The New York Giants fell short in Los Angeles on Sunday, losing 17-9 to the Rams to fall to 0-4 on the season.
Here are a few takeaways from the Week 4 game.
SoFi Stadium is beautiful
The new Los Angeles venue that will house both the Rams and the Chargers is a palace, kind of like Jerry World West. And although we weren’t at the game, it looks like it will be a rocking place once they allow fans in, whenever that will be. It sure as heck beats the Coliseum and Anaheim Stadium.
The season is over. Well, pretty much.
Only one team in the history of the NFL began a season 0-4 and qualified for the postseason. That was the 1992 San Diego Chargers, who lost their first four games then won 11 of the final 12. The way the NFC East is going, no one is likely to win 11 games, but these Giants do not have the roster run any tables. Not with positive streaks, anyhow.
“I’m proud of the way they fought,” an encouraged Joe Judge said after the game. “They are an improved team from last week, and I’m proud of how they worked last week, I’m proud of the improvement they made. We have to keep pushing on and making strides going forward. Obviously, we’re going through a little tough stretch right now with the division, so we can’t afford to make these mistakes.”
The Giants rushed for 136 yards against the Rams, their highest total of the season. But — and you knew this was coming — Daniel Jones was under pressure quite a bit again, getting sacked five times and hit a total of nine times. The Giants also allowed 10 tackles for losses. Overall, though, the line is shaping up a bit. Nick Gates got into it with Aaron Donald in a moment of frustration but held his for the most part in what was a glaring mismatch.
The run defense is shaping up
The Giants only allowed one play over 16 yards and that was Cooper Kupp’s 55-yard catch and run for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. By all accounts Kupp should have been tackled but weaved his way through the Giants’ secondary. They fared well against the run, however, holding the Rams to just 58 yards, the second straight game they’ve limited their opponent to under 100 yards on the ground.
The offense is stale and predictable
The Giants gained only 295 yards on the afternoon and have yet to amass 300 yards in game this season. That is pathetic, considering that 30 of the 32 teams in the NFL are averaging at least 300 total yards per game. Only the Giants and the Jets average less (both at 278.0). The inability — or the reluctance — to throw the ball deep has relegated them to small ball and as a result, easy to defend against. The Giants signed Blake Martinez, who has made the most tackles in the NFL since 2017, to a $30.75 million contract over three years and he has shown why he was deserving. Martinez had 13 total tackles against the Rams on Sunday (eight solo) and has 43 on the season. Only Minnesota’s Eric Kendricks (45) has more through the first four weeks the 2020 season.