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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Jets, 34-27

AT A GLANCE: Another four-touchdown performance by rookie quarterback Daniel Jones was spoiled in defeat, this time a 34-27 loss to the Jets. The Giants, who have lost six in a row, fell to 2-8 on the season.  

UP NEXT: The Giants go on their bye in Week 11. After the break, they return to the field on November 24 against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Giants have won four of the past five meetings with the Bears, including their two most recent matchups in 2016 and 2018.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE:

*The Giants started the same five offensive linemen in the first nine games. In Week 10, injuries forced them to make two changes. Center Jon Halapio (hamstring) and right tackle Mike Remmers (back) were replaced by Spencer Pulley and Nick Gates, respectively. The Giants then lost left tackle Nate Solder during the game due to a concussion; he was replaced by Eric Smith. The Giants also played without tight end Evan Engram (foot) and wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion).

*Wide receiver Darius Slayton continued his breakout campaign alongside fellow rookie Daniel Jones. The tandem hooked up for two touchdowns in the first half, including a 39-yarder that brought the Giants to within one point after they had fallen in an early 14-0 hole. The Giants failed on the extra point attempt after the score. Slayton finished with a game-high 10 catches for 121 yards and the two touchdowns.

*After the Giants received the second half kickoff, Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams strip-sacked Jones on third-and-one and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. The rookie has turned the ball over 16 times in his first eight career starts.

*Jones threw four touchdowns for the second time in three weeks. In addition to the Slayton scores, Jones also connected with Golden Tate for two touchdowns, including a 61-yarder in the third quarter. In all, Jones completed 26 of 40 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. In the process, he broke Charlie Conerly’s franchise record for most completions (162) in a rookie season.

*Tight end Rhett Ellison had a 31-yard catch-and-run up the right sideline, setting up Jones’ first touchdown pass to Slayton. It was Ellison’s longest reception since 2015 when he played for the Vikings.

*Running back Saquon Barkley was held to a single yard on 13 carries. The Giants recorded just 23 yards on the ground, 20 of which were by Jones.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE:

*Sam Darnold completed all seven of his pass attempts on the opening drive of the game, which he capped with two-yard touchdown run. The second-year quarterback then threw a 23-yard touchdown on the Jets’ next possession for a 14-0 lead. The Jets, who entered Sunday ranked 32nd in yards and 31st in scoring, controlled the ball for nearly 12 minutes in the first quarter.

*The Giants settled down after the two touchdown drives and did not allow another point until Sam Ficken made a 55-yard field goal with 1:42 remaining in the third quarter.

*The Jets regained the lead in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Le’Veon Bell. The first-and-goal series was set up by a 33-yard pass interference penalty on rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker in the end zone.

*Cornerback Sam Beal made his NFL debut after the Giants activated him off injured reserve this week. A third-round selection in the 2018 supplemental draft, Beal missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and was sidelined this year with a hamstring injury. To create room on the roster, the Giants waived second-year safety Sean Chandler, who was later added to the practice squad. Beal replaced Janoris Jenkins in the fourth quarter after the veteran left to be evaluated for a concussion.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS:

*The Giants had to chase points for the third consecutive week after failing on extra point attempts. The first was aborted after a low snap, and the second went wide right after an offensive pass interference penalty moved the ball back 10 yards on a two-point conversion attempt. 

INJURY REPORT: NYG – LT Nate Solder (concussion), CB Janoris Jenkins (concussion). NYJ – G Brian Winters (shoulder).

INACTIVES: NYG – RT Mike Remmers (back), C Jon Halapio (hamstring), WR Sterling Shepard (concussion), TE Evan Engram (foot), QB Alex Tanney, LB Chris Peace, G Chad Slade. NYJ – LB CJ Mosley (groin), DB Darryl Roberts (calf), LB Neville Hewitt (neck/knee), OL Ryan Kalil (knee), S Blake Countess, DE Jordan Willis, OL Conor McDermott.

LINEUP CHANGES: NYG – Spencer Pulley for Halapio at C; Nick Gates for Remmers at RT; Kaden Smith for Engram at TE; Darius Slayton for Shepard at WR. NYJ – Jonotthan Harrison for Kalil at C; Tarell Basham for Copeland at OLB; Brandon Copeland for Hewitt at ILB; James Burgess for Mosley at ILB; Arthur Maulet for Roberts at CB.

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