The New York Giants pathetically lost to the Chicago Bears 29-3 in Week 17. The Giants' historically bad offense weighed them down while their defense made the Bears own offense look like one of the NFL's best. Not only that, but Giants fans were treated to a wild postgame rant by head coach Joe Judge. After the Giants-Bears game, we'll be releasing our Giants Week 17 takeaways.
The Giants came into the game against the Bears having lost four games in a row- and they looked like it. In a truly horrific effort, the Giants managed to produce just three points, negative passing yardage and four turnovers while allowing the Bears offense to score 25-plus points for just the fourth time this season. However, it wasn't all bad. Giants star running back Saquon Barkley carried Mike Glennon and the offense, running for over 100 yards for the first time this season.
Still, despite Barkley's better efforts, the Giants lost in pathetic fashion. That said, here are our Giants Week 17 takeaways from their horrific loss to the Bears.
New York Giants Week 17 Takeaways
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3. The Giants need a better backup quarterback for next season
No offense to Mike Glennon, but that was hard to watch. Glennon, who actually injured his wrist during the loss to the Bears, was beyond bad. He threw for just 24 yards but tossed two interceptions, fumbled twice and was sacked four times. It was a historically bad performance and was nowhere near good enough to give New York even a remote chance to win. A backup quarterback should at least allow a team to be competitive, which Glennon has not done this season. The Giants need to invest resources in a better backup quarterback for next season.
2. Saquon Barkley was magnificent
Giants star Saquon Barkley carried the offense on a day when nearly everything went wrong. Barkley ran for 102 yards on 21 carries. He wasn't explosive, as his longest run of the day went for 10 yards, However, Barkley helped New York sustain drives with his running, as he was able to find room here and there against the Bears defense, using his vision to find holes. He accounted for 102 of the Giants' 151 yards, truly a great performance on a horrible day. Even though New York lost in pathetic fashion, Saquon Barkley gave Giants fans something to be proud of.
1. Joe Judge's job is probably safe but maybe it shouldn't be
This was one of the most embarrassing Giants losses of all time. Yes, it was great to see the fire from Joe Judge, who clearly feels the sting of losing just as much as the angriest of New York fans. However, no amount of ranting and passion can erase what happened on the field against the Bears. New York looked lost. They were historically bad. Worst of all, it happened on Judge's watch, who promised to bring a Giants team that would make New Yorkers proud. That did not happen on Sunday against the Bears and if it doesn't happen in a winnable Week 18 matchup against the Washington Football Team, then something may need to change.