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Offensive line is turning into Giants’ saving grace

Did that not look better?

The Giants did not come close to winning in Week 1, but there is no doubt they have put together a far upgraded product on their offensive line.

Eli Manning was sacked one time in 44 drop backs, and that was on a poorly designed fourth-down rollout. There were 151 rushing yards, a robust average of 8.9 yards per attempt. Take away Saquon Barkley’s 59-yard jaunt on his first carry of the season and the average stands at a still-strong 5.8 yards. Kevin Zeitler (who came out of the game with a shoulder issue) and Mike Remmers are clear improvements on the right side.

“I think the offensive line did a great job,’’ Manning said. “They did a great job in the run game and the pass game. They protected well all game against a good defensive line, a lot of movement, some blitzes, so I thought the offensive line did a great job. They gave me time to get through my progressions and gave us a chance to be successful.’’

The line graded out as the top run-blocking unit in the league in the first week, according to Pro Football Focus. So, how about this? The next time the Giants are on the opponents’ 8-yard line and need 2 yards to pick up a first down, how about trusting the new line and Barkley’s greatness and give it to him once, and then again, if necessary?

Out of the darkness of an 18-point opening day loss, some brightness exists.

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