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The offense is searching for answers after a dismal showing in the season opener.

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EAST RUTHERFORD — In typical fashion, quarterback Eli Manning tried to settle concerns about the Giants’ dismal offensive showing in Sunday’s 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in the season opener.

“We’ll be fine,” Manning said. “We just have to slow down, everybody take a breath and just run the plays the way we’ve been running them all spring and all summer.”

While it’s only one game, the reason many fans are hitting the panic button is because the opener was a continuation of last season’s offensive woes. The Giants have now been held under 20 points in their last seven games.

“I think you take it season-by-season,” Manning said. “I don’t think you convert back to last year. It’s a new year, new team and we have to score more points than we did last week.”

Defense not pointing fingers yet

There are some new faces on offense, but the same problems surfaced in the opener. The running game was completely ineffective (12 carries for 35 yards), the pass protection was leaky (three sacks), Manning was jittery in the pocket even when there wasn’t pressure and the game plan had no answer for the Cowboys’ scheme.

The offensive line did nothing to alleviate concerns that it could be the team’s Achilles’ heel. But the group continues present a confident outlook despite the absence of signs of improvement.

“I know the kind of character of our guys,” left guard Justin Pugh said, echoing comments made all last season. “We’re going to go out there, we’re going to keep working, we’re going to get better and we’re going to let our play dictate.”

One reason for hope that things will turn around in Monday night’s home …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports

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