By Michael Stewart/@TheTruthNYG
The Giants put forth a horrible effort against the reigning Super Bowl Champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers; as they faltered to a final score of 30-10. This game featured several key moments for both teams, but only the Buccaneers were able to capitalize on them as the Giants looked like they were still on their bye week. Here are my top 5 reasons why the Giants lost.
- Time of Possession: To be honest, just seeing this stat should be enough to know which team won the game. The Giants allowed the Buccaneers offense to control the ball for 35:39 minutes to their 24:21 and the final score reflected this disparity.
- Red Zone Efficiency: The Giants red zone efficiency was at 50% to the Buccaneers 60%; which doesn’t look too bad on paper. However; it wasn’t the efficiency that hurt the Giants in the red zone, but rather the attempts. The Giants only managed to get to the red zone two times to the Buccaneers five and that just won’t cut it.
- 3rd down conversions: The Giants were a dismal 1-9 on 3rd down conversions to the Buccaneers 6-13 and that Giant fans is an otter disgrace when you get most of your offensive weapons back.
- Battle of the Turnovers: The Giants roster is not close to the talent level as the Buccaneers, so in my pre-game breakdown I stressed the urgency that the Giants needed to win the battle of the Turnovers. Well, I guess the Giants never got my memo as they committed three turnovers to the Buccaneers one.
- Total yards: The Giants only managed 215 total yards from scrimmage with nearly a healthy squad and many of their offensive weapons returning from injury. Saquan Barkley only managed 25 yards on the ground and Kadarius Toney only 40 receiving yards. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense amassed slightly over 400 yards and controlled the clock and the game.
The Giants are now sitting at 3-7 and once again find themselves in the cellar in the NFC east. The next stop will be against division rival Philadelphia Eagles at home who have been playing much better later and what seemed to be a win before the start of the season; isn’t anymore. The Giants will be retiring Hall of Famer Michael Strahan’s #92, but why they chose this game is another story. The Giants need to tighten their chin straps and put forth a solid effort over the next two games against the Eagles and Dolphins; to get back to respectability before they play the Cowboys and Chargers over the next four games. Check out for my upcoming article predicting the winner between the Giants and the Eagles.