Once again, Sunday proved to be a dismal day for Giant fans. The team lost a low scoring defensive battle at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. For The Giants, there was much to brag about when talking about the NY defense. However, in terms of offense, it was quite the contrary. The giants are now winless through the first quarter of their 2020 campaign. The optimism that was there before the season started is now beginning to vanish.
The Giants defense surprisingly kept it a close contest the entire game. The defense held the normally high powered Ram’s offense to just 240 total yards all day. They sacked Jared Goff twice and knocked him down five times. The two sacks came from both Kyler Fackrell and Austin Johnson. The Giants also kept Robert Woods quiet, as well as Running Back Darrell Henderson, coming off two big weeks. The defense held one of the league’s premium offenses to just 17 points, but in the end, a 55-yard Cooper Kupp touchdown on a poor blitz call put the game away. The defense has much to be confident about.
What The Giants Have Done right
Although many fans believe GM Dave Gettleman has made a tremendous amount of mistakes, The 2019-2020 Free Agency is not one of them. Gettleman put a lot of money into Blake Martinez and James Bradberry, 75 million over three years to be precise. In the first quarter of the season, Martinez and Bradberry have been the two best players on the team. Bradberry already has nine passes defended (1st in NFL), one interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Martinez has also played great, totaling forty-three total tackles (3rd in NFL), two sacks, five tackles for loss. Money well spent for Gettleman.
On the offensive side of the ball, The Giants had another disappointing day. Jason Garrett’s offense has now failed to score a touchdown for eight quarters and counting. Something needs to change drastically on offense or Dave Gettleman’s job may be in jeopardy soon. Big Blue had 295 total yards but failed to get into the endzone, even when they found success in the run game. All around there were mistakes made on all cylinders of the unit. Dropped balls, poor blocking, lots of pressure on Daniel, and of course, the red zone interception. No matter how good the defense plays, The Giants can’t and won’t win without scoring touchdowns.
Jones looked decent to start the day when taking into account his previous outing vs. San Francisco. However, ball security still seems to be a tremendous issue for the young Quarterback. Early on, Jones was strip-sacked, but he luckily recovered it just to punt later that drive. At this point, Giants fans fear a fumble every time he absorbs a hit. Additionally, Jones does not have enough time or weapons so it’s not entirely on him. What is on him though, is the amount of time he spends staring down his first read. The narrative of Sunday was that if Jones didn’t complete his first read, it would be a sack or check-down. This problem is also the reason Darious Williams was able to anticipate and jump Daniel Jones Redzone pass that he intercepted to win the game. This problem, along with ball security and not having enough time is definitely not encouraging when talking about young QBs progressing. Daniel Jones needs to step his game up, and fast.
The Giants head to Arlington, Texas next week to face The Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.