Very simply, the Giants might be dealing with a sixth straight season with no playoff look.
Earlier than the group raised expectations for this season by profitable eleven video games and making the postseason final yr, the Giants have been three-three, and the lone group within the NFC East with no profitable document.
Then, a second-yr security modified the season, influencing outcomes each week.
First, Landon Collins, who had recorded one interception throughout an uneven rookie season, recorded two picks in a seven-level win over the Rams, returning one for the Giants’ solely defensive landing all season.
The subsequent recreation, he picked off Carson Wentz two minutes into the sport, sparking a 14-zero Giants lead within the first quarter of their eventual win over the Eagles.
The subsequent week, Collins intercepted Andy Dalton within the fourth quarter of a one-level win over the Bengals, with the security repeating the feat towards Jay Cutler on a possible recreation-profitable drive within the remaining minutes the next Sunday.
Like that, the Giants have been contenders. Like that, Collins was on his solution to being named a primary-staff All-Professional choice.
Getting into this season, the 23-yr-previous was one of many largest causes a Tremendous Bowl appeared attainable.
“Expectations have been definitely greater,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo stated of the security Thursday.
Collins has been “strong” this season, Spagnuolo stated, and leads the group in tackles as he did final season, however the third-yr security has struggled to make the identical impression. Final season, Collins recorded 5 interceptions, 4 sacks and 5 stuffs. This yr, Collins continues to be on the lookout for his first tally in every class.
In Sunday’s 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers, Collins missed two tackles, and allowed a fifty eight-yard landing to backup tight finish O.J. Howard, earlier than getting beat by Cameron Brate for a 26-yard catch on Tampa Bay’s recreation-profitable drive.
“I feel he and I each need him to be higher,” Spagnuolo stated. “I feel he will probably be higher. He works at it day by day. He doesn’t flinch when it comes to ardour and starvation and the way he works at it. The one factor I do speak to him about is, ‘Don’t press. Let the sport come to you.’ And, there may need been just a little little bit of that early.”
Collins stated he doesn’t consider the heightened expectations have affected his play, however the security acknowledged he has been overeager to spark the staff, as he did so typically final season.
“The primary two video games, I used to be urgent it, now I’m getting again to the purpose of…