After the 27-22 loss to the San Diego Chargers at home yesterday, the New York Giants season is officially over. Their season is over from the standpoint of having playoff aspirations going into 2017. In the loss to the Chargers, the team lost three crucial pieces to their offense in a blank of a second.
Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard suffered injuries yesterday afternoon. However, the loss of Odell Beckham Jr. was the nail in the coffin for this franchise going forward.
Beckham suffered a fractured ankle when he caught a pass from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter of yesterday’s matchup against the Chargers. It was the same ankle that Odell injured in the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday Night Football.
With the injuries that the Giants have suffered on the offensive side of the football, they have no chance of contending with the likes of the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East crown right now. Brandon Marshall was signed to add veteran leadership to the receiver position. We were not going to see the Brandon Marshall that we witnessed in 2015 when he posted one of the best seasons of his career.
In regards to Sterling Shepard, he is supposed to be Robin to Odell Beckham Jr. who is Batman. Overall, the Giants season was in jeopardy before these significant injuries occurred yesterday afternoon. The offensive line has done a terrible job in protecting Eli Manning from opposing pass rushers.
If you cannot keep Eli upright, he will turn into an interception machine plain and simple. After the team decided to part ways with Tom Coughlin, they decided to hire someone that had an offensive pedigree in former Packers assistant Ben McAdoo as their next head coach.
McAdoo has worked with quarterbacks such as the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. However, his experience working with the Green Bay offense has not paid off in New York as of yet. The Giants offensive struggles date back to last season even though they made the playoffs.
In previous years, we have seen Eli Manning, and the Giants go on late-season winning streaks which allowed them to advance to the postseason and possibly contend for a Super Bowl title, but with these injuries, it will not happen this season.
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