In the wake of the New York Giants 27-26 come-from-behind victory over the Indianapolis Colts in an NFL preseason game on Saturday night let's take a look around the Inter-Google at what is being written and said.
The new Giants offense that Ben McAdoo was installing was supposed to help "fix" Eli Manning after his disastrous performance last season. And maybe it eventually will. But right now, with just one significant preseason game left, the Giants’ quarterback doesn’t look very good and doesn’t look very comfortable.
With their entire offense installed, this was supposed to be the week the offense broke out, on the same field where they won Super Bowl XLVI just three seasons ago. Instead, there were more miscues. And now, through three preseason games, the first-team offense has all of one TD, and it has managed exactly one sustained drive.
In 23 days, the Giants play a game that counts, and their getting-worse-instead-of-better offense looks light years away from being ready for anything resembling competency.
The question is whether three more weeks will be enough to get the offense in shape for games that count. The Giants open the regular season with a Monday Night Football game Sept. 8 against the Lions in Detroit. Manning is likely to play somewhat extensively in Friday night's preseason game against the Jets, but perhaps not at all in the following week's preseason finale against the Patriots. So he has one more chance to show himself, his team, his coaches and the rest of the outside world the way that progress looks when it comes to fruition against a live opponent. Otherwise, it's going to be a leap of faith once the regular season begins.
"I had a feeling," he told Newsday shortly after hauling in his third game-winning touchdown reception in three weeks. "I was like: This is our time right here."
Washington may have an impressive three touchdown catches, but each has come in the fourth quarter against the backups to the backups. Before he can cement his place on the 53-man roster, he needs to show the Giants that he can perform against a higher level of competition.
"That's their choice," Washington said of when he plays. "I would love to go up against the first and second team to show them that it don't matter what number of the depth chart they are, I can still go out there and do the same thing I do."
"It's very disappointing," he said. "I'm trying to be a top guy on special teams in this league and I take pride in not fumbling. Before a touchdown, for me, the most important thing on a kickoff return is to make sure that the offense has the possession next. That's my goal every time. And then it's touchdown."
"I've definitely been waiting for a chance to make plays like that," Robinson, who has not made a regular-season catch in his NFL career, said after the Giants' 27-26 victory Saturday night. "I think it was real important I got to show not only myself but my teammates and my coaches I can go in there and make plays, especially in the fourth quarter of a game-winning drive. I think that was very important for me personally."
Hakeem Nicks was once again a dominant receiver, stiff-arming defensive backs, making catches and doing some good old-fashioned trash-talking.