The Thursday night prime time game between the New York Giants and washington Football Team was a roller coaster of a matchup. There was a whirlwind of emotions for both fanbases throughout the evening. However, the Giants wound up being the culprit of their own demise with multiple mistakes and leaving points on the board. It’s time to look at our three biggest Giants takeaways from the Thursday night game.
No fanbase wants to see their team lose, especially the way the Giants did on Thursday night. After Washington botched a field goal, New York was called offsides, gifting the Washington Football Team a second chance. The Giants had the win in the bag and gave it away due to a bonehead mistake. This Giants-Washington game was out of control, and New York received the worst part of it.
The Giants fall 0-2 and look like the worst team in their division right now. They could be in huge trouble, as they’ve put themselves in a hole that could be too deep to get out of. Although Daniel Jones played decently, the opposing quarterback still outplayed him. Additionally, Saquon Barkley doesn’t look like himself, and Kenny Golladay looks like the human form of the word “toxic.” With that said, here are the three biggest Giants takeaways after their devastating loss to Washington.
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3. Daniel Jones was outplayed by a backup quarterback
Daniel Jones ended the evening with a respectable stat line. He recorded 249 yards through the air and a touchdown pass. He proved to be a threat on the ground as well after finishing as the team’s leading rusher with 95 yards and an additional touchdown. Even so, all eyes are on Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke, as the backup put up more impressive numbers than Jones.
New York is in an odd scenario right now with Daniel Jones. They have the rest of the season to formulate their decision. However, the front office is likely questioning if Jones is the franchise quarterback for this team or not. Keep an eye on Jones, as his future in New York is cloudy.
2. Saquon Barkley looks uncomfortable
In his first two games back from a serious knee injury, Saquon Barkley hasn’t looked his best for the Giants so far. His knee might be fully healthy, but it seems Barkley isn’t quite there mentally. Maybe he doesn’t trust his knee yet, or his confidence could be low due to the limited opportunities he’s received so far.
Either way, the first two games for the Giants were not ideal for Saquon Barkley. He faced a tough Denver Broncos defense in Week 1 just to turn around on a short week to play a tough Washington Football Team defense. He now has time to prepare for New York’s Week 3 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. We’ll see how it plays out, but the next matchup is a perfect time for Barkley to finally bounce back.
1. What’s going on with Kenny Golladay?
No, seriously. What is going on with Kenny Golladay? The Giants paid the man a massive contract and he’s been nearly non-existent in New York’s offense. It’s not like he’s being ignored either, as Jones targeted Golladay eight times. The result of those eight targets ended up being a measly three receptions for 38 yards. He also had two drops on the night, which is a bad look for a guy who just signed a big contract.
Additionally, Kenny Golladay was seen yelling at Daniel Jones on the sideline. Maybe he was just frustrated, but based on how Golladay was playing, it should’ve been Jones yelling at his wide receiver. We’ll see if Golladay bounces back from this, but for right now, it seems as though the Giants spent their money unwisely.