Giants-Cowboys Kodos and Wet Willies: Too many missed opportunities kill the Giants


The New York Giants Thursday came short against Dallas Cowboys. Let’s get to the “Kudos & Wet Willies” after the Giants’ third loss in four games.


Kudos to…

Darius Slayton – What a catch Slayton made to set up the Giants’ only touchdown.

He finished Thursday’s game with three receptions for 63 yards. He now has 27 catches for a team-high 476 yards and two touchdowns. Where would the crime of leaving the Giants be without him?

Graham Gano – Gano tied an Aldrick Rosas franchise record with a 57-yard field goal. He added 47 yards, and rebounded well from losing two more points Sunday when he was punting despite being so ill it looked like he should have been home in bed.

Kayvon Thibodeaux – Thibodeaux was a handful for the Dallas offensive line. He only had one tackle and did not record a sack, but had five quarterback hits. Coming into the game, he had only three QB hits in his first eight games. The only blemish on his day was hovering over what should have been a sack by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in the third quarter.

Richie James – James led the Giants with five receptions and a touchdown, albeit a TD and two of those catches came in garbage time. James made a great catch on Daniel Jones’ off-target throw on the third and fourth to extend the Giants’ only touchdown drive. By the way, the 28 receptions are the most for any Giants wide receiver.

Jamie Gillan – The Giants punter bounced back nicely after a pair of poor games that earned him “Wet Willis”. Gillan twice dropped balls that would have been downed inside the 5-yard line only to see coverage unable to secure the ball. On one of those, Nick McCloud dropped the ball at the 1-yard line. Gillan’s other two kicks resulted in fair catches, and he did not allow a single return yard in his four runs.

Rodarius Williams – Having to do important duty due to injuries, the sophomore linebacker responded by intercepting Prescott’s late throw and two passes defended. He was part of a drained secondary that forced a couple interceptions and competed well.

Gary Brightwell – The Giants used Brightwell some on a two-back combo with Saquon Barkley, and Brightwell ended up with five carries for 31 yards.

Wet Willis To …

Saquon Barkley – The Giants star running back had just 39 yards on 11 carries. He also had a game down on a fourth-and-one in Giants territory late in the third quarter with the Giants trailing by a point.

Be critical of Jones’ layup on the fourth and one if you want to. This is justified. The ball, though, needs to be caught, and Barclay knew that. Be critical in blocking runs from the ever-changing offensive line. This is also justified. Despite this, the Giants must get more from their best players if their playoff dreams are not going to fade.

Daniel Jones – If I’m going to give Barkley a “Wet Willie,” I have to give Jones one, too. If quarterback Barkley gives a good throw on fourth and one, it could be a touchdown, not a conversion. Jones was off target on a few key throws that could have been firsts conversions. He threw no interceptions and committed no fatal errors, but the Giants’ margin of error was very thin and the plays that needed to be made had to be made if they were going to win games. Jones missed a few of those on Thursday.

Darnay Holmes – Maybe “WW” should really go for the idea of ​​covering Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb with a player who’s primarily a cornerback opening average. Despite this, Holmes was given the job and wasn’t up to it. He had two pass interference hauls, one denied and one highly questionable, but without a game review it seemed most of Lamb’s six catches for 106 yards came with Holmes trying in vain to keep up.

Andrew Thomas – I hate to give Thomas that thing because Giants left tackle has been playing despite not feeling right on me. However, while Pro Football Focus’ breakdown is yet to be revealed, it’s possible Thomas will end up being charged with sacks of Jones’ Micah Parsons. Those would be the first two sacks allowed by Thomas this season.

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