Denver Broncos beat New York Giants: The Day After

Sober Thoughts: Broncos top Giants in 2013 Manning Bowl

9/16/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   74 respect

Sep 15, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after throwing an interception during the first half against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chris Faytok/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY SportsIs it really all that shocking that the New York Giants are 0-2?

Take a moment to erase the ugliness from New York's first two games of the 2013 regular season out of your memories. The Giants losing to the Dallas Cowboys at the house that Eli Manning tagged was a mathematical inevitability. It was going to happen eventually. Even less shocking was that New York was downed by a Denver Broncos team that, in the first two weeks of the current campaign, looks to be a real Super Bowl contender.

New York is clearly a flawed team. You don't average more than a turnover per quarter without having issues. The Giants are better than they have played, and nobody should believe otherwise unless Big Blue plummets to 0-3 after facing the Carolina Panthers this coming Sunday.

Sober thoughts on Broncos-Giants: Numbers lie

Seven interceptions in two games is unacceptable. Eli Manning knows this. With that said, anybody who insists upon mentioning this stat as a reason for the Giants being winless needs to take a step back and look at over half of those giveaways.

Two of Manning's three interceptions at Dallas were more about communication issues between QB and RB than they were awful passes. Eli was at fault for only one pick that was costly for the Giants in the latest edition of the Manning Bowl. A flukey bounce off of the back heel of a Denver player and two “hey, why not?” lobs down the field made up the others.

You can't give the football away and expect to win. It's a valid point to be made. Anybody trying to convince you that Manning is what is wrong with the New York offense either hasn't been paying attention, or merely has an agenda that he is trying to push.

Sober thoughts on Broncos-Giants: The biggest concern

The New York Giants don't have a No. 1 running back on the depth chart. Head coach Tom Coughlin clearly isn't ready to permanently free David Wilson from the doghouse, and Da'Rel Scott and Brandon Jacobs are both secondary options. What's worse is that there is no reason to believe that the offensive line of the Giants, one that has been downright awful in the team's first two games, is going to improve anytime soon.

People stuck on the interceptions stat mentioned in the first section of this piece should instead focus on the following numbers: The Giants are currently, as a team, averaging 16.5 carriers and 36.5 rushing yards per game. New York's leading rusher, the previously mentioned Wilson, has gained 36 total yards on the ground. When you see those stats, it becomes very easy to understand why Manning is close to averaging an interception per quarter.

Sober thoughts on Broncos-Giants: Desperation

A football team is in rough shape when it finds itself facing a must-win game that comes before the official start of fall. It could easily be argued that the Giants are staring at two such contests on the schedule; one at the Carolina Panthers and the other at the Kansas City Chiefs.

New York fans are about to become very familiar with those stats that get plastered all over sports websites and mentioned on ESPN every year after the second week of the NFL season is finished. Under 12 percent of teams that have begun seasons at 0-2 have made the playoffs since the postseason format was expanded back in 1990. That number becomes even scarier for Giants fans when you consider New York's history of second-half swoons under Coughlin.

Assume, for argument's sake, that the Giants split their upcoming road games. That could leave New York in a position where the team would have to win at least 66 percent of its remaining games to even have a shot at the playoffs. The Giants closing out a portion of a schedule that includes home games against the Green Bay Packers, and also trips to the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions, with a 6-2 record during that particular stretch is not impossible.

It's also highly unlikely considering how New York has thus far played.

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