Giants' Brandon Marshall finishes with one catch in loss

Posted September 20, 2017

The natural reaction for both Giants and Lions fans after Monday's game was to assume NY got outplayed by a lesser opponent, Windsor writes, but that's not what actually happened.

The Giants later forced a punt and had a chance to cut into the Lions' 17-10 lead, but Brandon Marshall dropped a catchable pass that would have been a big gain. They can't pass protect. Rushing 17 times for 82 yards (5.1 YPC), he was able to relieve Stafford of throwing the ball too much. They were supposed to be outside contenders for the Super Bowl.

They were on the road, on the brightest of Monday night stages, against a desperate team with a good defense and a star wide receiver who gutted his way onto the field.

Eli Manning has not been playing up to par in 2017. Never has been, never will be.

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It is the ignorance of offseason moves by management to ignore adding depth let alone talent to the offensive line that is coming home to roost, a major reason why the Giants are 0-2. Pass protection problems is an understatement.

"Trying to get enough money to get a new left tackle since Ereck Flowers can't hold a cold", the description reads.

How effective was Ezekiel Ansah in this game? It's wonderful the Giants have let him around for as long as he has. We see a lot of stuff that's out there in the media. The Giants have no running game to speak of.

It's not like there are All-Pros around Flowers. It was a risky call but the right one, the type of decision from head coach Ben McAdoo that could kickstart a season and the offense. Andre Johnson left the Texans at the end of his career and played in Indianapolis where he was a shell of his former self. Hunt, who scored three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) in his National Football League debut last week, is the first player in National Football League history to have at least three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in his first two career games. The veteran has all of two catches on the year. "That's a good bit of the change from last year to this year". And after two games, it looks as though they will miss the postseason altogether, barring a dramatic turnaround.

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Their pass protection is going to be an issue against the Eagles next week. They didn't need a last-minute comeback to win. That's not exactly an easy schedule.

The good news is that everyone else in the NFC East is 1-1 now and each team has their own problems. The Cowboys completely stunk in Denver. The Giants stink on offense. They are basically walking around old Britain screaming they aren't dead yet from the plague.

Leading into this season, the Lions' defense was suspect.

Not even the return of Odell Beckham, Jr. could ignite the offense. Stafford had a quiet night but he played better than Eli. I saw the clock, knew we were rushing.

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They ran the football well on Sunday. This one could be a shootout because six of the eight road games the Falcons had a year ago, their defense failed to hold the other team to less than 24 points.