By Michael Stewart/@TheTruthNYG
The New York Giants found another way to lose a game last night against the Washington Football team 30-29 in a game that featured unexpected scoring from both teams and an unpredictable ending. Here are my top 5 reasons why the Giants loss:
- Giant’s secondary VS Washington’s receivers: The Giants secondary played too soft for the majority of the game, allowing the Washington receivers free passage off the line of scrimmage. The only bright spot for the Giants was a late 4th quarter interception by James Bradberry that should sealed the win for the Giants.
- Missed opportunities: Well, first there was the unnecessary holding penalty by WR CJ Board on Daniel Jones touchdown run. Then we have the brick hands of WR Darius Slayton who was wide open and took a page out of the Evan Engram guide to “how to catch a football”. Finally; the unforgiveable off sides by Dexter Lawrence that ultimately cost the Giants the game on the final play.
- Red Zone: Giants were a dismal 1-3 in the red zone; while Washington converted 3-4 times in the red zone. This has been a common trend for the Giants for the past several seasons and despite all the new offensive weapons added in the off season, it didn’t help.
- Giants Defensive front VS Washington’s Defensive front: The Giants offensive line for most of the game did a great job against Washington’s front four as they only surrendered four sacks on the night. Unfortunately; the Giants only got to Heinicke once and didn’t come close to the number of pressures Jones encounter.
- Don’t know how to win: The Giants lack the mentality of knowing how to close out games. At this point, they still don’t have that killer instinct to secure a late lead as they had the ball with under three minutes in the game and decided to take the extreme conservative route and run the ball all three times. Allowing Washington to get the ball back; which led to their final winning drive.
The Giants will now face the Atlanta Falcons at home against a team with lots of offensive weapons. With the extra days to prepare, Head Coach Joe Judge will need to keep the players focused and hope to earn their 1st win of the season in front of the home fans. Keep an eye out for my pre-game prediction next week and see if I have the Giants continue their winning ways or will they suffer a set back to the hands of the Falcons.