The New York Giants could not get anything going offensively today, as they fell to the Arizona Cardinals 26-7. Big Blue, who had a golden opportunity to widen their division lead over Washington, Dallas, and Philly, were not able to produce at all on the offensive end of the ball. This loss snaps the Giants’ four-game winning streak and brings their record this season to 5-8.
Turnovers Kill Giants in First
The Giants’ struggles on offense started on just their first drive of the game. On the fifth drive of the game, the Giants were 2nd and 10 from the 50-yard line. Daniel Jones dropped back to pass when former Giant Markus Golden, who was traded to the Cardinals earlier this year, ran right into Jones’ blindside knocking the ball loose. Golden would pick up the fumble and return the ball 30 yards to the Giants’ own nine-yard line. The Giants defense would stand tall, however, holding the Cardinals to no points after stopping the Cardinals on a fourth and goal from the one.
However, the Giants wouldn’t be able to hold Kyler Murray and the Cardinals’ offense much longer. Following a three and out by the Giants, the Cards would march down the field to the Giants 16. Mike Nugent would covert a 16 yarder to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. The first would end with the Giants down three.
Struggles Continue in the Second
The second didn’t go much better for the Giants. Just five minutes into the second quarter, the Cardinals would double their lead on a 37-yard field goal by Mike Nugent. On the kickoff, the Cardinals would get the ball right back. Dion Lewis coughed up the ball on the 15-yard line and it was picked up by Trent Sherfield giving the Cardinals a golden opportunity to add to their lead, and they would not give that chance away. Kyler Murray hit Dan Arnold in the back of the endzone on third and goal for the touchdown, the Cardinals would convert the extra point and take a controlling 13-0 lead over the Giants. The Giants would punt on all three of their drives in the second quarter and the game went to the half with the Giants down 13.
Giants Finally Answer in the Third, but Cardinals buckle down to Win
The Giants were finally able to get on the board in the third. But not before the Cardinals got in for six. A 77 yard, 11 play drive by the Cards finished with a one-yard touchdown run by Kenyan Drake. The G-Men finally got their offense going on their first drive of the second half. Strong running by Wayne Gallman set up a 39-yard pass from Daniel Jones to Golden Tate which put the Giants on the one-yard line.
On the very next play, Dion Lewis would punch it in from one yard out to make the score 20-7, giving the G-Men hope for a comeback. Hope that would quickly be destroyed. The third quarter would end with the score holding at 20-7. But the G-Men could not get back on the board. The Cardinals would add two field goals in the 4th and the game would conclude with the Giants falling 26-7
The offensive line reverted back to its f0rmer self today. Giving up eight sacks to the Cardinals defense, five of which came from Haason Reddick. It’s no mystery why Daniel Jones fumbled the ball three times today. Daniel Jones was not his normal self today either, missing many wide-open targets and easy throws. Additionally, Jones did not rush the ball once today. The G-men fall to 5-8. And with a big game coming up next Sunday night against the Browns, the G-men will need to fix their mistakes quickly.