By Brad Carroll
Just when you thought this New York Giants season couldn’t get any worse, a game like Sunday comes around to make you lose all hope that things will ever get better. The Giants not only lost at home to a previously-winless Los Angeles Chargers team, but they lost player after player to injury in a game that will live forever in a fan’s memory, even if they don’t want to remember anything about it.
On the same drive in the second quarter, wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard went down with ankle injuries, then Dwayne Harris broke his foot on a kickoff return in the third quarter, before the final injury came to the team’s best player, as Odell Beckham Jr. was hurt severely late in the game, an injury that will likely have him miss the rest of the season.
All that doesn’t even go into the fact the Giants dropped to 0-5 after the 27-22 loss, and have virtually no chance to make a postseason run. The Giants would now have to finish the year with 10 or 11 wins in their final 11 games to have a shot, and considering they haven’t even won one game this year, there really is no realistic way that happens.
Especially when the team’s best player won’t be around to help.
The Giants had high expectations coming into the season, but now they are simply hoping for a victory, with the next opportunity coming on Sunday Night Football at the Denver Broncos. With games after that against the Seattle Seahawks and improved Los Angeles Rams, it’s conceivable the Giants could be 0-8 at the halfway point.
But before we look ahead, let’s take a final look back at how the Giants fared in their three keys to victory against the Chargers and how it actually played out on the field.
Did Giants Give Majority Of Carries To Wayne Gallman?
Gallman did get the most carries against the Chargers Sunday, but still ran only 11 times for 57 yards, a 5.7 yard per carry average. Those are great numbers in limited chances, so the Giants should have focused more on Gallman with the ground game than they did. But the Giants also got a nice game from Orleans Darkwa, who rushed eight times for 69 yards and a touchdown. As a team the Giants ran 25 times for 152 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers typically would equal a win, especially for the Giants, but not in this case, as a big turnover and injuries did them in.
Did Giants Let Joey Bosa (And Melvin Ingram) Beat Them?
Absolutely. Bosa and Ingram beat them all over the field. Bosa and Ingram both had two sacks against the Giants' porous offensive line, including Ereck Flowers, who was wrecked again.The Chargers had five sacks, 7 tackles for a loss and seven quarterback hits. The biggest play came with four minutes to go in the game and the Giants up three, where Bosa blew up Flowers and Ingram got to Manning, took him down and forced a fumble that he recovered. Three plays later the Chargers scored a touchdown to take a 27-22 lead. It’s fairly obvious the Giants offensive line needs a complete overhaul, and Sunday’s performance was another in a long line of reasons why.
Did Giants Show Up On Offense Early?
The Giants actually jumped out to an early lead for once and appeared on their way to a victory at home. The Giants had a 9-0 lead after the first quarter, on a safety and Darkwa touchdown run, but the final three quarters were a different story, as they managed just two touchdowns. Both scores gave the Giants the lead, but once again, they were playing catch up in the second half and couldn’t come up with a final drive that could have won the game late, as an Eli Manning pass was intercepted. The Giants got up early, a first this season, but still found a way to be playing from behind in the second half, something they haven't been able to come back from.