Giants’ offense stalls in loss to Cardinals
The New York Giants were brought back down to earth against the Arizona Cardinals after suffering a rough home defeat.
Here are my takeaways from the game.
Daniel Jones fumbling woes are back
In his first game back after missing last Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Daniel Jones looked rusty and ended up fumbling the football three times. Luckily only one was recovered by the Cardinals.
It was clear by watching Jones that he’s not 100 percent healthy. There were a few plays where he would have taken off and ran the ball but instead stood in the pocket and took a sack or threw an incomplete pass. He was also seen limping at the end off the game. Hopefully his hamstring held up OK.
Offensive line was awful
You can partly blame some of Jones’ fumbles on the Giants’ offensive line who gave up eight sacks. They also struggled early on and were unable to establish the running game.
It’s a shame that they had this step back this week after getting better over the past five weeks. Hopefully they’ll bounce back next Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns.
Jason Garrett’s play calling was bad
Overall I think Giants’ offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s play-calling this season has been good. But with the New York’s offensive line struggling and the running backs not able to get on track early on, he should have prioritized getting the ball out to the flats to relieve some of the pressure that Jones was facing.
Instead Garrett kept trying to pound the football with Gallman and throw it down field and Jones took a beating.
Giants couldn’t contain Kyler Murray
It’s really simple, the Giants’ defense wasn’t able to contain and rattle Cardinals’ quarterback Kyler Murray the way they were able to against Russell Wilson last week.
Murray was able to run for 52 yards on 10 carries. He was also able to extend plays and convert with throws down the field.
Poor punt coverage early on gave the Cardinals great field position and Dion Lewis’ fumble on a kickoff return was another special teams blunder that hurt New York. The past three games have been rough for this unit.