NY Giants’ good, bad, ugly as Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley hurt in loss to Cowboys

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Ced Wilson (1) carries the ball as New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports) /

The bad

The secondary: 

This game was rough to watch defensively.

Surrendering 302 passing yards and 3TD’s the secondary was getting cooked all game.

The most worrisome coming from James Bradberry.

With Bradberry having a very slow start to the season it has caused some Giants fans to worry.

Bradberry signed with the Giants in 2020 on a 3 year $45M contract. If he continues to struggle as he has been this season he will quickly not become worth the money the Giants are paying him.

Bradberry got burnt on a 49 yard TD from Ceedee Lamb in the 2nd quarter. However, it was not entirely his fault.

On this same play, safety Julian Love mad a bad read and did not get over to help Bradberry in coverage like he was supposed to.

Julian Love struggled mightily in coverage this game, making bad read after bad read. However, the biggest reason he struggled so much was due to his increase at snaps due to Jabrill Peppers being out this game.

The biggest key to the defenses success last year was running a man defense most of the time while disguising the zone.

However, this year Patrick Graham has decided to fall in love with the zone and has not learned to not run it. Making it too easy to play against our defense.

Nate Solder: 

Nate Solder is getting so bad to the point that it’s fair to wonder how much he has left.

Surely you’d think someone with a 6’8 325 pound frame could at least hold his own, right?


Nate Solder was getting absolutely bullied by Randy Gregory for almost the entire game. There were even moments where Gregory just threw Solder to the ground on a play.

Lorenzo Carter: 

Yes, his interception in the first quarter was great. However, he seemingly disappeared after this play. Only managing to get 2 total tackles throughout the rest of the game.

That’s not good, at all.

Especially when you consider that we need him to contribute. With Blake Martinez out, other players like Tae Crowder have stepped up. Carter needs to follow in that suit.

Julian Love: 

While I did not have very high expectations for Julian Love coming into this week, he was disastrous for the Giants defense.

Love blew his coverage on a 49 yard Ceedee Lamb TD in the 2nd quarter.

He struggled heavily in coverage all game, looking lost at times.

Love has his strengths as a tackler, but in coverage he struggles mightily. If he wants to continue to get snaps he needs to simply be better in coverage