7:15 PM Steelers at Giants
lose to the Steelers 26-16
watching the two NFC East 'favorites' Cowboys and Eagles take losses on the opening
day weekend, I was hoping the Giants could do as well as Washington and surprise
everyone. In some ways they did. The Giants got off to a good start, but it didn't
last. They scored first after the special teams unit recovered the punt following
their opening drive.
The Giants couldn't punch it in from the Pittsburgh 3-yard
line with Saquon Barkley, and incomplete passes to Darius Slayton and Evan Engram,
and they settled for a field goal. The defense had the Steelers 3-and-out, but
let them tie the score on their next turn. The Giants followed that up with a
touchdown when Slayton caught a 41 yard pass from Daniel Jones. The Giants were
up 10-3, and I was wishing I was at the stadium to enjoy things with other fans.
thought didn't last long. After another nice 3-and-out by the Giants defense,
Jones next pass was intercepted by T.J. Watt. Ben Roethlisberger soon threw a
touchdown pass. As luck would have it, the point after attempt failed, so the
Giants still held a 10-9 lead. Unfortunately, that's all the luck the Giants had
as Roethlisberger threw another touchdown pass right before the half ended, and
the Giants were trailing 16-10.
When the Giants next got the ball, mostly working
no huddle, they moved from their 9-yard line all the way down to the Pittsburgh
4-yard line. That's when Jones was hit while throwing and his pass to Slayton
was intercepted. The spark was gone after that, and the Steelers were able to
add another field goal and a touchdown, before the Giants scored again with less
than two minutes left.
I guess I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up so high
from what I saw early on. Everything is all pretty new to the Giants with all
the coaching and player changes this year. Anyway, Pittsburgh left town with a
26-16 win, and hopefully the Giants will be able to work off this first game experience
before they set off to Chicago for the second one."
we said in the preview, the Giants were at a disadvantage here, heading into this
season with a new head coach and coaching staff. Mike Tomlin had made very few
changes to his staff, and was also able to build off last year's experiences with
most of the players. For the Giants and Joe Judge, everything was brand new.
Tate was listed as questionable, and did not play in a game where they could have
used every hand on deck. Sterling Shepard caught every pass Jones tossed his way,
and was 6 of 6 for 47 yards. Darius Slayton had 6 catches for 102 yards, and 2
touchdowns. That's the end of the good news.
While the offensive line allowed
Daniel Jones opportunities to be effective, they provided nothing for Saquon Barkley.
Jones had more rushing yards than Barkley, who finished up with 6 yards on 15
carries. He actually had ten times that yardage catching 6 passes for 60 yards,
which put him second in receiving yards. Maybe that's how they should have used
him after seeing how poorly the running game was working out in the first half.
Steelers are a tough team to go up against, and for awhile the Giants held their
own. They led at one point 10-3, fell behind, and could have taken the lead again
after pushing the Steelers around in the third quarter with an impressive 19 play
drive. They really needed to come away with some points right there instead of
an interception that killed the drive.
In this first game there were many players,
close to twenty, who had never played for the Giants before, trying to get their
acts together. Head coach Joe Judge will have them learn from the mistakes and
missed opportunities. We'll see how much they build
off this game next week in Chicago against the Bears. They need for that to happen.
In less than a month the Giants will begin a stretch that includes five of their
six divisional games."
| First Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 21 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yard, 0:50
- FIELD GOAL
Chris Boswell 41 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 59 yards, 6:11
Second Quarter |
Darius Slayton 41 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
6 plays, 75 yards, 2:04
Juju Smith-Schuster 10 Yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell PAT failed)
Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yards, 3:34
James Washington 13 Yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell Kick)
info: 8 plays, 78 yards, 1:25
| Third Quarter
| Fourth Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Chris Boswell 36 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yards, 3:58
JuJu Smith-Schuster 8 Yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yards, 7:00
Darius Slayton 7 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yards, 3:31
Daniel Jones has thrown at least one
touchdown pass in each of his first 13 career starts.
Slayton, Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard each had 6 receptions.The
following players made their Giants debut:
Andrew Thomas, Darnay Holmes, Carter
Coughlin, Dion Lewis, Levine Toilolo, Cameron Fleming, C.J. Board, Damion Ratley,
Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, Adrian Colbert, Isaac
Yiadom, Austin Johnson, Nate Ebner, Brandon Williams, Graham Gano, Casey Kreiter.
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