Punch in the gut.
That's what last week's pummeling by the Indianapolis Colts felt like for Giants fans.
After a Week 1 win against the Panthers and a sense of optimism in the air, the Colts knocked the air right out of the Giants.
So now, at 1-1, the G-Men face a crossroads.
With Chris Johnson and the Titans coming to the new Giants stadium, what will the Big Blue need to do to stay above .500?
Last week, Pittsburgh held Chris Johnson to only 34 rushing yards.
But, also last week, the Giants defense gave up over 160 rushing yards against the Colts.
There was no penetration from the Giants defensive line and it seemed like Joseph Addai was well into the secondary on every play.
The Giants can't let Johnson run left and right on them because then, not only will Johnson be able to do damage, but their passing game will as well.
This is not a knock against Collins, but more of a knock on Vince Young.
Before being pulled from last week's game against Pittsburgh, Young had thrown for 66 yards and two interceptions.
If you recall the Giants game during Week 1, their secondary fared pretty well against Carolina quarterback Matt Moore.
Now that Moore is out of a starting job, the Giants should have the mindset of sending this Texas star to the bench.
One of the biggest acquisitions the Giants made this offseason hasn't done much.
Pro Bowl linebacker Keith Bullock has only four tackles thus far this season.
Now, with the upcoming game against his old team, Bulluck needs to rally a defense that looked awful against the Colts.
Bulluck will be vital to stopping Johnson and pressuring Young.
The old fashioned way.
Establish the run, then throw the ball.
The Giants really didn't have an opportunity to balance their attack against the Colts last week because they were down big early.
Even though Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 89 yards, the Colts dominated time of possession and completely dictated the game.
So, the Giants must look for carries for at least two to three yards, then let Eli Manning exploit the Titans secondary.
The last thing I want to do is contribute to the overplay that this incident has been subject to.
Actually, it's quite the opposite.
Yeah, Brandon Jacobs was frustrated and, whether accidentally or not, threw his helmet into the crowd.
The Giants can't let Jacobs' frustration or any other distraction deter their play on Sunday.
In the same respect, they also have to keep their heads cool, as they might be anxious to prove that their not 24 points worse than the Colts and have a shot at the playoffs.