The New York Giants were dominated by the Carolina Panthers 38-0 on Sunday, and to say things look dire would be an understatement. The Giants appeared lifeless, disinterested and emotionally detached for the better part of the beating. Now at 0-3, the panic button has been hit and those across the media realm are baffled. How could an Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin-led team be this bad? So shamefully bad that it's rocked the foundation of not only the team, but the fanbase as well?
The Giants got wiped out in all phases, but the play of the offensive line was especially grisly. Eli Manning was brought down for seven sacks and hit 10 additional times. Six of those sacks came before the second quarter was two minutes old. Manning never has missed a game in his NFL career, but he won't survive many more beatings like that.
There are losses, and then there are totally embarrassing debacles that require an NFL franchise to rethink every single thing it is doing.
Sunday’s 38-0 thrashing at the hands of the previously winless Panthers has to qualify as the latter for the Giants, who stumbled out of Bank of America Stadium dazed, humiliated and staring at an 0-3 start to a season that already looks lost.
So you would expect an 0-2 team coached by Tom Coughlin to come out disciplined and in desperation mode, because, well, that's who the Giants have been under Coughlin. But who they are now—0-3 after an inexcusable 38-0 embarrassment to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday—doesn't in any way resemble his best teams.
There was talk, late Sunday afternoon, of expectations not met. These shell-shocked New York Giants, in the wake of the 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers that dropped them to 0-3 for the first time in the Tom Coughlin/Eli Manning era, said they expected more from themselves. Even if they weren't expecting anything great.
"I thought," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said, "that we could at least be competitive."
The Giants’ rough start to the season headed toward panic mode and into uncharted territory on Sunday, as Big Blue was pummeled by the Carolina Panthers, 38-0. It was the Giants’ worst loss in the Coughlin era, and it dropped them to 0-3 for the first time since 1996, when Dan Reeves was coach.
Get ready, folks. It's going to be a long, long week.
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