Time is a flat circle, however we wish to allow you to break it. To that finish, we’ve enlisted two consultants — one conversant in the ins and outs of New York’s soccer groups, the opposite a nationally centered soccer analyst — to reply a necessary query as a weekly service to readers: Is that this workforce good but?
Devin Gordon, who has written about sports activities for ESPN and GQ and is the writer of “So Many Methods to Lose: The Amazin’ True Story of the New York Mets, the Finest Worst Staff in Sports activities,” noticed the Giants from a regionally centered perspective.
Diante Lee, an N.F.L. analyst at Professional Soccer Focus, supplied a nationwide view.
The Giants (1-5), with a number of starters battling accidents, fell to the Los Angeles Rams, 38-11, Sunday.
With operating again Saquon Barkley (sprained ankle) and extensive receiver Kenny Golladay (hyperextended knee) out, and quarterback Daniel Jones coming off a concussion final week towards Dallas, the Giants all however promised an unwatchable efficiency on Sunday afternoon. Credit score the place it’s due, they didn’t disappoint.
Coming off a self-induced helmet-to-helmet collision that knocked Jones out of final week’s recreation towards Dallas — and given the ferocity of the Rams’ (5-1) protection — it’s honest to marvel why Giants Coach Joe Choose put him on the market in any respect. Why not ship out the backup Mike Glennon and let the younger quarterback collect his wits for per week and keep away from Rams rusher Aaron Donald?
Glennon couldn’t have carried out a lot worse. By means of the primary three and a half quarters, Jones led the Giants offense to extra turnovers (4) than factors (3). In the long run, the Rams wound up going to their backup quarterback: After Matthew Stafford’s fourth landing cross put Los Angeles up, 38-3, the Rams might safely flip the offense over to John Wolford within the fourth quarter. They might’ve carried out so after halftime.
Verdict: If you happen to selected apple-picking right now, you’re the actual winner.
Gravity is actual, and Daniel Jones is aware of that common legislation all too nicely. After a sizzling begin to the 2021 season, Jones was yanked violently again to earth in Week 5, solely to hurry again from a head damage to attempt to hold the Giants from spinning uncontrolled towards the Rams.
When Jones wasn’t attempting to flee stress from one Rams defender, he was throwing the soccer to a different. He ended the sport having been sacked 4 instances and thrown three interceptions on 29 of 51 passing. If a quarterback took each snap and threw the ball into the fourth row of the stands, he’d finish the sport with a 39.6 passer ranking. Jones simply eclipsed that quantity with a 44.7 ranking.
As is customary with this workforce, vibrant spots have rapidly turned unhealthy. Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay’s accidents adopted breakout performances within the Giants’ win towards New Orleans. This week, the rookie receiver Kadarius Toney hobbled off with an ankle damage, per week after his 189-yard recreation towards Dallas confirmed he may very well be a loadstone within the receiver rotation. That left Sterling Shepard on an island within the second half, when the Giants had been diminished to lining up Dante Pettis and tight ends as outdoors receivers.
The Giants are nonetheless final within the N.F.C. East and solely a recreation forward of the winless Detroit Lions within the convention. An enormous chunk of the roster is harm, the offensive line nonetheless performs as if blocking cross rushers is non-obligatory and the protection can’t cease a runny nostril.
Aside from that, the white jerseys seemed good right now!
Verdict: Use your Sundays to get forward on vacation buying.