What did we learned from Arizona Cardinals 23, New York Giants 0? Not much we didn’t already know, to be honest. Here, though, are some Christmas Eve thoughts.
The future isn’t now
Not only was rookie quarterback Davis Webb inactive for the 15h straight game, young defensive ends Romeo Okwara (second year) and Avery Moss (first year) were also inactive.
That, honestly, is hard to understand. I can’t criticize interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo for decisions about Webb — he came into this late. Okwara and Moss, though, is a different story.
The Giants have talked all year about reducing the snaps plays by Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, but haven’t done anything about it. Not even now, with the Giants 2-12, Pierre-Paul banged up two young players available.
Why activate Okwara off temporary IR if you aren’t going to play him? Why, after he showed some potential earlier in the year, have Moss’s snaps been going down? To the point where he won’t even get a game day uniform.
I don’t get it.
The worst season in franchise history
That is officially what this is now. The Giants have 13 losses, most in franchise history. They can’t get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the 0-15 Cleveland Browns have clinched that.
The Giants looked like an inept, pathetic football on Sunday. Because that’s what they are.
The hits keep on coming
Of course they do. Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins, admirably soldiering on with a bad leg, fractured his forearm. Rookie tight end Evan Engram, the only real remaining weapon on offense, suffered a rib injury.
From season-high to being shut out
The Giants could not repeat last week’s 500-yard offensive performance. Eli Manning turned the ball over four times and the Giants got only 293 total yards.Amazingly, that’s four more than Arizona. Still, awful.
The Giants need nine points against the Washington Redskins in the season finale to avoid the lowest point total in franchise history.