BACK TO THE LAB
WEEK FIVE REACTION: YOUNG GIANTS ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE GROWING PAINS, BUT THERE ARE SURE SIGNS OF BETTER DAYS AHEAD.
I kinda saw this coming, so I'm not gonna get twisted out of shape. Remember, you can not be disappointed with what you do not expect. Instead I'm here to speak of the positives from this game.
Despite Sunday's further compromising of the running game, the Hog Mollies continue proving their collective worth. Allowing four sacks and eight other QB hits might speak otherwise. But closer inspection reveals their growing cohesion. Through five games I'm agreeably copacetic with the respective performances up the middle from Will Hernandez, Jon Halapoi, and Kevin Zeitler. Otherwise glaring issues where it concerns week five should be kept within the context of losing Wayne Gallman very early in the game due to concision protocol. Although not a gargantuan task, I'm sure having Daniel Jones attempt 38 passes was not Coach Shurmur's plan heading in. Forced into playing catch-up football minus Wayne Gallman, Coach limits Jonathan Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny to just 12 rushing attempts for 35-yards.
On Coach Shurmur himself, he has my attention. That should be construed as a compliment.
Daniel Jones is 21/38 (55%) for 182 yards, with an INT, and one touchdown. Unsightly numbers to be sure but I continue appreciating what I see ... loss be damned. His accuracy, arm strength, feel for the pocket, toughness, mobility, and overall on-field intelligence, have been nothing short of impressive. He and fellow rookie Darius Slayton also appear to be forming a wonderful relationship together. The impact of Golden Tate's return is yet to be determined.
The defense spent nearly 33-minutes on the field. I kinda expected that as well. The Giants are thoroughly compromised at linebacker and it showed on Sunday. The Vikings rush for 211 total yards. Meanwhile Adam Thielen burned the secondary for 130 yards and two touchdowns. However there were times when the Giants beleaguered secondary actually provides marvelous coverage. In turn the defense generates three sacks. Two sacks come from the young guys up front. Rookie Dexter Lawrence registers his second sack of the season, and sophomore tackle RJ McIntosh records his first ever NFL sack. But the Giants only generate three other QB hits.
With an eye on Dave Gettleman's draft picks, I see worth in week five's loss.
Giants have a quick turnaround. They play the Patriots at Foxboro on Thursday night.