Giants just aren’t good enough to beat top teams
The New York Giants could have taken back their lead in the NFC East by defeating the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night, but it’s obvious they were lacking the talent needed to do so.
Here are my takeaways from the Giants loss to the Browns in week 15.
The Giants really hurt themselves early in the game with a fake field goal that failed and a second failed fourth down attempt. They could have easily gone up 9-7 if they had just kicked two more field goals during the first half of the game.
I understand why the Giants would want to be aggressive, but when you don’t convert on those plays, you lose a lot of momentum rather than giving yourself momentum by taking the three points.
Colt McCoy looked good throwing the ball
I have to admit, I didn’t expect Colt McCoy to look so good throwing the football. It also helped that tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens called a pretty good game with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett out with COVID-19.
After watching McCoy throw the ball, it doesn’t make sense for the Giants to have Daniel Jones play until he gets his mobility back. The one downside of having him play over Jones is that he doesn’t have the zip on his throws that the second-year quarterback does.
McCoy finished the game 19-31 for 221 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Defense missed James Bradberry
There’s nothing like having a cornerback who take away one half of the field and it was more than obvious that the Giants missed star corner James Bradberry who had to miss the game due to COVID-19 protocol after being exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.
Freddie Kitchens very aggressive
I really liked how aggressive Kitchens was with his play calling. It’s unfortunate though how New York’s offense was able to score touchdowns, but that’s been a problem all season. They’ve failed to put up over 20 points in each of the last four games.
Not enough pressure on Baker Mayfield
The Giants really need an edge rusher and it showed against the Browns and quarterback baker Mayfield. They simply couldn’t get enough pressure on him and he was able to escape whatever pressure was thrown his way.
Mayfield also did a great job of getting the ball out quick, which didn’t help the Giants’ pass rush.