Last night, the Giants hosted The Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their second consecutive primetime game. The Bucs won the game; however, they didn’t walk away unscratched.
What many believed would be a boring blow-out of a game turned out to be an old fashioned dog fight at Metlife Stadium. The Giants hung in the entire game, losing on a controversial missed 2-pt conversion attempt. Giants fans had both a lot to be utterly disgusted by and areas to be proud of their team.
After scoring over thirty-five points in their past two games, The Bucs’ offense finally slowed down. The Giants defense came up huge once again, something that has been a regular occurrence for Big Blue. New York held the Tom Brady-led unit to just six points in the first half, something nobody expected. Offseason additions of James Bradberry and Blake Martinez, along with the improvement of Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence, have propelled the defense to top ten status. The Giants also made multiple huge red-zone stops, keeping Ryan Succop a busy man. However, as good as the defense plays, it’s pointless if The Giants can’t stop the turnovers and close out games.
Daniel Jones‘s Struggles Continue
Many angry fans are calling for Daniel Jones’s head this morning, and it may be rightfully so. The Giants did everything they needed to win last night except for one thing: turning the ball over. It’s no secret that the young Quarterback has struggled to protect the ball in his short career. The narrative continued last night. Jones threw two easily readable balls that The Bucs intercepted in textbook fashion. It’s even more gut-wrenching that both the turnovers came when The Giants were driving down the field, threatening to score.
The Bucs couldn’t stop the G-men quickly at all, especially with Jason Garrett‘s trick play calls that have been more or less successful this season. The Giants got everyone involved, from Evan Engram to Alfred Morris, the offense was firing on all cylinders. Jones even threw a perfect pass to Dion Lewis to put Big Blue up 7-3. The only thing that stopped The Giants from winning was the two interceptions that led to The Bucs scoring right after. However, Jones also missed at least three wide-open deep balls that he couldn’t connect on.
Daniel Jones will have to show some signs of progression in protecting the ball if he wants his job to be one hundred percent secure heading into next season. If The Giants continue to be in a position to win, but Jones keeps turning the ball over, a new GM might not want to risk his job on a QB he didn’t draft.
Bucs Clutch it Out
Following the fourth-quarter interception, The Bucs finally had a sizable lead of 25-17 with around three minutes left. The Giants got the ball back and put together a nice drive. They moved the chains slowly but surely and marched down the field into scoring territory. Daniel Jones delivered his second touchdown dime of the night to Golden Tate, which made the score 25-23. However, The Giants weren’t yet clear; they needed to convert a 2-pt conversion to tie the ball game. Jones looked again to Dion Lewis; however, his timing was late. He needed to put the ball out towards the pylon, leading Lewis, but instead, he put it on his chest. The Bucs were able to get a stop, and a very controversial pass interference flag came back. The final score was 25-23. The Bucs success continues while The Giants’ gloomy season got even bleaker. Big Blue faces The Washington Football Team next week in hopes of earning a much-needed win.