Who Is Most to Blame for New York Giants' Loss to Steelers?

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Who Is Most to Blame for New York Giants' Loss to Steelers?
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The New York Giants weren't going to keep winning forever. After pulling through in four straight games, the G-Men fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers by a final score of 24-20.

This isn't how it was supposed to be for the team representing an area ravaged by such a devastating storm. However, life doesn't always write perfect endings.

Not a whole lot worked out on Sunday for New York. Let's take a look at what could have been better.

 

Eli Manning Looked Mortal

When the game was on the line, he wasn't able to deliver as he had in the past. The numbers truly tell the story for the younger Manning. 

While it's impossible to play at an extremely high level every week, this game was a clunker by any standards. Manning completed just 10 of his 24 passes and lacked his usual incredible average. In fact, he only averaged 5.2 yards per attempt.

Additionally, he didn't produce a single score and threw an interception. All told, his performance resulted in a 41.1 quarterback rating.

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But it's Hard to Make Throws When You're Constantly Being Harassed

Every time we looked up, LaMarr Woodley and his buddies were in Manning's face. He spent the vast majority of his dropbacks feeling the pressure and running for his life. 

Manning is quite decent at making throws despite pressure, but this was a constant barrage. He's lucky that he survived, and the offensive line will have some explaining to do this week. 

 

Nobody Else on Offense Helped Much Either

Ahmad Bradshaw did play, but his impact was minimized by the Steelers defense. The normally productive running back amassed a puny 48 yards on 15 carries and was generally a non-factor.

As for the wide receivers, they didn't have the best day either. The Pittsburgh secondary did a great job of limiting their yards after the catch and didn't give up big plays.

The offense ran into a defense that is regaining its pride, and the unit struggled to get anything going. There isn't one person who should shoulder this blame entirely. There is plenty to go around.

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