Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines for the start of your weekend.
Big Blue does something they haven't done in 20 years
Sitting at 5-5, the Giants are still at the top of the NFC East, although with the slimmest of leads. Both the Eagles and Redskins are just a half game behind New York, and in a lot of games this season, Big Blue has failed to close them out. If it seems like it's historically bad, well, it is.
The 27-26 defeat to the New England Patriots last Sunday was the Giants' fourth this season by four or fewer points. It's the first time that's happened in a single season since 2004, Tom Coughlin's first year as the Giants head coach. That season, New York lost four games by a total of 11 points. This year, they've dropped four by nine points. Additionally, this is the first time the Giants have lost four times by four or fewer points in their first 10 games since 1995.
Speaking of that field goal made by Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, that is part of a stat the Giants probably would not like to know. Combining Gostkowski's 54-yard field goal with Saints kicker Kai Forbath's game-winning 50-yard field goal that defeated the Giants on November 1, the Elias Sports Bureau reports that the Giants are the first team in history to lose two games in a season on field goals of 50-plus yards with less than five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Again, if you thought the losses this season are historically bad, they are.
Odell Beckham Jr. called the loss to the Patriots "a tough pill to swallow" but vowed that the Giants "will come out better in the end."
Will Tye is a revelation in his rookie season.
The Giants defense did perform against Tom Brady, but the Patriots quarterback's talents prevailed.
The Giants were one of the six finalists to sign rookie guard La'el Collins, but the Cowboys swooped him up and away from everyone.
Jason Pierre-Paul, Jon Beason, Prince Amukamara and Victor Cruz will have the Giants making tough decisions next summer.
Pierre-Paul shared a video on Instagram Friday of his first workout after injuring his hand on July 4. Check it out here:
September 1, 9:43am at @impactsportsperformance the first day I started training after my accident. That's when all the negativity was going around, saying he's done this year, maybe for the rest of his career. but throughout the whole thing I never told myself that it was over for me, neither did @malessi2. I was about 245lbs in this picture and now I'm 270lbs. No one said it's going to be easy to get back up to the top, but I'm for sure going to try my best. It's just the beginning for me. No matter how much pain I had to take, just know I'm down for whatever to be the best at what I do.! #90PowerCircle #PushYourself #GettingBackRight
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