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The New York Giants didn’t get off to the start they wanted this Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Despite the strong defense which held the Skins to 74 rushing yards, the Giants lost 28-14. While the defense has been the hardest hit by the plague of injuries this season, it was the ineffectual offense that doomed the Giants.
New York only managed 75 yards on the ground while Eli Manning struggled through the air. Manning’s pick-six in the third quarter gave Washington the lead for good. He also fumbled the ball once in his sloppy performance. Manning became the quarterback with the most consecutive starts when his brother Peyton rode the bench in Week 1, but if this poor play continues, he won’t be atop the list for long. By the end of the season, fans could be shouting for his head.
The nightmarishness extended beyond the game itself when it was revealed that top receiver Hakeem Nicks (seven receptions for 122 yards) had X-rays on both his knee and his wrist. Both tests came back negative, but this is still a concern for the floundering Giants offense.
Jason Pierre-Paul, on the other hand, has continued to shine amidst the Osi Umenyiora drama. He racked up three tackles for a loss and two sacks. He has emerged as a star in his own right. Maybe he will be enough to bolster the hopes of Giants fans through the surely disheartening weeks to come.