Let’s forget the final score of today’s Giants game. There were a couple of freak events that made it more lopsided than it really was. But even if you do that, there are two enormous problems facing the Giants this season.

First, they do not have a running game. Last week the Giants rushed for 50 yards. They only tried to run 14 times, but if you throw out the longest runs for each of their three rushers you would see they ran for 12 yards in 11 attempts. Today they managed a grand total of 23 yards on the ground on 19 attempts.

Now there are three reasons why a team can’t run the ball. 1- They are facing a great rushing defense. 2- They have a terrible offensive line. 3- They have lousy running backs. I think the Giants faced a bit of #1 this week and maybe last, but #2 strikes me as a very logical explanation. The Giants running backs aren’t finding any holes to run into. They are getting hit in the backfield and that is a problem without an easy answer.

Second, the pass rush is missing in action. The Giants have two sacks in two games. Mathias Kiwanuka has three tackles. Today they didn’t record a sack and they pressured Peyton Manning a grand total of twice. Their secondary is weak and without a pass rush, QB’s will do what Peyton did today- throw for 300 yards.

This doesn’t begin to cover Eli’s stupid decisions today, the breakdowns on special teams and the curious coaching calls, but I believe those are secondary issues to the two I raised. If the Giants can’t fix those, it will be a very long year.

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