Last Sunday, the New York Giants suffered one of the most embarrassing losses in recent memory when the Dallas Cowboys blew the doors off the Giants defense. With a final score of 44-20, the Giants were left with only 4 of 11 offensive starters. The number of injuries this team has sustained in just one week is flat-out insane.
Before the team got off the plane, the Giants knew they would be without Sterling Shepard (leading the team in receptions and yards) and Darius Slayton. In addition, the left side of the offensive line did not start, as left tackle Andrew Thomas tried to battle through a foot injury in pregame warmups. Still, the medical staff erred on the side of caution and kept him out, except for emergency situations. Left guard and early season surprise Ben Bredeson was also out with a hand injury.
So the Giants were without four starters before the start of the game. However, fans need to give the Giants some credit; they kept the game close in the first half. Except for the Dallas score in the final minute, the Giants forced two turnovers and held the Cowboys offense in check.
Then the injury bug went loose. Saquon Barkley stepped on a defender’s foot in a non-contact injury and rolled his ankle, and it looked serious. The picture of his ankle after they took his shoe off was grotesque. Many of us have rolled our ankles playing sports and the like, but not many have seen such severe swelling so quickly. But wait! There’s more!
Later in the first half, our genius offensive coordinator Jason Garrett called a rollout on 3rd and Goal with no blockers out front for Daniel Jones. Jones lowered his head, and the defender caught him helmet-to-helmet. Jones looked excessively dizzy and unsteady, and everyone who saw that knew a concussion protocol was necessary for our starting quarterback. Yet another reason for Garrett to be fired!
Now Mike Glennon did his best to move the ball down the field, but he missed a bunch of open passes and tossed a couple of bad interceptions. Glennon is not the answer for us at QB, much like Colt McCoy was not last season. But then, the icing on the cake was when Kenny Golladay didn’t come out after the half. Golladay hyperextended his knee on a play with Trevon Diggs earlier in the game but could not play through the injury.
So here we are in the 3rd quarter, missing two offensive linemen, our star running back, our starting QB, and our top three wideouts. It was no surprise that the Giants were outscored 27-10 in the 2nd half of this game. The defense allowed over 200 yards rushing and 300 over yards passing. Not precisely the effort that David Gettleman, Joe Judge, and Patrick Graham expected when they put this defensive roster together.
This week the Giants should return Shepard, Slayton, and Thomas to the lineup. So they should have some help for Glennon against the Rams, but Saquon will miss a few weeks. The Giants won’t know more about Daniel Jones until later in the week. He remains in the concussion protocol, and who knows how long that will last.
If Shepard, Slayton, and Golladay can’t go on Sunday, fans will see CJ Board, John Ross, and Collin Johnson play. After that, it will be up to the defense to continue to figure out ways to get pressure on Matt Stafford and the LA Rams offense. It’s doubtful that the offense with Glennon at the helm and without Saquon will have enough firepower to stay in a high-scoring game.
Players To Watch
Kadarius Toney – Look for the rookie to build on his impressive ten reception, 186-yard game next week against the Rams. The Rams lost Darios Williams to the IR with an ankle injury, so the Giants may target David Long or Robert Rochell to avoid Jalen Ramsey.
Prediction – LA Rams 27 Giants 10
The Giants get blown out again without Jones and Barkley in the lineup. In addition, Shepard, Golladay, Slayton, and left tackle Andrew Thomas are still questionable heading into this game. This game could turn ugly pretty quickly for the G-Men if starters keep dropping at this alarming rate.