NFL Overreactions: Are the Giants already finished?
The New York Giants are finished.
Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the lineup but the offense was awful again in a 24-10 home loss to Detroit on Monday night. Eli Manning looks so uncomfortable under pressure that he took a sack without getting hit.
It’s time to start the rebuilding process and prepare for 2018.
Well, wait. Were they saying the same thing last year when the Giants were 2-3? They finished 11-5 and went to the playoffs.
Remember when the Giants lost four straight games to fall to 6-6 in 2011? They finished 9-7 and won the Super Bowl.
Yes, there’s trouble in North Jersey. But Big Blue isn’t done yet. The Giants have been resilient under Manning. The NFC East doesn’t have a dominant team and New York (0-2) would be in a four-way tie for first place with a win at Philadelphia (1-1) next Sunday and losses by Dallas and Washington.
Here are more overreactions following Week 2:
OVERREACTION: The Bengals have the worst offense in NFL history.
REALISTIC REACTION: Zero touchdowns in two home games is terrible, but Cincinnati still has talented players.
OVERREACTION: Tom Brady is better at 40 than at 30.
REALISTIC REACTION: He threw 50 TD passes in 2007.
OVERREACTION: Carolina’s defense looks like the `85 Bears.
REALISTIC REACTION: Check back after they play an average QB because Brian Hoyer and Tyrod Taylor don’t qualify.
OVERREACTION: Old running backs will be extinct soon. DeMarco Murray got benched. Eddie Lacy was inactive. LeGarrette Blount didn’t get a carry.
REALISTIC REACTION: Marshawn Lynch is 31 but he’s not going anywhere.
OVERREACTION: The Vikings won’t win without Sam Bradford.
REALISTIC REACTION: They play the Browns in October.
OVERREACTION: Jacoby Brissett is no better than Scott Tolzien.
REALISTIC REACTION: Not close but it doesn’t matter because neither is Andrew Luck.
OVERREACTION: Blake Bortles should not be a starting QB in the NFL.
REALISTIC REACTION: There’s a shortage of quality QBs. Case Keenum, Josh McNown and Brian Hoyer also started.
OVERREACTION: The Buccaneers showed they’re a legit contender.
REALISTIC REACTION: They beat the Bears.
OVERREACTION: Carson Wentz commits too many turnovers to be an elite QB.
REALISTIC REACTION: Brett Favre threw more interceptions than anyone in history.
OVERREACTION: Trevor Siemian is the next great quarterback.
REALISTIC REACTION: Get in line behind Wentz, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.
OVERREACTION: The NFC West is up for grabs.
REALISTIC REACTION: Seahawks (1-1) are still the class of the division despite an ugly 12-9 win over San Francisco following a loss to Green Bay.
OVERREACTION: Younghoe Koo won’t attempt another kick for the Chargers after missing a game-winning field goal one week after missing a game-tying try.
REALISTIC REACTION: He gets at least one more game.
OVERREACTION: The Chiefs and Falcons are headed toward a Super Bowl matchup.
REALISTIC REACTION: Don’t cancel the season. New England, Denver, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Dallas, and Seattle are legitimate contenders.
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