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Shurmur sticks by Manning 00:01:04
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur says he's sticking with Eli Manning as his QB, as the Giants try to move forward after falling to 1-5.

The Giants won't be benching Eli Manning again... at least not yet.

When Pat Shurmur was asked Friday -- a day after the Giants' crushing 34-13 loss to the Eagles -- if they were considering a change a quarterback, the head coach stated "no."

"We believe in Eli," Shurmur told reporters. 

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New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney and quarterback Eli Manning look on from the sidelines late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterbacks Alex Tanney and quarterback Eli Manning look on from the sidelines late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning isn't ready to give in to the angry mob that has declared his career over. He took a beating on Thursday night, played a terrible game and watched another season slip away before Halloween, but he still knows what he's capable of doing. He's not budging on that at all.

"My confidence in myself is good," Manning said after the Giants' 34-13 loss to the Eagles. "I know I can play."

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for a first down against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs for a first down against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley was one receiving yard away from making franchise history. 

Barkley was the only light to come out of an ugly loss to the Eagles on Thursday Night Football, as he lit up MetLife Stadium both on the ground and through the air. He rushed for 130 yards on 13 carries that included this 50-yard touchdown run...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Not only was this a divisional game with a heated rival, but this Giants-Eagles matchup at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night was viewed as the game to save the Giants season. Sense of urgency was the word thrown around by the team leading up to tonight, but unfortunately that isn't what was seen on the field. 

The Giants lost badly in a 34-13 wallop that left fans speechless and sullen in their seats. With the exception of one dynamic rookie, the performance by the home team wasn't anything to be proud of. And to put it bluntly: What played out tonight was certainly comparable to the miserable group of last season. 

So, let's take a deeper look at what happened at each position in the Giants' fifth loss of the season...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during pre game warm up at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the Giants took Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the NFL draft, it wasn't just a declaration that they were all-in on Eli Manning, it was their way of punting their search for Manning's successor into the future. They believed that somehow, some way, they'd find their heir apparent somewhere down the line.

It sounded so easy. Of course, don't try telling that to teams like the Jets.

Now maybe the Giants won't need 50 years to find their next franchise quarterback, but now that they have no choice but to begin the search, the truth is it likely won't be easy at all. They learned that the hard way back when they cut Phil Simms after the 1993 season and suffered through Dave Brown, Kent Graham, Danny Kanell and even Tommy Maddox before they lucked into Kerry Collins in 1999.

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Giants fall to Eagles 00:01:14
Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. comment on the Giants' 34-13 loss to the Eagles, dropping their record to 1-5 on the season.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On the Giants' first drive of the second quarter, on a 2nd-and-19 from their own 28, Eli Manning checked down - again - to a short pass to Cody Latimer. It was a terrible decision, a useless play, and it gained only five meaningless yards.

And that's when FOX's cameras caught an exasperated Pat Shurmur mouthing the words, "Throw the ball!"

If it wasn't clear before, it was clear then that Shurmur is growing a little frustrated with his embattled quarterback - and he certainly had reason in this game. Manning was atrocious, giving nothing but fuel to his critics, completing 24 of 43 passes for a very deceptive 281 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

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 (Jeremy Brevard)
(Jeremy Brevard)

Big Blue's former backs are feeling the love for Saquon Barkley.

Brandon Jacobs, Tiki Barber and Ahmad Bradshaw all sang the praises of the Giants' rookie running back ahead of his Thursday Night Football debut against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Saquon could break every record that's held by any Giant running back that there is now," Jacobs told The Post's Steve Serby. "But the five [offensive linemen] in front of him gotta give him opportunity to be great."

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) assists running back Saquon Barkley (26) against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) assists running back Saquon Barkley (26) against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

The New York Giants, still searching for some consistency, came up short yet again after losing 33-31 to the Carolina Panthers. If the future of their season seemed bleak following last week's brutal 33-18 loss to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, this week's defeat may have cemented another lost season.

To their credit, the Giants did put up a fight and had a comeback victory within grasp. But sitting at 1-4 after Graham Gano's 63-yarder at the end of regulation, you have to wonder how much fight the team has left.

Let's take a look on where it all went wrong this Sunday afternoon…

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) carries the ball past Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Adams (29) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports  (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) carries the ball past Carolina Panthers free safety Mike Adams (29) in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Giants came in to Carolina needing a win to prevent their season from falling into the abyss -- and to deflect attention away from Odell Beckham Jr.'s comments about Eli Manning.

Things started out well, with Beckham on fire receiving and returning punts as the Giants took a 3-0 lead. Then they got disastrous, with the defense getting gashed and Beckham botching a punt return that led to a Panthers touchdown and 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. 

Big Blue stabilized things late in the second quarter as Beckham launched a shocking 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley, the defense firmed up, and Aldrick Rosas nailed a 53-yard field goal as they cut the deficit to 20-13 entering the half...

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Danny Abriano
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 (Jim Dedmon)
(Jim Dedmon)

Giants WR Odell Beckham caught a pass from QB Eli Manning and fired it down the field to a wide open Saquon Barkley, who sprinted into the end zone for a 57-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Panthers.

See the replay below:

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-3) at the Carolina Panthers (2-1) at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be warm and muggy with temperatures in the mid-80s, and they better play fast because there's a chance for late-day thunderstorms.

WHAT IT MEANS

The game surely means a lot to Giants GM Dave Gettleman, who built this Panthers team, for the most part, before he was fired. He's still in the early stages of building the Giants, but this is a critical game. Remember, this was supposed to be a win-now team, but they are stuck in a terrible offensive rut and are in great danger of this season slipping away. They're still in the stage of the season where one win can change the mood, because 2-3 will make them feel a heck of a lot better than 1-4. But at 1-4, especially if the offense stinks again, it's going to be hard to make the players believe they have any hope over the last 11 games.

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Odell on urgency, but no panic 00:00:59
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. is confident he will reach the end zone soon, and is not going to panic over the team's rough start.

Giants fans and fantasy owners are getting concerned that WR Odell Beckham Jr. hasn't been able to unleash his best touchdown celebration this season, having not caught a touchdown pass. 

But that worrisome attitude isn't affecting the star receiver. 

"You seem more concerned about the end zone than me," he told reporters following practice on Thursday. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Sep 23, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 23, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Giants coach Pat Shurmur was quick to admit this week that he should have called more running plays for Saquon Barkley during Sunday's loss to the Saints.

With Big Blue heading to Carolina, the rookie running back said he's more than happy to take on a heavier workload.

"Whatever. Simple as that," Barkley told reporters on Wednesday. "Whatever the team needs me to do, however many touches they need me to do, however many carries they need me to do, however many plays they need me to do, I'm willing to do it. It wouldn't bother me, my mind wouldn't be different, my body wouldn't be different. At the end of the day you still have to come in here and take care of your body, I'm still going to do that no matter if I touch the ball twice or touch the ball 25 times."

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - No matter what you think of the Giants right now -- whether you think Eli Manning is done, whether Odell Beckham Jr. looks slower, whether you believe the offensive line is salvageable, or if you think they made a wrong decision when they chose their new coach -- this is their reality. Reinforcements are not coming. They are what they are.

So what can Pat Shurmur do about it? Can he find any way to spark his offense, salvage the season, and knock the Giants off what sometimes seems like an irreversible course towards another disastrous season? They are 1-3 as they prepare to face the Carolina Panthers this Sunday, so there's some urgency to this question.

Is there any way he can to fix this mess?

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball past New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams (43) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley said Monday that the team should feel disrespected that the Saints played a soft zone defense against them during Sunday's loss. 

And he thinks the best way to combat it is to run the ball.

"Personally, run the ball," he said. "That's something where I step in, where the offensive line steps in, and that's something that we've got to take personal. When we see a team playing cover two and playing soft zone, that has to be disrespectful to us and that's something we are really aware of and we hope to solve that problem really soon."

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: A week ago they had made so much progress. Then on Sunday, the Giants stepped back into their abyss.

Now, after their disheartening 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints, they are 1-3 and looking at the likelihood of yet another lost season.

Here's a look at how their specific position groups played in their Week 4 loss...

Tags: Cody Latimer, Dalvin Tomlinson, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In a game that saw a slow-moving Giants offense, rookie RB Saquon Barkley provided one bound that resulted in six points. 

The Giants were trying to make it a game in the fourth quarter, and they had a great opportunity to cut the Saints' lead with the ball on the one-yard line. Eli Manning handed the ball off to Barkley, who leaped over the line for his third touchdown of the season. 

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH HIS TOUCHDOWN RUN

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Giants lose to Saints 00:00:32
Following the Giants' loss to the Saints, Pat Shurmur and Odell Beckham Jr share their frustrations and try look forward

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants opening drive was absolutely perfect. It was as good as their offense has looked all year long. And coming off their revival win last Sunday in Houston, it seemed like they had finally turned a corner.

Instead, it was all just a mirage.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Drew Brees (9) Landon Collins (21) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Drew Brees (9) Landon Collins (21) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants couldn't contain the Saints' high-octane offense in their 33-19 loss at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night. 

New York had a great 60-yard opening drive that led to a touchdown caught by Sterling Shepard, who was the team's leading receiver with 10 receptions for 77 yards. However, that is all the offense the Giants would muster in the first half. 

The Giants' defense held the Saints to four field goals in the second quarter, leaving Drew Brees 0-for-4 in the red zone. But the second half was a different story.

Tags: Eli Manning, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning warms up before a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The New Orleans Saints (2-1) at the Giants (1-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 4:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER

A near-perfect day with lots of sun and temperatures in the low 70s. I'm sure as the sun goes down it'll feel a lot more chilly, but everyone should be comfy for a quarter or so.

WHAT IT MEANS

I guess it boils down to this: Are the Giants the offensive mess we saw in Week 1 and 2, or the coherent team we saw in Week 3? Because if they can score enough points to beat a team like the Saints (or, I suppose, stop them on defense) then the Giants will be .500 at the quarter pole of the season and will have a right to consider themselves an actual playoff contender. If they lose and fall to 1-3 … well, things will sure feel a lot worse...

Tags: Eli Manning, New Orleans Saints, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10). (Tim Heitman)
Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10). (Tim Heitman)

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Odell Beckham Jr. feels he's close to that big play that's been missing so far from his comeback. Granted, he said "I always feel like I'm one play away … like at any moment in time it could go 80, it could go 60."

But this time he means it. He saw opportunities on film last week that he just missed. So did most of the rest of the Giants' offensive players. They were fired up by their performance in Houston. They feel like they're close to a real offensive explosion.

Tags: Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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In his first three NFL games, Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has showcased just how dynamic of a weapon he can be. With 216 rushing yards, he is ranked sixth in the NFL, and has the best three-game start for a Giants running back. He's also hauled in 21 receptions for 137 yards. 

Barkley is a "do-it-all" running back that has already become a staple in head coach Pat Shurmur's scheme. But, this Sunday at MetLife Stadium, a similar running back will be across the field in Saints RB Alvin Kamara

Kamara won the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award last season after totaling 1,554 scrimmage yards with 16 total touchdowns as well. He's already off to a hot start again, leading the league with 430 scrimmage yards on the year to go along with three touchdowns...

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants believe in Eli Manning and they've made that clear. But he's still 37 years old, has only two years left on his contract, and there's still no obvious replacement for him on the roster. They don't seem to have a long-term plan at quarterback.

Unless that plan includes the man who currently holds the job...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 23, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 23, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Giants stepped back from the brink of yet another disastrous season with a 22-17 win in Houston on Sunday, as they put together just enough offense to improve their record to 1-2.

Here are grades for each specific position group...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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After getting smothered by the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football, Giants RB Saquon Barkley was looking for redemption in Houston. And he got just what he was looking for. 

The Giants' No. 2 overall pick rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown on 17 touches, while collecting five catches for 35 yards as well. 

Barkley set the tone early on with his touchdown run to cap off a great Giants opening drive. Bouncing out to the right and laying a nasty stiff arm on a Texans CB Kareem Jackson, the 21-year-old walked in for his second career touchdown run...

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The Giants gave the NFL a look at what they can do when they get some good offensive line play on Sunday afternoon. At least they did in the first half.

And that turned out to be enough.

Behind their new-look line -- Chad Wheeler in for benched right tackle Ereck Flowers and John Greco in for injured center Jon Halapio -- Eli Manning had time to throw, Saquon Barkley had room to run, and the Giants' maligned offense managed to score on all four of their first half possessions enroute to a 27-22 win over the Houston Texans. And the blocking absolutely made all the difference.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Tim Heitman)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-2) at the Houston Texans (0-2) at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The temperatures should be in the upper 80s and will feel much hotter than that, and there is the possibility of thunderstorms. So yeah, they're probably going to close the roof.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Houston Texans, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well. 

And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon. 

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Many have given their case as to where the blame should be placed for the Giants' 0-2 start to the season. The offensive line's shaky play seems to be at the top, with head coach Pat Shurmur taking a brunt of the backlash as well. 

And then there's the play of 37-year-old QB Eli Manning that is in the spotlight as well. Former Jet and current ESPN Damien Woody is on that bandwagon. 

Appearing on ESPN's "Get Up" morning show on Wednesday, Woody ripped Manning's level of play, and basically said he's finished after just two weeks into the new season...

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Pat Shurmur was an assistant coach in Philadelphia back in 2007 and he remembers the tornado that swirled 90 miles to the north when the Giants started 0-2 that year. He recalled seeing a back page of a newspaper with a picture of Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin under a headline that wondered "Will they survive?"

"Then, lo and behold, they won a Super Bowl," Shurmur said on Wednesday. "Now that doesn't say that's what's going to happen (now), but you just have to play it out."

His point was that patience is sometimes necessary and it can be rewarded. Of course, Coughlin and Manning were in Year 4 with the Giants when the walls (and the tabloids) started closing in on them during that 0-2 start.

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Saquon stays positive 00:01:00
Giants running back Saquon Barkley stays positive despite Big Blue's tough start, saying "in this locker room, nobody is overreacting."

Giants RB Saquon Barkley is not panicking about the team's 0-2 start -- something he believes is a much bigger concern outside the locker room than inside.

"In this locker room, nobody is overreacting," Barkley said Wednesday. "People outside are overreacting. We understand that 0-2 is not a great start, but this is not college."

On the play of the offensive line -- Barkley and the team's other running backs have gotten blown up early more than any other running backs in the NFL, and Eli Manning has been sacked eight times -- Barkley said it's "common" for people who don't play the sport to place the blame on one thing, noting it's a group effort. 

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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The Giants' entire offseason plan was built around the premise that Eli Manning had "years" left as a productive, and maybe even an elite, starting quarterback. That's why the Giants went into win-now mode, believing they had the quarterback to lead them on a championship run in the next two years.

Two games later, it sure looks like their plan was flawed -- that they were much farther away from contention than they ever imagined. But Manning doesn't deserve the blame for that...

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

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The Giants are a team in crisis at 0-2 after a miserable, 20-13 loss in Dallas on Sunday night. And they're back to their same old offensive problems.

Here's a look at how their specific position groups played on Sunday night...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs against Dallas Cowboys defensive back Jeff Heath in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs against Dallas Cowboys defensive back Jeff Heath in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley was New York's leading rusher and receiver in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Barkley finished with 28 rushing yards on 11 carries and 80 receiving yards on 14 receptions, the most in a game in franchise history, as the Giants fell to 0-2 for the second straight season.

Through their first two games of the season, the Giants have scored just 31 points and totaled 579 yards and two touchdowns. Barkley, alone, has accounted for one of the touchdowns and 236 total yards (or 41 percent of New York's total offense).

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The Giants started the season 0-2 for the second straight season with a 20-13 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

New York was outgained 299-254 as Odell Beckham Jr. was held to four catches for 50 yards and the team was limited to just 35 yards on the ground.

Eli Manning was sacked six times for 59 yards and lost a fumble, while Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 160 yards and a touchdown and ran for 46 yards.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-1) at the Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A warm day with temperatures near 90 should cool off into the upper 70s by kickoff. Whether that matters or not depends on whether Jerry Jones has the roof open or closed.

WHAT IT MEANS

Did somebody say "Must win"? OK, I did. Since 1990, there have been 231 teams that have started the season 0-2 and only 28 of them (12 percent) made the playoffs. Those are not good odds for the loser of this game. And yes, yes, the Giants did it in 2007. We all remember that. But that's the exception, not the rule. The reality is that whoever loses this game will be in a suddenly quick hole after opening the season with dreams of competing for the NFC East title. If either the Redskins or Eagles win (they're both 1-0) that hole is going to feel very deep, too.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Two of the NFL's premier young running backs will face off on Sunday night in Dallas during primetime with the country watching.

The Giants face the Cowboys and the biggest storyline is Saquon Barkley vs. Zeke Elliot. Barkley is looking forward to lining up against the Cowboys star and the pair have been in contact this season. What have they been talking about?

"He texted me saying congratulations on the touchdown run and the start of the season," Barkley said Thursday. He continued to add that they haven't discussed Sunday's matchup much. "No, not really, not really. Obviously it's a grind week. He's over there preparing to win this game, I'm preparing to win the game for my team, but tremendous, wish him the best of luck to a great dude."

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Sam Darnold (14) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sam Darnold (14) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley had himself a solid debut this past Sunday with 106 rushing yards and his first career touchdown run. But, when it comes to New York rookies, it was Jets QB Sam Darnold that got the most attention. 

Darnold led the Jets to a rout of the Lions on Monday night, and it brought about the conversation of the Giants passing on the 21-year-old signal caller to take Barkley in this year's Draft. Some believed the Giants should have gone after a quarterback with the veteran Eli Manning winding down his career. 

However, GM Dave Gettleman proved the Giants are in win-now mode by taking Barkley. And S Landon Collins believes that was the better pick anyway. 

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The touchdown was the first of his NFL career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It's been months since Saquon Barkley heard his name called by the Giants in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has been through training camp and broke out his first highlight-reel play for his first career NFL touchdown on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

But flashbacks will come for the 21-year-old this Sunday night when he travels back to Dallas to face the Cowboys for his first taste of the heated rivalry. The Draft took place in AT&T Stadium, and when Barkley donned his new NFL jersey through its halls, he heard Cowboys fans shout, "We'll see you back here soon!"

"That is when it hit me," Barkley told Newsday's Tom Rock.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Saquon Barkley's debut didn't get off to a flying start. On his first two NFL carries, he couldn't even break the line of scrimmage. He did nothing of note in the first half at all.

Yet somehow there was a feeling that something was different. Somehow, watching Barkley, everyone knew.

"I mean, I knew right away," said Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, who helped tackle Barkley for no gain on the rookie's first run. "The first run and the first couple of times I tackled him, I said, 'This kid has something.'"

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants have a $95 million wide receiver, a running back they took second overall in the NFL draft and a franchise quarterback they believe can still play for "years." They also have a tight end they took in the first round a year ago and another receiver they took in the second round in 2016.

Those are a lot of talented weapons they've invested in heavily.

And once again, it looks like any potential they have is going to be crushed behind a crumbling offensive line.

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants spent the summer dreaming about what a healthy Odell Beckham could do for their offense when paired with Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard and a revived Eli Manning.

But it looks like the fix to their offensive problems isn't going to be as quick as they hoped.

The Giants' offense was surprisingly ugly in its debut under new coach Pat Shurmur on Sunday.

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It's Year 3 for Giants WR Sterling Shepard, and though many look at that as the "breakout season," the 24-year-old has much to play for than just his stat line.

For one, Shepard is expected to play a vital role in reviving the Giants after their abysmal 3-13 season last year. He had to be the team's leading receiver when Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall went down with season-ending injuries in Week 5, and the injury bug even plagued him a bit as he missed five games as well.

Moving on this year is what the Giants aim to do with a new regime in place, but Shepard doesn't want to erase it entirely from his mind. It's the perfect motivation...

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 (Courtesy of Pepsi)
(Courtesy of Pepsi)

Limited in the preseason, Saquon Barkley will finally have his chance to shine and believes "anybody in their right mind that knows sports" can see Big Blue has "the pieces to be great."

"I think this season could be a special season," the Penn State product told SNY while discussing the "honor" of being part of Pepsi's Rookie of The Year campaign TV commercial.

In a wide-ranging interview, Barkley opened up about preparing for his regular season debut, dealing with fame, routinely challenging teammates to "Rock, Paper, Scissors," why he'd want a career like Kobe Bryant and more, ahead of his regular season debut 1 p.m. Sunday against the Jaguars.

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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

A New York rookie is favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year according to one Vegas sportsbook, but not the one you're thinking of.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (+175) is favorite to win the award according to Bet Online, ahead of Giants RB Saquon Barkley (+225). Browns QB Baker Mayfield (+900) and Bills QB Josh Allen (+1200) are in the mix as well.

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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Joe Namath, left, and Phil Simms pose for photos before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Former Giants QB and current CBS analyst, Phil Simms, gave his thoughts on both the Jets and Giants for the upcoming season. And he believes his former team should make the playoffs with the moves they made this offseason.

"I do think they're a definite playoff contender," he told NJ.com's Darryl Slater at NFL on CBS media day. "As an announcer and as an analyst and being an ex-Giant, I would be disappointed if they're not a playoff team. All the moves they made are for now."

Simms likes that mindset from GM Dave Gettleman, which is why he gave two thumbs up to the Saquon Barkley pick at No. 2 in April...

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (90) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (90) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Odell Beckham, Landon Collins, and Saquon Barkley are representing the Giants on ESPN's top 100 players list ahead of the 2018 NFL season.

Beckham was the top-ranked Giants player, at No. 11, which is two spots below his ranking ahead of last season. Fresh off a new five-year contract, Beckham appears ready to go this season after missing the bulk of last season due to an ankle injury.

Collins is ranked No. 60 one year after he was slotted in at No. 29, and Barkley, who was the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, was ranked 87th on the list.

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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley practice all last week with the team instead of working individual drills off to the side. And though he didn't see the field in Week 3 of the preseason against the Jets, he looked to be significantly better after suffering a mild hamstring strain two weeks ago.

On Monday, Barkley continued to practice fully with the team, and even ran the same wheel route that made him day-to-day to begin with. He raced past LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, and didn't need pull up at the end. 

So does this mean that there are no restrictions on the 21-year-old first-rounder?

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Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants made a big bet the day they passed on Sam Darnold and selected Saquon Barkley in the draft. They weren't just betting that Eli Manning had "elite" years left in him. They were betting that Barkley was good enough to push the Giants back over the top.

Boy, they better be right.

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