Despite a 27-26 comeback victory for the New York Giants this past weekend over the Indianapolis Colts that has the Giants at 3-0 this preseason, the starting offense has come under heavy fire, especially after this past Saturday.
Eli Manning himself, went 1-for-7, was nearly intercepted twice and was sacked once and because the offense couldn't generate anything early on, the Colts were able to take a 26-0 lead over the Giants (that was of course, before the Giants scored 27 unanswered points.) But the comeback isn't what is being talked about, it's the Giants struggles on offense and the inability to pick up the new offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Manning talked about the struggles of the offense on Saturday night and what exactly went wrong, which according to the two-time Super Bowl MVP, was quite a bit.
"Well, it just wasn't good enough. We didn't do a very good job on third down," Manning said in an on-field interview. "I felt like we had a couple of opportunities to hit some big plays, we just didn't complete them. The go-route to Victor (Cruz), and then had another chance I thought on a go-route to (Jerrel) Jernigan. But besides that, we just had some mistakes. We weren't efficient enough running the ball or throwing the ball tonight. So overall, not very good by the starting group."
The talks about the offense have gotten so bad, it's started discussions all over Giants fan boards about Ryan Nassib being the guy who should take over as the starting quarterback as opposed to Manning (yes, as ridiculous as that statement sounds, it's being uttered all over the place.) Yet despite all of the struggles from the offense, the 33-year-old isn't worried heading into the season.
"No, I'm not concerned right now, but we know we've got to get better," he said. "We've got to play better. We've got to start executing better and start making some plays."
Manning and his offense will look to show improvement this coming Saturday when they take on the New York Jets; a game that could feature the debut of the team's first round draft pick in Odell Beckham Jr., who could certainly help breathe some life into a struggling offense.
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