The offense was slightly underwhelming on Thursday night but expectations were low from the start.
There is not really too much to hope for when you are out two starting offensive linemen and a Pro Bowl running back facing one of the league’s most ferocious front sevens. While you hoped New York could score more than 12 points, San Francisco does have one of the best defenses in football.
However, that is not to say the offense is without blame. For starters, going 3-of-12 on third downs is almost never going to be conducive to playing winning football. Also, 150 total yards and 3.3 yards per play are just very bad numbers.
From a player standpoint, the loss of Saquon Barkley hurt a lot as Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell can not make up for Barkley’s high-end production. This forced the Giants to abandon the run, leaving Daniel Jones to have to make quick passes.
Jones was pretty decent passing on the day as he completed about 69 percent of his passes but only had 4.3 yards per attempt. You would have loved to see him push it down the field more but San Francisco’s pass rush is too strong for this offensive line to handle.
Jones also did not get much help from his receivers as Darren Waller underperformed, even dropping a pass that caused a nail-in-the-coffin interception.
Outside of Waller, no receiver really got too much separation and this is why Brightwell of all people was leading the team in receiving yards until late in the fourth quarter. Shoring up the offensive line needs to be a priority as the Giants can not run a creative offense without it.