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The New York Giants bruised their way to their first win of the season on Monday Night Football, but again the rough nature of football victimized the boys in blue. Things were looking up with leaders Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck returning to the field. That was until the rest of the receiving corps suffered injuries.
That’s right. Mario Manningham and Domenik Hixon both left the game in the second half. Manningham suffered a concussion, which could cause him to miss a chunk of time. Hixon, who missed all of last year with a torn ACL in his right knee, has gone down with another knee injury, although the details have not yet been released.
The real difference in the game was turnovers. Michael Boley returned a fumble for a touchdown for the G-Men, and the Rams had trouble keeping possession. In the end, the Rams beat themselves. The Giants did very little to win even though the game felt like a must-win before next week’s showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Giants offense still looks stagnant. They are having trouble on the ground, averaging only 75 yards over the first two games of the season. Eli Manning has thrown an interception in his last seven starts going back to last year. With the receiver injuries, this squad could have a rough time against the stingy Eagles defense next week.
If Michael Vick misses Week 3 with a concussion, the Giants may stand a chance. Their rush defense is currently ranked fifth in the league so expect a hard-hitting rivalry game next week. Let’s just hope they remember to punt the ball out of bounds this time.