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Stats and notes from the Giants’ dismal loss to the Rams

A few bright spots in the Monday gloom

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There are no two ways about it, the New York Giants’ 34 point loss to the Los Angeles Rams was terrible and embarrassing. It was an embarrassment for the players, the coaching staff, and the franchise as a whole.

It’s a fact that the game’s stats and numbers bear out — though there are a few bright spots to be noticed.

Defense

The Giants’ offense was not good, but we have to start with the defense, which was shockingly bad.

  • Two Giants, cornerbacks Eli Apple and Ross Cockrell, played each of the Giant’s 64 defensive snaps. Safety Darian Thompson played 60 snaps, while defensive ends Avery Moss and Jason Pierre-Paul played 56 and 54 snaps, respectively.
  • Per the Giants’ PR staff, this was the second time the defense failed to sack the opposing quarterback and third time they have failed to generate a takeaway.
  • The Rams’ 51-point total is the most given up by the Giants in almost two years, since their 52-49 loss at New Orleans in 2015. Their 34 point loss is their worst loss since 2013, and their worst at home since 1998.
  • This was one of the worst games of Landon Collins’ career, as the All-Pro safety was consistently out of, and late getting into, position. He played “just” 51 snaps and was graded a poor 34.4 by Pro Football Focus.
  • As bad as the defense played, defensive linemen Avery Moss, Damon Harrison, and Dalvin Tomlinson all graded well for PFF, with grades of 80.9, 80.7, and 77.8, respectively. The Giants moved Moss to the defensive left, and he responded with four defensive stops, two pressures, and a pass defensed in his first start.

Offense

  • The Giants’ offensive linemen — Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Brett Jones, D.J. Fluker, and Bobby Hart — were the only Giants’ offensive players to play every offensive snap. Eli Manning played 64 of 68 snaps, Sterling Shepard played 63, and Evan Engram played 58.
  • Rookie TE Evan Engram is now ranks 8th among all NFL tight ends with 34 receptions, 7th in yards (412), and 4th in touchdowns (4).
  • TE Rhett Ellison played 40 snaps (59 percent), and was the Giants’ fourth-highest graded player by PFF with a 78.2 grade.
  • Unsurprisingly, Shepard and Engram were the Giants’ leading receivers. Shepard made his return with 5 receptions for 70 yards, while Engram had 4 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown.
  • Center Brett Jones was the Giants’ highest graded player by PFF, with a strong 88.0 grade. About Jones PFF said:

Jones, an undrafted free agent from Canada, enjoyed the finest performance of his career to date. Admittedly only facing undersized rookie nose tackle Tanzel Smart primarily, Jones’s power still impressed. He was able to move the Tulane product consistently on double teams, opening up large running lanes early in the game in particular. He was also perfect in pass protection on 42 dropbacks.

  • Thanks to Jones and D.J. Fluker, the Giants found success on the ground with 112 total yards rushing.
  • Orleans Darkwa had 71 yards on 16 carries (4.4 ypc) on 32 snaps, while Wayne Gallman had 41 yards on 9 carries (4.6 ypc).
  • The Giants 14-play, 67-yard, 7 minute and 39 second touchdown drive was their longest touchdown drive of the season. Tavarres King’s touchdown reception at the end of that drive was the first regular season touchdown of his career.