Why the New York Giants should not be worried by Andrew Thomas’s Week 12 performance

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This season, New York Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas has been one of the best offensive linemen in the league. That level of performance was unfortunately not on display in Week 12 as the Giants lost their Thanksgiving matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Andrew Thomas turned in his worst game of the season so far against the Cowboys. Despite Thomas’s lackluster Week 12 performance, he is still one of the best tackles in football.

Andrew Thomas will bounce back from Week 12 struggles

The Giants suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Entering the game, left tackle Andrew Thomas had allowed just one pressure over the Giants’ previous three games (per PFF). Thomas had also not surrendered a single sack yet in ten games this season. In Week 12, Thomas let up his first sack of the season and looked like a shell of the player he was for the first eleven weeks of the season. Andrew Thomas was, however, playing through an illness.

It was evident that Thomas was not playing at 100% on Thursday. But the Giants’ blindside protector will not use his illness as an excuse.

“That’s the NFL. Every team has to deal with injuries. Every team has a Thursday game. So you can’t make excuses. You just have to deal with it and go out there and play. I got to play better. Let the team down today.”

Andrew Thomas to reporters following the Giants’ Week 12 loss to the Dallas Cowboys

Head coach Brian Daboll said that Andrew Thomas “wasn’t feeling good” and was “fighting through it” on Friday, too. Andrew Thomas deserves credit for going out there and putting in a solid effort despite his illness on Thursday.

Andrew Thomas surrendered four pressures on Thanksgiving, struggling to contain the likes of Micah Parsons and Demarcus Lawrence. According to PFF, Demarcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons combined for 11 pressures on Thursday. The New York Giants struggled to contain the Ccowbboys’ fierce pass-rushing attack, stalling their offense in the second half and costing them the game.

Andrew Thomas turned in his worst performance of the season by far against the Cowboys in Week 12. But the Giants have an extended amount of time to prepare for their next matchup, playing next Sunday against the Washington Commanders. Despite this tough outing, Thomas is still the third-highest-graded offensive tackle in the NFL according to PFF. Andrew Thomas has only let up 12 pressures this season, so there is no reason to believe he will not return to form for the New York Giants following Week 12.

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