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Giants’ Saquon Barkley takes responsibility after loss to Lions

Saquon Barkley

Who was responsible for the New York Giants’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Not the defense that allowed Matthew Stafford to gash them, not Daniel Jones’ fumble either. Saquon Barkley, according to Saquon Barkley.

Barkley — who ran for 64 yards on 13 carries and hauled in eight receptions for 79 yards and a score — takes credit for the loss on Sunday. Specifically, he takes credit for Jones’ fumble lost, as he believes he could have fallen on the ball before the Lions could scoop it.

“I thought it was an incomplete pass, but I had to have better effort on that play,” Barkley said, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN. 

Barkley noted that he felt the Lions did “a really good job delaying the blitz” on the critical fumble play. Of course, he also felt that there is “no excuse” for him missing the responsibility on the play.

“That’s not who I am, that’s not the type of player I am, that’s not the reason why I’m a captain. I have to have better effort on that play,” Barkley continued.

Barkley could have done a better job on that play, yes. However, football is a team sport. It’s a team loss, whether he likes it or not, and one play does not define that win or loss. In all, the Lions bested the Giants during Barkley’s return from his high ankle sprain. All he can do now is go to the film room and correct his mistakes.

At the end of the day, 21 touches for 143 total yards and a touchdown is a good result for Barkley.