COMMENTARY | New York Giants fans love to take jabs at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. After the fifth consecutive disappointing Sunday for Big Blue, that might be all that's left for them to do.
With yesterday's 36-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium, the Giants remained winless on the season. Just a month into the 2013 campaign, the Giants find themselves at 0-5, the first time they've started a year with five losses since the strike-shortened 1987 season.
The reasons for New York's bad start are no secret by now: The Giants' offensive line is horrible. They have no running game. The defense can't stop anyone. There's been nothing special about the Giants' special teams. And, last but not least, the quarterback hasn't been good.
Maybe you're of the opinion that Eli Manning gets a pass here. Or maybe you place the blame on him. The fact of the matter is that Manning has thrown 12 interceptions in five games. He threw three picks in the fourth quarter yesterday, leading to two Eagles touchdowns.
Truth be told, Manning was the third best quarterback on the field yesterday.
Michael Vick started for Philadelphia and he ran for a team-high 79 yards and threw for 105 before leaving the game in the second quarter after injuring his hamstring. His replacement, Nick Foles, threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns, both coming in the fourth quarter. Whether they say so or not, the Eagles now have a quarterback controversy. They also have two wins and hope.
The Giants have no quarterback controversy, just a QB playing the worst football of his career. The team has little hope, with five losses and a Thursday night game in Chicago just a few days away.
Every time Manning drops back to throw, he's under pressure. Sometimes you have to wonder if the offensive line is getting the memo about the ball being snapped. In all fairness, it's a line that's been hit by injuries to key players. But they've also played as poorly as we've seen a Giants line play in a long time.
When you consider that the Giants can't run the football -- David Wilson has been ineffective and he left Sunday's game at the end of the first quarter with a neck injury-- Manning, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, is facing more pressure now than he ever has. He deserves a lot of the blame, but not all of it. He's gotten no help from anyone, including his receivers who have dropped passes all season.
Meanwhile, Romo looked great against Denver yesterday. He threw for 506 yards and five touchdowns. But the only play that anyone will remember will be the interception he threw late in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 48-48. The Broncos took over at the Dallas 24-yard line, ran a few plays, let the clock run out, then kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired.
Giants fans can talk about Tony Romo all they want. But really, they should worry about their own quarterback and about their own team.
The team whose season got a whole lot worse yesterday.
Charles Costello has followed the Giants for 30 years. He was a beat reporter assigned to cover the team during the 1997 season.
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