Oct 13 For a few possessions, Tom Brady had to be having Super Bowl flashbacks. He dropped back to pass and saw nothing but white Giants jerseys in his face. Instead of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora, it was Markus Golden and Lorenzo Carter.
The Giants hired coach Pat Shurmur last year largely so he could mold quarterback Eli Manning's replacement. But if Shurmur doesn't get enough next season out of that replacement, Daniel Jones, he could be finished with the Giants, after just three seasons.
Oct 12 The Giants gave a superhuman defensive effort Thursday night (no matter the misleading final score) in a game nobody expected to be competitive for even a half. The Giants entered Gillette Stadium as 17-point underdogs, the largest number they faced since at least 1980.
So, how do we measure this? What are we to make of the Giants loss to the Patriots on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium as it pertains to how they'll do going forward? Their defense, indeed, played well, disrupting Tom Brady, who was sacked three times and intercepted once, and generally preventing him from finding a rhythm for most of the night.Oct 11 Giants lose to the Patriots 35-14.
On the Game Game 6
Gamegirl ..."I was pretty hopeful the way things were going for awhile..."
Mikefan ..."You weren't expecting much going into this game, but think about it, I'd say you got more than you expected..."
Patriots force 4 turnovers, beat Giants 35-14 to reach 6-0.
Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Patriots, 35-14.
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(2-3) Patriots (5-0)
Oct 10 The Giants are 17-point underdogs and won't have three critical offensive weapons against the NFL's best defense. And Jones will be making his fourth career start against Tom Brady, who is 117-19 in regular season home games. Jones will need a huge showing from wide receiver Golden Tate and the Giants' full-strength defense in order to even keep this game close.
Oct 9 Though Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram may miss Thursday night's game, and Sterling Shepard and Wayne Gallman will be out as they deal with concussions, it looks as if Big Blue will get inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis back. Both practiced fully Tuesday after missing each of the last two games.
Giants could be without wide receiver Sterling Shepard for several weeks,
after he suffered his second concussion in five weeks Sunday against the Minnesota
Oct 7 Giants lose to the Vikings 28-10.
On the Game Game 5
Gamegirl ..."I was hoping the Giants could make it three wins in a row..."
Mikefan ..."The Giants were overmatched in this game, but they put up a good showing at times..."
Cousins, Thielen lead Vikings in dominant 28-10 win over Giants.
Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Vikings, 28-10.
Giants hit with reality check in Daniel Jones' first loss.
Giants offensive line makes Daniel Jones' life miserable.
Daniel Jones had no chance as Giants offensive line hangs him out to dry.
Daniel Jones now knows how Eli Manning used to feel after Vikings beatdowns.
Golden Tate already unhappy about his role with Giants.
Vikings douse cold water on optimism around Giants' undermanned defense.
Giants passing game unable to makeup for running back injuries.
Vikings manhandle undermanned Giants, 28-10.
Too many mistakes in Giants' 28-10 loss to Vikings
Minnesota Vikings soundly defeated the New York Giants 28-10.
Minnesota Vikings 28 - New York Giants 10.
Game 5 Preview
Giants (2-2) Vikings
Oct 6 Ryan Connelly was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee. He had interceptions in each of the last two weeks and had taken command of the huddle with co-captain Alec Ogletree sidelined with a hamstring injury. Here are three ways how the Giants can compensate defensively for the loss of Connelly.
Oct 5 Janoris Jenkins swallowed some pride but still felt plenty hungry for redemption. The Giants' top cornerback prefers to shadow an opponent's best wide receiver no matter where he goes on the field - it's a badge of honor, really - but last week Jenkins remained on the left side of the defense no matter how the Washington Redskins lined up before the snap.
Before Daniel Jones takes a snap from center, before he throws a pass or hands off to one of his running backs, the rookie quarterback must make pre-snap reads that normally determine the success or failure of a play. And it might be the hardest part of the job for a rookie quarterback to learn. It helps to have Eli Manning as a tutor.
Oct 4 After a quiet NFL debut, Dexter Lawrence has steadily played better, assuaging some of the fears that the Giants got bamboozled in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Included in the package was the No. 17-overall pick in the 2019 draft, which the Giants used to take the massive Lawrence out of Clemson.
Barkley continued to amaze onlookers when he not only was running but also
jumping around during the part of practice open to the media.
can't cave amid sudden Saquon Barkley return talk. Barkley is in a rush to
return. The Giants should not rush him back.
New York Giants just added a new weapon for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.
Wide receiver Golden Tate was officially added to the active roster Tuesday following
a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse polic.
On Sunday, Janoris Jenkins picked off two passes. Today, he picked up the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. Jenkins, the Giants' eight-year veteran cornerback, was responsible for three of the team's four interceptions in its 24-3 victory against the Washington Redskins. He also had four tackles (three solo).
Oct 1 The Giants' linebacker corps took another hit Sunday when Ryan Connelly left the Washington game with a knee injury. Tests confirmed today that the promising rookie suffered a torn ACL, adding to an injury report that already included defensive co-captain Alec Ogletree and Tae Davis.
Following the Giants' 24-3 win over the Washington Redskins, Giants' head coach Pat Shurmur mentioned that the coaching staff implemented a "few tweaks" on the defensive side of the ball.Sept 30 Giants win over Washington 24-3.
On the Game Game 4
Gamegirl ..."Two wins in a row. We have to keep this going..."
Mikefan ..."The Giants defense came up big in this game..."
Jones, defense lead Giants over winless Redskins, 24-3.
Instant Analysis: Defense propels Giants to 24-3 victory over Redskins.
Daniel Jones' home debut turns into Giants laugher over Redskins.
Daniel Jones' handling of his first Giants headache says it all.
Daniel Jones brilliant at times, fighting through growing pains.
Dwayne Haskins is wrong: Giants definitely did NOT mess up drafting Daniel Jones.
Landon Collins not exactly crying about Redskins losing: 'I did my job'.
Daniel Jones delivers inspiring encore in 24-3 win over Washington.
Wayne Gallman promised to show people what he could do.
The Giants soundly defeated the Washington Redskins 24-3 at MetLife Stadium.
Washington will lose the fan base if they don't change something soon.
Redskins struggle offensively in loss to New York.
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(1-2) Redskins (0-3)
Sept 29 The Giants admired and came to depend on many attributes Landon Collins brought to the field. His 22 solo tackles leads the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. Opposing quarterbacks have targeted him 12 times and Collins has allowed 11 receptions, tied for the third-most in the league.
When trying to answer the question of why Daniel Jones is starting for the suddenly rejuvenated Giants as Dwayne Haskins lingers on the bench for the winless Washington Redskins, it's as simple as those three words. Jones made 36 career starts in a pro-style offense at Duke. Haskins made 14 career starts in a quick-read spread offense at Ohio State. Only one of those two rookie quarterbacks entered the NFL ready to start.
Sept 28 Overshadowed by Daniel Jones, this other Giants rookie already is making big plays. Darius Slayton debuted against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with three catches for 82 yards, including a 46-yarder to set up a touchdown after Daniel Jones extended the play with his feet.
When the team decided that Manning would be heading to the bench in favor of rookie Daniel Jones, head coach Pat Shurmur went as far as to reach out to Coughlin to inform him of the team's decision before it was ultimately announced.
Sept 27 Jabrill Peppers knows what the Giants' defense has to do to help Daniel Jones. Doing it will be the hard part. The Giants (1-2) have buried themselves on defense in the first-half of each of their first three games, forcing the offense to play catch-up. That has to change, otherwise Jones is going to have create miracle after miracle like he did last Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Giants still have a confidence about them, even though they know they're missing
their best player. They think they can survive life without Saquon Barkley, even
if it turns out to be for the next two months.
Sept 25 Daniel Jones' debut opened eyes across the NFL, but perhaps the most impressive element of an impressive first career start was the Giants' rookie quarterback's performance when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense brought extra pressure Sunday.
While Pro Football Focus rates the Giants' offensive line 14th in the NFL after three weeks, the play we saw in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has to give fans and the team pause. Daniel Jones was sacked five times that game in addition to being hit 11 times.
Sept 24 There was a "Why now?" vibe as Pat Shurmur announced one week ago he was starting Daniel Jones and benching Eli Manning. A day after Jones thrilled the Giants and their fans while making a statement heard around the NFL, another question was set on the table for the head coach: What took you so long? As in, do you wish you made this move two weeks ago, to start the season?
Giants' fears were confirmed on Monday morning when they learned that Saquon
Barkley will be out 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain. They're going to have
to bring in a veteran running back - and one who can really play.
On the Game Game 3
Gamegirl ..."Wow! On the edge of my seat until the end of this game.."
Mikefan ..."Great start for Daniel Jones. Who knows where they go from here..."
Instant Analysis: Daniel Jones leads comeback victory in first NFL start.
Daniel Jones lifts Giants on game-winning comeback drive.
No one for Giants' Janoris Jenkins to blame this time but himself.
Magic of Daniel Jones gives Giants reason to believe.
Daniel Jones is Giants hero in incredible comeback win.
Why Daniel Jones' debut was exactly what the Giants needed.
Giants' defense paved way for Daniel Jones' special moment.
Comeback kid! Jones rallies Giants past Bucs in 1st start.
Giants overcome 18-point deficit as Daniel Jones leads dramatic 4th-quarter comeback.
Ten measures of improbability for Giants' win vs. Buccaneers.
Daniel Jones leads stirring rally without Saquon Barkley as Big Blue beats the Bucs.
Daniel Jones and the Giants come back from 18 down.
Saquon Barkley's sad injury is Giants damper.
Saquon Barkley upbeat despite injury.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers blow 18-point lead, fall to New York Giants 32-31.
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(0-2) Tampa Bay (1-1)
Sept 22 NFL rules on limited contact prohibited Giants rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker from playing his preferred style during minicamp practices. But what's the explanation for it now? Are the Giants misusing Baker by not allowing him play to his strengths in games?
Daniel Jones' Giants journey is unlike any other. The story, of course, is as much about who he is replacing as how he performs. A year ago, Daniel Jones was living the perfect life of a BMOC, allowed to roam the Duke campus as a football hero and virtually unknown to the world beyond. Now, he becomes the QB1 of the New York Giants.
Sept 21 Everyone knew that the New York Giants would make the change from Daniel Jones to Eli Manning at some point this season. Few, however, were expecting the change to come so soon. After the Giants fell to 0-2 following their loss to the Buffalo Bills, the team's brass made the decision to promote Daniel Jones to the starting quarterback role.
Sterling Shepard took the hit, stumbled to the ground, struggled to get up and was "pretty sure" he had a concussion in the third quarter of the Giants' Week 1 game against the Cowboys. But the wide receiver refused to take himself out of the game, and neither the Giants nor the NFL's independent spotters saw enough to force him to the sideline.
Sept 20 So far, the Giants' defense has lived down to expectations. And that's a troubling sign as rookie quarterback Daniel Jones prepares to make his first start, Sunday at the Buccaneers. Because if defensive coordinator James Bettcher and Co. don't give Jones some help, the kid is doomed - on Sunday and beyond.
DeAndre Baker insists his confidence has not been lacking, even if his coverage has been. The Giants' rookie cornerback has taken his licks through the first two games of the season and is allowing opposing quarterbacks to record a perfect 158.3 passer rating when they throw his way.
Sept 19 Daniel Jones is confident he will succeed in his new assignment. The 22-year-old rookie will be the first quarterback to make his pro debut in a Giants uniform since the player he is replacing, Eli Manning, did so in 2004.
This may not be the end of Eli Manning. "My gut told me it was the right time, but that narrative that you don't bring Eli back, I think that's just something for us all to talk about," head coach Pat Shurmur said.
Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur are on the clock after creating this Giant mess with Eli Manning. Daniel Jones has more than enough on his plate before his first career NFL start to worry about what might happen if he fails.
Sept 18 Every year, there are changes made to the personnel of a pro football team, changes that often don't get more than a second glance or mention from the media. But the New York Giants decision to officially pass the quarterback torch from long-time veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones after the team's third straight 0-2 start is the exception.
Thanks, Eli. And I know I am speaking for all Giants fans, including the ones who agree that the time has finally come for you to hand the ball over to young Daniel Jones.
Why Giants' switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones must be permanent -- no matter what Reversing this decision could open a door that would be difficult -- and messy -- to close.
Sept 17 Special
Report - It has to happen, sooner or later, and from what the vibes were around
the Giants on Monday, after the second loss in the first two games of this season,
the answer seems to be sooner. We're talking about Eli Manning losing his starting
job, of course, and he is no stranger to the process.
Sept 16 Giants lose to the Bills 28-14.
On the Game Game 2
Gamegirl ..."The Giants got off to a good start, but that ended fast. Wait, I said that exact same thing last week..."
Mikefan ..."Eli Manning has no receivers he can trust, and the defense is still finding itself..."
Instant Analysis: Giants lose to Bills, 28-14.
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Giants Takeaways from Sunday's 28-14 loss to Bills.
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Giants WRs hit rock bottom vs. Buffalo Bills, but that should surprise no one.
TJ Jones making statement as surprise Giants wideout.
Giants defense of fool's gold.
Angry Giants fans can't leave fast enough.
Giants blame game begins with Janoris Jenkins dig.
How much longer does Eli Manning really have?
Is it worth it for the Giants to start Daniel Jones?
Bills' defense rights itself after shaky start against Giants.
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(0-1) Buffalo (1-0)
Sept 15 It's all about Saquon Barkley on Sunday. It has to be for the Giants to win. It wasn't about him nearly enough in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. It must be all about him on offense in this high-pressure home opener against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.
Sept 14 The names and faces have changed. The story hasn't. The Giants were the NFL's 30th-ranked team in sacks during a three-win 2017 season. They finished 31st in the category during last year's five-win campaign. They enter Sunday's matchup with the Bills as one of three teams in the league without a sack, and they pressured Dak Prescott on just 4-of-32 dropbacks.
Saquon Barkley is jumping in to save the day for a dissed Giants fan ... he just invited the little kid who was roasted by DeMarcus Lawrence to a game in November!!! 11-year-old Kamil Bautista -- a NY fan living in McAllen, Texas -- drove 9 hours with his family to watch the Cowboys play the Giants in Dallas last weekend. But, after the game when he was searching for autographs from players outside the stadium ... Lawrence blew him off, telling him his Barkley jersey was the wrong team!!!
Sept 13 Giants have to find ways to get Saquon Barkley the ball more. Shurmur often seems to fall on the side of using his brilliant players as decoys or assuming that just because opponents focus on stopping them that they actually can stop them.
The New York Giants have waited the better part of two years to feel comfortable trusting dynamic tight end Evan Engram with a major role in their offense. Now, with the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. and the spate of injuries to the Giants' wide receiving corps, the team is turning to Engram in a big way.
Sept 12 The New York Giants have waited the better part of two years to feel comfortable trusting dynamic tight end Evan Engram with a major role in their offense. Now, with the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. and the spate of injuries to the Giants' wide receiving corps, the team is turning to Engram in a big way.
Giants will get close-up look at the QB they passed on. When evaluating the quarterbacks in the 2018 draft, Pat Shurmur studied all of the top prospects. After all, the Giants owned the No. 2 overall pick and, though the front office fell in love with Saquon Barkley, the Giants did have 37-year-old Eli Manning and general manager Dave Gettleman understood the need, sooner rather than later, to find a successor.
Sept 11 The Giants did not come close to winning in Week 1, but there is no doubt they have put together a far upgraded product on their offensive line. Eli Manning was sacked one time in 44 drop backs, and that was on a poorly designed fourth-down rollout.
Sept 10 Why does it sometimes seem like Giants head coach Pat Shurmur needs to be reminded that Barkley is on the field? Barkley was sensational in the Giants' opener on Sunday. He was also sensationally underused.
The Giants' defensive struggles were across the board. They recorded recorded no sacks and, according to Pro Football Focus, had just three quarterback hits and three hurries. There were also missed assignments. There was bad tackling. There was bad technique and execution. There were key penalties.
It suddenly appears the Giants will be going into their home opener Sunday against the Bills at MetLife Stadium without their top receiver. Sterling Shepard sustained a concussion in the season-opening 35-17 loss to the Cowboys and is in the protocol program.
Rookie cornerback Corey Ballentine didn't fly from Dallas back to New Jersey with his team Sunday night. That's because he instead flew to Kansas, to testify against the man who allegedly murdered his friend.