The New York Giants are in a familiar place at 0-2 to start the season, having amassed that record in four consecutive seasons and seven out of the last eight.
That’s obviously not something to be proud of, especially considering the amount of changes the team has endured over that span. Unfortunately, it’s the reality in East Rutherford these days and we’re going to have to wait an entire year to make an attempt at bucking that trend.
For now, the Giants need to remain focused on staying out of the NFC East basement, which is where they are heading if this play persists.
Here’s a look at how the NFC East stands after two weeks of the 2020 regular season:
Washington Football Team (1-1)
While Washington got off to a hot start, defeating the Eagles in Week 1, they couldn’t keep that good fortune going in Week 2, falling to the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals, 30-15. Dwayne Haskins did not play particularly well, their defense struggled and they lost both the turnover and time of possession battle. That’s always a recipe for disaster.
Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
The Cowboys seemed almost guaranteed to fall into an 0-2 hole to start the season after trailing the Atlanta Falcons, 29-10, at halftime. With under 8:00 remaining, the Falcons went back up 39-24 and that was significant because since 1933, teams who score 39 or more points and commit zero turnovers were 444-0. But then the Falcons do what they do and collapsed in historical fashion, highlighted by the laziest attempt to recover an onside kick that you’ve ever seen. Dallas secured their first win of the season on a last-second field goal that never should have been.
New York Giants (0-2)
The Giants looked like they didn’t want to play in the first half against Chicago on Sunday, but they came out of halftime with a renewed energy and despite the loss of running back Saquon Barkley (ACL) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (toe), positioned themselves for a potential last-second victory. It wasn’t meant to be however, and a final pass to wide receiver Golden Tate ended in an offensive penalty. Game over.
Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)
The Eagles were expected to compete with the Cowboys for the NFC East crown, but early on, they’re just looking to be competitive. They were beaten by double digits in Week 1 and then were completely blown out in Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams, 37-19. Their offensive line is a disaster, Carson Wentz is a mess and they’re turning the ball over like crazy. They get the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3, which may not be the kind of push-over game it has been in years past.