The winless New York Giants kept their streak intact on Sunday as they were destroyed by the Carolina Panthers 38-0 at Bank of America Stadium.
The Giants, who feel to 0-3 for the first time since 1996, have now lost their first three games of the 2013 season by a combined score of 115-54, as quarterback Eli Manning was sacked seven times, six of those coming in the first half of the game, a total of ten additional times by a Panthers defense that took advantage of New York’s turnstile offensive line.
The halftime stats pretty much gave a clear and accurate forecast of how the day was going to end. The Panthers jumped out to a 17-0 lead against the Giants, who managed just 18 net yards of total offense through the first 30 minutes of the game compared to the Panthers’ 163. Seventeen of the Giants’ first half yards were on the ground., and14 of those rushing yards were accumulated by Manning.
It also didn’t help that the Giants failed to gain any positive yards on 50 percent of their plays from scrimmage.
Meanwhile Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had no trouble moving his offense at will against the Giants defense, converting two first-half red zone attempts into points.
The Giants had a handful of chances to turn the tide of three game and at least make it more competitive, but they consistently fell short.
In the first quarter, the Panthers muffed a punt, which was recovered by Larry Donnell of the Giants at the Giants’ 38. However, the Giants went three-and-out on a drive that gained two yards of offense and saw left tackle Will Beatty, who had a horrible game, penalized for offensive holding.
The Giants also missed a chance to put points on the board in the second quarter. Cornerback Aaron Ross, starting in place of Corey Webster, picked off Newton’s pass intended for receiver Brandon LaFell, returning it to the Panthers’ 17. However, Beatty was nailed again for a holding penalty that negated a 17-yard touchdown by running back David Wilson and the drive ended with kicker Josh Brown missing his first field goal attempt of the season, a 38-yard attempt that went wide left.
The Giants also had another drive stall in the third quarter when Manning’s pass intended for receiver Victor Cruz was picked off by cornerback Melvin White, one of the backups filling in along the Panthers’ decimated defensive secondary, at the Giants’ 29.
“If we’re fighting, we’re not fighting enough,” said safety Antrel Rolle. “Right now we don’t look like a team. Something’s going to have to happen. This is intolerable.”
If the loss wasn’t bad enough, the Giants also suffered a couple of concerning injuries, the most serious of which appears to have been sustained by fullback Henry Hynoski, who after working so hard to come back from knee surgery, suffered a fractured left shoulder.
Hynoski, who had one reception early in the game, was to undergo additional tests when the team returned to New Jersey to determine if he suffered any other damage to the joint beyond the fracture.
Also suffering a shoulder injury was rookie safety Cooper Taylor, who was spotted after the game with his arm in a sling and who was to also undergo more tests when the team returned home.
The Giants have now won three of their last 11 games, dating back to last season after they jumped out to a 6-2 start to 2012. During that stretch, the Giants have been outscored by an average of 17.12 points per game in their losses.