It was a longshot for the NY Giants to qualify for the playoffs but there was hope when the franchise led the NFC East with a 5-7 record. However, a 27-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens stretched the team’s losing streak to three games and nearly guaranteed the Giants to miss out on the playoffs.
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It was the first time in three weeks that quarterback Daniel Jones returned to his post. Jones played well, completing 24-of-42 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. In the end, the Giants’ defense failed the team when they needed it most.
Failed NY Giants Rushing Defense
Entering the game, the Giants owned the No. 6 overall rushing defense in the NFL. On Sunday, the team looked like a junior varsity squad taking on the Ravens. As a team, Baltimore rushed for 249 yards and was led by three different players. Gus Edwards led the attack with 85 yards, Lamar Jackson added 80 yards, while J.K. Dobbins scored the one touchdown with 77 yards rushing. The Giants were going to stay in this game by taking away the run game and forcing Jackson to throw the ball. That didn’t happen.
Speaking of Rushers: The Giants Need a Running Back
The Devonta Freeman experiment didn’t work. The Wayne Gallman run was fun in November, but he’s effective either. Gallman led the Giants on the ground with 27 yards rushing on six attempts. While trailing early in the game hurts the running game, it’s clear that Saquan Barkley means too much to this team. The Giants have to sign a better backup this offseason, especially with Barkley getting hurt the last two seasons.
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What’s comforting about the franchise is that this team could contend next season. While the 5-10 record is not sparkling now, the NY Giants could be a quick tuneup from contending for the NFC East in 2021.
Offseason Pieces Are Playing Well
Logan Ryan is proving that he deserved the three-year extension that he received this week. Ryan added another strong day to his 2020 campaign with seven solo tackles. Linebacker Blake Martinez, who signed with the team this past offseason, led the team with 12 tackles overall, including seven solos. With these two back, plus a few parts, the Giants could be a top-5 defense next year.
Sterling Shepard Needs Help
Shepard led the team in receiving with 77 yards on nine receptions and a touchdown. Pairing Shepard up with tight end Evan Engram is not enough to help Jones lead this offense. While the numbers are great, Shepard is not a No. 1 receiver in this league. However, he could be quality No. 2.
Looking Ahead to NY Giants Finale
The team has a chance to make the playoffs. Here are the scenarios:
- Washington Football team clinches the division with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles
- Dallas Cowboys clinch the division with a win over the Giants and a Washington Football Team loss to the Eagles
- NY Giants clinch the division with a win over the Cowboys and a Washington Football Team loss to the Eagles.