It has been clearly evident in the first two weeks of this young NFL season that the defending Super Bowl Champs, the New York Giants, have some troubles in the secondary. After being torched by Tony Romo for three touchdowns in their Week One loss to the Cowboys, it took a monumental collapse by Tampa Bay and 510 passing yards from Eli Manning to win a game they should have lost by all rights in Week Two. The Giants now look to Prince Amukamara to lead the secondary.
Amukamara, the second year man from Nebraska, was highly touted coming into the league, but has fought the injury bug thus far in his young career, most recently an ankle injury suffered in preseason. It has gotten so bad for the Giants that they were even playing their 5th corner, Justin Tryon. Not a knock on the guy, but the results speak for themselves. The G-Men need Amukamara to pan out now more than ever.
Amid injuries to offensive line staple David Diehl, starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw, and receiver Domenik Hixon, Prince provides a glimmer of hope to a 22nd ranked pass defense. We know the Giants are capable of a run and can play great football, which they did last season winning the Super Bowl after a 9-7 regular season. However, it’s safe to say they could be 0-2 right now and it’s not a given that Eli Manning can work his magic every single time it is required to bail the team out.
Throw in the fact that the NFC East looks to be one of, if not the, toughest division in the league with the emergence of Robert Griffin III down in Washington. The ‘Skins will be a tough team all season along with the 2-0 Eagles and previously mentioned Cowboys.
It’s unfair to put all the pressure on one guy to fix the secondary, but the return of Amukamara will definitely help and hopefully provide some consistency. The Giants, who are predicated upon a ferocious defensive line, simply cannot continue to be involved in shootouts every week. The front line will do their job. Can Prince Amukamara’s presence motivate the secondary to do theirs before the Giants find themselves in a tough spot later in the season?
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