New York Giants disappoint in 27-13 loss to start the season

New York Giants, Daniel Jones
Dec 13, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a warm up pass before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants kicked off their season on Sunday with a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos. The Broncos beat the Giants with a final score of 27-13.

It was an embarrassing defeat for the Giants, a team that looked outcoached from the get-go. The Broncos dominated in time of possession, holding the ball for 35:08 while the Giants possessed the ball for only 24:52.

Key stats and takeaways

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looked like a stud today, completing 28 of his 36 attempts for 264 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. The Broncos’ offense was a well-oiled machine that totaled 420 total yards, 24 first downs, and only 1 turnover (fumble).

The Giants’ offense, on the other hand, looked stale and sluggish all game long. The unit averaged 17.5 points per game in 2020 and promised big improvements in 2021. Unfortunately, it looked like more of the same. New York totaled only 314 total yards and 19 first downs with 6 of their 13 points coming in garbage time.

Daniel Jones, entering his crucial third season, left fans unimpressed. He put together 267 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 fumble, and one garbage-time rushing touchdown.

Saquon Barkley made his return to the field today and played more than most expected him to. Barkley took 10 handoffs for 26 yards.

The Giants enjoyed a couple of solid performances from their receivers. Sterling Shepard managed 113 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 receptions. Kenny Golladay and Darius Slayton both totaled over 60 yards.

The New York Giants start the season off with an 0-1 record after having an exciting offseason that had fans looking forward to an improved 2021 season. The Giants now have a short week as they travel to Washington to play their first divisional opponent of the season on Thursday Night Football.