AT A GLANCE: The prospect of getting closer to full strength after the bye week dissolved into a 30-10 loss to the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants' second loss of the season to a Super Bowl LV participant on the road on Monday Night Football. The Giants, who dropped to 3-7 coming out of the break, also lost to the reigning AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8.
UP NEXT: The Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium, where the franchise will retire Hall of Famer Michael Strahan's No. 92 jersey on Sunday. Philadelphia (5-6) is coming off back-to-back wins over Denver and New Orleans.
View all the action from Monday Night Football between the Giants and Buccaneers in Tampa Bay.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
*With 15 days in between games, the New York Giants approached full strength as running back Saquon Barkley and left tackle Andrew Thomas made their returns to the lineup. Barkley had not played since injuring his ankle early in the game in Dallas on Oct. 10 but practiced on a limited basis every day this week. Thomas, who was activated off injured reserve among a series of gameday roster moves, practiced all week after missing the last three and four of the last five games with foot and ankle injuries. It was Barkley's second return of the year. The injury occurred when he was just hitting his stride following his rehab from a torn ACL.
*Tight end Chris Myarick and defensive back Steven Parker were elevated from the practice squad hours before the game. Wide receiver/return specialist Pharoh Cooper was also activated from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement. While the Giants were anxious to see the offense how they envisioned, the additions came with some subtractions. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad) and tight end Kaden Smith (Knee) were ruled out due to injuries.
*In his first game back, Barkley ran six times for 25 yards and caught six passes for 31 yards.
*The Giants entered Monday with a league-low 46.2 touchdown percentage in trips to the red zone, and they were tested right away in the area. But a 13-play, 56-yard opening drive stalled with a short field goal by Graham Gano.
*Following an Adoree' Jackson interception deep in Buccaneers territory, the Giants got another shot in the red zone in the first half. So they went to … Thomas, a 315-pound offensive lineman. The former fourth overall pick also caught a two-point conversion last season as a rookie.
*Jones finished 23 of 38 for 167 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Jones had one interception in his first five games this season; he has thrown six in his past five games. Wide receiver Darius Slayton also lost a fumble on a three-turnover night for the offense.
*Rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney had seven catches for 40 yards, the most since having 10 for a franchise rookie record 189 yards at Dallas in Week 5. He left in the fourth quarter with a quad contusion.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
*The Giants played without safety Logan Ryan, who leads the team in tackles and forced fumbles. The defensive co-captain, who has a long history with Tom Brady as a former teammate and AFC competitor, was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list this week. His absence put more on the plate of Julian Love and Xavier McKinney, who was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week in his last game out.
*The Giants played from behind for the entire game after Tom Brady completed all five of his pass attempts to four different receivers on the opening drive, including a 13-yard touchdown to Chris Godwin. Three different players also ran the ball on the eight-play-73-yard sequence, setting the tone for the night.
*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson took advantage of a tipped pass off the hands of wide receiver Mike Evans and grabbed his first interception in a Giants uniform. The turnover came deep in Tampa Bay territory, and the Giants quickly capitalized with a touchdown on the ensuing possession.
*Heading into Week 11, Brady had been pressured on only 16.7 percent of drop-backs this season, lowest for any quarterback this season, according to Next Gen Stats. The Giants didn't have a sack until five minutes left in the game. It came on backup Blaine Gabbert, who replaced Tom Brady with the game out of reach.
*Outside linebackers Oshane Ximines and Lorenzo Carter (Illness/Ankle) were inactive.
IN-GAME INJURY REPORT
NYG: TE Kyle Rudolph (Ankle), WR Kadarius Toney (Quad Contusion)
TB: G Ali Marpet (Oblique)
NYG: WR Sterling Shepard (Quad), FB Cullen Gillaspia (Calf), DB Nate Ebner (Knee), LB Oshane Ximines, LB Lorenzo Carter (Illness/Ankle), OL Wes Martin, TE Kaden Smith (Knee)
TB: QB Kyle Trask, S Andrew Adams, LS Carson Tinker, G Nick Leverett, WR Antonio Brown (Ankle), NT Vita Vea (Knee)
Tickets for Michael Strahan Ceremony
Limited tickets are available for Michael Strahan's jersey retirement game on November 28th