AT A GLANCE
The Dolphins were as good as advertised, totaling more than 500 yards in a 31-16 victory over the Giants in Miami. The Giants fell to 1-4 while the Dolphins improved to 4-1 atop the AFC East.
The Giants stay on the road and in the AFC East with a trip to Buffalo, where the connections run deep starting with coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. After beating the Dolphins in Week 4, the Bills (3-2) fell to the Jaguars 25-20 in London.
View photos from the Giants' Week 5 matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
The Giants used their fifth starting offensive line combination in five games. That was assured when rookie center John Michael Schmitz was declared out of the game because of the shoulder injury he suffered Monday night against Seattle. He had started each of the first four games. In addition to Schmitz, left tackle Andrew Thomas missed his fourth consecutive game with a hamstring injury, and guard Shane Lemieux was sidelined with a groin injury.
From left to right, the starting offensive line was Joshua Ezeudu, Mark Glowinski, Ben Bredeson, Marcus McKethan, and Evan Neal.
To complicate matters further, Bredeson momentarily left in the first quarter and was replaced by Jaylon Thomas, who was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday (along with Jalen Mayfield, another offensive lineman). Mayfield was then called into action when McKethan left in the first half with a knee injury.
Running back Saquon Barkley was listed as questionable on Friday's final injury report but was ruled out on the inactive list. Barkley was limited in practice and has missed the last three games with an ankle sprain. Before the Seattle game he was listed as doubtful.
The Giants have not scored an offensive touchdown in the first half, but they did score one on defense in this game (more on that later). With another 17-10 deficit on Sunday, the Giants have been outscored 94-19 in five first halves.
After the Giants allowed a franchise-record 11 sacks on Monday night, Daniel Jones was taken down another six times on Sunday and left in the fourth quarter with a neck injury. He was replaced by backup Tyrod Taylor, who was sacked once.
Matt Peart replaced Ezeudu at left tackle early in the fourth quarter.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Inside linebacker Micah McFadden, who led the Giants in tackles for loss and was second in total tackles through four games, injured his ankle this week in practice and did not play. Isaiah Simmons started in his place.
The Giants were the last team in the NFL yet to force a turnover heading into Week 5, but that changed when safety Xavier McKinney stripped Miami's rookie phenom De'Von Achane early in the second quarter. Outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux recovered the fumble, but the Giants went three-and-out on the ensuing possession.
The Dolphins had the most total yards through the first four games in a season in NFL history – and kept up the pace. Achane scored on a 76-yard touchdown run, and Tyreek Hill broke a 76 catch-and-run as the Dolphins jumped out to a 14-3 lead. They were just getting started.
Safety Jason Pinnock briefly changed the trajectory of the game with a 102-interception return for a touchdown late in the first half, but Tua Tagovailoa and Hill connected on a 69-yard touchdown just 54 seconds into the third quarter.
Linebacker Bobby Okereke notched the third takeaway for the Giants with an interception in the third quarter. The offense turned it into three points on the ensuing possession.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS
Graham Gano, the Giants' all-time leader in 50-yard field goals by a wide margin, missed a 55-yard attempt wife left. However, the veteran was successful on the rest from 49, 37, and 51 yards.
IN-GAME INJURY REPORT
QB Daniel Jones (neck), OL Marcus McKethan (knee)
NYG: RB Saquon Barkley, S Gervarrius Owens, LB Micah McFadden, C John Michael Schmitz, G Shane Lemieux, T Andrew Thomas, DL Jordon Riley
MIA: CB Kelvin Joseph, OLB Jaelan Phillips, RB Salvon Ahmed, WR Chase Claypool, NT Brandon Pili, QB Skylar Thompson
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