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Eli Manning

The Lions — along with everyone else at MetLife Stadium on Monday night for the Giants home opener — will be looking for the look early in the game.

The look in Eli Manning’s eyes and in his body language will tell everyone — first and foremost the Detroit defense — a lot about how the game is going to go.

A week ago against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, it didn’t go so well, and the look in Manning’s eyes and in his body language told the story from the first offensive series on. The Cowboys defense saw the look, and their players relentlessly fed off it, never letting up.

They saw Manning frustrated. They saw Manning throw the ball into the turf to avoid getting hit. They saw Manning look like he was hesitant to throw the ball down the field. They saw Manning uncharacteristically inaccurate.

And it all played into the Cowboys’ hands until the distasteful 19-3 result was complete.

This is everything the Giants must avoid Monday night against the 1-0 Lions.

When Manning doesn’t trust his protection in the pocket, it shows up like one of those neon marquees in Times Square. That is when the aforementioned issues show up — all of which almost always lead to the Giants losing.

It is complicated criticizing Manning for being too cautious — which it appeared he was for a lot of the loss to the Cowboys, never trying to stretch their defense with a big play — because he has started 200 consecutive regular-season games for the Giants and another 12 in the postseason.

The Giants have no chance to succeed in the long term without Manning playing, so him being available every week is something that does not come with a price tag.

So Manning straddles a fine line between staying healthy and maintaining his impressive iron-man streak, which has him third all time among NFL quarterbacks behind just Brett Favre and his brother Peyton, and standing in a chaotic pocket a little longer trying to force a play when the team desperately needs one.

“Eli, like everyone else on the offensive side of the ball, had a bad night,’’ offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “[He] had a night that is not up to our standard. [But] to rush to conclusions and where he’s at or where anybody is after one game, would be premature.’’
Blaming the Giants’ offensive line is warranted, because it struggled. But Manning sometimes needs to rise above that and find a way to make a play, and he knows it. He said as much in the aftermath of the Dallas loss.

The players on the Giants line, which has been enduring criticism as the weak link on the team since last season, also acknowledge they need to be better.

“We flushed it,’’ left guard Justin Pugh told The Post on Saturday of the Dallas loss. “We want to rewrite the story, the narrative that’s out there. We’re looking forward to doing that for sure.’’

Asked if he believes the firestorm of criticism of the Giants line is overblown a bit, Pugh said, “Yeah, people look at it as if we’re not running the ball well or the offense is struggling, it’s all the O-line’s fault.

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Football is the ultimate team sport, so saying a running back doesn’t need blocking to succeed appears to be an illogical statement.

But nice try for New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa. Darkwa’s comments on Friday, intentionally or unintentionally, threw more gasoline of the fire that is currently the team’s offense.

Let’s try to recap. This week, some media questioned head coach Ben McAdoo’s play-calling. Conversely, McAdoo gave his offensive line a pass, but criticized his quarterback. Previously the head coach was critical of the starting running back. And by use of linear reasoning, the back-up running back threw the starting running back under the bus on Friday.

The star wide receiver could care less about your fantasy football team. So if he could care less, why doesn’t he? So maybe he couldn’t care less?

But we digress.

Running game stuck in mud

After handing Paul Perkins the starting running back position in May, McAdoo seems to have a severe case of buyer’s remorse. Before the head coach got buyer’s remorse, he should have played Perkins more in the preseason.

Let’s face it, veteran Rashad Jennings was the scapegoat for last season’s ill-fated rushing attack. Since the New York Giants released Jennings, has the running game improved?

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Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to be a game-time decision on Monday night. AP Photo/Ron Schwane

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants believe there is a “good chance” wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play Monday night against the Detroit Lions, but the decision is still “up in the air,” a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The team will know more about Beckham’s status after Sunday, the source said.

Beckham, who missed the Giants’ opener last Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, was officially listed as questionable for the second straight week because of an ankle injury. He was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday, his first two practices since getting hurt on a hit by Cleveland Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun four weeks ago.

“The biggest thing is, you don’t want to put a player out there that is going to do any harm to himself or injure himself any more than he is,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Saturday. “It is an injury. It’s a tough injury. He’s fighting through it and doing everything he can to get back, but we’re going to be smart with him.”

The Giants didn’t practice Saturday. Instead they spent the afternoon at the team facility taking care of their bodies before a workout Sunday at about 85 percent.

Beckham is expected to be a game-time decision Monday night.

Right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) is also questionable, and linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) was ruled out for the second straight week.

Hart, Robinson and Beckham were all limited during Friday’s practice. Beckham ran some routes against air but was more involved than the previous day. He also did some running and skipping during warm-ups and made an impressive one-handed, left-handed grab in the back of the end zone during an offensive drill.

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The Giants face the Lions in Big Blue’s 2017 home opener Monday night at MetLife Stadium: 

1. READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL

MetLife Stadium is ready for some football. The New York Giants (0-1) host the Detroit Lions (1-0) on Monday night in their 2017 home opener. The Giants finished 7-1 at home last season, their best record in the history of MetLife Stadium and their best home record since they were 7-1 in Giants Stadium in 2008. The Giants are 50-39-3 in home openers.

2. SO THEY MEET AGAIN

Just like last year, the Giants play Detroit a week after taking on Dallas. Unlike last year, however, Big Blue enters the back-to-back with a loss to the reigning NFC East champions. The Giants have won four of their last five games vs. Detroit, including their 17-6 victory last season in Week 15. That win tied the all-time series in the regular season at 21-21-1.

3. GIANTS INJURY REPORT

Questionable: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), OL D.J. Fluker (shin), LB B.J. Goodson (shin)
Out: LB Keenan Robinson (concussion)

4. LIONS INJURY REPORT

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CANTON – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is now in the middle of a huge memorabilia scandal. The Canton landmark has been subpoenaed to prove the authenticity of several pieces of New York Giants memorabilia.

They had up until July 28th to produce documents of authenticity for 2 helmets and 1 jersey along with several other mementos.

Now this subpoena has been filed.

Autographed sports memorabilia has always been a hot commodity and not always easy to come by for the average person. But for long time sports memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg, it’s easy and risky.

Memorabilia dealers who hawk game-used jerseys and other items typically depend on the word of professional teams and players that the gear is legit.

But a helmet on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame,— supposedly worn by Eli Manning in the Giants’ 2008 Super Bowl victory over New England  — is — according to Inselberg’s lawsuit—just one of dozens of fake items Manning and his Giants cohorts have created to fool fans and make money from collectors over the years.

Now the Hall of Fame has been handed a subpoena demanding they prove the authenticity of the New York Giants memorabilia. This includes Ron Dixon and Eli Manning’s Super Bowl helmets, and Osi Umenyiora’s jersey.

Many of those artifacts are still being displayed at the museum as player-worn memorabilia, something that Inselberg alleges is false.

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The New York Giants need a lot more out of Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon going forward.

Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul looked dominant for the New York Giants during the preseason, but they were nowhere to be found against the Cowboys in Week 1.

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle La’el Collins completely shut them down. I know it’s been a while, but that’s what a dominant offensive line looks like — especially at the tackle positions.

Both Vernon and Pierre-Paul entered the 2017 season with high expectations. Vernon is fully healthy after playing through the first half of the 2016 season with a self-described “shattered” hand. He racked up 7 1/2 sacks over his final nine games in 2016 and tallied a sack in the season opener against the Cowboys. Pierre-Paul is back to the lightest playing weight of his career and showed 2011-esque burst this entire preseason.

Aside from the one sack by Vernon, the defensive end duo struggled to get any pressure on Dak Prescott. Pro Football Focus handed Vernon one of the worst grades of Week 1 and his worst since joining the Giants. Pierre-Paul wasn’t too far behind.

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In Week 2, these two players have to emerge as difference makers. The Giants’ talented secondary can only do so much without a constant pass rush in front of it. The Giants are a heavy-blitzing team, and they rely less on getting pressure from their front four, but that doesn’t mean they can get away without it. All successful NFL defenses have one thing in common — they can generate pressure while rushing just four defenders and dropping seven into coverage.

All successful NFL defenses have one thing in common — they can generate pressure while rushing just four defenders and dropping seven into coverage. The Giants found success with this in 2016 and it has yet to carry over into 2017.

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Headlines are not kind to Giants’ decision-makers

After the carnage of the New York Giants’ 3-point stinker on Sunday night, it’s blood-in-the-water time for New York football writers. It’s open season on the decisions by coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese that led to the season-opening debacle.

McAdoo must improve calling plays for Giants offense to succeed – NY Daily News

Still, so much of McAdoo’s game plan deserves to be questioned — like why didn’t Orleans Darkwa (three carries, eight snaps, 14 yards) carry the ball more after a 12-yard rip on his first touch? Or why wasn’t McAdoo calling more plays for Marshall to be the No. 1 option if Manning didn’t have the time to get to his second and third reads, especially with Beckham out?

“We certainly want Brandon to get a touch earlier than he got a touch,” McAdoo admitted of Marshall, who came close to his first no-catch game since his 2006 rookie year with Denver. “There were just breakdowns across the board. It wasn’t one group or one position or one player or whatever the case may be. There was enough spread around.”

What is most discouraging, though, is the regression of McAdoo’s offense overall: 380 points in his first season as coordinator in 2014, 420 in 2015, and then a staggering 310 last season. Now comes this three-point dud, the Giants’ seventh straight game with fewer than 20 points going back to last year.

Giants’ latest offensive dud a link in a broken chain | Newsday

The Giants had eight months to fix their offense in the time between their final game of the 2016 season and Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys. They did not. All the offseason moves, meetings and practices, and the game-planning that went into the season opener, produced three measly points. …

That the performance came on opening night did little to diminish its significance. It’s not so much the one in the 0-1 record that stands out. Every NFL team since 1973 has had at least one loss. Nobody’s perfect. Not in today’s league.

It’s more the zero. The nothing to show. The immediate and overwhelming lack of anything gained from all of that time and effort pointing toward a date and opponent that was circled on the calendar back in April.

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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Benson Mayowa #93 of the Dallas Cowboys knocks Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants to the turf in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Big Blue’s offense was a dud on “Sunday Night Football”. The analysts have all concluded that, as if viewers could not see that with their own eyes.

New York Giants fans have plenty of reasons why the offense didn’t work on Sunday. Among them are: inferior personnel, poor drafting, lousy play-calling, a bad quarterback, terrible running backs, bad scheme and sub-standard coaching.

In reality, it’s likely to be a little bit of everything on this list. Ironically, after months of seeing the writing on the wall, Giants Nation finally woke up. The loss to the Dallas Cowboys knocked those rose-colored glasses right off everyone’s head.

Why did this turn of events surprise anyone?

Because with the exception of ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, almost every New York Giants beat-writer kept repeating the company line.  Spoiler alert: a few folks under the GMenHQ masthead did the same thing. And now faced with the grim reality, many of these same folks have jumped off the bandwagon.

Less than one month ago, Raanan wrote this:

“The Ereck Flowers concerns are real. The New York Giants can cross their fingers, pray and hope for the best, but it’s not going to mitigate the risk they’re taking by throwing Flowers out as their left tackle for a third straight season. The first two did not go so well.”

Having been in locker rooms, it’s no fun interviewing guys after losses. It’s no fun interviewing losing teams. As a journalist, you give the benefit of doubt to these guys. Rarely, if ever, is losing summed up through lack of effort.

But when Jerry Reese continued his GM-speak this spring and summer, most of the beat-writers ran to their keyboard to regurgitate what the general manager just uttered. After all, Reese calls the shots as far as personnel procurement, and everyone was slapping his back last season.

You can’t argue with 11-5, can you?

True enough, but the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs didn’t sit right. It seemed like a lot of baggage was opened up on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. But they made the playoffs, and the future was bright.

Playoffs were good, but we need another game-breaker. Evan Engram, come on down. Let’s improve in the red zone, how about Brandon Marshall? Well, we have to replace Johnathan Hankins. Easy enough, here’s Dalvin Tomlinson.

Wait, what about the offensive line? No worries, those guys are gonna bust out this season. Just a little refinement by the coaching staff, and we’re good.

Today, James Kratch of NJ Advance Media explained in detail the conundrum that is the offensive line. I don’t disagree with the points he makes, but context is needed.

For example, if you’re stuck in a burning building, you have choices. You could choose to try to extinguish the fire yourself, or you can find the nearest exit and call the fire department.

Now with this Giants team, it’s difficult to know what are growing pains, and what are fatal flaws. And that was mistake No. 1 by the Giants brass. Too much trust in folks without a track record.

Fortunately for us, time will ultimately answer these questions, even if the front office and coaching staff refuse to acknowledge reality.

The Giants’ offensive line — and left tackle Erick Flowers (far right) in particular — struggled to protect Eli Manning in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire

The New York Giants‘ offensive line wasn’t the team’s only problem Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. It was just the most noticeable.

Right tackle Bobby Hart and right guard John Jerry had their struggles, while left tackle Ereck Flowers wilted as the game progressed. Only center Weston Richburg and left guard Justin Pugh had plus performances.

One week into the season, the calls for changes on the line are already relatively loud. It’s likely because this is a problem that dates back a few years, even if the current season is only days old. The Giants started the same offensive line in their 19-3 Week 1 loss to the Cowboys that they started most of last season. It did not go well.

It’s unlikely the Giants, who play the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football in Week 2, will scrap their plan after one game.

“We feel that we’re confident in the guys that we have, and we’re confident in our depth, and if we feel that we need to make a change there, we’ll make a change,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo said.

But if McAdoo does decide to make a move, let’s take a look at what it could be:

(Note: These options do not include trades, which are unlikely, or any signings, which would have minimal immediate impact.)

Brett Jones or D.J. Fluker in for Jerry at RG: Jerry signed a new three-year deal this offseason to be the team’s right guard. It would be surprising to see the Giants pull the plug after one week, even if he had a rough summer. They are likely to stick with Jerry longer. But …

Jones is likely next if they decide to make a change. He’s on the smaller side (6-foot-2, 312 pounds) and could struggle against bigger, stronger defensive tackles (like Detroit’s Haloti Ngata). But at least Jones would be sound with his assignments and the right side might do better picking up stunts and twists, a problem that has irked McAdoo and his staff in recent weeks.

Fluker appears to be behind Jones on the depth chart (based on this summer and preseason), but his size (6-5, 345) and ability to play with power would help the Giants run game if he were inserted into the lineup. He also bring energy.

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EAST RUTHERFORD — And then there were three.

The Giants came to an injury settlement with defensive back Mykkele Thompson on Tuesday’s day off for a break in their preparations for Sunday’s season opener against the Cowboys and waived him off their injured reserve list, about a month after he was initially waived/injured with a calf injury.

With Thompson’s departure, three of the Giants’ six-man 2015 NFL Draft class are no longer with the organization.

The Giants waived that year’s third-round pick, Owa Odighizuwa, on Aug. 29 after the defensive end’s tumultuous offseason was capped with a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance enhancing substance policy. Sixth-round pick and wide receiver Geremy Davis is long gone; he was waived at the end of the 2016 preseason and later signed by the Chargers after a stint on the Giants’ practice squad. He is currently on the practice squad in Los Angeles, as is running back Andre Williams, the Giants’ fourth-round pick in 2014.

The three 2015 Giants draftees remaining: Left tackle Ereck Flowers and safety Landon Collins, the first- and second-round selections, respectively, and seventh-round pick Bobby Hart, the team’s right tackle.

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