FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Giants arrived to Gillette Stadium to play the undefeated Patriots Thursday evening in a really comparable 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 totally 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 positive 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 finest 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 sport towards 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 cross 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.
A minimum of the Giants coach had his quarterback wholesome (two actually, with Daniel Jones and Eli Manning out there). 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 despite three Jones interceptions.
“We take a look at this sport and notice that we will 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 sport. We simply screwed up greater than they did.’’
Even in shedding and even enjoying short-handed, a variety of Giants gamers raised their ranges and made large performs, which must be encouraging going ahead. As a result of this was not a sport 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 cross 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 wonderful 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 sport.
“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 unsuitable place.’’
However ultimately, 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 dealing with the NFL’s No. 1 protection, and that Patriots coach Invoice Belichick owns a 19-5 total document towards rookie quarterbacks (12-Zero at Gillette Stadium).
The numbers coming into the sport illustrated how debilitating the absence of the Giants skill-position starters could be. Barkley, Engram, Shepard and Gallman had accounted for 65 p.c of the Giants’ complete web yards on offense and 7 of their 12 TDs.
It seemed so grim for the Giants coming into the sport that Lawrence Tynes, their former kicker, tweeted this on Tuesday:
“Let me get this straight for our sport vs the Patriots on Thursday.
Can we reschedule? This isn’t superb.’’
No, it wasn’t superb 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: Maintain the sport aggressive.