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Cover 4: Sunday takeaways & what's next for Giants


The crew reacts to Sunday's 30-6 loss to the Raiders in Las Vegas:

Dan Salomone: The NFL can be a cruel league. Just as the Giants thought they were getting reinforcements, their misfortune only got worse in Las Vegas. While they placed tight end Darren Waller (hamstring), backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor (rib cage), and kicker Graham Gano (left knee that will require surgery) on injured reserve before the game, they looked forward to getting back quarterback Daniel Jones (missed three games with a neck injury), left tackle Andrew Thomas (had not played since Week 1 with a hamstring injury), and right tackle Evan Neal (missed two games with a right ankle injury). Only one of those players walked away healthy. Jones lasted a quarter before suffering a knee injury, and Neal was replaced late after hurting his left ankle.

"He will get tested and find out where it's at," coach Brian Daboll said after the game. "They gave him X-rays and came back nothing was wrong on the X-rays. We will get more tests, MRIs and stuff done [Monday]. … You never know with those things, so when we get back, we will get the information and see where it's at."

Lance Medow: The Giants have scored fewer than 20 points in eight of their nine games this season and 10 or fewer in five of them. They are last in the NFL in scoring offense (11.2) and have the worst point differential in the league (-116). Those statistical categories once again came to light in Sunday's loss to the Raiders as the Giants managed only six points and, once again, dug an early hole. The latter has been a trend this season. This was the third game the Giants trailed by at least 20 points while being shut out in the first half. Although they rallied to win one of them in Week 2 in Arizona, that has not been the norm.

Slow starts have overshadowed the 2023 season as they've been outscored 125-42 in the first half and have entered the locker room at the break with a lead just twice in nine games. Las Vegas immediately jumped out in front with a touchdown on its opening drive in which it faced no third downs. That set the tone early as the Raiders kept padding their lead. With the Giants constantly playing from behind, it puts an immense amount of pressure on the defense to play perfect football. New York had 11 legitimate possessions against the Silver and Black. Four resulted in punts, two due to interceptions and another four because of a turnover on downs. At that rate, it's impossible to win games let alone remain competitive.

Matt Citak: The Giants' defense entered Sunday's matchup in Las Vegas on a bit of a roll. The unit had recorded takeaways in four straight games, held four of its last five opponents to under 300 yards of total offense, allowed just a total of 134 rushing yards over the last two contests, and surrendered no more than 14 points in three consecutive weeks. But all of that changed against the Raiders.

Rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell threw for 209 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, but it was the rushing attack that really impacted the game. Josh Jacobs ran for a season-high 98 yards and two touchdowns, while wide receiver Jakobi Meyers added a 17-yard touchdown run. Jacobs had four carries for 31 yards on the Raiders' first scoring drive, which ended in Meyers' run, before adding six attempts for 33 yards and a score on the second. After punching it in from the one-yard line on the very next drive, the Raiders had already jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the end of the first half, a deficit that would prove to be insurmountable with Daniel Jones out for the game. The Raiders finished with 334 total yards of offense, due in part to the defense's inability to create any big plays. The Giants failed to force a turnover for the first time since Week 4. On top of that, the pass rush was unable to record a single sack of O'Connell, finishing the game with just one quarterback hit from Micah McFadden. On the flip side, the Raiders picked up eight sacks of Giants quarterbacks (from seven different players) in addition to two interceptions.


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