5 Most Disappointing New York Giants
5 Biggest Disappointments of 2013
Disappointing. The word doesn’t begin to describe the massacre that became the first half of the 2013 season for the New York Giants. The Giants opened up the season by losing their first six games, only two of which were by less than seven points. The low-point of the first half came at the hands of the Carolina Panthers, who demolished the Giants 38-0 back in Week 3.
Fingers can justly be pointed in all directions. The defensive unit gave up at least 30 points in each of the first five games of the season, and the offense has turned the ball over a whopping 25 times through the first eight games. Not one person or area of the team can shoulder all the blame.
Things have been looking up recently, as the Giants have put together two straight victories. However, neither of the wins came in very convincing fashion. The wins came against the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles, who have a combined four wins through the first eight weeks of the year. The Giants managed to beat Philadelphia, despite not scoring a single touchdown. Josh Brown kicked five field goals en route to victory. If the Giants are going to build off this two-game winning streak, they are going to have to show drastic improvements across the board.
Even after the horrendous start, New York is still alive in the NFC East, as the Dallas Cowboys lead the division with a record of just 4-4.
Here are five New York Giants who have been major disappointments through the 2013 season thus far.
Brandon Myers replaced last year’s starting tight end Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Bears in the offseason. Myers looked like an upgrade on paper, but his inability to block has helped doom New York’s running game. His receiving numbers are not good enough to overlook his dreadful blocking ability, and the Giants have suffered as a result.
When Andre Brown went down in the preseason, David Wilson was supposed to cement himself as the Giants' starting running back for years to come. However, he coughed up two fumbles in the opener and never found his way back. He finally scored his first touchdown of the season in Week 5, but then injured his neck just a few plays later. Wilson has now missed the last three games and his return doesn’t seem to be coming in the near future.
It was supposed to be a big year for Hakeem Nicks. The five-year wide receiver is finally healthy and in the midst of a contract season. Everything was set for this to be the year Nicks showed exactly how much he is worth to the Giants. However, while he has been decent, his overall performance has been decidedly underwhelming. Nicks doesn’t look like he has the same explosiveness and sure hands that he has put on display in the past.
Defensive Ends: Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka
Expectations for the defensive line varied prior to the start of the 2013 season, especially since Jason Pierre-Paul was coming off serious back surgery and Mathias Kiwanuka was returning to his natural position. While there were question marks, the defensive line was supposed to be much improved from last year. The pass rush was absolutely non-existent before last Sunday’s breakout game against the Eagles. We’ll see if the Giants can build off the victory in the second half of the season.
Eli Manning has been a turnover machine in 2013. He threw 15 interceptions through the first six games of the season, which is as many as he threw all of last season. He’s been better lately, having gone the last two games (both of which were wins) without throwing an interception. However, he’s also only thrown one touchdown in the last two games. Manning will have to return to form if the Giants are going to have any chance at making a playoff run.