October 19, 2021

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How we graded Big Blue in Week 2 loss

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How we graded Big Blue in Week 2 loss

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After a 13-point dud in Week 1, the Giants offense exploded (by their standards) in Week 2 scoring 29 points.

A majority of this came on the back of Daniel Jones as he took it on himself to carry his team. The third-year quarterback had one of the best games in his career as he completed 22-of-32 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown. Jones also added 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Leading the Giants in both passing and rushing, Jones did it all on Thursday night. But the stat that stands out the most for Giants fans is that Jones did not turn over the ball once in Washington. This was an amazing outing by Jones as he was pressured all night, due to concurrent poor offensive line, and was still able to be a strong leader.

Unfortunately for Jones, offensive line play and blocking, in general, would be his downfall. C.J. Board wiped off a 58-yard touchdown run by Jones with a holding call. To pile on, the offensive line allowed sacks or committed penalties in untimely moments that put the Giants out of scoring range. And the blocking was not poor solely in the biggest moments as the line allowed pressure all night allowing Jones to be sacked four times and hit seven times.

The offensive line was also terrible in the run game. According to PFF, Saquon Barkley was hit within 1-yard or behind the line of scrimmage on 9 of his 13 carries in Washington. Barkley still managed to total 57 yards on the ground, much of it coming from a 41-yard burst, but this is not what you want for your generational talent running back that is coming off of an ACL tear.

Overall, the offense played as a much more inspired group but whether it be dropped balls or terrible blocking they could not get out of their own way enough to win the game.

Giants report card: How we graded Big Blue in Week 2 loss