After their third blowout loss of the season, all on national television the Giants were panned by the football world. Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Oct 2, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll inn the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Giants not only made the playoffs but won a playoff game in 2022 under first-year coach Brian Daboll, the general feeling was that they were at least a year ahead of schedule. The 2023 season has been a different story.

The unquestioned highlight of the season thus far was overcoming a 20-0 halftime deficit in Week 2 to defeat the Arizona Cardinals. Otherwise, it’s been a disaster.

That come-from-behind victory in Arizona was sandwiched between a 40-0 shellacking from the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 and a 30-12 beatdown from the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3.  That, combined with the 24-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night means New York’s three losses have come by an average of more than 26 points. All three were nationally televised on prime time.

Monday’s game was so bad that with more than 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, scores of fans at MetLife Stadium were not only leaving their seats but already in their cars and on the roads out of the stadium.

The easy play is to blame quarterback Daniel Jones. And he deserves a lot of it. He turned the ball over three times, including a pick-six right when it looked like the Giants might be making the game close. But the rest of the team didn’t help. He was sacked 11 times. New York’s tackling on defense was a mess.

And while the fans at MetLife Stadium were fleeing for the exits, the rest of the NFL world was making the obvious, yet brutal observation.

Something is seriously wrong with the Giants.

A potentially more troubling issue is that New York may be repeating an unsavory history. Ben McAdoo was brought in to replace Tom Coughlin after the 2015 season. In McAdoo’s first year, the Giants made the playoffs and were heading in the right direction. The second year was so bad that he didn’t even finish.

Two years of Pat Shurmur didn’t fix the issue, nor did two years of Joe Judge. Daboll seemed to bring stability in his first year but the 2023 Giants are a far cry from the 2022 version.

And while the schedule over the first four games has been tough, and it has been. Unfortunately for New York, the next two teams on the schedule are the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. While the schedule does soften some after that, being 1-5 will be tough to overcome if the team has aspirations of making the playoffs or even competing for a spot.

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