Instead, their offense was once again listless, and their strong defense couldn’t get off the field. And, as was the case last week, it all started with their horrendous offensive line.
This sack of Eli Manning—in which he wasn’t even touched—just about sums the Giants’ performance.
I hope Eli is OK after taking this hit pic.twitter.com/FHsUFXNONR
— Dave Lozo (@davelozo) September 19, 2017
Matched up against brutal Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers, Ziggy Ansah waltzed his way to three sacks. He had two all of last season.
Manning can almost be forgiven for not wanting to take another hit. He was sacked five times on the night, and that doesn’t even include this brutal shot from the fourth quarter.
This is about as Eli Manning as it gets. pic.twitter.com/ek9xhURGAp
— Big Blue Unbiased (@BigBlueUnbiased) September 19, 2017
Stud receiver Odell Beckham made his season debut after missing Week 1, but was obviously not 100 percent and limited to decoy duty. He made four catches for 36 yards.
Making it easier for the Lions to put pressure on Manning: the knowledge that New York is simply incapable of running the ball. Starting running back Paul Perkins managed 10 rushing yards on seven carries, a week after rushing for 16 yards on the same amount of handoffs.
The ineptitude of the Giants offense shined bright once they got within five yards of the Lions end zone. They ran two plays from there—and committed penalties both times. The first was a holding penalty on backup offensive lineman Brett Jones on a run up the middle from the one-yard line in which Perkins predictably crumbled on first contact.
The Giants then got back to the two-yard line, and, ready to risk going for a touchdown down by 10 in the third quarter, took a a delay of game penalty when that clearly wasn’t the intention. They then kicked a field goal.
“We have a veteran quarterback who has played a lot of football and I expect us to get the ball snapped,” head coach Ben McAdoo said after the 24-10 defeat. “Usually the clock goes from 3-2-1-0. Once it hits zero [the officials] look at the ball and look at the clock, usually it has to tick once it hits zero to get the ball snapped without it being a delay of game. I thought we had a chance to get it off.”
McAdoo was unwilling to let Manning off the hook because of the dismal offensive line, chalking up much of the loss to “sloppy quarterback play.”
Heading into the season, the Giants had finished 30th in yards per rush in three of the previous four years, including in 2016. They returned the exact same starting five in front of Manning.