The New York Giants suffered their third loss in a row on Sunday night as they were defeated by the Green Bay Packers 23-16. The loss now has the Giants in last place in the NFC East.
There were few positives for the Giants such as Janoris Jenkins intercepting Aaron Rodgers twice, Odell Beckham Jr. scoring his first touchdown, and rookie tight end Jerell Adams showing promise. But mostly — in Green Bay on Sunday Night Football — it was a very disappointing and frustrating night, particularly on offense.
The Giants running game was nonexistent as they ran the ball 15 times for just 43 yards. Left tackle Ereck Flowers once again had a poor night trying to block the outside rusher, Victor Cruz was held without a catch, and Sterling Shepard was held to just two catches for 14 yards.
With the Packers starting two cornerbacks out the game with injuries, the Giants should have had a big night throwing the ball, and that’s where the blame falls on Eli Manning.
Manning completed just 18 out of 35 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown. Despite being sacked just three times he never seemed comfortable in the pocket and missed connecting with open receivers. His most critical miss fire came with just 1:27 remaining in the second quarter and the Giants trailing 14-6. He just
His most critical miss fire came with just 1:27 remaining in the second quarter and the Giants trailing 14-6. He just overthrew tight end Will Tye who was running all alone down the seam. Tye would have scored easily and would have pulled the Giants to within a point or possibly tie the game if they went for a two-point conversion. On the next play Manning was sacked by Kyler Fackrell and fumbled and the Packers recovered and kicked a field goal four plays later.
Those two plays accounted for a 10 point swing and essentially determined the outcome of the game.
The Giants defense who were unable to get any pressure on Aaron Rodgers all night and were playing with a banged up secondary played well enough to win. After allowing the Packers to convert on their first five third down attempts the defense stepped up and the Packers would convert just 4-14 on third down attempts the rest of the game. When you holdAaron Rodgers to 23 points at Lambeau Field, you’ve done your part. So this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of the offense.
Head coach Ben McAdoo is supposed to have one of the best young offensive minds in the game and Eli Manning is supposed to be a top 10 quarterback, but over the past two weeks, the Giants offense has amassed just 26 points and has failed to score 28 points the entire season.
The combination of lack of execution and questionable play calling is why the Giants are on a three-game losing streak. They better fix things in a hurry before this becomes another long and disappointing season for the Giants and their fans.