Written by: Glenn Warciski
In a surreal and empty MetLife Stadium-(Covid America), the Giants, under new head coach Joe Judge, could not get a win. The losing, unfortunately, has become a Giant Pandemic. Since 2017, the Giants have a 12-37 record. Go back to 2013, the Giants have a record of 42-70. Since Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was unceremoniously fired, the Giants have become a huge dumpster fire. Unquestionably, the worst team in the NFL. The shit show continues.
What continues is the lack of execution. Needless to say, they had chances to win this game. Early in the first quarter, the Giants recovered a fumble on the Pittsburgh 3 yard line, but could not take advantage of Pittsburgh’s miscue. Instead of scoring a touchdown, the Giants settled for a measly field goal. Keep in mind, this team built by Dave Gettleman is designed to run the ball. It is unacceptable, especially with Saquon Barkley as your franchise running back, not to get a touchdown in this spot. One run by Barkley and two incomplete passes. Extremely disappointing.
Then later in the 3rd quarter, trailing 16-10, the Giants offense put together an impressive 19 play 87 yard drive which culminated, unfortunately, with a Daniel Jones blunder. Inexplicably, Jones threw up a duck which was intercepted in the end zone. This was the turning point of the game. After this deflating interception, the Steelers scored two more times to put the game away.
Giants WR Darius Slayton is an emerging star. As pointed out in my prediction post, he is the real deal. Slayton finished the evening with 6 catches for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Hog Mollies? This Giants offensive line sucks. Pittsburgh’s defensive front dominated the line of scrimmage. With all the hoopla about this new improved line and Gettleman is a good drafter, well, the Giants rushed for an anemic 29 yards. In addition to the piss poor run blocking, the pass blocking was crappy too. The Steelers sacked Jones THREE times.
Barkley had 15 rushing attempts for SIX yards. This is embarrassing. His average per attempt is 0.4 yards per rush. Giants are not going to win many games if the line cannot open up holes for Barkley.
Daniel Jones did not fumble! This is an uptick. But the interception bugaboo continues to be problematic. Jones threw two picks. This Giants team does not have enough talent to win many games. They cannot lose the turnover battle (Minus 1 in turnover differential) and expect to win.
Over his three years as GM, Gettleman has collected run stuffing defensive lineman. With all these big bodies along the defensive line, the Giants allowed the Steelers to rush for 141 yards. Unbelievable! Gettleman’s mantra of running the football and stopping the run? The Giants were awful.
Leonard Williams- He had a good game and was “buzzing” around Big Ben. 5 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 2 quarterback hits, and one sack. The sack was on Big Ben. He held onto the ball too long. And Williams took advantage of Ben’s mistake.
The Joe Judge era begins with a loss. Can he get his team to execute better next week?
Tony will have a more comprehensive review in his Prophet’s Point After.