Armed with a right side of the offensive line that would hardly cut it in the CFL, the New York Giants offense outside of Odell Beckham Jr. was grossly incompetent in 2016, when a strong defense and enough big plays from OBJ propelled the team to an 11-5 record.
But on Sunday night against heated division rivals the Dallas Cowboys, Beckham, who suffered an ankle injury in the final game of preseason, wasn’t there to save them. And it showed, singeing the eyes of anyone with a semblance of an idea of decent football.
In an embarrassing 19-3 loss, the Giants managed a sad 233 yards of offense, with a miserable 35 yards on the ground.
Perhaps disappointed by hoping for a football game and instead getting treated to a dumpster fire that doubles as a toilet for the homeless, Twitter had jokes about the Giants offense—or lack thereof—without Beckham on the field.
Giants fans trying to figure out how they can give their ankles to Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/SMNYteLEiP
— Jake Montgomery (@JakeM0NTGOMERY) September 11, 2017
— Feva (@YaBoyFeva) September 11, 2017
— Mr. Beastly (@inbeastitrust) September 11, 2017
— Jay (@jaaaay_cool) September 11, 2017
OBJ watching this Giants offense like… pic.twitter.com/2xfBuvcQwR
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) September 11, 2017
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 11, 2017
Can the Giants score without OBJ in the lineup? pic.twitter.com/vjVnNBevmo
— Nekias Duncan (@NekiasNBA) September 11, 2017
— go90 Zone (@go90Zone) September 11, 2017
OBJ update… pic.twitter.com/YqDmIyfNVu
— Eric Davis (@_ericdavis_) September 11, 2017
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) September 11, 2017
The Giants added two major weapons to the passing game this offseason—veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who joined via free agency, and hyper-athletic rookie tight end Evan Engram, whom the Giants selected in the first round.
One problem: The Giants were fine through the air a season ago, but were truly miserable running the football, finishing the year 30th in yards per attempt, 29th in rushing yards, and dead last in rushing touchdowns.
The team did zero to remedy their piss-poor ground game in the offseason.
Their offensive line on Sunday night was the same crew they ran out for all of 2016, including the right-side tandem of John Jerry and Bobby Hart, probably the worst right guard–right tackle duo in the NFL. They lost running back Rashad Jennings and decided to make due with last year’s backups, Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa, and Shane Vereen.
Considering all this, what did they expect was going to happen this year? The Giants’ strong defense amazingly held the high-powered Dallas offense to just 19 points on Sunday night, despite their foes’ dominance in time of possession.
Last year, their defense and Beckham combined to give the Giants a shot in every game. But when Beckham isn’t on the field, they don’t have a chance.