Week 2: NY Giants at Chicago Bears
This game will be a painful memory for NY Giants fans. In Week 2 in Chicago, superstar running back, Saquon Barkley, went down for the year with a torn ACL injury.
What looked like a routine play and a routine tackle turned into an awful, season-ending injury for the Giants’ best player. It was a tough sight to see such an amazing athlete like Saquon crash and crumble to the ground showing his mortality and reminding us that he is in fact human.
The rest of the day was a major struggle for the New York offense and the team was clearly not the same after #26’s injury. When you lose your most dynamic weapon, your best player, and your unquestioned team leader as a captain, it just wasn’t meant to be New York’s day.
That doesn’t mean they couldn’t (or shouldn’t) have won this game.
James Bradberry made an exceptional play, ripping the ball out the Bear’s receiver’s hands on the sidelines for a terrific interception in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t do their part as they again stalled in the red zone and settled for a Gano field goal.
The Giants got the ball late with a chance to score a touchdown to win the game while trailing 13-17. Jones led the offense with a drive that was too little, too late. Too many short-yardage plays and short passes for little gain caused the drive to sputter and took way too much time off the clock. Big Blue has nobody to blame but themselves for bad clock management at the end of the game as there was a lack of urgency on the game’s most important drive.
On the game’s last play, Jones was unable to find anybody open and threw an incomplete pass into the end zone from the Bears 10-yard line. It was an ugly, frustrating defeat against a very winnable opponent. This game will be one to circle if the NY Giants don’t make the playoffs in 2020.