Thanks to a miserable performance by the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Giants were able to get a much-needed win. The Giants offense failed to build off of last week’s stellar performance in a game that they easily could have. The Giants offense is becoming a concern in a year where it was supposed to be the exact opposite of that.
Living perfectly up to their reputation, Ben McAdoo’s offense had another slow start. They failed to score any points in the first quarter while letting the Rams put up 10 points of their own.
The first Giants drive resulted in a Larry Donnell fumble, which gave the Rams excellent field position and eventually led to a touchdown. After getting the ball back for their second drive of the first quarter, the Giants got into a groove. Eli Manning threw a beautiful pass to Victor Cruz on the outside, which Cruz ultimately dropped. It was a complete momentum-killer and the Giants ended up giving the ball right back to the Rams. Right before the half, Eli Manning and his offense were able to march down the field and set up newly acquired kicker Robbie Gould for the easy field goal.
The Giants were able to head into halftime in a tie—thanks to their defense—but their offense’s struggled prevented the team from having the lead.
In the second half, the Giants played a bit better offensively, but still relied on their defense to put them in good field position.
At the end of the day, Big Blue got a win and moved to 4-3; however, if they wish to compete for a playoff spot as the season progresses, the offense must figure out how to get into the end zone. They put up an underwhelming 232 yards compared to the Rams’ 345 yards. Each team scored a touchdown: the Giants running one in from the 1-yard line and the Rams throwing a dart early in the game to Tavon Austin.
The difference maker in this game was the Giants’ defense. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Landon Collins combined for 4 interceptions. Collins returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown while Rodgers-Cromartie grabbed the game-winning interception.
Heading into the season, the Giants had extremely high hopes for their offense. Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepard were supposed to be one of, if not the best receiving unit in football, and Manning was supposed to have another MVP-caliber year.
As of right now, the Giants offense has been a failure, which is very unfortunate considering how well their defense is playing. Hopefully the Giants can start to score points offensively or else they should give up on their playoff hopes.