Giants Lose To Lions And A Look Forward

The Giants lose 31-26 to the Lions and fall to 2-6. According to the Giant’s playoff probability dropped from 16% to a 7% chance of winning the division and a less than 1% chance of a wildcard spot.

The bright spot of the game was the play of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. He was 28 of 41 for 322 yards with 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating was 124.2 and a 68.3% completion percentage. His passer rating and touchdowns were a career high. It was the first time a Giant rookie quarterback threw for 4 touchdowns since Tom Kennedy did in 1966. Daniel Jones put up the best stats by a rookie since Marcus Mariotta in 2015. Jones did have two fumbles with one he recovered.

Saquon Barkley had 143 yards from scrimmage which was his high for the season and the fifth most of his career.  Receiver Darius Slayton had two receptions for fifty yards and two touchdowns. That was a career high touchdowns for the rookie. Golden Tate had eight receptions for 85 yards.  Daniel Jones did a nice job of involving all the receivers with five Giants having 2+ receptions.

On defense Matthew Stafford was sacked four times. Linebacker Marcus Golden had 7 tackles with 6 solo, one sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson had a sack and two tackles for loss. Janoris Jenkins had the games sole interception. Mathew Stafford had a 129.4 passer rating which was a season high for him.

The trade deadline is this Tuesday at 4:00 PM ET. There ave been rumors that Janoris Jenkins might be traded. I hope that is not true and the Giants let the deadline pass with no trades. This is a critical year in Daniel Jones’ rookie development. There is enough pressure to keep up offensively with what has been a porous defense. It should not be made worse. As far as acquisitions the Giants should sit pat and keep their 2020 draft capital to build the team thru the draft. They have been doing well in the draft lately.

I can’t help but notice the number of Giant fans that are calling for coach Pat Shurmur to be fired after this season. There is still a half season of football to play.  I believe it is premature to be having those discussions. The team is playing hard and has shown no sign of giving up. The rookie quarterback has shown enough to hope that they have found their franchise quarterback. The Giants have been hampered by injuries with many of their key offensive play-makers missing games.

The two previous Giant coaches that started rookie first round quarterbacks both went 6-10 those rookie seasons. Both head coaches remained for additional seasons. Tom Coughlin went on to coach the team to two Super Bowl victories. Both those teams that started Phil Simms and Eli Manning had Pro-Bowl caliber players. The Simms rookie team had Harry Carson, Brad Van Pelt and George Martin. The Manning rookie team had Tiki Barber, Amani Toomer, David Tyree, Ike Hilliard, Jeremy Shockey, David Diehl, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora. Besides Saquon Barkley no other player on the 2019 team has shown the greatness as the players that Coughlin or Ray Perkins had.

Schurmur is starting a rookie quarterback and working with a new young team. The Giants have built a new team over the last four years. There are only two players that have been on the team before 2016 – Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie. Only three players were acquired in 2016 and five in 2017. The rest of the team became a Giant over the last two years. That is 63  players.

I will wait to see how the season plays out before calling for a new head coach.  If the Giants win six games this year I think it should be a given that Shurmur stays. That is all Perkins and Coughlin got with their rookie quarterbacks. If he fails to make six wins I think you need to look at how they played out. Were they competitive? Did the team play hard and not show any signs of letting up? Did the team maintain their composure free of infighting? Did the team improve down the stretch? Those are the questions that need to be asked. If the answer is yes to these then maybe he stays even with less than six wins.

Bill Parcells was 3-12-1 his first year as Giant head coach. He thought he was going to be fired. George Young entertained the idea and had conversations with coach Howard Schnellenberger. The fans and press were clamoring for Parcells to be fired. Yet Young stayed with Parcells and the rest is Giants history.

A big Monday night game coming next week against the Cowboys. The Cowboys are a 7.5 point favorite. The Giants are at home. The Cowboys were the Jets sole win in their 1-6 season. Both teams will be up for a battle. Maybe the Giants get Sterling Shepard back. We have Saquon Barkley vs Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott vs Daniel Jones. It is the start of a new era in NFC East rivalries.

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