Written by: Glenn Warciski
Undermanned and playing on the road, unfortunately on a short week, the Giants fought and played gritty. Ultimately, the outcome was a 21 point loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. This 2019 Giants team is streaky. Lose 2. Win 2. Lose 2. After six games, the Giants have a record of 2-4. Will they bounce back from this disappointing loss? Or will there be an avalanche of losses?
In this offseason, after trading then Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr, Giants GM Dave Gettleman discussed culture.
“There’s more to it than just collecting talent,” said Gettleman. “There is a cultural thing to it that’s critical. I have not been on a team that’s gone to a Super Bowl that’s had a culture problem.”
Asked if the Giants had one, a smiling Gettleman responded, “Not anymore.”
While watching the game, it was apparent, the Giants played their best game of the year, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Despite the lopsided statistics which were in favor of the Patriots, the Giants were locked into a one score game until the middle of the fourth quarter. It was not until the back breaking fumble by Giants rookie running back Jonathan Hilliman, which was scooped up by the most under-rated and awesome linebacker in the NFL Kyle Van Noy, who in turn scampered in for a touchdown to give the Patriots an insurmountable 14 point lead. Game Over.
Up until this point, it is my belief, this Giants team has unity and a desire to give it their all. Despite being outgained 427 to 213 yards on offense, the Giants hung around with a chance although remote to win this game. As indicated by what Gettleman talked about in the offseason. They did show me a willingness to fight and not give up at Gillette Stadium on Thursday Night. But will it last? The key is for Giants head coach Pat Shurmur to have his team play like this going forward.
Giants special teams have been good all year. The blocked punt by the Patriots which lead to the first score was a punch in the Giants stomach. Recall, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a special teams coach at one point in his life. I believe when going over Giants game film, he found a soft spot in the Giants punt blocking scheme.
Giants second year linebacker Lorenzo Carter made a splash play. His strip sack of Tom Brady, allowed Giants LB Markus Golden to pick up the loose ball and take it to the house for the Giants second touchdown of the game. This knotted up the score at 14 to 14. Who did Carter beat on the play? A familiar face to Giants fans. Marshall Newhouse. This turnstile is still playing in the NFL. This tells us there is a dearth of talent at offensive line at the pro level.
Turnovers: Pat Shurmur has to stop the turnover bleeding. The Giants turned the ball over 4 times vs the Redskins, one vs the Vikings, and 4 last night against the Patriots. Nine turnover in the last 3 games. According to Bill Parcells, “Turnovers: Most important statistic in football.” This shit has to stop.
Shurmur game mismanagement continues……
Challenging the “fumble” by Patriots WR Julian Edelman. According to Fox’s Mike Pereira, Edelman did not make the football move- a second step.
Challenging pass interference which was not called. Unless it is egregious, the booth officials will not overturn. Stick this in your pocket, Shurmur.
Then down 14 points, the Giants have the ball on their own 33 yard line with about 7 minutes left in the game. It is a 4th and 2. Go for it. Why did Shurmur punt?
Tom Brady: If one looks at the boxscore, he had a good game. At one point, he had seven straight incompletions. A lot of credit has to go to Giants DC James Bettcher and his defense. When does Brady have a streak of seven straight incompletions?
Since 2012, the Giants have a 3-5 record on Thursday Night Football.
Lastly, it was bizarre watching a Patriots vs Giants game with Eli Manning not playing.