3. New York Giants
When the Giants got trounced 27-0 by an interdivisional rival in a primetime game, they may have felt like they were beyond repair — at least their fans probably did. And frankly, the Giants’ record shows what they are: a middle of the road team. They’ve lost to three teams projected to make the Playoffs in the Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles. They’ve beaten the Texans, Falcons and Redskins. It doesn’t exactly scream elite.
Missing ingredients: Offensive Line Improvement & Victor Cruz
While you can’t blame one position group for a 27-0 loss, the Giants lost the Lions and Eagles in large part due to their poor line work. The Eagles turn the Giants’ line into swiss cheese, as the Eagles’ rush sacked Eli Manning eight times. The offensive line was overwhelmed by the Lions’ and Eagles’ front four. The Giants’ running backs are averaging a meager 3.7 yards per carry and the only guy who has made the rushing offense look decent, Rashad Jennings, is out with an sprained left knee.
As far as Cruz goes, they’re not getting him back for quite some time. Simply, it’s time for Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Larry Donnell and, perhaps, Kevin Olgletree to shine.