No. 2 – First-Team Offense Struggles In Red Zone
While the Giants offense showed plenty of promise with their big-play potential, they were not able to convert in the red zone.
In the first half, the Giants settled for three field goals inside the 25-yard line. Big Blue was also stalled at the Jets’ 30-yard line, leading to Rosas’ 48-yard field goal. New York’s offense didn’t only settle for field goals in the red zone.
Giants veteran running back Jonathan Stewart lost a fumble at Gang Green’s six-yard line, which eventually led to the Jets’ second touchdown drive of the first half.
Big Blue was missing their two best offensive weapons in Barkley and Beckham, but that doesn’t negate the fact the Giants were unable to take advantage of their opportunities in the red zone.
Manning was happy with the team’s big plays but also acknowledged there is still work to be done.
"“I thought we did a good job pushing the ball down the field, hitting some big plays. Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard had some good plays, Cody Latimer on the post. We didn’t do as good a job in the red zone, that’s something we will look at and work on, but I thought the passing game was going, we had some big plays.”"