Week 4: NY Giants at LA Rams
Another game of ugly offensive play and too little late for the NY Giants. This game may be better remembered for Golden Tate and Jalen Ramsey’s much-talked-about postgame fistfight. It was actually a close, winnable game for either team all afternoon in the new, sparkling SoFi Stadium.
The Giants offense sputtered all game, mustering under 300 yards for the day. Settling for three red-zone field goals is never a recipe for success or for winning. The red zone field goals has been a major issue for the offense all year as they are often unable to finish drives or capitalize on short-field opportunities to get drives going.
Again when it mattered most, Jones and the offense couldn’t get it done.
The NY offense had a two-minute drill from their 20 needing a touchdown and a two-point conversion to tie the game. The drive started promising, with a 33-yard gain off a pass to Slayton. Jones then responded with two impressive first downs of his own, picking up both with his feet and picking up back-to-back 2nd and 10’s on the ground.
On 2nd and 5 from the Rams 18 with 52 seconds remaining, Jones cost his team the chance to go to overtime. Jones grossly forced a throw to Damion Ratley who was blanketed by the Rams’ safety. This play was extremely frustrating as Jones had a clear first down to pick up again with his legs and most expected him to do, as he just picked up the aforementioned first downs earlier in the drive with his legs.
It was an unnecessary, risky throw that cost his team the chance to pick up their first win. Instead, the NY Giants were now 0-4 and staring at a season getting away from them before it ever really started.