Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions are off the a great start this season. Last night’s 24-10 victory over the New York Giants only helped their cause.
Stafford dished out two touchdowns in this matchup which was all the Lions really needed to separate themselves from the Giants. He found Marvin Jones for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Eric Ebron for a go-ahead 7-yarder in the second.
The Giants, on the other hand, are in a lot of trouble. While they have one of the most talented, well-rounded defenses in the league, their offense has yielded only 13 points in their first two games of the season. A good defense is something that is hard to construct, but they need some help from their offense if the Giants want to have any chance at having a successful season this year.
It is not so much the play of the wide receiving core or quarterback Eli Manning. No doubt, their play has not lived up to the expectations, but the true problem is rooted in their offensive line which has been suspect at best.
The only solid offensive linemen they have are Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh. Outside of that, it is really by committee. Ereck Flowers was exposed last night multiple times. As a right tackle in college, Flowers was a viable option; he simple can’t make the transition to left guard which is the second most important position on the field outside of the quarterback.
The one highlight from this game came from rookie tight end Evan Engram when he reeled in an 18-yard in the first play of the second quarter. The success was short-lived, however, as Engram was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for an obscene gesture following the touchdown.
It is too early to panic, but the Giants need to wake up.