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New York Giants' Eli Manning not to blame for offense's woes It didn't help that the loss dropped the Giants to 0-2. If you subtract a 68-yard touchdown run in the opener, Barkley has just 66 rushing yards (averaging 2.36 yards per carry) and no other scores. Darnold, meanwhile, has shown plenty of promise for the 1-1 Jets.But the problems plaguing the Giants offense run much deeper than just at the quarterback position.Manning is not the sole or even primary reason the attack ranks just 28th with 289 yards and 14.0 points per game. Darnold also largely would have struggled under similar circumstances.The root of https://www.robgronkowskifanonlie.com/authentic-julian-edelman-jersey-sale-1_74.html Manning and New York's issues lie squarely in a flawed strategic approach and an ongoing adjustment period both for coaches and players.More: USA TODAY Sports' Week 3 NFL picks: Steelers-Buccaneers, NFC South showdown on menuMore: Which of NFL's 0-2 teams still could make playoffs this season?More: Eli Manning not about to roll over despite Giants' 0-2 startWhen the Giants hired Pat Shurmur to replace Ben McAdoo as head coach, expectations heightened for a quick turnaround and an invigoration of an offense that hasn’t recorded a 30-point outing since the final game of the 2015 season.Not only would Shurmur inherit a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback, but he more notably would have a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. at his disposal. With the team later opting for Barkley, the group would also have a game-breaking figure who could be a centerpiece of the attack.But the offense can't even find its footing so far. Manning's quarterback rating of 84.5 ranks 21st in the league. He has taken eight sacks and has just one touchdown pass. Meanwhile, Beckham doesn't have a score through two games, and Barkley has yet to produce consistently.Yes, an 0-2 start doesn’t bode well for postseason hopes, with the https://www.robgronkowskifanonlie.com pressure heightened for this week's game against the Texans. Since 1980, only five 0-3 squads have reached the playoffs.But the Giants do have both the pieces to work with and a chance to turn their season around – if they modify their approach."We're still finding ourselves as a team,” Beckham told reporters on Thursday.And as Manning noted the day before, “When you have new coaches and new schemes, 30 new players, it takes some time for everything to come together and start clicking.”The quarterback also said that his squad has remained competitive but that must get off to better starts. To do so, Shurmur and Co. need to employ a more effective game plan.The Giants struggled mightily on Sunday because of an inability to adjust to what the Cowboys threw at them. Dallas’ defense worked to force Manning to get the ball out quickly.As a result, the linebackers backed off and gave Manning the underneath targets The bulk of the time, that wound up being Barkley, who notched a franchise-record 14 catches in one game. Meanwhile, the Cowboys harassed Manning often, racking up six sacks and hitting him eight more times. Beckham managed only four catches on nine targets for 51 yards.Manning’s line did him no favors. Three new starters and one position change have left the unit in disarray. And the loss of center Jon Halapio, who suffered a season-ending broken ankle, only exacerbated protection issues.Following the game, critics blamed Manning’s decreased mobility for much of the Giants’ struggles. But the team had numerous missed assignments, according to Shurmur.“This is a new group, new philosophy, new plays, and we just have to keep grinding threw it,” Shurmur said.That grind has to begin with Barkley – more as a ball carrier and less as a receiver. He has averaged 14 rushing attempts per outing and on Sunday mustered just 28 yards on 11 attempts. Barkley is built to be a workhorse back, and that means 20 to 25 carries a game. If New York can avoid falling to an early deficit, that workload will help both the rookie and his linemen develop a better rhythm while also ensuring the offense doesn’t become one-dimensional. A healthy running game also will help Manning because it will open up the play-action passing attack and better utilize Beckham.From there, the Giants can begin to live up to their potential.From elsewhere in the league ...Believe:… In the Bengals. Seven teams are undefeated entering Week 3, but not all are legitimate. Cincinnati appears to be the real thing, however. Andy Dalton has six touchdown passes (tied for third most in the league), and they have a dynamic receiver (A.J. Green), talented tight end (Tyler Eifert) and running back (Joe Mixon, who's sidelined with a knee ailment), not to mention an aggressive defense. Those ingredients should help them contend with almost any team.… In the Jaguars. The win over the Patriots proved that last year’s success and advancement to the AFC Championship Game was not a fluke. The victory also proved that the Jaguars (includingRob Gronkowski Authentic JerseyQB Blake Bortles and his 376 yards and four touchdowns) are continuing to mature. Offensively, the team showedhttps://www.robgronkowskifanonlie.com/authentic-lawrence-guy-jersey-sale-1_83.html it has the depth to weather the absence of top rusher Leonard Fournette, and converted 10 of 14 on third downs. Meanwhile, the defense allowed Brady and the Pats to convert just four of 12 third downs.Pump the brakes:… On Josh Gordon and the Patriots. Yes, he’s extremely talented, and the Patriots certainly could use his services. But this isn’t exactly Randy Moss-to-New England, Part II. Gordon has played in only 11 games since 2014 (missing both the 2015 and 2016 seasons) while serving suspensions and dealing with substance abuse. He knew he was on thin ice in Cleveland and still didn’t exhibit the commitment needed to remain with the franchise. The Patriots’ locker room places a strong emphasis on accountability. But Gordon has to make the effort to meet Bill Belichick's standards.Worry:… about the Steelers. A tie with the Browns followed a torching by Patrick Mahomes and loss at home to the Chiefs wasn't the way Pittsburgh expected to start the season. And as if the Le'Veon Bell holdout drama wasn’t enough of a dark cloud, then comes Antonio Brown’s “trade me” tweet in response to a former Pittsburgh public relations staff member followed by his Monday absence from the team. 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