FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Giants arrived to Gillette Stadium to play the undefeated Patriots Thursday evening in a really related approach the winless Jets did two-and-a-half weeks in the past.
They limped in with a depleted roster and seemingly little hope of upsetting the Tremendous Bowl champions.
Just like the Jets did, the Giants departed Gillette as losers, 35-14 on this evening.
However this was far completely different than the 30-14 drubbing the Jets endured on Sept. 22. The Giants (2-4) displayed much more battle than the Jets did. Not like the Jets, the Giants put a scare into the 6-Zero Patriots, 16 ½-point favorites, regardless of enjoying with none of their skill-position starters.
Ethical victory? Probably, however we gained’t know that for certain till we see the Giants play once more.
The sport was tied at 14 till late within the first half when the Patriots took the lead for good, on a 1-yard Tom Brady quarterback sneak with 36 seconds remaining earlier than the intermission.
The Giants had been with out operating again Saquon Barkley, their greatest participant, who remained sidelined with the excessive ankle sprain he suffered three video games in the past.
Barkley’s backup, Wayne Gallman, who had a terrific recreation in opposition to the Redskins two video games in the past, was out with the concussion he suffered final week.
Tight finish Evan Engram, the staff’s main go catcher, was out due to the knee harm he suffered final week.
Sterling Shepard, the staff’s high receiver, was out due to the concussion he suffered final week.
Pat Shurmur, welcome to Adam Gase’s world.
At the least the Giants coach had his quarterback wholesome (two in truth, with Daniel Jones and Eli Manning accessible). That’s one thing Gase didn’t have. Gase confronted the Patriots with third-string quarterback Luke Falk and the Jets offense was noncompetitive.
The Giants, with Jones and no skill-position starters, had been aggressive regardless of three Jones interceptions.
“We take a look at this recreation and notice that we are able to beat anybody on this league,’’ receiver Golden Tate stated. “We had an opportunity to do one thing nice on this stadium, on the highway after a brief week. I anticipated to come back out right here and upset these guys. We believed the entire time that we might win this recreation. We simply screwed up greater than they did.’’
Even in shedding and even enjoying short-handed, quite a lot of Giants gamers raised their ranges and made huge performs, which must be encouraging going ahead. As a result of this was not a recreation the Giants had been going to win. Not with out Barkley, Engram and Shepard.
Tate, who’d requested every week in the past to be extra concerned, caught a 64-yard TD go from Jones to chop the New England result in 14-7 within the second quarter.
Defensively, linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Markus Golden mixed on a fabulous strip-sack and fumble-recovery TD within the second quarter. Carter separated Brady from the ball and Golden recovered it and rambled 42 yards to tie the sport at 14 with 4:38 remaining within the first half.
The Giants protection by no means allowed Brady and the Patriots offense to dominate, permitting just one sustained New England scoring drive within the recreation.
“That is going to should be the usual from right here on out,’’ security Michael Thomas stated. “We’re not accepting nothing lower than how we performed tonight. If that’s not the power and mindset, then you definately’re within the incorrect place.’’
However in the long run, Jones and the Giants offense couldn’t overcome the shortcomings on the talent positions. Ten first downs, 2 of 10 on third-down conversions, 213 yards of offense and 20:24 in time of possession are troublesome for any protection to beat.
Jones has been a revelation since he was anointed because the starter, however the actuality he confronted on Thursday was this: For all of his spectacular instruments and intangibles, he couldn’t throw the ball to himself or run it 30 instances.
It didn’t assist that Jones and the Giants had been going through the NFL’s No. 1 protection, and that Patriots coach Invoice Belichick owns a 19-5 general document in opposition to rookie quarterbacks (12-Zero at Gillette Stadium).
The numbers getting into the sport illustrated how debilitating the absence of the Giants skill-position starters can be. Barkley, Engram, Shepard and Gallman had accounted for 65 p.c of the Giants’ whole web yards on offense and 7 of their 12 TDs.
It seemed so grim for the Giants getting into the sport that Lawrence Tynes, their former kicker, tweeted this on Tuesday:
“Let me get this straight for our recreation vs the Patriots on Thursday.
Can we reschedule? This isn’t ultimate.’’
No, it wasn’t ultimate in any respect. It was a lesson in survival.
The Jets failed the survival take a look at two-and-a-half weeks in the past. Thursday evening was the Giants’ flip to take the take a look at. And, even in shedding, they handed it by merely doing what the Jets couldn’t do: Hold the sport aggressive.