NFC East Reporter
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.— The Giants have had a heck of a run of their first season underneath Brian Daboll. Nobody anticipated a 7-2 begin. Nobody anticipated them to be within the thick of the playoff race in mid-December. And it is clearly not over but.
They need to have fun all that and construct off it this offseason, it doesn’t matter what occurs subsequent weekend in Washington, and even when they do not make the playoffs. However the 48-22 beating they took from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday ought to function a harsh reminder to not be fooled by their surprising success, both.
“We could see today,” stated Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, “we aren’t where we need to be yet.”
Jalen Hurts helps the Philadelphia Eagles soar to the blow out victory towards the New York Giants.
No, they don’t seem to be. Removed from it, in actual fact, even when most of them weren’t prepared to concede that time even after the beating they took from the NFL’s finest crew. This was a actuality examine for a franchise that’s ascending, however removed from a completed product. They might be a playoff contender, however they’ve enormous flaws that have to be mounted and a few extremely powerful choices that GM Joe Schoen must make.
That was apparent by the way in which the Giants (7-5-1) had been totally out-classed by the Eagles (12-1) in each conceivable method. The Eagles are clearly the NFL’s gold normal this season. However for the Giants, this was about way more than only a very dangerous day.
“They whupped our ass,” stated Giants operating again Saquon Barkley. “We’re going through a rough patch right now. We’re not playing well. We’ve got to play better.
“However we have proven what we will do. We performed towards some actually good groups early within the season, and we beat some actually good groups. That is the rationale why we’re on this place to have the ability to put ourselves within the match, to play significant video games in December. If we weren’t gifted, and we weren’t an excellent crew then we would not be within the scenario we’re.”
That point is certainly debatable after the Giants’ recent 0-3-1 stretch that has left them just on the outside of the NFC wild-card chase. Yes, they had some remarkable wins early in the season, and showed an impressive toughness pulling out a bunch of games late. But there was always a feeling that they were doing it with mirrors, that the narrow victories were hiding all their flaws.
Now those flaws are exposed — never more than they were on Sunday. The Giants can’t run much anymore, as Barkley — playing through a stinger suffered early in the week — continued his late-season slide with just 28 yards on nine carries. They still can’t throw much, as Jones threw for just 169 yards — his eighth game under 200 and his 12th under 230 in 13 starts.
And their defense, which coordinator Wink Martindale has worked wonders with all season, is starting to come apart too, especially without defensive lineman Leonard Williams and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. They were gashed for a season-worst 253 yards on the ground. And Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts picked their secondary apart for 217 yards and two touchdowns, too.
The Eagles are the best team in the NFL right now, so the bar is high, and the comparison is unfair. But try and find one thing the Giants do well right now, as they head into their must-win game in Washington. Just one. Even their special teams play was a mess on Sunday afternoon.
“They did just about every thing higher than we did,” said Giants coach Brian Daboll. “Look, shedding sucks. You place loads into it. We received beat. There isn’t any different technique to speak about it. We received beat in each space.”
Maybe they can fix all their problems in seven days, and maybe they’ll look like a different team against the Commanders (7-5-1) in a game that is almost winner-take-all. Whoever wins that game will be up one game, plus they’ll have the tie-breaker with three games to play. In other words, the winner will be all but in the postseason.
But even if the Giants do sneak into the NFC playoffs, their performance against the Eagles should be played in a loop in their building when Schoen and Daboll do their offseason assessment, and decide which of their current players to keep, and how much help they need to really build a winner. They clearly need help on the offensive line, at receiver, and in their secondary. They probably need more at tight end, linebacker and along the defensive line, too.
And with all that, they have to decide if they really think they can win with Jones, who is a year ahead of Hurts but looked light years behind most of this season. And they have the same decision about Barkley, who will command the kind of money that might be better spent on a new offensive line.
It would be easy for the Giants’ brain trust to look at their record and their meaningful December games and feel like they’re close to being a true contender.
But no matter what the players were saying in the locker room, their performance on the field proved they are not.
“We’ve got expertise,” Barkley insisted. “We’ve got expertise on this locker room. We put ourselves in a extremely good place to play significant soccer in December. Every thing we would like remains to be in entrance of us.”
Yes, but that still doesn’t change their mediocre reality. A postseason trip to Minnesota or San Francisco is nothing but a nice-looking blanket thrown over their ugly holes.
They are still what they are — what they were when the Eagles ran over them on Sunday. They are a team that needs a lot of work. Their situation is better than it was during the unfortunate reign of former general manager Dave Gettleman. Schoen has added talent and cleared cap space. The coaching is better than it’s been in years.
But that only gets them so far, and that doesn’t get them very close to being a Super Bowl contender. That’s the harsh lesson from this drubbing. They need a ton of work. And the Eagles gladly showed them how much farther they really have to go.
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Ralph Vacchiano is the NFC East reporter for FOX Sports, covering the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He spent the previous six years covering the Giants and Jets for SNY TV in New York, and before that, 16 years covering the Giants and the NFL for the New York Daily News. Follow him Twitter at @RalphVacchiano.
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