The New York Giants were expected to lose to the Miami Dolphins in an ugly fashion on Sunday, which is precisely what happened. Miami beat New York 31-16 in Florida Sunday afternoon, and their offense cooked. The Dolphins had 302 yards in the air and 222 on the ground. Despite forcing three turnovers, including a pick-six, the porous Giants defense just could not stop Miami.
New York's offense continues to be dreadful. The Giants offense scored just nine points and has still not scored a first-half touchdown. The defense now has more first-half touchdowns than the offense, which is just pathetic. The offensive line looked as inept as ever. Daniel Jones was nothing spectacular and suffered a neck injury in the fourth quarter after getting sacked.
A lot went wrong, and some players deserve more blame than others. If New York wants to win more games, these four players must have their playing time substantially reduced:
4. Giants CB Tre Hawkins
The Giants rookie corner was the preseason star but has been brutal in the regular season. As we have seen this year, nothing in training camp practices or preseason games indicates what will happen in the regular season.
Tre Hawkins, the absurdly athletic sixth-rounder, has been burned in coverage time and time again. For some reason, he was matched up one-on-one with Tyreek Hill on Sunday and things went about as poorly as you could have imagined - 69 yards later, the Dolphins were back up two scores.
Hawkins had to run 40 yards across the field right before the snap and was beaten instantly. Before Week 5, opposing quarterbacks had a 155.8 passer rating when targeting him. For reference, 158.3 is a perfect passer rating.
Rookie Deonte Banks has been fantastic to start the season, and though Adoree' Jackson has struggled, he's the leader of the cornerbacks room. Those two should start outside, with Cor'Dale Flott in the slot for the foreseeable future.