the current group is out of sync and needs a rebound performance against Carolina.
"We’re just not as in synch right now as we need to be between all the different positions up front and you have a new running back who’s struggling on some of his reads as well."
With the Giants running game ranked dead last heading into Week 3 of the 2013 season, one of the biggest hopes the Giants can use is that the Panthers Week 2 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, were able to put together 149 yards of rushing against the Panthers in a 24-23 victory for Buffalo and Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride will likely have the team studying the game film of that game during the week to look for ways to exploit Carolina's defense and get themselves back on track so they don't end up 0-3 to start the year.
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