Freddie Kitchens’ Offense Struggle in Giants Win

Just six days after the New York Giants fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and they have their fourth win on the season.   The defense came up BIG in this game as they forced four Eagles turnovers.  This was the 8th game in a row the Giants have had an interception.  The score does not really tell how close this game was.  As Jalen Reagor dropped would have been the game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds left in the game.

Now let’s talk about how the offense fared in their first game under Freddie Kitchens.  I would hardly call the change at coordinator earth-shattering since the offense did not look much better under Kitchens compared to how the offense operated under Garrett. But, unfortunately, the offense stalled again once it reached the red zone and settled for three field goals.  The Giants targeted playmakers Kenny Golladay and Evan Engram more frequently, but the run game was missing. As a result, the Giants continued to struggle in the red zone, as they got inside the 35-yard line on five drives but came up with a single touchdown.  

“Not every play was perfect. There are a lot of things we’re going to have to make sure we correct. However, in terms of those guys working together operationally with it, I was very pleased with it.” – Head Coach Joe Judge

The Giants rushing offense was a joke in this game.  Outside of the run for 32 yards, Saquon Barkley had 12 rushes for 8 yards.  Barkley was stopped for a loss on three different occasions.  The offensive line did not allow a sack, which is a just statical improvement.  However, the unit still played like one of the worst in the league.  Matt Peart must be really in the dog house as Nate Solder played every down at right tackle and played much like you would expect a 33-year old lineman to play.  

Ian Rapport of NFL Network is reporting that Dave Gettleman will not return for 2022.  Fans should be rejoicing after hearing this news.  I would expect Kevin Abrams to get a look for the GM job or someone Judge is familiar with within the New England front office.  The job should be attractive as the Giants have two top 10 picks in the 2022 draft.  

Up Next

The Giants head down to Miami and face a Dolphins team that suddenly is on a four-game win streak.

Prediction – Dolphins 24 – Giants 17