It's Monday, October 12th, and the Giants are currently 0-5, and in the last place of the NFC East, where the division leader, the Dallas Cowboys, are 2-3. If that doesn't tell you how pathetic the division is, I don't know what will.
What's even more pathetic is that the Giants are 0-5 for the second time in four years and the third time in 20 seasons. They have also now lost seven straight games to the Cowboys, the second-longest streak in franchise history.
As big of a blow as yesterday's loss was, there is a lot to be excited about. At 0-5, it's hard to see any positivity, but you really have to ask yourself this question and be realistic; did you really think the Giants were going to win many games this season?
The honest answer should be no, but you'd like to see improvement each week and things to build off.
I think we can all agree that that is what we're seeing each and every week. Unfortunately, they just don't know how to win yet, but I am confident that Joe Judge is the right guy who will change that. He just doesn't have enough talent on this roster, however.
The Giants take on the Washington Football Team at home next and should pull out their first win of the season. This Giants team desperately needs a win. Not just to get a win on the stat sheet, but because they work tremendously hard during the week, and winning feels good. Plain and simple.
I believe that this week is the week that the Giants get their first win because they've been close each and every week. Unfortunately, their opponent has just been a superior talented team.
That is not the case for Washington; they have also had their fair share of issues, and the Giants should look to exploit them from the get-go.
Stick To The Running Game
In week five, Devonta Freeman was ready to take the running game's load for the Giants, and he did just that. In only his second start for the Giants, Freeman rushed 17 times for 60 yards and added two catches for 27 yards on three targets, with one touchdown on the day. It's safe to say that the Giants value Freeman as their RB1, but they haven't forgotten about Wayne Gallman either. Gallman was also able to add 24 yards on five rushing attempts.
The running game seemed to be better yesterday, and kudos to the Giants for not giving up on it. Having the ability to run the ball gives you the option of opening up the passing game. The offensive line had its moments but actually blocked better in the run game yesterday than it did in the passing game.
Although Washington has a strong front seven, the Giants need to come out with the same energy in the running game and pound the ball. Once they've established the running game, it's time to open that passing playbook, Jason!
RPO's, Bootlegs, & Play Action's
Jason, are you watching what we're watching? Daniel is running for his life out there. The Giants simply can not protect Daniel well enough to allow him to properly go through his reads and put the ball where it needs to be.
However, when he gets outside the pocket, he buys himself more time and can find an open receiver downfield. Why not design and call more plays that get him outside the pocket more often? The RPO's, bootlegs, and play action play calling works when called, so we need to see more of it.
But like I said before, the running game has to be working for these kinds of play calls to be executed well.
The Giants are 0-5, and there is no defending that. They are the most competitive 0-5 team that I, personally, have ever watched play football. They have a lot to work on, but they also have a lot to build off of. I am confident that Joe Judge makes this team a better football team and that the wins will come soon, but the road to get there, as a fan, is not fun. Better days lie ahead.
What do you think? Are you confident in the direction that the Giants are heading?