The Week 3 opponent for the Houston Texans is the New York Giants, as they have had their struggles and visit the Texans at 0-2. Here is what is being said about the G-Men.
Barring a tie, either the Houston Texans or New York Giants will gain their first win of the 2018 season on Sunday, while the other team will fall to 0-3 to start the year. Which team that will be is a coin flip right now because both have been disappointments after the first two weeks of the season.
That said, the Giants look a little further behind the Texans entering the game, as some believe they made a big mistake this past draft by not selecting a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft. In the draft, the Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley with that second overall pick, while the Giants passed on current New York Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold, among others.
This game could play out two ways where either the Texans get off to another slow first-half start and have to overcome that like they’ve already done this season, or the Giants could also continue to disappoint as it seems Eli Manning isn’t the quarterback he once was.
Here are some headlines about the Giants before their Week 3 game:
• Pat Leonard of NYDailyNews.com wrote about how the Giants only have themselves to blame for staying with Manning this season. Leonard stated in his article:
"“Manning, however, is the wrong hill to die on. And yet the Giants reacted so fiercely to last season’s backlash against Manning’s benching that it impacted a crucial offseason and led to critical mistakes determining the franchise’s future.”"
The Texans defensive line and front seven could have a field day against this Giants offense. The offensive line for the Giants isn’t very good, and if the Texans will ever decide to play up to their full potential and really get to the quarterback, Manning can’t run and the Texans could become great friends with the signal caller of the Giants. Last Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys sacked
Manning six times.
• HoustonTexans.com wants everyone to “know your foe” as they gave some facts about the Giants, giving a fact about Manning and how he’s never lost to the Texans in his career. The article states:
"“Eli Manning has never lost to Houston as a starting quarterback, registering wins in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2014, the 2-0 Texans faced an 0-2 Giants squad with Manning throwing four interceptions with just three touchdowns in the two losses.”"
A lot has changed for the Giants since 2014, even if the Giants were 0-2 on that day as well. They have a new head coach in Pat Schurmer, and this team seems to be getting a lot of backlash for their decision-making this offseason and for how they’ve started this season. For a quarterback who is a two-time Super Bowl champion, there has always been some hostility toward Manning, and each time it seems he’s able to overcome all the adversity that comes with being a quarterback in New York.
• Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports wrote about how the Giants and Texans are off to winless starts and gave some numbers that historically aren’t good for either team:
"“For some perspective on where both the Giants and Texans currently find themselves, consider this: Historically, teams that start 0-2 have an 11 percent chance of making the playoffs. Teams that start 0-3? They’re chances drop to 2.9 percent.”"
Is this a must-win game for the Texans or Giants? Sadly, with it being just Week 3, neither one of these teams can afford to start the season with three straight losses, and even more so, things will get extremely heated for either one of these teams that fall to 0-3. This is a winnable game for the Texans. Overall, they seem to be better in most facets of the game when compared to the Giants, but neither one of these teams have been able to put together a full four quarters this season. Whomever does that on Sunday will be the winner of this game, avoiding the 0-3 start.
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This is interesting and will be exciting to see if the Texans can use their rushing game to take advantage of the Giants defense. Both of these teams need to get in some sort of groove in Week 3, but honestly, it is tough to tell which one that will be.
The Texans lost a winnable game in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans, and the Giants just aren’t very good. It is time for the Texans to use their rushing game and start taking control of games.