There are a lot of reasons why the Giants offense has struggled.

Since having surgery in January, Luck missed all of the team’s offseason workouts, all of training camp and the entire preseason before finally being cleared to practice Oct. 4. He did some light throwing that day and was told he could throw every other day.

Last week, Luck ramped up the rehab work. He was throwing passes of 35 to 40 yards with increased velocity and was scheduled to run the scout team as Indy (2-4) prepared for Monday night’s matchup at Tennessee.

Yet they are just one game behind Houston, Jacksonville and the Titans in the AFC South chase. All three teams are 3-3, and with five division games left on the schedule, fans were hoping a quick return would put Indy (2-4) in position to make the playoffs .

Now, everything’s on hold.

The offensive line has been terrible, there’s no run game to speak of, and injuries in the receiving corps have been catastrophic. But the Giants are also predictable, which has made them easier to defend.

Ben McAdoo handed over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan, the offensive coordinator, and it was a smart call. Eli Manning didn’t have the most impressive day statistically, with 128 yards and one touchdown. But he had a consistent connection with tight end Evan Engram and didn’t turn the ball over once.

The past few days have been as close as you can get to a dumpster fire for the Giants. On Sunday, they lost their top three wideouts in Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard due to injuries. Beckham and Marshall are both out for the remainder of the season, while Shepard is day to day, leaving the team thin at the position.

All of this leaves the 0-5 Giants shorthanded going into Denver this week to face the NFL’s top defense. After their bye week the following week, they get to welcome the Seattle Seahawks to town.

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Dan Quinn: Falcons focused on this year’s Pats, not Super Bowl rematch

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn emphasized Wednesday that the showdown with the New England Patriots on Sunday night is the next game on the schedule and not a Super Bowl rematch.

From this point on, Bradford’s availability for Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers was in jeopardy. The Vikings listed him as a game-time decision for that game, but he was ultimately ruled out for Week 2. Backup quarterback Case Keenum started for Bradford, and the Vikings lost, 26-9.

Following the loss, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Bradford was day to day. The Vikings ruled him out once again for their Week 3 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Quinn said despite moving forward, the Super Bowl tape certainly has value leading into this week.

Yeah, for sure, it’s a big part,” Quinn said. Here’s why: When you face a team for a second time in less than a year, I’m not going to call it a division game, but you almost have more familiarity than you would when you don’t. So you go back to look how did they feature the players in their roles last year, and go back to look at some of the roles for this year.

The truth on the Martavis Bryant story, regardless of what the player is saying publicly, is that Bryant and his agent have expressed unhappiness with the way he’s being used in the offense and, some weeks ago, told the Steelers that Bryant would prefer to be traded if his current role is all they have in mind. Multiple sources say Bryant’s agent has spoken with Steelers management since the season began to express these sentiments, and that Bryant himself spoke with coaches during the week leading up to Pittsburgh’s Week 5 game to ask about being a bigger part of the offense.

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