1:00 PM Giants at Miami
lose to the Dolphins 31-16
way things have been going I wasn't expecting much, and that's what I got. The
Giants fell behind 7-0 quickly, and as usual when they start to put some things
together, other things go wrong. On their second possession, rookie Eric Gray
had a 21 yard run taken away by an offensive holding penalty. Sterling Shepard
overcame that with a 13 yard catch for a first down. Then Gray ran for 8 yards,
and Daniel Jones for 2 and a first down. Jones was sacked, and offensive lineman
Ben Bredeson was injured on the next play.
Darius Slayton took a short pass
15 yards for a first down, but three plays later, at the Miami 31-yard line, Jones
lost six yards when he was sacked again. That made it a 55-yard field goal attempt
for Graham Gano which he missed. That's how things seem to go for the Giants.
Their drive lasted over 7 minutes, and they came away with no points, leaving
the Dolphins with good field position.
Again I wasn't expecting much from our
defense when they next took the field. Miami had sliced through them quite easily
on their first drive, but they surprised me. Safety Xavier McKinney forced a fumble,
and Kayvon Thibodeaux recovered the ball. However, after Jones was sacked for
the third time, the offense went three-and-out.
Three plays later, Miami's running back who had fumbled earlier, came up with
a 76-yard touchdown run, and the now we were down 14-0. The Giants then put together
another long drive, with a mix of good and bad plays, including 2 catches by Darren
Waller for 21 and 13 yards. The Giants committed two false starts, but aided by
2 defensive penalties, got down to the Miami 25-yard line. Once again the drive
ended with sack on Jones taking a six yard loss, and another field goal attempt.
Gano was good on this one for 44 yards, and the Giants managed to finally put
up 3 points.
On defense though, they allowed another big play, when Tyreek
Hill caught a short pass from Tua Tagovailoa, and took it 64 yards downfield.
Miami soon had a 3rd-and-goal at the Giants 4-yard line, and the Giants defense
came up with a big play of their own. Tagovailoa threw a pass to the end zone
that was deflected by Bobby Okereke and intercepted by Jason Pinnock, who took
it 102 yards for a defensive touchdown.
I couldn't believe it. We were close
to the end of the half, and the Giants were trailing by just four points. However,
Miami wanted their home crowd fans to believe that they were not done. Tagovailoa
threw a number of passes that went for ten or more yards. Thibodeaux managed to
sack him once, but they were in Giants territory, and Miami kicked a field goal
to extend their lead, and the half ended with the Giants trailing 17-10.
it was a close game, but any thoughts of the Giants keeping it that way vanished
quickly when the Dolphins scored right away on their first possession of the second
half. Three plays in Tagovailoa completed a 69 yard touchdown pass to Hill. The
Giants offense made two first downs and punted, but soon got the ball back when
Bobby Okereke came up with an interception, and they had the ball at the Miami
23-yard line. Yet another offensive holding penalty limited their opportunities,
and Gano added a 37-yard field goal to make the score 24-13.
Miami then changed
their offensive strategy, or just wanted to rest their wide receivers as all they
did on this drive was use their two running backs. There was one pass to one of
them, and all of their 7 carries went for 5 yards or more, except for their last
2-yard touchdown run that ended the third quarter. It was a powerful statement
that the Giants could not stop them. They drove that home when they later sacked
Jones for the sixth time, and knocked him out of the game.
Tyrod Taylor came
in and made a few plays, including scrambling for 9 yards on a 4-and-8th play.
Like some others on the day, this Giants drive ended with a sack on the quarterback
that had Gano coming in, and his 51-yard field goal was good. Later, Taylor was
in for the Giants last possession which ended with him trying to make a 4th-and-3
from the Miami 19-yard line, and he scrambled just short. Overall, it was depressing
to watch the Giants take this 31-16 loss, not just for the loss itself, but for
how it all played out."
Giants defense came up big at times, but also gave up some really big plays. You
have to give them credit with Jason Pinnock returning one of their two interceptions
on Tua Tagovailoa 102 yards for the Giants only touchdown in the game. In fact,
it was the Giants first touchdown scored in the first half of all their games
this season. They also forced a turnover for the first time this season when linebacker
Kayvon Thibodeaux recovered a fumble caused by safety Xavier McKinney. There was
also a sack on Tagovailoa by Thibodeaux, his fourth on the season.
can't look at the good though. The Dolphins put 31 points up on the board, and
that's with the Giants offense controlling the ball for 36 minutes. Two of Miami's
touchdowns were scored in less than a minute of playing time on three plays. They
weren't on short fields as you might think. One started at Miami's 25-yard line,
and the other at their 6.
Their first big touchdown was a Tagovailoa pass
to Tyreek Hill for 69 yards, and the other, a 76 yard run by De'Von Achane. The
Giants allowed 524 total yards, and the 222 yards on the ground averaged 9.7 yards
per carry. By coincidence, or did Miami somehow plan it, their average per pass
play was also 9.7 yards, with Tagovailoa completing 73 percent of his passes.
Giants offense was the usual mess with Daniel Jones working behind an ever shuffling
offensive line that included some just elevated off the practice squad. There
was constant pressure, with false starts and holding calls thrown in for good
measure. Jones took 6 sacks, to go along with the 10 he took last week. He was
not able to return after taking the last one, and Tyrod Taylor came in. Tayler
was sacked once and avoided a few, while taking some big hits in the process.
Darren Waller was more involved as a receiver this game and he caught 8 of 11
passes for 86 yards. That's the most Waller's caught in any game. Wan'Dale Robinson
with 5, had the second most catches today, but for only 11 yards. Robinson came
out in the second half to be checked for a concussion but later returned. Darius
Slayton, Parris Campbell, and Isaiah Hodgins each caught 2 passes. The ground
game totaled only 85 yards, and that's with Jones and Taylor running for 38 of
them. Running backs Eric Gray and Matt Breida shared 21 carries for 46 yards,
and that's not good.
It's obvious that moving forward the Giants need at minimum
Saquon Barkley, left tackle Andrew Thomas, center John Michael Schmitz, and certainly
Jones, if they expect to have some semblance of a working offense. Buffalo is
up next Sunday, and that's not going to be an easy task for the Giants even if
they are at full strength."
| First Quarter
Jaylen Waddle Pass From Tua Tagovailoa for 2 Yds Jason Sanders Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 8 plays, 89 yards, 4:18
| Second Quarter |
De'Von Achane 76 Yd Rush Jason Sanders Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 3 plays, 94
Gano Made 49 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 44 yards, 6:21
Jason Pinnock 102 Yd Interception Return Graham Gano Made Ex. Pt
5 plays, 71 yards, 2:01
Sanders Made 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards, 1:40
Third Quarter |
Tyreek Hill 69 Yd pass from Tua Tagovailoa (Jason Sanders Kick)
3 plays, 75 yards, 0:54
Gano 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards, 2:18
Raheem Mostert 2 Yd Run (Jason Sanders Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards,
Fourth Quarter |
Gano 51 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 18 yards, 3:54
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