Not all of the New York Giants' woes can be pinned on Eli Manning.
The Detroit Lions' defensive coordinator, Teryl Austin, has now held almost 70 percent of their last 26 opponents to 20 points or less. It makes too much sense. Where getting in the end zone and not committing costly penalties are rarities. According to OddsShark, the Giants are favored by three points.
New York's Aldrick Rosas kicked a 25-yard field goal to pull his team within seven points late in the third quarter but rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return with 12:56 left in the fourth period to set up the win.
As for what the Giants could do to speed up that improvement, McAdoo said everything would be looked at. They just have to figure it out.
At 0-2, the Giants path forward looks pretty bleak.
"Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism", Manning said during an interview on WFAN the day after the Giants' offense struggled for the second straight week.
Even star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Friends, the Giants' offense is bad. The Giants have no running game to speak of.
The Lions have failed to cover in six of their last eight road games and are 1-5 against the number in their last six games overall.
"You've got to play disciplined, play fast and get to the ball", he said. It's going to take good team defense to do it. "It happened fast for him".
"I think it's just another football game". Stafford had a quiet night but he played better than Eli. Manning isn't the problem, and a more measured option may be to use the draft to get Manning some premium-quality help on the offensive line.
The Giants played the game without two key defensive starters.
"That was the moment. The dimensions of the field were going to be the same", quarterback Matthew Stafford said. "I let my team down". This one could be a shootout because six of the eight road games the Falcons had previous year, their defense failed to hold the other team to less than 24 points.
Ben McAdoo was hired because he was supposedly good at offense. "We're not in rhythm right now".
Some of the foolish mistakes and drops may be correctable. "That is what I am paid to do - knock the quarterback down with the ball in his hands - and I'm just grateful I was able to get a few today".
Teammate Justin Pugh, who until having to move to right tackle Monday night following the injury to Bobby Hart, lined up next to Flowers, came to the defense of the 23-year-old tackle. Besides, the Giants' offensive line is a mess. The answers don't seem to be walking through the door.