Giants embarrassed by Panthers in season-altering loss

 

The Giants came into Sunday’s matchup with the Panthers desperately wanting to keep turnovers to a minimum, but after a 38-0 thumping, they showed turnovers aren’t the only problem.

New York (0-3) continued its winless stretch to start the season, as they were thoroughly outplayed in all facets of the game. Giants quarterback Eli Manning (12-of-23 for 119 yards, no touchdowns and one interception) was bested by Panthers passer Cam Newton (15-of-27 for 223 yards, three touchdowns and one interception). David Wilson (39 yards on 11 carries) was trounced by DeAngelo Williams (120 yards on 23 carries). And even Big Blue’s vaunted receiving corps of Victor Cruz (three catches for just 25 yards), Hakeem Nicks (held without a reception) and Rueben Randle (two catches for 40 yards), were outplayed by the likes of Ted Ginn, Jr. (three catches, 71 yards and a touchdown) and Brandon LaFell (three catches, 53 yards and two scores).

The Panthers took it to Big Blue, as they registered their first shutout since 2008, a stretch that spanned 77 games.

What we learned …

1. Under siege

Manning was under siege from the opening whistle, as he was sacked six times in the first half alone. The turnover-prone quarterback wasn’t careless with the ball, but he never really had time. He was sacked seven times in total. The offensive line has struggled since the early days of training camp with both injuries and inconsistencies and Sunday was no different, as Manning ended up mercifully being yanked in the waning minutes.

2. Slowing things down

The slow start destroyed the Giants, as they immediately fell into a quick 7-0 hole, en route to a 17-0 deficit at the half. Such was the Giants’ ineptness that they could only muster 18 net passing yards and the Panthers held a 13-2 advantage on first downs before the break. Manning couldn’t perform his legendary heroics as he got off to a sluggish start (6-of-9 for 37 yards) and showed why the Giants’ rushing attack needs an overhaul. He was actually the team’s leading rusher in the first half with one carry for 14 yards. Starting running back David Wilson was stymied (minus-2 yards on a team-high six carries in the first half).

3. On the hot seat?

The Giants have been a resilient bunch since head coach Tom Coughlin came aboard 10 seasons ago. But after this 0-3 start, they’ll need to take it to another level. Big Blue hasn’t started a season 0-3 since the 1996 season, and never before under Coughlin’s watch. The uphill climb is even more daunting when considering that only five teams have made the playoffs after starting the season 0-3, with the last time being the 1998 Bills. And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the current playoff format was adopted in 1990, 115 NFL have teams started 0-3 — with only three advancing to the postseason (the 1992 Chargers, the 1995 Lions and the 1998 Bills).

Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

Movies

Dakota Fanning's indie growing pains on 'Very Good…

Dakota Fanning on her latest "Very Good Girls."

Entertainment

Britney Spears launches new lingerie line and fans…

Women everywhere can say that they are not that innocent when Britney Spears launches her new lingerie and loungewear line. “Every woman should feel confident…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…