Ben McAdoo will continue to call plays for the New York Giants, at least through Week 3. A hostile crowd at the Linc awaits them.
The Giants are in flames because of two fundamental problems: They can't run the ball and can't protect quarterback Eli Manning.
Not only did McAdoo keep calling the plays, but he continued to do so rather defiantly. His playcalling has been questioned and he's considering relinquishing those duties. "I think it's the execution".
Still, the Giants feel personnel execution, as well as continuing to scheme unpredictability for defenses, is what will ultimately get the offense moving in the right direction. "Hopefully, we've kind of hit the rough patch and we'll work ourselves out of it". They're improved and eager to go 2-0 in the division.
Their players made a decision to step up and be louder than they have in the past, joined in places like New England and Denver, where so many dozens of players knelt that firing them en masse would have resulted in forfeiture for not enough players to play.
This is the time and the place for the Giants to start looking like the Super Bowl contender everyone expected them to be: an offense no longer clueless that complements a relentless, opportunistic defense that has been straining to hold the fort. They were a good football team last year and they're very similar to last year. Those guys have been getting torched all week in NY.
Safeties Corey Graham, Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins sat out another day of practice Thursday with strained hamstrings. Beckham Jr. might not be playing the match against Philadelphia Eagles. "It's not just one guy". Here are more things to watch for when the Giants visit the Eagles: CATCHING THE BALL: Neither team runs much, so expect to see a heavy dose of passing. Evan Engram and Shane Vereen have combined for 171 receiving yards and one touchdown while Sterling Shepard has nine receptions. Zach Ertz and Alshon Jeffery have combined for 320 receiving yards and one touchdown while Torrey Smith has five receptions. That's a talented group of receivers who should see plenty of passes coming their way.
Veteran QB Eli Manning has no offensive line and has been sacked a whopping eight times. Coach Doug Pederson did make one move, benching left guard Isaac Seumalo in favor of Chance Warmack, a castoff from the Tennessee Titans who signed with the Eagles. But the Giants are sticking with left tackle Ereck Flowers despite his struggles.
2007: They opened with losses in Dallas and at home against the Packers.
Although losing Sproles to injury hurts the Eagles offensively, newcomer LeGarrette Blount has played well in his season in Philadelphia and has put up solid numbers in Week 3. Might Orleans Darkwa (5.2 yards per carry) replace Paul Perkins (1.9) as the starting running back as some fans are clamoring for? The Eagles had 17 total rushing attempts.
This is not to say that Manning and the Giants running backs are blameless for their own poor play.
This will be the Eagles' home opener after they started the season at Washington and at Kansas City. Numbers that might just come out this Sunday versus NY.
Rookie kicker Jake Elliott stunned the entire stadium at Lincoln Financial Field when he bombed in an Eagles' franchise-record 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a wild 27-24 victory. Meanwhile, the Giants allowed an 88-yard punt return for a score in the loss to Detroit.