TAMPA, Fla. – The Giants looked like they believed they were an inferior team to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
It’s worse than being shamed on national television: watching some players act as their mistakes and the team’s defeat is inevitable.
Some bad body language turned into a worrying 30-10 loss to Tom Brady and the Books on Monday night, including shoulder-to-shoulder tackles and sluggish turnovers.
This will happen naturally when a team is badly overpowered and suffers multiple injuries, such as the absence of Logan Ryan from an unmatched defense.
But when it happens at prime time, where Daniel Jones now has a 0-8 career record, it’s no wonder why the Giants (3-7) remain irrelevant in the NFL.
Of course, who would question the Giants for believing they couldn’t hang with the Bux (7-3)? On Monday the whole world could see: they had no chance.
The Giants’ offensive and defensive lines dominated as they had barely any talent to stand up to the defending champions.
The Giants’ pass rush was nonexistent, a death sentence against the great Brady, who saw the visitors rack up 307 pass yards, two TD passes, and even a 10-yard romp with a third-down run. Mercy-ruled to kindle the fire. Raymond James Stadium crowd.
Brady was not fired. He took the field twice: once when he slipped on a 10-yard run, and once on Reggie Ragland’s hit with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter when Brady was pocketed.
On the Giants’ offense, right guard Will Hernandez had a game from hell, scoring three penalties and surrendering by a crushing Ndamukong Suh pressure. Two of those plays stalled and killed the Giants’ first two drives.
His only offensive touchdown, a 2-yard Jones pass from tackle Andrew Thomas, came on a 5-yard drive for lucky Adori’ Jackson interception after a Mike Evans drop.
And even after that touchdown tied the game at 10, the defense promptly surrendered an 8-play, 71-yard TD drive to hand the game back to Tampa.
Defense surrendered Bucs TD drives of 73, 74 and 79 yards.
Jones had a range of 167 yards, he TD, and two terrible second-half interceptions, born out of a combination of poor pass safety and sluggish decision-making.
Left guard Matt Skura made his first throw after missing a block, and Jones, finding Saxon Barkley back across the field, inexplicably threw the ball to Bucs’ defensive lineman Steve McLendon.
The only veterans standing in the vicinity were center Billy Price and tight end Chris Myrick.
Barkley was a non-factor with 56 total yards. And on an unsuccessful fourth down play in the second half, Myrick confused Barkley with his hands in the air as if the back had made a costly mistake.
Barkley had overtaken the Buccaneers defender, who had pressured Jones to trade an imperfection and Down.
The Giants are now firmly in last place in the NFC East, and they deserve it. They’ll have to spin over six days and host the Philadelphia Eagles (5-6), who have won three of four after clinching a playoff spot with Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.
The Surging Eagles rank eighth in the NFL with an average of 27.0 points per game. Nick Siriani’s club has scored 30 or more points three times in the past four weeks, including 44 on the Detroit Lions in Week 8 and 40 on the Saints last Sunday.
Philly quarterback Jalen Harts has 21 touchdowns (13 passing, eight rushing) in 11 games. Giants Jones has 11 TDs (nine passing, two rushing) in 10 games.
Meanwhile, the first-place Dallas Cowboys (7-3) are running away with the division. They have a chance to make a quick comeback from Sunday’s loss in Kansas City against the sorry Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving Day.
And the Washington football team (4-6) posted a second straight win in Carolina last Sunday.
All that’s left for the Giants is questions. He doesn’t have many answers, as he proved on Monday. Unless they already know the answer – that they are inferior – which was Monday’s worst confirmation.