Tom Uddo, Contributor
Not much can be said about the offensive production of the Giants on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. The scoreboard spoke for itself yesterday, embarrassed and off to their first 0-3 start since 1996; the Giants were routed by the Panthers by a final score 38-0.
The offense was non-existent throughout the entire game and more importantly, the offensive line left Eli Manning out to dry, as the Carolina defense was able to take Manning down seven times. LT Will Beatty was beat numerous times on the line, and gave up two sacks to Panthers DE Greg Hardy in the first two series.
More importantly, Beatty was flagged for holding early in the second quarter, reversing a MUCH needed 17-yard touchdown run by David Wilson that would’ve tied the game at 7-7. It would be the one and only time the Giants would get into end zone; and it didn’t even count.
The Giants woes offensively were evident as they racked up a total of 150 yards, their lowest total since they gained 142 yards vs. New Orleans in 2006, while Manning threw his league-leading eighth interception.
Even against an injury depleted Carolina secondary, the Giants couldn’t gather any momentum as Manning faced pressure on almost every possession.
Manning completed 12 of 23 passes, his fewest since he had 10 completions vs. Pittsburgh in 2012.
WR Victor Cruz was held to just 25 yards on three catches, while WR Hakeem Nicks didn’t have a single grab and was only targeted once.
The 60 yards that the Giants accumulated on the ground was their highest total of the season; but it cannot be looked at as a positive. Much of the concern coming into this week was focused on the running game; the ineffectiveness of Wilson and the poor blocking by the Giants line.
Not only did the ground game struggle, but the Giants might have to start worrying about the passing game and the protection that Manning has from his offensive line.