Dolphins offense’s chunk plays negated a number of Giants’ positives

Big plays from the Dolphins offense negated some of the Giants’ positives

 

At least the Giants mixed some strangeness into their loss this time.

They ran more plays (68-54) than the Dolphins in Sunday’s 31-16 loss and controlled time of possession (35:
39-24:
01) and shockingly, he still hasn’t come close to winning.

 

Why did the Giants lose so convincingly? They averaged 3.9 yards per offense.

The Dolphins have an inflated scoring average of 9.7 and outgain the Giants in yards by a mammoth 524-268. This was the most yards allowed by the Giants in nearly eight years.

They gave up 608 yards in a shocking 52-49 loss to the Saints in New Orleans in 2015.

The defense’s only strong contribution was forcing three turnovers, including Jason Pinnock’s 102-yard interception return for a touchdown that kept the Giants within 14-10 late second half.

“I would say, we played complementary football to a certain extent,” coach Brian Daboll said Monday, “but we didn’t finish in the red zone, and we gave up 10 explosive games and none. We didn’t get any games.”

 

The Giants are playing without their two best offensive players:
left tackle Andrew Thomas and running back Saquon Barkley.

It appears the Giants may get one, but not both, of these key players back for Sunday’s game against the Bills in Buffalo. Daboll said it “remains to be determined” about the likelihood of those players returning to play this week, adding that “I would say Saquon is probably closer than Andrew Thomas.”

Brian Daboll said Saquon Barkley, who was photographed during Friday’s practice, is probably closer to returning than offensive lineman Andrew Thomas. Charles Wenzelberg

If correct, Thomas will miss his fourth straight game and Barkley will have a chance to return after missing the last three games.

The Giants averaged 3.3 yards per carry without Barkley.

Daboll said right back Marcus McKethan, who was forced out of action with a knee problem, was not seriously injured and was expected to be ready to play this weekend.

The Giants almost had to settle for a third quarterback when Tyrod Taylor was ejected in the fourth quarter.

The problem was that the Giants didn’t have a third quarterback active for the game. Receiver Parris Campbell is an option, but Daboll said “we have another type of wild runner” who should get the call.

“We are ready to look for another player,” Daboll said.

The remaining player will be running back Matt Breida.

Quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney rushed to work with Brieda on the field while Taylor was treated by the team’s medical staff.

Taylor tried to stay in the match.

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