Grading the Giants’ 34-10 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.
No one around the Giants expected miracles from Jake Fromm and they got less than they hoped for. Fromm (6 of 17, 25 yards, 1 INT) had passes batted at the line and others that bounced weakly in front of his intended target. He looked like a guy signed off someone else’s practice squad and he needed to get benched for Mike Glennon (17 of 27, 93 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT). It would have been nice if anybody actually rallied around him but alas, they did not. Before he got hurt, Matt Peart, starting at right tackle, was no match for Josh Sweat on a first-quarter pass rush that resulted in a sack and forced fumble for Sweat. More of the same ineffectiveness from Saquon Barkley (15-32). Kadarius Toney (4-28) returned and that was nice. Kenny Golladay had only three receptions on eight targets. A total of 192 yards is, well, embarrassing.
This unit made a game of it for a while but then wilted in the second half. Can you blame these guys for feeling as if it is a lost cause? Any points they give up cannot be overcome. LB Lorenzo Carter, finishing the season with a flourish, got a sack and forced fumble in the first quarter. Giving up 130 rushing yards (4.3 yards per attempt) to the No. 1 rushing team in the NFL is not bad at all. Deep shots by Jalen Hurts (17 of 29, 199 yards, 2 TDs) to DeVonta Smith (5-80) against James Bradberry and Quez Watkins against Julian Love led to TDs. S Xavier McKinney made a big third-down stop in the first half when it was still competitive to hold the Eagles to a field goal. This unit allowed 324 total yards and limited third-down conversions to 5 of 13 and deserved better than this.
Cam Brown raced down on coverage to drop Jalen Reagor for a 4-yard loss on the first punt return. Darqueze Dennard thought there was a fair catch call and stood and watched a Riley Dixon punt bounce into the end zone. Pharoh Cooper picked up 13 yards on a punt return to midfield. Dixon had a poor 38-yard punt in the second quarter that bounced to Reagor for a 14-yard return. A bad (33 yard) punt by Dixon and a missed tackle (by Reggie Ragland) led to a 39-yard punt return for Reagor. Dixon followed that up with a poor 31-yard kick. Graham Gano was impressive on his only field-goal attempt, drilling it from 54 yards away.
Joe Judge is in charge of this whole thing so he gets a failing grade because his team lost by 24 points. Anyone working on the offensive side of the ball gets a failing grade because the entire operation stinks. This group tried to prepare Fromm, but it was bad from start to finish. The guys who get paid to work the defensive side at least put a competitive performance on the field, although there were second-half lapses.
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