The Giants lost their sixth game of the season on Monday evening, and that they performed all the way down to the wire towards the Chiefs earlier than falling 20-17 at Arrowhead Stadium is about as significant as virtually successful the lottery. You matched a couple of numbers however not sufficient of them to end in something of consequence.
Revisiting video games this season — and a lot of the previous a number of seasons — will not be an endeavor to be taken flippantly, insofar as sustaining one’s psychological well being. The losses pile up in mind-numbing trend, each a singular entity and but linked to all of the others by shared patterns of failure that hyperlink these defeats collectively.
Anyway, right here we go:
Identical time, this 12 months
In different occasions, with different groups, the Giants happening to the wire earlier than falling to the Chiefs may very well be construed as a significant loss. Coming shut towards prime groups, on the street, is an indication of progress. However not with this workforce. Not with these Giants.
They get no advantage of the doubt.
Most competent offenses would have discovered a technique to put 21 factors on a Kansas Metropolis protection giving up virtually 30 factors a sport. What the Giants did most of all was to indicate the AFC that the Chiefs don’t rule the convention anymore. Patrick Mahomes threw 19 incomplete passes on this sport and doesn’t look proper. The Chiefs’ defensive points are actual. This isn’t, at current, a authentic Tremendous Bowl contender. They have been ripe to get beat. The Giants couldn’t choose the victory off the tree.
A giant, huge downside is the Giants not often have victories they will construct on or losses they will study from. That they had 10 penalties for 88 yards — the place is the proof that this younger workforce is getting smarter? They withstood a barrage of performs (77) on protection and restricted the injury executed by game-wreckers Tyreek Hill (longest reception: 15 yards) and Travis Kelce (longest reception: 14 yards). But the place was the important thing closing cease? They received the coin toss and deferred, eager to get the ball on offense to begin the third quarter. That they had possession on the finish of the primary half and did nothing with it. They obtained the ball to begin the second half and went three-and-out. The place is the gumption to place factors on the board towards a protection that’s virtually begging you to take action?
At one other time, in one other place, a close-call loss in Kansas Metropolis is an indication that the dropping workforce is for actual. This was merely one other signal that the Giants play the position of the dropping workforce as if it was created for them.
Is there a midseason within the NFL anymore? It was good and straightforward within the 16-game schedule that the league adopted in 1978. You play eight video games, that’s the midway mark. Eight video games was at all times a respite, even when there is no such thing as a bye that week. The Giants are 2-6, placing them on tempo for a 4-12 end — in a 16-game season. With 17 video games this 12 months, it isn’t as neat. They have been 1-7 at this level in 2020, in Joe Decide’s first 12 months as head coach, however regrouped within the second half of the season, successful 5 of the ultimate eight video games to complete 6-10. The Giants subsequent have the Raiders at MetLife Stadium earlier than their long-awaited Week 10 bye. If there are significant adjustments to be made, they’ll come in the course of the bye week. They are going to be 2-7 or 3-6. Both approach, it’s one other season out of any semblance of playoff rivalry. The Giants plowed again into the NFC East race final season, solely as a result of the division was so awful. The Cowboys are 6-1 and have already got a large lead on the Eagles (3-5), Washington (2-6) and the Giants. It definitely doesn’t seem as if a workforce from this division will declare one of many three NFC wild-card spots. Midway or not, the Giants are going to shut out the primary portion of their season in unhealthy form, once more.
Daniel Jones is stoic in these postgame periods, win or lose. After all, he has far more expertise on the dropping finish of this — he’s 10-24 because the beginning quarterback. Final week, he did smile a couple of occasions after the 25-3 victory over the Panthers, poking enjoyable of himself in self-deprecating model for the route he ran on his 16-yard reception. This week, after this newest loss, Jones was once more stoic, however with a bit extra edge. He appeared extra exasperated in defeat. His first cross of the evening was intercepted and all however handed the Chiefs a 7-0 lead. He regrouped and didn’t play badly, but additionally didn’t play something near very effectively. He was so-so and he knew his offense didn’t do the job, scoring solely 17 factors towards a protection that got here into the sport permitting 29 factors a sport. The Giants did extra to harm themselves than the Chiefs did to harm the Giants. Jones form of barged off the rostrum after his time was executed and he banged his backpack as he exited. Extra edge out of Jones is welcome. The younger Giants gamers who’ve been round for a couple of years don’t settle for dropping, however in some methods they appear to, if not count on to lose, will not be shocked once they do. How might they be?
The Week 2 loss in Washington and this Week 8 loss in Kansas Metropolis have been remarkably comparable. The Giants have been in nice place to win at FedEx Area however an offside penalty referred to as on Dexter Lawrence on a missed subject purpose gave Washington one other crack at a game-winning kick. At Arrowhead Stadium, the Giants have been in nice place to win after Darnay Holmes intercepted Mahomes, however the turnover was worn out when Oshane Ximines was referred to as for an offside penalty. The Giants have been referred to as for 10 penalties on this sport, their second-highest complete of the season. Essentially the most-penalized sport for the Giants? In Washington, once they have been flagged 11 occasions. The place is the progress?
This and that
Leonard Williams has at the very least one full sack in three consecutive video games and at the very least one-half sack in 4 straight video games, each profession firsts for Williams.
The Giants are at their worst when the lights are brightest. They’re now 0-9 of their final 9 primetime video games. They’re 0-5 on Monday nights, 0-3 on Thursday nights and 0-1 on Sunday nights. When the warmth is on, the Giants wilt. When extra eyes are on them, they falter.
Testing, 1, 2, 3
The much less stated about Decide’s headset rationalization instantly after the sport, the higher. The Giants burned two timeouts on offense within the first half and Decide stated this was as a result of the headsets he makes use of to speak along with his teaching workers and Jones on the sphere have been malfunctioning.
“There have been two occasions the place the headsets have been a difficulty,” he stated. “We’ll do hand alerts or no matter we have now to do. If we will’t depend on the tools, we’ll determine one thing else out. At one level, we tried to return to the previous tools, and so they informed us we weren’t allowed to do it for no matter cause. We didn’t have points with it final 12 months for probably the most half. Hopefully we’ll determine that out.”
Decide stated this has occurred “at each single stadium this 12 months house and away. I’ve had points personally.”
It took Decide a couple of minutes to sense the place this was going after which he stopped, ensuring everybody inside earshot knew he was not blaming the unhealthy headsets on the loss. Why on the planet is that this occurring each week to Decide and the Giants? It is unnecessary and this rationalization didn’t go over effectively with the fan base, judging from social media chatter. It’s one other line so as to add to the rising checklist of Giants points.
Yet another on the headsets: Decide stated the Giants are going to have to begin utilizing hand alerts to relay the performs into their offense if these malfunctions proceed. If they’ve been occurring all season, as Decide says they’re, why haven’t these hand alerts already been part of the sport plan? Why not have them prepared for use on the first signal of headset issues?