It’s tough to describe the dismal state of the New York Giants offense. With Tommy DeVito at the helm, a pervasive sense of hopelessness and frustration is flooding the team. Starting with Coach Daboll and extending to players and fans alike - the Giants are sick of getting humiliated on Sundays.
Entering Sunday as the largest underdogs in any NFL game this season, Giants fans weren’t necessarily expecting a win. However, the complete ineptitude on offense leaves fans infuriated as the Cowboys continue to outplay the G-Men in all three facets of the game.
This game felt like a lost cause shortly after it began, and certainly did by halftime. The Giants trailed 28-0 and had been outgained by a staggering 241 total yards at the break. In the second half, the Giants failed to turn the tide, allowing Dallas to further cement their dominance and landing the Giants on the wrong side of the history books. Dallas out-gained NY by 468 yards? What a joke.
Is Mike Kafka to blame for Giants offensive struggles?
With such offensive inefficiency, it’s only natural for fans to point fingers and place blame. In this regard, offensive coordinator Mike Kafka deserves to be brought to the forefront. With the Giants averaging less than 260 yards per game and often seeming incapable of moving the ball, Kafka’s role in assembling the offense has faced criticism.
While the Giants rank last in several offensive categories, one alarming statistic is their first quarter points. On average, the Giants score less than a point per game in the first quarter, a figure significantly lower than any other team in the NFL. This number should be much higher, given Kafka’s week-long preparation for the initial play sheet and specific looks. It’s evident that opponents like the Cowboys, who average over eight points per first quarter, enter games well-prepared and execute to take advantage of an early lead. The Giants are not built to play from behind, and their lack of early offense forces their hand, turning them one-dimensional.
While injuries have killed Big Blue, most notably that of Daniel Jones, the continuous slow starts and looks of an unprepared team are unacceptable. At this point in the season, while in a dead-heat battle for the No. 1 overall pick, it’s apparent that individuals like Kafka still have plenty at stake when considering their future with the Giants.