5 New York Giants Who Must Improve Drastically In Week 4
Five New York Giants Who Must Improve from Last Week
What are the expectations for the New York Giants in Week 4?
You could ask 10 people that same question and get 10 completely different answers. The majority of people probably believe that the Giants are not as bad as they have played thus far, yet there hasn’t been a lot evidence to back up that point.
At 0-3, the Giants have dug themselves into quite a hole. Each of their first three games has been their own kind of disaster. In the opener against the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants turned the ball over a whopping six times. Eli Manning followed that up with a four-interception performance in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos. Finally, the cherry on top was a 38-0 loss to the Carolina Panthers, where Manning was sacked a grand total of seven times.
Through the first three weeks of the season, only the Jacksonville Jaguars have a worse point differential than the Giants. Drastic improvements must be made on both sides of the ball if the Giants have any hope of making a playoff run this year.
New York will have to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday if they want to put an end to their losing streak. The Chiefs are 3-0 and have made a living attacking quarterbacks this season. The Giants will once again find themselves in a world of hurt if the offensive line cannot protect Manning.
Here are five players that need to step up and improve from last week’s demoralizing loss to the Panthers.
Cornerback Corey Webster has been ruled out for Sunday’s game, which means Aaron Ross will once again play an integral role in the secondary. Ross played better than anyone could’ve hoped for against the Panthers. He had a great read on an interception and broke up a deep ball on another play. However, he did give up a couple of long completions, and proved he can still be a liability when he’s in one-on-one coverage. Ross has to keep improving if the Giants are going to overcome the loss of their No. 1 corner.
Manning didn’t have time to breathe, let alone read the defense, against the Panthers. The Giants' offensive line made it nearly impossible to move the ball, but Manning also looked hesitant at certain points on Sunday. Manning needs to find a comfort zone located somewhere between letting the ball fly and making smarter decisions.
Running back David Wilson hasn’t fumbled since his Week 1 nightmare, but it’s clear that the Giants still don’t fully trust him to handle the load. A lot of his production hinges on the play of the offensive line, but Wilson needs to show some of that big-play ability that initially attracted the Giants to him. It would help if offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, got creative and called some plays to help get Wilson out in space and not just running between the tackles.
It’s no secret that Jason Pierre-Paul is the key to resurrecting the pass rush. Pierre-Paul is New York’s most talented defensive end, but he is still recovering from offseason back surgery. The Giants need him to make major strides each week and regain his All-Pro form from 2011. Pierre-Paul’s lone sack this season came against the Cowboys in the season opener, and was only made possible by the secondary’s lockdown coverage. If he can start to draw the attention of offensive lines, it will make life much easier for Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka.
This list could have been entirely comprised of the Giants' offensive line. Instead, tackle Will Beatty represents the o-line after a disastrous performance last week. Between crushing penalties and getting torched off the line of scrimmage, Beatty really needs to bounce back this week. The five-year veteran received a five-year, $39 million contract in the offseason, and right now, it seems that that money could have been more useful as confetti. The Chiefs have 15 sacks as team this season, and will add to that monster number if the Giants' offensive line doesn’t come ready to play on Sunday.