The New York Giants disappointed as they lost to the Cleveland Browns and fall to 5-9. The game ended in a score of 20-6. The Giants outscored the Browns in the first quarter of a score of 3-0. However, the Browns outscored the Giants in the second quarter of a score of 13-0. No one scored in the third quarter as the quarter ended of a score of 0-0. Finally, the Browns outscored the Giants in the fourth quarter of a score of 7-3. There are many things the Giants can learn from this loss if they want to establish themselves as a true winning team.
Takeaways From The Game
No Consistent Offense
The Giants had a poor offensive game, especially in the red zone. They only put up six points on four trips to the red zone. The first possession in the game, the Giants decided to fake punt on 4th down although they had an easy field goal and could’ve set the tone of the game early. The next letdown caused a turnover in downs and the Browns to recover when the Giants could’ve had another easy field goal. On a fourth and two, the Giants decided to run it with Wayne Gallman and were just a yard short of the first down which would’ve likely turned into a touchdown. Overall, the Giants had a bad offensive game and look to turn things around next week with starting quarterback Daniel Jones most likely coming back. This was one of the key problems resulting in the Giants falling to the Browns.
A Lack in the Secondary
The Giants really miss James Bradberry as Issac Yiadom and Julian Love were not enough to hold the Browns passing game to a minimum. Earlier this week, Bradberry was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list because he supposedly came in contact with a chiropractor who also tested positive. The Giants cornerbacks could not seem to close out as receivers such as Rashard Higgins, Jarvis Landry, and Donovan Peoples-Jones having field days. Rashard Higgins recorded four receptions on 76 yards, Jarvis Landry had seven receptions on 61 yards with one touchdown, and Donovan Peoples-Jones had three receptions on 55 yards. Altogether, the young Giant cornerbacks have a lot to learn as the most important and closing weeks of the season are coming up.
An Improvement in Pass Protection from the Offensive Line
One positive takeaway the Giants can take from this game is the offensive line had very good passing protection. The o-line only let up one total sack in the game which was in the closing moments and didn’t really matter. After Andrew Thomas‘s horribly played game last week versus the Cardinals, Andrew Thomas didn’t have an any easier matchup versus Myles Garrett today. However, a promising game from Andrew Thomas this week as he held Garrett for most of the game besides the sack mentioned earlier in the dying moments. The rest of the o-line had very good pass protection game and they should work on this momentum as they head into the last two weeks of the season.
In conclusion, the Giants have to make some adjustments if they want to make a playoff push as the last two weeks of the season await. Key players such as Daniel Jones and James Bradberry are coming back and have to make an immediate impact on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side as well.