A lack of concentration cost the Giants the game, however, Jones and Barkley invite you to dream
LANDOVER, MD – It happened again. The New York Giants fell 0-2 for the fifth consecutive season after being suspended after a failed field goal with no time on the clock against the Washington Football Team, in an in extremis 30-29.
Key move: The missed field goal. Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins missed the winning field goal with no time left on the clock. Except it didn’t. There was a flag on the field.
Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence moved earlier. Hopkins had a second chance from the 35-yard line. He didn’t miss it.
It was a new way of losing for the Giants. A heartbreaker.
QB breakdown: Daniel Jones had a great day. The Giants quarterback played well. He constantly made plays – on the ground and in the air – despite being under constant pressure. Che completed 22 of 32 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown. There had to be another if not for Darius Slayton’s mistake that had extended the lead early in the fourth inning.
Jones also seriously injured his legs. He rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. It was his second consecutive game with a rushing touchdown.
Jones would have had another 58-yard rushing if not for CJ Board who was penalized for holoding on the play. Instead, Jones settled for a 46-yard gain. The Giants settled for a field goal and another missed opportunity.
Be careful with Next Gen stat: Saquon Barkley with 20.39 miles per hour. The Giants running back timed that speed on his 41-yard rush in the first half. It was his 11th fastest speed of his career.
While that may not sound impressive, consider that it was Barkley’s second game after a serious knee injury. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 2 of last season, and he played Thursday night for the second time in four days.
As he admitted in the week, it was not the ideal situation after an injury.
Bold predictions for the next week: The Giants’ offense will explode with more than 30 points. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay has said it multiple times. It may take the Giants some time earlier this season to get the offense going.
Golladay missed a month with a hamstring injury this summer. Explosion is still missing. Barkley is coming back from that knee injury, and rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney didn’t practice much from May through August. So it will take time.
But with 10 days left to face Atlanta at MetLife Stadium, watch out. The Giants should be healthier and feast on the poor defense of the Atlanta Falcons.