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September 16, 2013

Giant flop in Manning Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Losing the first two games of the season is nothing new to the New York Giants.

They started 0-2 in the 2007 season and won the Super Bowl.

The Giants are in the same hole after a 41-23 loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (2-0) on Sunday.

This Giants’ team is different is many ways.

While Eli Manning is still the quarterback for Tom Coughlin, there are questions about the offensive line, the running backs and what has become a bad habit of turning the ball over.

If it doesn’t change, there isn’t going to be a repeat of 2007. Instead it will be another year out of the playoffs.

“We’ll see what kind of team we have and what kind of fight we have,” said guard Chris Snee, who was a member of the ‘07 champions. “The only way to do that is come to work on Wednesday.”

The Giants have a lot to correct. They have given up 77 points in two games and turned the ball over 10 times.

The running game has 73 yards total in the losses to Dallas and the Broncos.

Defensive captain Justin Tuck doesn’t want the Giants to take relief knowing they overcame an 0-2 start recently. He wants them to focus on what they did to overcome that start.

“What we did was have leadership step up and we had leadership say we are going to work every play and spend extra time in the film room,” Tuck said.

“If someone is hurt they get in the training room and if somebody is not playing to their ability there will be someone in their face telling them you need to step it up. We have to challenge each other. That is what this is about.”

The Giants didn’t play poorly against the Broncos, they didn’t make as many plays and didn’t capitalize in the rare situations when the Broncos gave them a chance.

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