Giants Week 3 report card: Offense implodes again

Scored the Giants’ 30-12 loss to the 49ers on Thursday night.


Really, no big deal. Daniel Jones (22-33, 137 yards, 1 INT) was a force for Glendale, Arizona.

He couldn’t do anything with his legs (two carries for five yards), a late-game interception was deflected off the hands of tight end Darren Waller, and a high pass slipped through his hands late in the second quarter.

The Giants ended up wasting the final minutes of the first half when WR Parris Campbell slipped and couldn’t get out of bounds. No Saquon Barkley, no rushing attack (29 yards) at all.

LG Shane Lemieux, making his first start this season, was bull rushed by Javon Hargrave and sacked for 8 yards. LT Josh Ezeudu was called for a face mask penalty.

RB Gary Brightwell, who was rarely used, ran and caught for 18 yards on the first series, but also had a drop.

School year:F.

During the game, which the Giants lost 30-12, Darren Waller was unable to make a catch next to 49ers cornerback Isaiah Oliver.
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Deebo Samuel (9-129, 1 TD) didn’t have an answer, but at times he seemed happy to evade the Giants’ arm tackles. Brock Purdy had some heat, passing for 310 yards and two touchdowns.

Do the Giants know how to deal with screen passes?

It didn’t seem that way.

Kayvon Thibodeau got his first sack of the season for the Giants in the ninth quarter, but missed Elijah Mitchell’s arm tackle.

Rookie CB Deonte Banks was robbed by rookie WR Ronnie Bell for a 9-yard TD.

S Jason Pinnock looked like a statue as Mitchell ran for 18 yards.

Xavier McKinney was unable to corral tight end George Kittle on a 29-yard reception. LB Micah McFadden dropped Mitchell on consecutive coverage plays in the second quarter, resulting in a point.

In the third quarter, McFadden tackled McCaffrey for a loss of four yards, and in the fourth he tackled Mitchell for a loss of two yards.

School year:C minus.

special teams

What about Graham Gano’s 57-yard field goal late in the first half?

Gano also ran for 44 yards.

Jamie Gillan lived up to his name as the Scottish Hammer with a spectacular 60-yard punt from his own end zone.

His next shot went for 48 yards, his best performance of the season.

School year:A.


Brian Daboll has to find a way to get his team out of the gate without falling too far behind.

Such a large initial deficit is fatal. Will Daboll aim for a 2-point conversion in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter? Hmm.

Whoever devised the blocking scheme that required TE Daniel Bellinger to deal with Nick Bosa (8-yard sack) needs to rethink that scheme.

It was unfortunate that the offensive line was so flat, but Mike Kafka and company had to expend so many (too many?) resources trying to contain Bosa.

School year:C

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