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Jobu reviews the pretend game the Giants lost this week against the Carolina Panthers.

This weekend the Yankees lost, I was eliminated from the fantasy baseball playoffs on a friggin’ tie breaker, I lost fantasy football and the Giants got shut out 38-0. Needless to say, this Giants Week in Review is going to be brief… about as brief as the amount of time the Giants played NFL caliber football this week. Truth be told, I barely watched this game. First of all, it was Mariano Rivera day at the stadium (we’ll be talking about this, and having our own tribute to the great Mariano, once the season ends), but every time I did manage to slip away from the Bronx and put this game on, the Panthers were scoring or the Giants were punting. Frankly, the Giants must have forgotten they had a game to play, because nobody showed up. Let’s just get this out of the way as quickly as possible.

Little Giants Again

There was a lot of this going on on Sunday. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
There was a lot of this going on on Sunday. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Listen. If you lose 38-0, nobody did anything right. Literally. Not one person. Chris Painter got in the game. This really is all you need to know. Eli Manning was awful in this game, but it probably wasn’t 100% his fault. Sure, he only completed 12 of 23 attempts and had 119 yards and an INT (his 8th of the year), but he spent most of this game on his ass. The Panthers defensive front shoved aside Giants offensive linemen (who truly were offensive in this game) like Al Bundy shoved Marcy Darcy aside as he approached the finish line of the Supermarket Sweeps show they went on that one time (oh those whacky Bundys… look it up!). Eli was sacked a total of seven times, and spent the rest of his time being hurried into making terrible throws. Also, David Wilson managed to run for a season high 39 yards, so hooray for him. Hakeem Nicks got shut out, which was awesome for my fantasy team. Just putrid all around day for the offense.

Seriously… Can We Fire Perry Fewell?

This is about as close as the Giants came to tackling someone. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
This is about as close as the Giants came to tackling someone. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

I know that coaches can only get a team so far, and that players have to execute the things they are taught, but I’m pretty sure defensive coordinator Perry Fewell hasn’t taught anyone a damn thing since he took over for Steve Spagnuolo in 2008 (OK except for that one Super Bowl run two years ago). Any time you let the offense put up 38 points, there’s trouble afoot. This is the third straight week the Giants have allowed at least 36 points. You’re not going to win too many games doing that. It’s time for a change. I’m officially opening up the “Fire Perry Fewell” bandwagon. Hop on folks, it’s gonna be a long ride.

Any time DeAngelo Williams runs for 120 games, something has gone horribly wrong. Last week, it was Knowshon Moreno embarrassing the run defense. At this point, I can’t wait until the Giants face a real running back. We might have a challenger to Adrian Peterson‘s single-game record. Tat is, of course, unless the teams also decide to pass at will, which everyone has also seemingly done all season. Cam Newton didn’t have the most amazing completion percentage in this game (15-27), but he put up 227 yards and 3 TDs. ‘Nuff said.

What’s Next?

Things might get worse in Week 4 when Andy Reid comes to town. (
Things might get worse in Week 4 when Andy Reid comes to town. (

The last time a team started 0-3 and made the playoffs was the 1998 Bills. That was 15 years ago. If the Giants had been tough luck losers these first three weeks, I’d say there’s a chance that will happen, but I’m not so sure anymore. They were absolutely dominated by the 0-2 Panthers. It marks the third straight week their defense was dominated, and the offense is getting progressively worse. The worst part is that they’re not even playing good fundamentals. Two more turnovers in this game brings their total to 13 (-9 ratio) on the year. In three games! Anyway… Next week, the Little G-Men will travel to Kansas City to take on the undefeated Chiefs… Something has to change, or the Giants can pretty much pack it in for the season.

Boxscore – 9/22/13 – Although why bother?

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Uruguayan born and American raised with a unique perspective on the domestic and international sports scenes. It will both tickle your funny bone and enlighten your mind. Love it or hate it...just read it.