Week two of the NFL season was not kind by any means to The New York Giants. The team flew out to Chicago to face The 1-0 Bears at Soldier Field. The Giants looked great in certain areas while they looked awful in others, leading to a nailbiter 17-13 loss on Sunday. The Giants also now face a whole different magnitude of problems, as the team lost Running Back Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL early in the game.
The Giants Offense
On the offensive side of the ball, there was not much to be happy about for The Giants. The team failed to score any points in the entire first half of the contest. Daniel Jones was sacked four times throughout the game, one of which was a strip-sack that led to a turnover. Jones continued to struggle with ball security, even though fumbling was an issue he attacked head on this offseason. The Giants also turned the ball over on a short route to Evan engram; the tight end slipped mid-route which allowed Deon Bush to snag an easy interception.
Although the Offense performed poorly overall, there were some encouraging periods of time for The Giants. Last week the team couldn’t establish a run game at all. In week two The Giants still weren’t “good’ but they stepped up averaging 3.6 yards per carry minus three runs by Daniel Jones. Nevertheless, the team still needs to improve heavily in that area if they want Jones to succeed. It won’t be easy without Saquon however.
In the second half, The Giants stepped it up on offense. The team put together three scoring drives without Barkley but came up short on the final play of the game from The Bears 11 yard line. All in all, The Giants Offense led by Jones showed resilience and fight, yet there is much room for improvement. Injuries to Sterling Shepard and Barkley can’t let this offense give up though, they must keep their heads high and continue to work.
The Giants Defense
The Giants have much more to brag about when it comes to the defensive side of the ball. The Patrick Graham-led unit matched The Bears sacks with four of their own. The defense struggled a bit early on but continuously improved throughout the game. They let up 17 points in the first half, but they shut the bears out in the second half, holding them to zero points.
As far as individual performances go, PFF rated Blake Martinez, James Bradberry, and Dexter Lawrence all in the top 3 of their positions in the NFL for week 2. Bradberry had a huge interception and some key breakups for Big Blue, while Martinez continued his duties of being the defensive anchor for The Giants. The MLB recorded 6 solo tackles and a sack. Julian Love also recorded an INT, although he missed some tackles and blew some coverages in the zone defense.
There is not much to complain about on defense for The Giants. Other than the poor play opposite James Bradberry at the CB2 position, the unit has been impressive. The Giants have rotated mainly between second-year Corey Ballentine and recently acquired Isaac Yiadom from Denver at CB2. Both have played poorly thus far. Ballentine let up a big touchdown on the last drive of the first half to rookie Darnell Mooney. The Giants also let up over 100 yards on the ground as David Montgomery had himself a day with 82 yards. Other than these small hiccups, the defense looks the best it has in years. James Bradberry went as far as to call the unit “dominant”.
To be a Giants fan currently is frustrating, to say the least. This is mainly because the team is right there, yet they’re still losing games. It seems both of the club’s losses have boiled down to a play that may have changed the outcome. Whether it be a Darius Slayton drop on third down, an Evan Engram slip up, or a Daniel Jones redzone Pick, The Giants have shown that they will continue to fight no matter what. This is the mentality that Joe Judge has instilled in his players in the time he’s been hired. The Giants look to bounce back against an Injury-riddled 49er’s team in week 3.