Giants Out Of Sync Against Buffalo
There were very few positives to take away from the Giants 21-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. I guess you could say the positives were the Giants did not sustain any serious injuries, and Odell Beckham Jr. had a nice 22 yard catch and run. That was about all of the positives you could take away from the game.
The Giants offensive line struggled mightily, both in their run blocking and pass protection. In addition, the line also committed several penalties. True the Giants were without Justin Pugh, but that’s no excuse for how poorly the line performed. Due to the offensive line’s struggles, the Giants offense was only able to muster 37 yards in the first half.
If the Giants offensive line plays like this during the season, quarterback Eli Manning’s streak of 183 consecutive games played will be in jeopardy. With the way Ryan Nassib has played this preseason, the Giants can ill afford anything happening to Manning.
For the second straight week, Nassib was dreadful as he completed just 2 out of 12 passes for 25 yards. He also had a fumble late in the first half after being sacked. Through two preseason games, Nassib is 9 out of 27 for 100 yards and has four turnovers.
The Giants defense began the game well by forcing a three and out, and getting pressure on Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. But they gave up several big plays including a 59 yard completion to Charles Clay. In total, the Giants gave up four passing plays of 21 yards or more.
The Giants kicking game also had issues as Tom Obraski missed on a 27 yard field goal attempt. With Josh Brown suspended for the first game, the Giants may need to look elsewhere to find a kicker for week 1.
To say the Giants have their work cut out for them this week would be an understatement. The Giants third preseason game is Saturday against the New York Jets. The third game is always considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season, and you can expect the starters to play the entire first half and possibly some of the third quarter. The Giants are hopeful that Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz, and Eli Apple will be able to play. But whether they play or not, the entire team must perform better than they did against Buffalo in order to gain confidence heading into the season.
Jason Leach is an analyst for Pro Football Spot for the New York Giants for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKLeach