Grading the Giants after their 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers on Monday night.
Getting it through the head of Daniel Jones (25 of 41, 256 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) that he cannot be a turnover machine is not working. He compromises winning every week and mitigates his good moments — such as the touch he showed on TD lob to Dion Lewis. When in trouble, throw the darn ball away. Running game produced 101 yards and the line held up, for the most part. Veteran guard Kevin Zeitler was called for a holding penalty when he dragged down Jason Pierre-Paul on the first series. C Nick Gates had a holding penalty to hurt a third-quarter drive that ended with a field goal. Golden Tate caught a scoring pass and completed an 18-yard pass.
Rarely did anything come easy for Tom Brady (28 of 40, 279 yards, 2 TDs), who was frustrated in the first half and then won the game in the second half. Leonard Williams got his fourth sack of the season. Logan Ryan made a man’s tackle to keep Mike Evans short of a first down late in the first half. … Kyler Fackrell had a pass deflection. James Bradberry, uncharacteristically, was called for two pass interference penalties. Rookie OLB Carter Coughlin applied pressure to force a Brady misfire on third down in the first quarter. Coughlin early in the fourth quarter notched his first NFL sack. Bucs were limited to 81 rushing yards and held five points below their season scoring average. Rob Gronkowski vs. Isaac Yiadom in the end zone went as you would expect.
Lewis had a 44-yard kickoff return to start the second half. Riley Dixon dropped a second-quarter punt down on the Bucs’ 8-yard line but his punts did not travel far in the wind. Interesting strategy by Thomas McGaughey, not putting anyone deep on several punt returns. Graham Gano hit his only field-goal attempt, from 33 yards out. Grade: B.
Threatening to sit Jones might be the only way for Joe Judge to stop this quarterback from committing turnover after turnover. Can Judge bring back those penalty laps from training camp? Jason Garrett called a creative game and three touchdowns is an avalanche for this team. How about the way Patrick Graham kept Brady off-balance with an array of packages and personnel groupings? Really good stuff. This staff has keeping the game close down pat. Now it is time for a breakthrough.
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