Today was the first test to see if Giants offense, with all those weapons, can be the real deal. Not yet.
First two plays of the game had fans nervous in the Metlife Stadium and they had every right to be nervous about the possibility that the line will continue to struggle. The Giants were penalized off rip after offensive tackle Erick Flowers tripped a player and then got caught with a hold. Eli Manning’s interception in the fourth quarter was part of another error by Flowers. He gave Manning zero time to throw when he missed a block and the pass was tipped into the hands of Jacksonville Jaguars’ Myles Jack.
Even with this line, rookie star running back Saquon Barkley managed to score the only touchdown for the Giants late in the 4th quarter putting them behind one possession. “Evan (Engram) did a great job with a cut block,” Barkley said after the game.
After the 68-yard rushing touchdown, coach Pat Shurmur decided to go for the two point conversion with Barkley which was missed.
“I got to eliminate my mistakes, I got to find a way to get into that two point conversions,” said Barkley.
He did just run 68 yards for a touchdown before head coach Pat Shurmur put him back in for the two-point play plus the line that can’t cut it against Jaguars defense who are considered top three in the league. Even still, Barkley managed to get 106 rushing yards.
“Definitely a challenge,” Barkley said about Jaguars defensive line. “I was very excited for and to go against.”
Head coach Pat Shurmur feels his team has to regroup after his offensive line played Jaguars defense. “I feel like they battled and we just got to go back and correct the mistake that maybe showed up and get ready to play Dallas.”
The Giants will visit the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry’s World for Sunday night football next week. Cowboys won the last two matchups in the 2017 season.