By Connor Lambert, Staff Writer
Despite optimism from fans before the season, the New York Giants and the New York Jets are both winless with 0-4 records a month into the NFL season. This offseason the Giants made some significant additions such as cornerbacks Logan Ryan and James Bradberry, offensive tackle Andrew Thomas, safety Xavier McKinney, linebacker Blake Martinez, and new head coach Joe Judge. While the Jets added players like wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims, offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, cornerback Pierre Desir, and running back Frank Gore. Even after adding these players and having hope for this season, the Giants lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-16 on Monday night football to open the season. The Jets didn’t fare much better with a 27-17 loss to the 4-0 Buffalo Bills as top running back Leveon Bell left with a hamstring injury.
Even after a rough first week, the Giants had hope going into week two against the Chicago Bears. After a scoreless first half, the Giants came back to make it 17-13 but couldn’t score from the Bears 10-yard line to end the game. Even worse, the Giants lost star running back Saquon Barkley for the season after he tore his ACL in the loss. Even after the tough loss, the Giants had a chance to get their first win at home vs. the injury-riddled San Francisco 49ers. The Giants didn’t come close, as they were held to three field goals in a 36-9 loss while being outscored 20-3 in the second half and outgained 420-231. Next, the Giants traveled to take on the Los Angeles Rams, coming off a last-minute 3-point loss to the bills. The Giants defense stepped up this game holding the Rams to 17 points and 240 yards with just 116 in the first half, but the offense couldn’t capitalize being kept out of the end zone for the second week in a row resulting in a 19-7 loss and an 0-4 record. After the rough start, fans aren’t as enthusiastic as before the season. Avid Giants fan Eddie McQuade, a senior sports management major, is not happy with the front office. “I look forward to general manager Dave Gettleman getting fired, the Giants aren’t going to be good for at least three years, but I do think Joe Judge is the right man to turn this team around even if the front office is failing him,” he said.
After a tough week one loss, the Jets returned home to MetLife Stadium to play against the San Francisco 49ers. Despite the 49ers having multiple players get injured during the game, the Jets had no answers on offense or defense, as evidenced by an 80-yard touchdown run by Raheem Mostert to open the game, which led to a 31-13 loss. The Jets next traveled to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. Despite throwing an early touchdown, quarterback Sam Darnold had a rough day with three interceptions and two that were returned for touchdowns, resulting in another Jets loss 36-7. The Jets played the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night. The Jets started strong with a 46-yard touchdown run by Sam Darnold, the longest quarterback run in Jets history. After an injury scare to Sam Darnold, Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien threw two late interceptions, one a pick-six to get the Jets back in it. However, after hitting a field goal to go up by one, the Broncos came back to take command of the game at the end and handed the Jets another loss 37-28 to bring them to 0-4 on the season. Fans aren’t exactly happy with the slow start to the season as they had hoped something good might happen this season. James Waldhof, a senior broadcasting major had only one thing to say. “Tank for Trevor,” he said, in regards to hoping the Jets finish last in the league, so they could draft Clemson Tigers star quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick. The Giants have a chance in the coming weeks to secure their first win as they take on teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Football team, and the Philadelphia Eagles. McQuade is disappointed with the slow start, but understood it was likely. “As a Giants fan, I knew this year was gonna be bad thinking we could go 6-10, but now I wouldn’t be surprised if they go 3-13,” he said. In Contrast, the Jets have the complete opposite coming up, as they face teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, and reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.