With three straight losses, a record of 3-5, injuries mounting and a game coming up Sunday on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks the New York Giants have a myriad of problems. Head coach Tom Coughlin identified the biggest one Monday night after a 40-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that wasn't that close -- the Giants trailed at one point, 40-10.
The Giants simply do not score enough points.
"There were some good plays out there, I'm not gonna tell you there weren't. Obviously we need more," Coughlin said. "If you just put it into the category of scoring, we need to score some points. Three weeks -- shutout, 21 and 24, that's not enough points."
The Giants trailed 16-3 at the half despite doing everything they could to slow Andrew Luck and the high-powered Indianapolis offense.
"We got some late production, but not enough. We continue to have the same problem. Three points in the first half is not going to get you much of an opportunity to beat the number one offense in the National Football League," Coughlin said.
"I thought we were still battling and in it at the half even though we only had the three points. I felt pretty good the way we were playing on defense."
The Giants ran the ball poorly. Andre Williams had only 22 yards on 12 carries and they were hurt by penalties and dropped passes. They converted only 4-of-16 third downs."There wasn't any run game," Coughlin said. "I thought we would be able to do some business with the pass.
"if you're gonna keep the ball and control the ball you've gotta be able to convert on third down. We didn't."
The Giants simply don't have enough weapons on offense right now to get anything done consistently.
Odell Beckham had eight catches for 156 yards, including a 59-yarder, but he was Eli Manning's only reliable target. The Giants dropped a number of passes. They are missing wide receivers Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan, running back Rashad Jennings, offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and on Monday saw offensive lineman Weston Richburg carted off with an ankle injury of unknown severity.
All of this is discouraging considering how much the Giants put into fixing an offense that was "broken" at the end of last season. They brought in a new offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo, revamped the coaching staff, and rebuilt the offensive personnel everywhere but at quarterback. Right now, it isn't working.
In his 'Instant Analysis,' Invictus wrote:
In hindsight, it's pretty easy to see why the Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr. Where would they have been without him? There are no play-makers. Rueben Randle is not getting anything done. Preston Parker is not getting anything done. Andre Williams is not getting anything done. I understand Rashad Jennings and Victor Cruz are out, but the amount of drops, wrong routes run, and sluggish runs are mind bending. Nobody has been a spark. Nobody is playing "above the Xs and Os." Heck, I'm wondering if they even made it to the chalkboard.
The Giants, as Coughlin said, need to score more points. Problem is, as currently constructed, it's hard to see where those points are going to come from.