Their only touchdown was scored by an offensive tackle. They posted season lows in points, yards, first downs and time of possession. Their longest play of the night was 28 yards and none of the other 53 plays gained more than 16.
The Giants have numerous takeaways from their 30-10 loss Monday night to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but none as glaring as their need for an offensive boost.
"We have got to do a better job scoring points," coach Joe Judge said after his team fell to 3-7 on the season. "I know that sounds pretty obvious and to the point with it, but I'm going to keep it very blunt on that right there. We have to do a better job of putting our players in a position to make plays. We have too many good players and we have to put them in a better position to capitalize, that's it. We have to make sure we sit down tomorrow as a coaching staff and understand how we have to play this game and give our players a chance to make plays."
They made too few of them against the defending Super Bowl champions, who improved to 7-3.
The unsightly numbers included 215 yards (66 rushing), 15 first downs, ball possession for only 24:21 and, of course, those 10 points. The Giants converted just one of nine third-down opportunities. They took exactly five offensive snaps in the red zone – three on their first possession, which ended with Graham Gano's 37-yard field goal, and two after Adoree' Jackson intercepted Tom Brady and returned the ball to the five-yard line in the second quarter. That led to a two-yard touchdown reception by tackle Andrew Thomas. No, that is not a misprint.
The Giants advanced into Tampa Bay territory just once in their final seven possessions and not at all in the second half.
"I expect us to produce at a higher level, let's keep it at that," Judge said. "My expectations are pretty high and I'm not compromising for anybody."
"We certainly didn't execute, didn't do what we were planning to do going into the game," quarterback Daniel Jones said. "There wasn't much that was good enough. We've got to look at it, and we'll see it on the film. We'll see exactly what we've got to do better. But, certainly a lot to look at and a lot to improve on."
And a short week in which to do it; the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.
Jones completed 23 of 38 passes for 167 yards, a mere 4.4 yards per attempt. He threw two interceptions. The first went directly to defensive lineman Steve McLendon with no Giants in the area, the second was tipped by linebacker Devin White and grabbed by safety Mike Edwards.
"Just a bad decision, trying to get the ball out of my hands," Jones said of the first pick. "Got to be smarter in that situation."
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