The New York Giants have no time to wallow in self pity after their 0-2 start. They travel to Lincoln Financial Field Sunday to face the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles (1-1), and the Giants are a 6-point underdog entering the game.
That, of course, means oddsmakers think the Giants will leave Philly 0-3 and with their playoff aspirations pretty much shattered before the season reaches the quarter-pole. Voters in our Fan Confidence Poll to this point overwhelmingly believe the Giants won’t be a playoff team.
If they are going to be, that has to start Sunday against an Eagles team that has been a thorn in their sides in recent years. The Giants’ 28-23 victory over the Eagles last season at MetLife Stadium was their only win over Philadelphia in their last six meetings. The Giants haven’t won in Philadelphia since a 15-7 victory on Oct. 27, 2013.
“We are not going to panic,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “We are not the first good team to start 0-2. When we first got together in April and talked about how we weren’t going to sneak up on anybody this year. We were going to get everybody’s best shot. This is New York. We had two prime time football games versus two pretty good opponents and it’s no excuses, but we’ve got to find a way to get better and we are not going to throw the baby out with the bath water.”
McAdoo, though, has said he will take hard look at making some changes to the struggling offense that has generated only 13 points.
“We can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again. That’s insanity,” McAdoo said. “It’s not working. So we are going to look to make some changes this week, like we did last week. Maybe it will be a little more drastic this week … if that means me giving up play-calling duties, that’s something we will look at, that we’ll talk about. For personnel, jobs are won in this league; they are not given away. So, somebody’s got to win a job or take a job to get a job.”