'Giants takeaways Sunday 30-6 loss Raiders Daniel Jones knee injury impact'
The Giants suffer a humiliating defeat to the Raiders after multiple injuries and interceptions, raising questions about their future.
The New York Giants' season has taken a turn for the worse, as they suffered a humiliating 30-6 defeat against the Oakland Raiders. This loss comes after the Raiders fired their head coach, Josh McDaniels, and replaced their starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. The Giants were already trailing by a touchdown when their quarterback, Daniel Jones, who was making his return from a neck injury, was knocked out of the game due to a knee injury. This left them in a similar situation as last week, with undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito taking over.
The Raiders extended their lead to 14-0 with a touchdown run by Josh Jacobs. DeVito then threw an interception, which led to another touchdown by Jacobs, making it 21-0. DeVito's second interception resulted in a late field goal, leaving the Giants trailing by 24 points at halftime.
In the second half, DeVito threw his first NFL touchdown pass to Wan'Dale Robinson. However, the Raiders maintained control of the game and secured an easy victory, despite easing off the gas pedal.
The Giants' struggles were evident from the start, with right tackle Evan Neal facing difficulties. The team began with yet another demoralizing three-and-out, and Neal's penalty on fourth-and-inches forced them to punt, much to the frustration of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Neal was later beaten for a sack and suffered another injury in the fourth quarter.
Throughout the season, the Giants have faced numerous injuries on offense. While left tackle Andrew Thomas returned, tight end Darren Waller was placed on injured reserve, and now Jones is expected to miss more playing time.
Unlike the previous week, the Giants were prepared to let DeVito take more passing attempts. However, this strategy backfired when his deep throw was intercepted at the goal line. To make matters worse, the Raiders' rookie quarterback, Aidan O'Connell, immediately completed a deep pass on the next play. DeVito faced more misfortune on the following series when his pass deflected off multiple players and was intercepted.
Jones may have been a victim of his own toughness, as his injury occurred one play after being sacked by Maxx Crosby. Despite potential risks, Jones continued playing, which may have increased his chances of getting hurt.
With two rookie quarterbacks leading their respective teams, both teams relied heavily on their veteran running backs. Saquon Barkley did his best to keep the Giants in the game, gaining 74 yards on 11 touches in the first half. However, Jacobs outperformed Barkley with 85 rushing yards and two touchdowns. O'Connell's mistake-free efficiency also contributed to the Raiders' dominance. The Giants may already be regretting trading Leonard Williams, as they struggle to replace his impact.
It is concerning when a defensive back, Xavier McKinney, leads the team in tackles. McKinney had nine tackles in the first half alone, while no other Giant had more than four. This highlights the Raiders' ability to consistently penetrate the Giants' defense.
The Giants made a conscious effort to involve rookie Jalin Hyatt in deep passing plays. Although Hyatt showed promise in getting behind the defense, the Giants failed to connect on a big play to ignite their offense. Hyatt caught one pass but was out of bounds, and Jones overthrew him on another deep attempt. DeVito's first interception also occurred on a deep pass intended for Hyatt.
If Jones is sidelined for an extended period, the Giants may have no choice but to enter a full rebuild mode for the remainder of the season. This presents a challenge for Daboll to maintain team morale, and some may even question his suitability for the head coaching position.