The Giants played hard against the Patriots and stayed in the game up to the fourth quarter. That was quite a feat with a rookie quarterback, their top three offensive weapons out with injuries, down to their third string running back, playing against a Patriot defense looked on as the best defense in the league, and against one of the best coaches and quarterbacks in the league. Nevertheless the Giants lost and fell to 2-4.
Golden Tate was a bright spot for the Giants. He had six receptions for 102 yards including a 64 yard touchdown. Half of his six receptions made first down and he had a 66.7% catch rate. Tate had 51 yards after the catch which led all receivers on both teams.
On defense Lorenzo Carter and Alec Ogletree led both teams with one sack and two quarterback hits each. Patriot Kyle Van Noy was the only other player to match with 1 sack and 2 quarterback hits. Janoris Jenkins had the sole Giant interception which he returned 62 yards. Unfortunately the Patriots had three interceptions. On a positive note the Giants defense limited the three interceptions to only a single touchdown score. Marcus Golden recovered a Brady fumble and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown. Linebacker David Mayo had a good game. His 12 tackles was tie with Ogletree for most tackles on either team. Mayo also had half a sack, a quarterback hit and eight solo tackles.
Daniel Jones had a bad day with three interceptions and only six passing 1st downs out of 31 pass attempts. However there were a lot of positive things about his play. Again he showed his toughness and competitive nature. Take for instance his nine yard run on first on twenty, his hanging in the pocket to wait for an open receiver, and his tackle attempt on the fumble recovery by New England. They all show a spirit the team can rally around. His competitiveness, toughness and humility are qualities of a leader at quarterback. The same traits that made Eli a leader and fan favorite. Another positive is Jones’ accuracy delivering balls into tight windows. The Patriots had the Giant receivers tightly covered and Jones delivered many passes right on target. Unfortunately the tight coverage managed to break up the pass but that does not take away from a good pass. New England had nine passes defended.
For the second week coach Pat Shurmur had a questionable coaching decision. Last week it was the running play on the one yard line that resulted in a safety. The Vikings were expecting that and stacked the line. This week it was the decision to punt on fourth and two in the fourth quarter with 7:08 left in the game. At the time the Giants needed two scores to tie the game which was 28-14. His explanation of “I felt like it was the right thing to do” does not explain much.
The Giants sit as the sixth or seventh team out of ten in the NFC of teams out of the playoffs today and looking in. The outcomes of the two games of the Buccaneers/Panthers and Cardinals/Falcons can have an impact on the Giants rising to sixth or dropping further down. For the Giant playoff hunt one would hope the Panthers beat the Buccaneers and the Falcons beat the Cardinals.
The Carolina/Tampa Bay game is in London and is on at 9:30 AM Sunday morning.
Through the first five weeks of a season Panther running back Christian McCaffrey has the second most yards from scrimmage by a running back since 1950. His 866 yards is topped only by Jim Brown’s 988 yards thru five weeks in 1963. If McCaffrey continues at this pace he will set the record for yards from scrimmage by a running back in a season. Panther second year quarterback Kyle Allen has replaced an injured Cam Newton. Allen has the fourth best passer rating in the league with a 107.4 thru three games. Although his rating has dropped significantly from the 144 rating he had his first game against the Cardinals.
Buccaneer receiver Chris Godwin leads the league in receiving touchdowns with six and is third in receiving yards with 511. For receivers with over 15 targets on the year he is fifth in yards per target with 11.88. On defense Buccaneer linebacker Shaquil Barrett is listed as questionable for the game. through five games Barrett had nine sacks and seven tackles for loss. His nine sacks is tie for second most thru the first five weeks of a season since 1950. Barrett would need 1.5 sacks in week 6 to maintain second place which would tie Michael Strahan. Strahan had 10.5 sacks thru week six in 2001.
The Panthers are a 2.5 point favorite. It should be a good close division rivalry game with a player on each team having a record setting season.
Enjoy the week six games and Go Panthers!