Yes, the G-Men currently stand just two games back in the NFC East, but if you've seen them play this season, you have to realize that deficit will surely increase if something doesn't change.
The Giants have their issues on both sides of the ball, and it's going to take a collective effort to turn it around on Sunday afternoon. Here are the players who have to step up in Week 5 against Philly to right the ship for the Giants.
You can point the finger at Eli Manning all you want, but in no way, shape or form is the 0-4 start and lack of offense the fault of the Giants' quarterback.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP leads the NFL in interceptions through the first four weeks of the NFL season with nine, but it's difficult to get anything going behind an offensive line that can't block against the pass rush, and a running game that can't get traction.
Manning has done what he can with the offensive line that he has--throwing for 1,148 yards and six touchdowns--but he can't do it all. The Giants rank 30th in rushing offense and sport just one rushing TD on the season, making New York an extremely one-dimensional offense.
Yes, New York's offense begins and ends on the shoulders of Manning, but without enough time in the passing game, Big Blue's offense is going no where--the offensive line has to be better in Week 5 vs. the Eagles.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE:
Will the real Jason Pierre-Paul please stand up?
Giants fans are still waiting for the 2011 version of JPP to show up, hoping that he's not a one-and-done type of defender. Pierre-Paul broke out in 2011, racking up 16.5 sacks and becoming a crucial member of the Super Bowl roster that season.
Since that time (20 games), JPP has amassed just 7.5 sacks, highlighted by just one through four games this year. Assessing his play on the field, Pierre-Paul doesn't look as active and explosive as he did two seasons ago. The back injury could still be an issue, and if it is, perhaps he shouldn't be on the field.
If JPP isn't healthy enough to produce, he needs to speak up and tell the coaching staff, so that someone like Damontre Moore or Mathias Kiwanuka can step up and try to make a bigger difference for this defense.
If he is healthy, then there's no excuse for Pierre-Paul's play, but I truly believe he's still feeling the effects of that offseason back surgery.
Antrel Rolle, S:
As the vocal leader of the Giants defense, Antrel Rolle really has no choice but to step up in Week 5 vs. Philly, especially after the comments he made regarding the state of the team.
Speaking on WFAN radio (h/t ESPN's Kieran Darcy), Rolle had this to say about his teammates:
"Honestly speaking, I really don't believe that everyone believes that we can win within our locker room. And it's hard. There's guys that haven't been there before, there's guys that haven't been affiliated with how the Giants make comebacks and how we can come back in the games, or how we can overcome adversity... So I really don't expect every guy to believe, to have the same belief that I have, or maybe the other people that have been around the organization have."
After calling out his teammates, Rolle has to be one of the main guys to right the ship for the G-Men this weekend. He made a nice interception against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 and has been active on the field, and I'll be looking to him to be the one to fire up those certain teammates who may not believe the Giants "can win within their locker room."
We've seen Rolle step up for the Giants plenty of times, and he's going to have to do it again in Week 5 vs. the Eagles.
Pete Schauer is a native of the Jersey Shore where he covers the New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets and New York Yankees as a Yahoo Sports contributor. You can follow him on Twitter @Pete_Schauer and find him on Google+.
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