Eli Manning admits the Giants were ‘outplayed’ in 38-0 loss to Panthers

NBC Sports
September 23, 2013

Giants QB Eli Manning steps in front of the media to proclaim the Giants’ loss was an utter disappointment, while DE Justin Tuck poetically points out, “Out offense is struggling right now, our defense is struggling right now, our team is struggling right now.” The Giants have plenty of concerns as they prepare for next Sunday's game against unbeaten Kansas City. Of the 161 teams that have started the season 0-3 since 1978, only five made the NFL playoffs.

A terse Coughlin said after the game "Disappointed isn't a strong enough word. I expected more." The Giants' offensive line appears to be a mess. New York came in with only 73 yards rushing in its first two games and managed just 60 yards Sunday, 40 coming after the Giants trailed 31-0. Manning was under pressure all day and finished 12 of 23 for 119 yards with two interceptions. He couldn't take advantage of an injury-depleted secondary.

The seven sacks tied a Carolina franchise record. "We didn't give ourselves a chance to go after that chopped-up secondary because they did an outstanding job up front," Coughlin said. "They ended up with seven sacks, and our quarterback must have gotten hit 20 times." Manning was also searching for answers. "We have to find ways to slow down the pass rush," he said. "Whether that is running the ball with screens or getting the ball out quicker."