The New York Giants have a chance to make a very loud statement tonight if they can beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For weeks, the Giants have been talking about the process, about the improvements they've made, yadda-yadda-yadda. But as the great Tom Coughlin used to say, "Talk is cheap; play the game."
He's right. No one wants to hear about progress being made, not if that progress isn't showing up on the field, where it counts. No one wants to hear about a process because, quite frankly, Giants fans have not only waited almost a decade for the team to be consistently good again, they've also had to endure three re-sets with new coaching staffs.
What the Giants need to show are tangible results. They're getting back healthy players on offense to face a very beatable Tampa Bay team, Tom Brady or no Tom Brady.
If the Giants can accomplish that, then perhaps the scores of frustrated Giants fans will become believers. But if the Giants deliver a clunker in front of a nationally televised audience, then no one is going to want to hear about the small slivers of hope the coaches and players claim to see every week.
Follow along below for updates, stats, and analysis from MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants try to head into the bye week with a much-needed win. Newest content will be on top; click on the link in the Table of Contents to go to a section.
That will do it folks. Giants lose 30-10 in a lifeless, unispiring s
It's not all on Daniel Jones, but this meme of License Plate Guy sure does sum up the showing tonight.
3:15 - And Jones gets dropped again as Will Hernandez and Nate Solder are beaten.
3:55 - Jones sacked is sacked again for -11 yards as Anthony Nelson beats Andrew Thomas.
5:16 - Raymond Johnson III leads the charge and sacks Blaine Gabbert. That's the Giants' first sack of the night and Johnson's first NFL sack.
6:42 - Tom Brady's night is done. Blain Gabbert has relieved him
INJURY UPDATE: WR Kadarius Toney (quad contusion) is questionable to return.
7:48 - Succop's third field goal, this one from 30 yards, gives the Bucs a 30-10 lead with 7:44 to go.
INJURY ALERT: As if the Giants don't have enough problems, now Kadarius Toney is being checked out on the Giants sideline. Let's see if he comes back.
10:09 - Daniel Jones is picked off again. LB Devin White tips the pass intended for Darius Slayton and Mike Edwards comes up with the ball. White read Jones's eyes all the way on that play.
General Observation - Some of what I'm seeing on the Giants sideline in terms of their body language is concerning. They look defeated.
The third quarter mercifully comes to an end as Darius Slayton is called for an illegal block in the back.
1:12 - And another penalty on Hernandez. Yikes.
2:24 - Will Hernandez just called for his second penalty of the game. Not a good showing for him tonight so far.
3:58 - Ryan Succop makes it 27-10 with his second field goal of the game, a 40-yarder, as the game continues to slip away from the Giants.
GIANTS INJURY UPDATE: TE Kyle Rudolph has been ruled out with an ankle injury. New York is down to Evan Engram and Chris Myarick as their only two healthy tight ends for this game. Rudolph hurt his ankle on his big pass completion.
6:21- Daniel Jones, under pressure, puts the ball up for grabs and it's picked off by Steve McLendon. The nearest eligible receiver was tight end Chris Myarick, but in reality, Billy Price was the closest Giant. Bucs have first down at the Giants' 37-yardline. Horrible decision by Jones on that play.
7:35 - Bucs open up their lead on Brady's 5-yard touchdown pass to receiver Mike Evans (who beats James Bradberry) as Giants' three-man rush fails to get any pressure. Bucs 24-Giants 10.
12:27 - Giants go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Bucs' 25-yard line, but Jones' pass for Collin Johnson is incomplete. Drive wasted. (I have no problem with going for it, but I have a problem with the play itself with the Giants being in a heavy package and no Toney or Golladay on the field.)
14:23 - Kyle Rudolph on a wheel route comes up with a 38-yard catch. Rudolph has been running much better of late.
15:00 - Missed opportunity there on a 4-yard catch by Toney. Kenny Golladay failed to make a block that might have sprung Toney for more.
Bad news for the Giants? ESPN reporter Lisa Salters reported that Tom Brady has won the last 73 straight games when holding a second-half lead.
- Giants RB Saquon Barkley has 10 yards on three carries. Giants have 36 yards on seven rushing attempts.
- Giants QB Daniel Jones is 11 of 16 for 81 yards (5.1 yards/attempt).
- Giants WR Darius Slayton is the Giants' leading receiver, catching two out of three pass targets for 30 yards.
- Giants OT Andrew Thomas has the Giants' lone touchdown so far.
- Bucs QB Tom Brady is 20 of 29 for 198 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
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- Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski is the team's leading receiver with 57 yards on five receptions.
- Giants afety Julian Love, playing for Logan Ryan this week, has two pass breakups.
- Bucs have 19 first downs to the Giants' 8. The Bucs are also four of 6 on third down and are 2 of 3 in the red zone.
0:00 - Halftime. Giants down 17-10.
0:43 - Giants get the ball back to finish out this half. They will also get the ball to start the third quarter.
1:09 - Giants get a break as Brady's 34-yard pass to Chris Godwin is wiped off the board thanks to a holding penalty against tackle Tristan Wirfs. Good thing there as well as James Bradberry missed a tackle.
2:00 - We are at the 2:00 warning. Bucs are driving.
3:35 - Jones connects with Kadarius Toney at the Bucs' 48-yard line, but the Bucs challenged the call and the completion was reversed.
4:33 - Some more razzle-dazzle by the Giants as Kadarius Toney takes the snap and tries to hit Darius Slayton. Slayton got his feet tangled with Bucs defender Sean Murphy-Bunting, initially drawing a flag. However, the flag was picked up.
5:12: Ronald Jones beats a Giant defender around the corner for a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Bucs back the lead, 17-10.
9:19 - Welcome back Andrew Thomas! Thomas, reporting as tackle eligible, makes the catch for the touchdown. Giants tie it up, 10-10.
10:00 - Brady's pass to Mike Evans deflected and picked off by Adoree' Jackson, his first INT since 2018. Giants need to cash in on this one from the Bucs' 5-yard line.
INJURY UPDATE: Bucs gAli Marpet has been declared OUT with an oblique strain.
10:10 - Bucs rush three and knock Jones down as Suh beats Will Hernandez. Three-and-out.
11:20 - Bucs make it 10-3 on Ryan Succop's 25-yard field goal, capping an 18-play, 79-yard drive that ate up 7:48 off the clock.
14:26 - Tae Crowder just lost a foot race to 44-year old Tom Brady, who ran for a first down. Seriously.
We begin the second quarter. Logan Ryan, who knows Brady as well as anyone, is live tweeting and his insights are worth it.
0:00 - First quarter is over. Bucs 7, Giants 3. But the Bucs are driving once again. They had 10 first downs in the first quarter alone and only one third down, as the Giants defense has had no answers so far for the Bucs offense.
2:16 - On their second drive, the Bucs are once again moving the ball in chunks with no third downs.
4:09 - Graham Gano hits a 37-yard FG to get the Giants on the board. Have said it before an will say it again: Field goals ain't gonna cut it! Bucs 7, Giants 3
4:35 - Will Hernandez gets called for a false start. Here we go again with the red zone issues.
5:26 - Giants are moving the ball nicely on their opening drive and mixing it up well. They are no in the red zone.
11:09 - The Bucs are on the board as Tom Brady connects with Chris Godwin for a 13-yard TD to cap an 8-play, 73-yard drive. Julian Love took a horrible angle there against Godwin. Bucs never had a third down on that drive. Bucs lead 7-0.
Bucs so far using jet sweeps to get their run game going. So far on their opening drive the Giants can't stop them.
Azeez Ojulari and Quincy Roche get hte start on the edge. Your future edge rushers for this team? (Can't see Lorenzo Carter or Oshane Ximines on this team next year.)
Giants win the coin toss and defer. Game on!
7:36 p.m. - The Giants starting offensive line during warm-ups: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Matt Skura, C Billy Price, RG Will Hernandez, and RT Nate Solder. The expectation is that Matt Peart will rotate in with Solder.
6:45 p.m. - As expected, running back Saquon Barkley is active for tonight's game. The inactive players include WR Sterling Shepard (quad), FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), S Nate Ebner (knee), OLB Oshane Ximines, OLB Lorenzo Carter (ankle/illness), G Wes Martin, and TE Kaden Smith (knee).
The Bucs inactives are QB Kyle Trask, S Andrew Adams, LS Carson Tinker, G Nick Leverett, WR Antonio Brown, NT Vita Vea
6:40 p.m. - Matt Peart, who had started at left tackle for Andrew Thomas, was working on pass sets from the right side, alternating with Nate Solder. Head coach Joe Judge told reporters last week that the plan was to continue getting Peart reps on the offensive line, and those reps will obviously come on the right side since Solder isn't signed beyond this year.
4:50 p.m. - The Giants activated offensive tackle Andrew Thomas from IR. Thomas has missed the last three games with foot and ankle injuries but should be good to go in the starting lineup tonight.
New York also signed OLB Trent Harris to the 53-man roster and designated receiver/returner Pharoh Cooper as the COVID-19 replacement for safety Logan Ryan.
They also elevated tight end Chris Myarick and defensive back Steven Parker from the practice squad. Myarick could be in line to fill in for Kaden Smith, listed as questionable on the team's injury report with a knee ailment.
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